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Dog Poop That Powers Streetlights!

This is just the most amazing thing I have seen so far in my life! Basically these kids from this university created a dog waste digester that turns dog poop into power! So basically powering streetlights with dog poop. Think about this.. One day you are walking down the road and you see a piece of poop that someone carelessly left on their grass. You go out and grab your pooper scooper, pick that sucker up and put it in this canister lol. You would never pick up dog poop that didn’t belong to you.. But maybe with this invention you will be able too!

In all seriousness this is an issue that we just need to fix. People in las vegas do not pick up after their dogs.. I think something like this would really help out!

The Town Council here has narrowly approved a contract for a device that would turn methane from dog waste into power for a dog-park streetlight.

Six seniors from Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa, Ariz., will design the dog-waste digester as part of a course this semester to power a light in Cosmo Dog Park. If successful, the pilot project could have a broader application later.

The dog park opened in 2006 and draws more than 600,000 visitors annually from this Phoenix suburb alone. It has been honored twice by Dog Fancy magazine and by msn.com as one of the nation’s best dog parks.

While this town of about 200,000 people ultimately will be responsible for the $25,000 contract, officials are confident they can raise enough money through corporate sponsorships and private donations to fully cover development and construction of the digester. About $3,500 already has been pledged.
“Cosmo has never been a difficult place to raise money in,” Assistant Town Manager Tami Ryall said. “People, they love this park to death.”

Some on the council had expressed reservations about paying for the project, leading to a 4-3 vote Thursday.
Already it costs the town $7,000 a year to collect the dog waste from the park and haul it away, said Manager Louis Andersen of the Solid Waste Division.

Officials hope the digester will encourage park users to clean up after their pets, which doesn’t always happen. It could help reduce the town’s costs by 30 percent, he said.

Using the digester will require a little more effort from dog owners. Instead of throwing waste into the garbage, owners would collect it in supplied biodegradable bags, drop them into the digester and turn a hand crank to stir the mixture so the methane rises to the top, where it would be burned constantly in the lamp.

A similar device was installed last year in Pacific Street Park in Cambridge, Mass. The “Park Spark” was part of a public art project and has since been removed.

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Are shelter puppies just too darn cute?

The stars backstage at my local shelter are the six Basset puppies (and their doting mama) that the staff saved from coccidiosis (an illness caused by a nasty single-celled parasite). A guy brought the two-week-old litter to the shelter, signing over the whole lot, saying “they were just pooping too much.” Well, they were pooping so much because they had diarrhea; one puppy died within minutes of arrival. But our brilliant vet tech whipped into action and saved those dang puppies – mama, poop, and all. And they have just gotten cuter and cuter and cuter. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Closer Look At Dog Poop Bags

Non-dog folks turn pale at the thought. But responsible dog owners, knowing how important it is to clean up after our dogs, think nothing of reaching down and picking up a fresh, fragrant pile of Fido’s feces with our hands. Oh, not our bare hands, of course, but often with nothing more than a couple of millimeters of flimsy plastic between epidermis and excrement. No big deal. Until, that is, one of those handy plastic bags breaks. Intrepid as committed poop-pickers may be, even we will blanche at the thought of . . . well, you can imagine. Read the rest of this entry »

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My dog has the most disgusting habit: eating dog feces!

Help! My dog has the most disgusting habit: eating feces! She’ll eat her own, that of other dogs, cat poop, you name it. It’s gotten to the point where I can’t take her off leash at the park; she spend her whole time trying to find some to eat, and scarfing it down greedily when she sees me running to stop her. What is UP with this? Read the rest of this entry »

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Pick up The Dog Poop

File this under “more preaching to the choir,” because I’m SURE that all people clean up after their dogs – right?! I’m just wondering what some dog owners are thinking when they take their dogs for a walk without a bag. And how do you get the anonymous, unseen dog walkers in your community to clean up after their dogs?  Read the rest of this entry »