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Reader's View: Don’t just pick it up; dispose of your dog’s poop, too

On a few of the trails there are signs encouraging folks to pick up after their dogs, as the “poop fairy” doesn’t really exist.

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Like many Duluthians, my wife and I appreciate and enjoy our walks in the wooded areas around the city. Some Duluthians enjoy walking the trails with their dogs. On a few of the trails there are signs encouraging folks to pick up after their dogs, as the “poop fairy” doesn’t really exist. Many of the trails have receptacles to dispose of the little bags that people may use.

It seems to me the city is doing its best to get people to do the right thing. However, in demonstration of the epitome of laziness, some folks do half the right thing by bagging up their dog’s poop and then leaving the bag neatly tied to a branch along the trail. A few conscientious “baggers” even use biodegradable bags. Isn’t that sweet? Instead of the poop contaminating groundwater that day, a couple of months later when the bags, as they’re designed to, break down, guess what happens?

Come on, dog walkers, bring your dog poop home with you or to a receptacle on the trail.

On Labor Day weekend, we celebrated the life that water gives to us. It was a reminder that we all could be more conscientious of our actions.

Steve Cushing



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