One of long standing staples on our journey of sustainability is our “Pick Up Poop” (PUP) outings (take a look at this great Scoop A Doop Poop Video). These started several years ago and blossomed out of our desire to do good for three of our favorite things: the environment, our pets, and Boulder, CO, the community where we live. The Green Team came up with our PUP outings, which fit perfectly into all three of these pillars.
Pet waste can wreak havoc on our shared water sources and picking up after your pet is one of the best things you can do as a guardian to keep our waterways clean. Affectionately called the “Fido Hypothesis” by the researchers who discovered it, dog waste has been proven to increase the amount of harmful bacteria in areas where it’s prevalent. With an estimated 44% of dog owners not picking up after their pooch, parasites and bacteria like Giardia and E. coli can run rampant. Boulder has a saying: “Keep it clean, ‘cause we’re all downstream,” and when it comes to pet waste, it couldn’t be truer.
We’re privileged in Boulder to have miles of trails that we can share with our dogs. From our amazing mountains to our pristine prairies, dogs are a common site on the paths surrounding the city. But at Only Natural Pet Store, we always consider this to be a privilege, not a right. We realize that if pet poop gets out of control, dogs can be disallowed on the trails just as easily as they were allowed on them. That’s one of the best parts about PUP outings. We can show our neighbors that dog owners are conscientious and we can set an example for other pet owners.
By putting in just a little effort (all it takes are some poop bags and some elbow grease), we (and you) are making a big difference. We’re keeping our waterways clean and safe, we’re keeping our neighbors happy, and we’re keeping our dogs out on the trail with us.