It was a happy day two weeks ago when we welcomed our new fur-baby into our family! My husband and I had talked about adopting a dog for years, but had delayed because we wanted to be good pet parents. With both of us out of the house for 8 to 12 hours a day, it just seemed unfair to have a dog sit by him/herself for such long stretches. Our reluctance was increased by our desire to travel in retirement; so we never took action on our wish.
Fast forward to Covid-19. Both of us are now fully retired. Our travel plans are, sadly, on hold until at least 2021. So….it was a perfect time to adopt!
Having this not-so-little being in our home has been a delight. Oliver is (we think) about 18 months old and weighs 75 pounds. And man, does this doggie generate a LOT OF WASTE! Dog food cans and bags can be recycled, but what about – you guessed it – all of that POOP! Holy guacamole, I had no idea!!!
So here is what I have learned so far:
If this is too much, there is a system called Doggy Dooley that is it’s own little mini septic system. It requires digging a 4 foot hole and also needs well drained soil. I may try this if the composting is too disgusting.
I am just starting the poop composting experiment today because the compost is ready to roll. The composter is far away from the house, so that’s good. If this doesn’t work out, I’ll try the Doggy Dooley. I’ll let you know how all of this turns out!