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(Anchorage Daily News)   Your sled dog wants bear-proof poop cans...Mr. Hankey unavailable for comment   ( divider line
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2004-12-27 02:55:12 PM  
At least the poop is in the snow.

/think of your local poopsmiths
2004-12-27 06:47:28 PM  
Finally, a 'your dog wants' headline that actually fits!
2004-12-27 06:48:47 PM  
I spoke to my sled dog. He said that he wanted to be replaced with a snowmobile so he could sit by the fire.
2004-12-27 06:48:54 PM  
Your sled dog wants bear proof poop cans? I think the bear would more likely go after the dog and not the mess he left behind.
2004-12-27 06:52:18 PM  
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2004-12-27 07:00:38 PM  

At least the poop is in the snow.

Yeah. And that's the problem. I lived in Anchorage for about a year. The problem is that you have snow and ice on the ground from about Halloween to springtime. That means any dog crap that hits the snow/ground freezes.

After five or six months, the thaw comes and suddenly you've got all this accumulated dog crap that finally starts to decay. It can be extremely nasty in public parks if folks didn't pick up after their dog during the winter. Especially since that meltwater keeps the ground muddy anyway for another month or so...
2004-12-27 07:02:31 PM  

Your sled dog wants bear proof poop cans? I think the bear would more likely go after the dog and not the mess he left behind.

All it takes is one apple core or McDonald's wrapper in the can to attract a bear. And then it scatters all the dog crap everywhere to get at the food item...
2004-12-27 07:04:23 PM  
Hi dee hoo!!!
2004-12-27 07:04:56 PM  
What they don't mention in the article is the big problem of the spring thaw. When it finally gets warm enough and the snow melts, it exposes 1/2 year of dog poop.

But then again this problem is not as bad as the one caused by global warming and melting glaciers:

Biologist Gerry Kuzyk was hiking in the Yukon when he smelled caribou dung and spotted the biggest pile of animal droppings hes ever seen, 8 feet high, stretching over half a mile. Yet there hadn't been caribou in the area for nearly a century. "It was like being in the 'Twilight Zone,'" says colleague Rick Farnell, who helped him investigate the find. "You could see them from a distancebig, black bands of feces. I'm talking tons of it." The mystery was solved when lab analysis showed that the dung had been frozen for thousands of years and only recently exposed by melting ice.
2004-12-27 07:05:12 PM  
I live in Anchorage. I have a sled dog. This year I had three people yell at me because my dogs (I have two... one is a lab) were not leashed - IN THE STATE PARK. In Alaska. Where we have bears and wolves. That will EAT you. And moose. That will STOMP you. Next they'll be telling everyone to pick up moose and bear scat. To all these pansified city folk I say this:

Eat my dog's poo.
And go back to california.
2004-12-27 07:06:30 PM  
Dragstrip marks through the city of anchorage.
2004-12-27 07:06:39 PM  
My girlfriend's Corgi has this nasty habit of eating poopsicles...

2004-12-27 07:07:00 PM  

The smell must be vibrant. Thanks for sharing.
2004-12-27 07:14:35 PM  

I'm sure the bears are more concerned with the other items that would be in the cans. Once they know what a trash can is they'll always check it out. I've seen a few bears up close and personal in our trash cans when I was growing up. Taking out the garbage was not my favorite chore.

/Grew up in Nome Alaska, currently living in Anchorage
2004-12-27 07:18:49 PM  
Sure, they want BEAR-proof poop cans. But what about all the shiat-eating conservatives running around in Alaska?

//funny article, tho
2004-12-27 07:21:09 PM  
Conservatives? In Alaska?
2004-12-27 07:22:02 PM  
2004-12-27 07:32:27 PM  
That's a lot of poop.
2004-12-27 07:45:30 PM  
How do you teach the dogs to use the cans?
2004-12-27 07:48:28 PM  
/In other words, there is a group of officials who have proudly served on the "scoop on poop" committee

//While that farking Rasmussen (whatever?) foundation bought all the glamorous "bear proof" shiat cans, you, your family, or for example your Knights of Columbus chapter could buy the regular ones that are supposed to be holding dog shiat (but dog shiat accessible to bears presumably) & maybe you'll get a plaque mounted by the dog shiat box. Think of that, the wonders of your name, your family, or your lodge being associated by chilled Alaskan, dog-walkers (with handfuls of warm dog shiat ready to dispose) with a big box of dog shiat? Will oportunities to improve the world for pet owners never cease?
2004-12-27 07:55:01 PM  
Each dog produces approx. 3/4 lb. Thats a lot of shiat.
2004-12-27 07:55:35 PM  

The REAL question do you teach the OWNERS to use the cans?
2004-12-27 07:59:18 PM  
Kent can't blame dogs for all the fecal coliform bacteria, but there's a good chance dog poop contributes. There are 59,000 licensed ones and an unknown additional number of unlicensed ones in the city, and their owners have not always been inclined to pick up.

Just remember...Strong Bad says: "A one that is not cold, is scarcely a one at all."

So appropriate.

I grew up in Anchorage, I loved it there. If I could avoid spring thaw every year, it would be one of the greatest places in the world to live. But..that scent of...spring...was so hideous. You'd head outside and find piles of moose nuggets in your yard, and dog crap the size of boulders. It was hideous.

