Friday, November 4, 2011

Scoop the Poop! Keep the Rio Grand!

Our family enjoys the time we spend walking the Cavaliers.  We are so lucky to live in a place that has beautiful foothills, and many paths to stroll.  Even if we walk the same path more than once, we always notice something new.  

 The only nuisance on our walks is the fact that humans neglect picking up after their pets.  In Albuquerque, there are more than 43,000 licensed dogs.  If the waste is not disposed of properly, that waste can make the water in the Rio Grande unsafe, infect children and adults with disease causing bacteria and parasites, and spread diseases between pets. 

Pet waste left on the ground can wash into storm drains, and end up in the Rio Grande.  Once in the river, it uses up oxygen when it begins to decay, harming fish and aquatic life, and making the river unsafe.  Pets and children who play in yards or parks where pet waste is not picked up are at risk for infection from disease causing bacteria and parasites.

Even though the focus of this post is the Rio Grande, we can all help make the world a healthier place, no matter where you live. 

When walking with your pet, take a plastic bag or paper bag along and pick up its waste. It's the right thing to do.

 I'd like to thank the Mid Rio Grande Stormwater Quality Team for providing Albuquerque residents with this information.  If we all do our part, maybe we won't have to check the bottom of our shoes before we walk into the house, and we will help the Rio Grande.


  1. Seems like a simple way to help keep the environment a little cleaner - sounds good to me!

  2. Alot of people in my area are so neglectful when it comes to picking up there waste on walks. and if you walk past there house there yard looks and smells just as bad. In the winter they never pick it up until spring. How much sense does that make when you could pick it up frozen compared to a mushy mess!

  3. No such thing as dirty dogs yer know.. only the dogs owner.... Hi guys, good to see you...
    lots of luvs from Freya Rose Blossom at the Catflap Cavalier :-) X X X