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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-10-2009, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Doggie Dooley - any users out there?

We will start relandscaping our back yard this week to make it Hav-friendly, and that includes a Doggie Dooley which is like an underground septic tank for dog poo. You add poo, water, and enzymes, and it supposedly breaks everything down so it will leach back into the soil.

There are several models and shapes.

I would love to know what everyone's experience with this is - does it work? Does it smell? The problems with it?

I am considering the Model 3000, which is a galvanized steel tank (vs. plastic).

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Wow I never even heard of this. I hope someone has some information. What a great idea.

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Jane~ We have one and love it! It works very well. We have the plastic one (not sure the model #) I'm sure the one you're looking at would be a good choice for your boys. Since there's only Tori, and occasionally Rascal (DS's peke), who use it, and Tori doesn't go outside exclusively (she uses her pads more often) so, the smaller one works for us.

I highly recommend it!

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Ive been interested in one of these, too. Someone earlier on here had one and said they were great.

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We had one for a while, but our soil is too clay-ish, I guess, and it didn't gradually soak into the ground, just kept building up. We eventually dug it back up and tossed it. Maybe we did something wrong, though? It sure seemed like a good idea.

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Thanks, Leslie! Sheri, my husband is very concerned that our soil has too high a clay content for this to work effectively. The more I have been looking into it today, the more concerned I am that it might not work for us.

Also, it requires regular maintenance and I know that I am not going to be good about it (putting water in regularly, etc.) I have to honest with myself here!

So, I think what I'm going to do is to line my metal poop collection can with a biodegradable Biobag. I'll collect poop in it for 1 week, and then throw the whole 3-gal bag away. One biodegradable bag per week. 25 bags cost about $6, so with about 52 bags used per year, it is a $12/year solution. The Biobags will supposedly degrade in a landfill. Here's a link: http://www.biobagusa.com/

I looked into those waste disposal services too. They are pricey. They come 1x week and charge about $50/month for 2 dogs' poo removal.

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Jane , I would guess that this wouldn't work very well in the Bay Area because our soil is def. clay. . .



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Jane- I had one in the LA house and admit that I wasn't very good about maintenance either but it worked well anyway. I loved it cause no bags and maintenance just the little scooper we left under the deck. It was the plastic model and worked great.

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What is the cost on something like that?? Why couldnt you put it in a garden area, where the soil is softer? Are there requirements about how far from house? If it is underground and I can help my soil at the same time, it might be something I would consider.

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Jane, I was considering it once but we have clay soil and it is not a good option. As Sheri noted most people have to dig them up. I think biodgradable bags is the best option. I know some people flush the poo down the toilet.

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