$100

That’s how much money we saved ourselves this weekend by picking up the dog crap in the yard ourselves, instead of hiring the local pooper scooper to do it.

dog poop signAfter the diagnosis of the crazy balled up ligament in my back and the increasing pain I was experiencing, I felt justified in considering hiring someone to remove the last two months’ worth of frozen poopsicles from our yard. However, after discovering the pooper scooper charges $40 per 5-gallon bucketful for a one-time removal, and knowing our backyard was fuller than I should probably admit, Jody and I decided just to do it ourselves this past weekend. Most of the snow had melted, the temperature was in the 50s, the sun was shining – it was a glorious day for poop scooping.

After quickly realizing a yard full of poop was no place for a toddler, Julian hung out in the swing while Jody, Ava and I all got to work. I know what you are thinking – what awful parents, making your 3-year-old pick up dog crap. The thing is, she insists that she helps. She was like that this past fall and apparently the novelty hasn’t worn off yet, so I’m going to enjoy her enthusiasm while it lasts.


Ava was so cute while we were spending family time picking up poop together too. She remarked, “See mama, you didn’t have to pay someone to pick up poop. You and me and Dada can do it. It’s the whole group family picking up poop.”

Who says you need a day at the park to get in good quality family time? We can get it right in our own backyard while picking up dog poop! :oP

Anyway, we ended up filling up our 5-gallon bucket two and a half times. $100 worth of crap. Makes me wonder what in the world the pooper scooper does with all of that poop.

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25 thoughts on “$100

  1. Glad you did it yourself. I actually find it fascinating that there is a service that does this! Wow! But I suppose in SA most people employ gardeners who do that work anyway.

  2. Damn!! That’s a lot of poop. I’m glad you did it together, not just for the quality family time, but for the sake of your back. I don’t even want to think how much five gallons of poop weighs. And how cute that Ava wants to help!

  3. There’s not just “a” service, there are hundreds of us. Most are independent, not part of a franchise. If you need a scooper anywhere in the country, contact me and I’ll probably be able to find one for you.

    Pet Butler’s rates are quite a bit higher than most of the rest of us in the industry. I took 2 and a half buckets out of a yard yesterday, it
    took half an hour. I charged $30.

    Where does it all go? Depends on local regulations. Usually it ends up in a landfill.

    5 gallons weighs anywhere from 20 to 40 pounds depending on the water/ice content. :-)

    Cheers!

  4. And that would be the reason I don’t want a dog right now LOL! Glad you got some good family time, but Oh boy…what a crappy job. ;)

  5. Ahhh, dog poop. One of lives little inconveniences. I feel your pain. But it’s great that Ava is so enthusiastic about picking it up. That’ll serve her well when she is a pre-teen and it’s one of her chores. ha ha ha I actually don’t mind it too much but I have to suit up: rubber gardening boots, rubbergloves…I’m the picture of fashion while slinging dog poop, let me tell you! lol

  6. Ha, ha, ha!!! Guess what we did this weekend too!? It wasn’t as bad as I’d feared actually…and it’s nice to look out and see (dead) grass again!!

    Congrats! :D

  7. Wow! what size of dog do you have and how much do yo feed it for it to produce that much “family entertainment”?

    Move to CA where you can enjoy the fun all year long!

  8. Holy crap – that’s a lot of poop. Must be a big dog. Or maybe two. You’ve got no neighborhood kids who’d do it for $20, huh?
    Of course, then you wouldn’t get that family time in. :-)

  9. There are people that do this for a living? I guess this is because I live in the country. Around here, poop is a part of the natural landscape. :o)

  10. >Rhonda says:
    >There are people that do this for a living?

    More than you could imagine! 5 years for me, 4 of them full time!

    >Tara says:
    >I wonder if we have people who will pick
    >up poop in our yard. I wonder what they
    >charge…

    Drop me an email an I’ll do my best to find someone for ya.

    :-)

  11. I was sad when our snow melted because I didn’t realize how much poop we needed to scoop too. Yay for you for doing it yourself and saving some cash!

  12. oh my! we have weiner dogs, so its not too bad.
    i hear ya on wondering where it goes. :(
    …and lastly, my oldest DD doesn’t mind picking it up either.

  13. “Its the whole group family picking up poop.” I almost spit my coffee all over my laptop. So.So.Funny!!

    yeah for saved $$, though!

  14. ahhh. The family that scoops togethr, stays together. Although, it’s usually my 11 year olds job. So he does it, oh, every 5 weeks. He’s supposed to do it daily. Ha!

    When we lived in Alaska, we scooped poop every 6 months. when snow/ice started to melt at break-up time, my gog did we have shit soup in our backyard.

    sooo yucky. hate poop. give me vomit any ole day.

  15. Wow! I had no idea there were services like this. In my ‘hood in Denver, whenever it snows, people seem to forget they must pick up after their dogs when walking them. We’ll see pristine piles of snow, and then significantly less than pristine piles of other things. heheh.

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