Let's be honest, shall we? Poop is funny. Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that everybody does it. And if you have been living under a rock, there is probably poop under there. Poop is not icky and gross, it's just a fact. Okay, maybe it is icky and gross but it is still an unavoidable part of being alive and living with other beings. For me, part of the constant enjoyment I get out of life with my dogs includes laughing about their bathroom habits and smiling while cleaning up their poop. I treasure any and all precious moments with my dogs and in all truthfulness, those happy thoughts include their poop.
When we were hiking a closed road in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest last month, the dogs had a vast array of choices as to where to poop. Yet they all chose to poop on the sparse patches of melting spring snow. Yes, all three of them. Two of them more than once. This was hilarious! Granted, cleaning up poop off of melting snow was not the most fun I had on our hike, but the dogs fondness for squatting in the snow is a memory I shall always treasure.
Speaking of memories, Tynan was a shy pooper. He always pooped in tall grass or in low shrubbery. It was as if he was using the landscape as a stall to go into and do his business in "private." He was particularly fond of pooping in heather. Why do I remember how and where my deceased dog pooped? Because I loved absolutely everything about Tynan, even his poop! And I wouldn't have noticed these charming things about him and had the memories to make me smile, had I not been following him around with a plastic bag on my hand to scoop that poop.
Every memory of all the dogs I have ever known and loved, and remembrances of travels I have taken with pets, include some sort of reminiscence of their poop. Which is in and of itself hilarious. But my point is this: go out into the world and smile with your dogs. Snicker at their antics. Giggle at their silliness. Grin at their cunning. Beam at their unconditional love. And, yes, laugh at their elimination habits. And always, always, scoop that poop preferably with a smile.
What's almost as much fun as laughing about my dogs poop? Writing and reading about other dogs poop! So thank you to Sugar the Golden Retriever, My Pawsitively Pets and Oz the Terrier for hosting the Scoop That Poop Blog Hop each month. Check out the blogs below for all you ever wanted to know about scooping poop. (And don't be afraid to chuckle!)