Tuesday, November 17, 2009

That's a Lot of Dog Doo

I walk the trail beside Austin's Lady Bird lake as often as I can.  Views of the lake, native trees, gardens with benches.  And it's well-used by locals who Keep Austin Weird,  which keeps me amused.

A lot of people bring their dogs.  My favorite is the guy with one black and one white dog.  He drinks coffee and throws tennis balls, the dogs race around and plunge into the lake and race back to shake on him.

The city encourages dog owners to pick up after their pooches.  There are more than 100 mutt mitt dispensers along the trails and periodic garbage cans for disposing of the filled mitts.

Even so, an estimated 1,327 pounds of dog waste ends up in the lake every day - nearly a half million pounds per year.  And the average-sized dog dropping contains 3 billion fecal coliform bacteria.

That's more than just fertilizer.


  1. Just be grateful people don't walk their chickens. I'm serious.

  2. Kathleen,

    My comments to you are usually sent privately, but today I thought your (ahem) "older" blog followers might enjoy this.

    Your blog today reminded me of another pair of black and white dogs. Their names were White Fang and Black Tooth. They were characters on the Soupy Sales kids TV show back in the late 1950s and early '60s. I read a couple of weeks ago that Soupy had died recently, so even before reading your blog, I guess my memory of his show had already been primed. Here's a description of Soupy's black vs. white dog pals:

    White Fang: "The Biggest and Meanest Dog in the USA," who appeared only as a giant white shaggy paw with black triangular felt "claws" jutting out from the corner of the screen. Fang spoke with unintelligible short grunts and growls, which Soupy repeated back in English, for comic effect. White Fang was often the pie thrower when Soupy's jokes bombed.
    Black Tooth: "The Biggest and Sweetest Dog in the USA", also seen only as a giant black paw with white triangular felt (just the opposite of White Fang), and with more feminine, but similarly unintelligible, dialogue. Black Tooth's trademark was pulling Soupy off-camera to give loud and noisy kisses.



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