February 10, 2010
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Filing this one under canine wastes. From the Associated Press.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – A smelly problem is piling at trails around Jackson where people go hiking and cross-country skiing with their dogs. How big is this problem? Bridger-Teton National Forest officials say they recently counted 173 piles of dog waste around just one trailhead.
The problem is so bad, it’s contributing to elevated bacteria levels in nearby streams.
District Ranger Dale Deiter said the situation is “not acceptable.” He’s promising to step up enforcement so people clean up their dogs’ acts.
Come on, really? This is admittedly one of my pet peeves about dog owners. No pun intended.
That is a list of disease spread through dog feces. Guess what folks, some of those are zoonotic. This means that they can pass from dog to humans. True Story: I worked with a gentleman at a dog boarding facility that contracted Giardia from one of the dogs at the facility. He was sick for weeks, and when I say sick I mean in the worst way. He could never be more than feet from the bathroom and wasn’t able to sleep while he was sick because he wouldn’t make it to the bathroom in time when he had another attack. Cases like this are rare indeed but I really don’t wish the pain he went through on anyone. Those most at risk are going to be other dogs and children. Check out a good veterinary article about Dogs and Zoonotic disease here.
Speaking of the Earth and waste I wanted to take a moment to show a wonderful website. Have you ever been driving somewhere and seen someone litter but not had the courage or opportunity to say something about it. Often I yell out the window at other motorist but have found they not only do they not hear me but often assume I am not saying anything nice. At times, that may causes a more dangerous situation then someone throwing out a plastic cup or flicking their cig onto the shoulder of the highway, but don’t get me starting on flicking cigarettes out your window. Lets just hope this helps that problem. Let me introduce you to www.litterbutt.com. If you live in the states of PA, TX or NC when you report someone using Litterbutt.com the person reported will receive a letter from the State notifying them they were caught littering and fines for littering, though no fine levied. Maybe it will convince them that people are watching and it is not ok to throw trash onto the side of the road.
The third and final waste is one of human life. Recently the Wild Hunt reported on what has to be the years, possibly the decades, most hypocritical tweets from Colorado Springs Senator Dave Schultheis. Please read the original post to support the Wild Hunt here. In response I can say this. The reason why so many Christians will find what was said ok is the sad simple fact that the large majority of Christians believe that the only way to salvation is through Jesus Christ. Therefore if you have not accepted Christ as your Savior then you are in serious trouble. It really means that those of other faiths start off on a bad foot. After all if the pagan community really is a lesser faith then I guess it doesn’t matter if you treat them badly. We are already damned to them. I really don’t believe he thought he was being hypocritical. He was just representing Christianity the best he knew how… poorly. Although, I can’t say I don’t have a bias against Christianity I can certainly say that I don’t hate Christians. I do hate this kind of hateful attitude towards pagans. I only hope that people realize this is not a reason to hate Christians just Senator Schultheis and others like him who continue to put down groups and people they know nothing about. Make Love, not Hate.
Blessed Be fellow pagans and christians. My heart aches for us all.