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Leave no poop behind Blog Post
Posted — September 18

Leave No Poop Behind

As purveyors of poop bags, we field a lot of questions about dog doo-doo. And because we love talking about what we do, we say bring it on! The question we’re asked the most often? “If other animals poop in nature, what’s the big deal if my dog does it too?”.

The answer lies in what we feed our pets.

Our dogs likely aren’t eating insects, seaweed, or other food sources native to the beach ecosystem, for example. Instead, we’re feeding them nutrient-rich dog food designed to provide a complete and healthy diet.

According to The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, “excess of these nutrients in many ecosystems creates unstable conditions that allow algae blooms to cloud our rivers, lakes, and streams.” We’d add oceans to that list too. Essentially, if you’re not cleaning up after your dog, you’re not only giving dog people a bad name, you’re leaving behind a toxic minefield for the environment.

Too much poop in the water.

This past July, The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County advised people to steer clear of three South Florida beaches. Why? Because water samples showed there was too much fecal matter. Not a pleasant thought, is it?

To highlight the importance of picking up after your pooch in natural spaces, we jetted down to Florida where beautiful beaches and dogs are aplenty. Best of all, we brought along up-and-coming dog photographer Kaylee Greer. Not only is Greer very good at what she does, she volunteers her skills behind the lens to local shelters—capturing everything that makes rescue dogs so amazing.

And now for the winners of our contest!

We recently asked our followers to share photos of their dogs in their favourite outdoor spaces for a chance to win a 1-year supply of Earth Rated poop bags. We received hundreds upon hundreds of entries and guess what?… no dog poop in the photos! Phew.

Our Facebook winner is:
Jennifer Ross with her dog at Huntington Dog Beach

Our Instagram winner is:
@landsharkandthehippo at Algonquin Park

Congratulations! Please send us a DM via Facebook & Instagram respectively, to claim your prize!