When the flowers peek from their buds and birds erupt into their early morning choir, and when every last bit of snow melts from the grassy hills, I know the moment has finally arrived.
It’s time to scoop a winter’s worth of dog poop from the lawn.
So maybe it’s been a week or two (or ten) since the snow thawed out. Dog poop has become a sore subject around our house after Doug stepped in it three times over the past three days. The two of us have an unspoken agreement that, seeing how adopting a second dog was my idea, I am in charge of keeping our lawn deuce-free. And by unspoken, I mean he reminds me every time a dog so much as glances at her dinner bowl.
As I trudged about the yard, shovel and five-pound bucket in hand, Doug paused from washing his car and shot me a most derisive smile.
“Good thing you talked me into that second dog, right?” he smirked.
If I had an ounce of immaturity in me, I might have plotted to paint him a fecal-flavored Charlie Chaplin mustache in his sleep.
And if he had a similar kind of immaturity, he might have assigned Tyler to follow me, peaked from inhaling a bucket of sun-baked dog excrement, around with a camera. (“That way, when you see the pictures, you can think about what you’ve done,” he explained.)
“Actually, I don’t mind it,” was my delayed response. My bucket was now brimming with white fossilized poop, most of it preserved beneath the snow since Christmas. “At least it’s somewhat concentrated in one area.”
“Yeah,” he countered, smile wider than my shovel. “Concentrated across all two acres.”
That remark wasn’t fair or accurate. The half acre of woods bordering the lawn no doubt remained pristine as a sheet of newly fallen snow.
“The truth is, I like scooping poop,” I insisted, prodding a fresh turd mixed with—was it a squirrel’s tail?—onto my shovel with a stick. “It gets me out of the kitchen and into the great outdoors. It’s exercise. I actually find it therapeutic.”
“Just don’t forget the pile in front of the shed,” he advised while tossing aside his sponge and flicking on the hose. “I’ve got all kinds of free therapy for you on the bottom of my shoe.”
If you should feel so inclined, come on over and grab a shovel. There’s plenty of room on this couch for everyone.