/got snowed in here in Columbus last week
//at least Anchorage knows how to get snow removed from the roads...yeesh...
2004-12-27 08:02:08 PM  

Conservatives? In Alaska?

There's a ton of conservatives in Alaska. Why do you think there's such a stink over ANWR? Wolf-hunting? The Republican governor?

There's a lot of liberals, environmentalists and hippies in Alaska. There's also plenty of conservatives, oil barons and yuppies in Alaska.

There's one thing they agree on, though: if you haven't spent a winter in Alaska, you're a cheechako. ;)

For the record, there's even a political party in Alaska that wants to secede and become its own nation. How's that for conservative!
2004-12-27 08:04:58 PM  

/got snowed in here in Columbus last week
//at least Anchorage knows how to get snow removed from the roads...yeesh...

I feel your pain. I grew up in southern Ohio, and lived in Anchorage for a while.

In Anchorage, snow is off the roads before the morning rush-hour in all but the most outlying areas.

In Ohio, a half-inch of snow shuts down entire towns for the day.
2004-12-27 08:08:00 PM  

It was a joke....

But on that note, I think it's people that AREN'T in Alaska that don't want ANWR opened.

/lifelong Alaskan who would LOVE a bigger dividend
//bought a bike in Reno back in 1998 and was told by FedEx I couldn't ship it to Nome because Nome's a foreign country, but they'd ship it to Anchorage. Might as well be our own country.
2004-12-27 08:09:51 PM  
Ever been to Shishmaref?

I have! What's left of it anyways. Go me.
2004-12-27 08:31:10 PM  
Kesherz's hideous down here. I lived on the east side of Anchorage, and as soon as Muldoon and Northern Lights was completed, I was one of the first sub-divisions cleared on that side. Only had to worry about the snow berm on my driveway.


No...never got to Shishmaref. And...the way it's going...I probably won't. It'll be washed away before I could. When I was in college (here in Ohio) my mom sent me a ADN insert for the upcoming Iditarod. One of my friends was looking through it, and saw the hall of fame part of it, and started laughing at the nickname of Herbie Nayokpuk...the "Shishmaref Cannonball." We were playing indoor soccer that year, and we all had nicknames, and "Shishmaref Cannonball" was certainly more favorable than "Fat Alaskan." So...we went with that.
2004-12-27 08:35:35 PM  
Hey I went to college in Ohio too. Which school did you go to?

I've been to Amchitka, is that better or worse than Shishmaref? One was nuked. The other is underwater.
2004-12-27 09:00:00 PM  
As an anchorage inhabitant, yeah the dog crap stinks during thaw but as long as it isn't *ON* the bike trail where i jog i will get over it. Granted nothing is worse than stepping in poo while playing disc golf but i use that trail system nearly daily and it does not happen that often. And who would want to play about in chester creek anyways? For a city, and I was born back east, anchorage is very clean. I think the money would have been better spent expanding our trail system.
2004-12-27 09:34:54 PM  
Where I live they expect you to pick up your dog poop.
The crazy thing is they want you to flush it down the toilet.
No thowing it in the garbage.

Do sled dogs make good house pets?
I getting a dog in the next year from my local Humane Society.
They get a lot of sled dog puppies from Inuvik NWT.
2004-12-27 09:50:09 PM

i've had good luck w/ sled dogs as house pets, but your mileage may vary.

one thing -- you can't have the same expectation of a sled dog for home protection / barking at strangers as you would other breeds. they typically are not territorial in the same way a german shepard would be (for example) -- a sled dog has more of a connection/territorial instinct w/ the people that make up its family, as oppposed to the house/yard/piece of ground.

in other words, its not likely to bark if somebody is in your yard. its more likely to rip somebody's head off if they are messing with your kids. they get rather pack-oriented, and make it kinda clear its best to not fark with their family.

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to anybody coming to the door...this pooch greets them with a wagging tail and a smile.

to that guy who made the mistake of yelling at my nephew...this pooch greeted him with a faceful of not-so-smiling teeth.

just a different mentality than you might be used to w/ other breeds.
2004-12-27 10:06:40 PM  
Nothing like a steaming canine gift to warm your hand on a cold day.

-dog-sitter, walker, skijorer in Anchorage
2004-12-27 10:11:16 PM  
Thanks heap
You have a good looking dog there.
I've had 2 dogs so far.
A pitbul mix (Bullit) 19 years RIP
and a poddle mix (Chelsea) 17 years RIP
My house feels empty now.
I might get one next week.
On the protection part, the beware of dog sign is all I need.
2004-12-27 10:32:33 PM  

I went to Cedarville University...a small private school near Dayton, then did my Masters down at Ohio U in Athens. I came to Columbus to hopefully do my doctorate here...we'll see.

/These Buckeye fans scare me.....
2004-12-27 11:03:24 PM  
$839 for a bear-proof can. OK, I think that is a bit steep, but since I don't know what all goes into making a garbage can bear-proof I won't comment on that one.....

$275 for a regular garbage can??? Are they out of their freaking minds???

1. Buy garbage cans at Walmart for $9 apiece
2. Take said cans to Alaska
3. Trade said cans for Alaskan bud
4. Bring said bud back to midwest
2004-12-28 12:29:24 AM  

Hey, I used to live just off Muldoon! Cool. :)
2004-12-28 06:08:21 AM  
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