By mysticcharoite, Aug 21 2018 02:32PM
Those who surround themselves by creatures four legged (and, although I’ve never thought about it, I guess by feathered friends too) spend a lot of time considering poop. By considering, I mean forensically examining, fretting about, discussing and even occasionally posting about on Social Media.
The fact you’re even reading this makes me fairly certain you’re an animal person in some involved way. You’re probably also a bit too comfortable with talking about poop, sometimes a little too loudly and in the wrong setting. Remember, not everyone has animals.
While the eyes may be the window to the soul, poop is the window to the body; or at least to a lot of what is going on inside that body.
We’ve been promoting a campaign at work urging people to “Look Before You Flush” because the toilet bowl does tell tales on some serious diseases that could be quietly damaging your body with little indication otherwise. I spent some time when I was young staying with an elderly great aunt whose social circle was not shy about discussing their bowel movements but generally when most people talk about “behind closed doors” the bathroom door is very much one of them.
So most of us probably have a much more intimate knowledge of our dogs’ poop than what we flush away ourselves. Where our dogs are concerned, we tend to understand what is normal, what is “what on earth have you eaten?”, what is “better keep an eye on this” and what falls into the “get me the vet’s number now” category. Who needs the Bristol Poo Scale when you live with dogs, it is second nature. No reference needed.
We’ve all cleaned up a poomageddon from time to time that might even have involved dismantling a vehicle interior, forensically picked apart a poop to find out what the dog has eaten and been on poo watch when we know exactly what a dog has eaten (what he shouldn’t!).
And we’ve all experienced the sheer relief that poo can bring. Relief of the psychological variety, I mean, although often the dog is probably feeling better for the experience too. The relief when the dog produces his first near solid poo in days, when he produces the object he swallowed approximately 14 hours before or when he finally poos at all after mysteriously bottling it all up.
My colleagues think it absolutely hysterical when I have to take an hour off work to go home and check so-and-so’s poop. They can also probably hear the “Yessss!” back at base when I find the absorbent pad from the bottom of the meat packaging rolled and wrapped like a fine poo cigar (you can tell this has happened more than once) because with the best will in the world, dogs are bloody pirates when it comes to teaching you to be more careful about the disposal of stuff.
Anyway, keep checking the poop, keep sharing anything unusual and keep having that baseline understanding of what’s normal for the animals in your care. You never know, you might start taking more notice of your own because, well, s***t happens!