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The Story Of The Paw Poop


My backyard is covered in leaves.


You can’t even see a hint of green grass.

The day before you could see green grass because I raked up 80,000 leaves.

But a windy night brought 80,000 more leaves.

It’s Fall. There’s gonna be leaves.

I know this.

I also know that underneath those leaves is dog shit.

I know this and it never fails, no matter how hard I try to spot them, I always step in a pile of dog shit and I have shit and leaves stuck on my shoe.

A layer of smashed shit.

Then a layer of leaves.

Smashed in shit.

On the bottom of my shoe.

Stepping in dog shit happens and it’s one of those things that comes with the territory.

But it’s always amazes me that Sherman and Leroy rarely step in poop, even with all the leaves on the ground.

Leroy’s done it a few times before, but Sherman, Sherman has poop radar.

I’ve seen him come so close to stepping in poop and then at the last second do a little 2 step to avoid it.

It’s amazing.

So anyways, the other night I was clearing off the dinner tables and as I was walking around the table I noticed something brown on the floor.

I knelt down to take a look assuming it was mud but it wasn’t.

It was dog shit and I could see a trail of it.

I immediately looked at the bottom of my flip flops and thankfully it wasn’t me.

I alerted the rest of the house to check their feet and no one responded with “Oh shit.” So that only left 2 more family members.

There was nothing on Leroy’s paws but as I approached Sherman…. I knew it was him.

I could smell it.

Since he had his bootie on I suspected his bootie paw.


That would of been to easy.

Instead it was the paw that had a leaf stuck to it. I don’t know how I missed it.

Under that leaf was so much dog shit smashed into his paws I almost died.

So much shit.

It took 45 minutes to get it all wiped and cut out.

I spent 45 minutes cutting dog shit out of my dog’s paw.

Does this ever happen to anyone else?

Please tell me it does.

Please tell me that I’m not the only one who lives such a glamorous lifestyle.

p.s. I did not rinse Sherman’s shit paw because he was laying in the family room. In order to rinse it he would have had to walk into the kitchen which would of meant more shit paw prints in my house. So I had to do it the old fashioned way. O.K. Mom?


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Tuesday 25th of November 2014

When it happened with Leo - I put his paw in a plastic grocery bag - tied a knot in the bag and walked him upstairs and into the shower.


Wednesday 12th of November 2014

It's only happened to Elka a few times (knock wood!), and she doesn't have long hair anywhere, much less between her toes, so it could have been FAR worse. I keep a rough "there be poop" map in my head, which of course doesn't help when other people take her out, and whether it's front yard vs. back yard.

It does take an inordinate amount of time to clean up, far longer than it seems like it should. And it smells so bad. And she's weirded out because I'm all Lady Macbeth up on her paw.

Jan K

Wednesday 5th of November 2014

I'm so tired of raking leaves!! But at least I can say this hasn't happened yet. I know they step in it sometimes, because sometimes I find a pile of it with a paw print in it! But so far it hasn't stuck to their paws so bad that they tracked it in the house. Of course, now that I've said that it's sure to happen!

Lisa F.

Wednesday 5th of November 2014

Been there many a time! A quick "fix" that I've found: Have an extra bowl available for this (dog food bowl, Rubbermaid/Tupperwear bowl you don't want anymore). Fill the bowl with warm water with a squirt of shampoo in it. Take it to the dog and soak the paw in the bowl. Use an old rag to do a quick wash between the pads, then empty that shampoo/poop water and refill the bowl with clean warm water to do a rinse. Dry the paw and you should be good for the most part!


Thursday 6th of November 2014

Awesome! I will try that next time because I'm sure there will be a next time!


Wednesday 5th of November 2014

Oh, yes! With all those leaves, it's like a minefield out there! Luckily, Haley is really good at avoiding her poop, so I haven't had that experience yet. Yuk!

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