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'Doggie Doo Dissolver' aims to make Fido more lawn-friendly

October 22, 2012|By David Lazarus
  • A new product, Doggie Doo Dissolver, aims to make it easier to handle your pooch's leavings.
A new product, Doggie Doo Dissolver, aims to make it easier to handle your… (Associated Press )

As a cat guy, I've always been baffled by the propensity of dog owners to just walk away from their pooch's leavings, especially when they happen to be on my lawn.

Is it laziness? Thoughtlessness? Meanness?

Well, if it's just too much hassle for dog owners to clean up after Rover, there's a new product called Doggie Doo Dissolver that aims to make things easier by, yes, dissolving those piles of left-behinds. Dog owners can walk away with a clear conscience.

Here's a video of how it's supposed to work. (Warning: It's pretty gross.)

The maker of Doggie Doo Dissolver says this is the most environmentally friendly way to handle such situations because you no longer have to deal with messy plastic bags.

But not everyone's convinced this is the way of the Fido-owning future.

"Although I have not seen the technical data of this product, the claim that it 'dissolves' the feces is extremely misleading, as it certainly does not eliminate any of the nutrients in the feces," Bruce Wiggins, a biology professor at James Madison University, told Consumer Affairs.com.

"This is the major reason the feces should be removed from the ground, so that the nutrients do not enter the groundwater," he said.

In other words, you may be addressing the visual nuisance of doggie doings, but you're perhaps exacerbating the problem by adding to what's making it into the soil (and what eventually comes out of the tap).

The solution? Be a good neighbor and pick the stuff up, for goodness sake.

Or get a cat.


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