I love calling home. I love my family. It is very wonderful that we live in a day when you can pick up your phone and talk to the ones you love even
though they are 1000 or 1800 miles away. Texting and sending pictures makes the distance seem so much smaller. It makes me not feel not so separated from them. My Mom is getting older and I worry about her and feel so bad being so far away.
We talk for a while and she tells me the news from around their neck of the woods and I tell her my news. It’s just a very good thing. I miss them. I wish very often I could teleport myself to the places where my friends and family live. Wish I could say, “Beam me up Scotty!” like they did in Star Trek. Wouldn’t that be awesome! Sometimes I wish I could be cloned and be in two places at once.
Mostly our conversations are very pleasant. Somewhere in the midst of it all, something will come up that needs fixing. The conflict I feel about being so far away is prodded and I feel an urgency to find the solution for this need in her life. I feel helpless but it usually sends me on a frantic search for an answer to help her with this aggravating thing that is a bother to her. We ended our pleasant visit and got ready to go to bed. It had been a long day and I was more than ready.
3am…. My eyes pop open! My brain is racing! How can I keep the new neighbors dogs from coming and depositing their POOP in my Mom’s yard?
My feet hit the floor and I head for the “World-Wide Compilation of Every Answer in the World!”…. my computer! And the search begins and I put into the search line: How to keep dogs from pooping in your yard. Press Search! Waiting …waiting…here it come…and the answer is… World War III!
I had no idea what a can of worms I was opening! This is a serious subject! People are passionate and angry! There were not any short commentaries or small community forums about this subject. I saw answers like, “I have a 22…that will take care of the problem!” and the posted sign: “HERE LIES THE LAST DOG THAT POOPED IN MY YARD!” My eyes were wide and I knew I would not be sleeping anytime soon. In my head I heard my sweet Mom saying, ” I don’t want any trouble but I just can’t have that(dogs pooping in my yard)!” She’s telling me that but she wouldn’t say a word to anyone else.
I sorted through the 22 rifle suggestions, antifreeze set out suggestions and set those aside! This is the list I will send to my Mom that seem for the most part reasonable,easy and definitely safe.
- Put vinegar in a bottle and spray a one foot strip around your property. Do it every
couple weeks until they get the idea. Must reapply after rain.
- Black Pepper or Cayenne Pepper can be sprinkled in the same manner as the vinegar,in a one foot strip.
- Collect your urine and spray it in the same manner as the vinegar…. I don’t think Mom will do this one but it won’t hurt anyone and it’s free. LOL
- …and Via the Humane Society of the United States:Sprays:Boundary Indoor/Outdoor Dog Repellent, Farnam B’Have Indoor/Outdoor Dog Repellent, Spray Shield Animal Deterrent Spray, Ropel SprayGranules: Boundary Dog and CatRepellent Granules, Repel Dog & Cat Repellent, Ropel Dog & Cat Repellent, Grant’s Dog & Cat Repellent
Electronic: Dazer Ultrasonic Dog Deterrent, StrayBan for Stray Dogs, Yard Gard Ultrasonic Animal Repeller
Well the first three ideas are this cheap skate’s idea for the solution for this nuisance to all mankind and the avoidance of World War III. I’m going to test these out in my yard and see what happens. It can’t hurt and it just might work making the world a better place to live.
70 million dogs
…20,000 tons of dog poop every single day in the U.S. alone!
Thanks for stopping to visit! Yes we all have to live together peacefully and it can’t be that hard.
See you soon, Jan
PS: Any of you have any solutions to this universal problem? Please share What you know. We would love to hear what you know about this subject. Anyone have any funny dog poop signs? Let us see it. OK?