ROTHENBURGER: Science finally has an answer to those annual dog-poo blues

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG and it’s time to pause for that annual tradition — complaining about other people’s dogs.

I know, we’ve heard it all before but there’s a fresh angle to it — science has come up with an answer to the perennial spring phenomenon of dog poo sprouting all around us like brown dandelions.

Stay with me as I take you through it. We begin with Citizen X, who prefers to remain anonymous to keep the peace in his neighbourhood.

In January, Citizen X made note of the proliferation of dog poop on a boulevard on his street, snapped a couple of photos, and commenced waiting for the owner to do something about it. (He says having a rational discussion with someone about such things is not easy these days.)

“I would have thought the situation would have been addressed by mid-March,” Citizen X told me a few days ago.

It wasn’t. About three weeks ago, a street sweeper went by and cleaned the stuff off the road but it continued to accumulate on the boulevard. “With the weather getting warmer, you can imagine the smell,” he says. Not to mention the health hazard.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on ROTHENBURGER: Science finally has an answer to those annual dog-poo blues

  1. John Noakes // April 25, 2021 at 8:11 AM // Reply

    There would likely be a way to complicate the Lord’s Prayer too.

    I actually had our dog’s DNA tested a few years ago to find out what breeds were in his background. He was a rescue dog; mixed breed.
    Let’s see if this goes to a committee study group and then to a vote at the horse shoe table.

  2. Tom Boyd is indeed a real man and he has a money-making business into poop and DNA…had to check first because the Armchair Mayor can be a cheeky one on occasions. And yes it should be made compulsory to having a dog in the City for the owner to supply the DNA footprint of the furry friend. Good owners wouldn’t mind as they too dislike the cheeky ones.

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