I have been picking up dog poop for 9 years without issue. Recently I had to come to terms with me mortality.
We were out for a hike and, of course, Gretel waited to take a poop until we were 3 miles up the trail and nowhere near a garbage can. As some of you know, it is very annoying when your dog refuses to go poop at the trailhead but instead waits until you are going to have to walk with a stinky bag all of the way back down the trail.
Anyway, I got out the bag and picked it up. Some of it stuck to a rock. Because I am passionate about keeping our waters clean, and it was right next to a stream, I felt a little guilty that I was going to have to leave it. I didn’t want it trashing up the place visually and literally though so I carefully flicked the rock over.
Unfortunately, biodegradable bags (and probably any bag with a steaming pile of poo in it really) don’t keep all of the stench inside. Sometimes you catch a little whiff now and then. This time it was really bad though. Thinking it was just an extra stinky one, we headed down the trail.
It was cold and my nose was running so I itched it. All of a sudden I could really smell the poo. Before you get freaked out – not, thank goodness, it wasn’t on my face! But when I pulled my hand away from my face I saw a little glob of poo stuck to my finger staring right back at me.
I turned my hand over and realized it was all over my finger. I looked down at the bag and there was the culprit – little chunks of poo stuck to the outside of the bag mocking me.
I tried to keep my cool but it was super gross and embarrassing and gross. I had to resort to something I knew was bad, scrubbing the poo off my hand into the nice, pristine stream. I had to scrub my hand a lot to get all of the smell off too.
After the stink was off ME I gingerly placed the poo bag inside a Ziplock bag I had dog treats in (I had to dump the treats out into my camera bag).
You can sure bet that from now on (or until I get complacent again) I will remember the smell and grossness and be extra careful about picking up dog poo.
Do you have any embarrassing poo moments?