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GINTA – Dog poop – the problem that just doesn’t want to go away

Peterson Creek Park. (Image: Armchair Mayor photo)

A FEW DAYS A WEEK Peterson Creek Park is infused with tiny visitors. In winter they slide down slopes, waddling like adorable penguins bundled up in bright colours and cute hats. On rainy days they jump in puddles with the same level of energy. The outdoor preschool is in session.

In a traditional school, teachers prepare the class in whatever way necessary before the students arrive. For an outdoor school, you’d think the preparations are already done. After all, nature stands at the ready. True, but people mess it up at times. Literally.

For this preschool crowd, the usual routine has the teachers show up earlier so they can pick up the dog poop, which is found all around the main entrance and along the main trails. They pick it up so the kids don’t step in it. It’s the same routine every day; a messy Sisyphean task if you will.

Picking up the poop is one of the least pleasant aspects of owning a dog.

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Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at daniela.ginta@gmail.com, or through her blog at http://www.danielaginta.com.

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ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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