A: Well hello Jodie! I am Lucy, formally a dog walker from Hertfordshire, England, I’m also a holistic canine behaviourist with a strong passion in nutrition too. My background working with dogs spans 18 years now so when I arrived in Scotland 2 years ago from having a well earned break for a few months in the South of France, I naturally wanted to continue working with dogs. Returning to dog walking was not an option though as I feel that the market is over saturated as it is and you really need local knowledge tomake a success of it and be able to create a sustainable business, so that wasn’t an option.
Because diet affects behaviour I started thinking of other ways to create an income whilst looking for behavioural clients and it struck me that if I skipped the dog altogether and went straight to what comes out the rear end, the poo will tell me what diet a dog is on and I can maybe influence dog owners to think about changing their dogs diet to help with not only behaviour, but with general health too which can drastically cut down on vet visits.
A:Once I started looking in to other dog waste clearance companies and dog waste in general it also struck me that every single ounce of dog waste was ending up in landfill! Something I wanted to change, so I started looking into ways of eco friendly ways of disposal, and anaerobic digestion kept coming up top of the list for not only stopping it going to landfill but for being the most eco friendly method of disposal PLUS giving the poo a purpose by turning it into power and a fertiliser! WIN, WIN, WIN!
A:Funny you should ask that Jodie. Whilst on this journey of discovery, I also found out about a genius man called Brian Harper whom I’m now working with. He has invented a dog poo powered lamppost! Ha! It’s called the K9 Lantern and he has one in his front garden with street access to it, it’s proved a roaring success and after almost 3 years of constant use has now cleared a 10 mile radius of previously poo littered streets. The very gimmick of the idea is encouraging even the “less inclined” to pick up after their dogs, and not just the locals, but all the tourists use it too. (Brian lives in the Malvern Hills on a very popular tourist route). I am in charge of getting these rolled out across the whole of Scotland and I also bagged Derbyshire as my patch as well since I’ll be moving there this year, so I aim to get them rolled out across the whole of Derbyshire too. Woohoo!
A:So, I have the bit between my teeth now and start looking for a biomass farm to take the dog waste…. only to discover that NO WHERE in Scotland takes it! Devastated at my discovery, I think to myself, well, something HAS to be done about this. Apart from anything else, how do I become an eco friendly company without the resources to help me? It made absolutely no sense to me as to why this wasn’t already available. I discovered there was a dog waste company in St Albans, Herts (my home town funnily enough) which takes their dog waste to a biomass farm, so I knew I wasn’t asking the impossible, so why was Scotland not already on board especially seeing as they are one of the world leaders in innovative environmental matters? I have no answer for this as yet. Watch this space.
A:Well firstly, it stops it all going to landfill and all that methane being sent up into the ozone so it’s good for the environment. Secondly, the methane actually gets put to good use – POWER. And thirdly, it also kicks out a mean fertiliser to use on our plants. The benefit to us is education and cleaner streets. I want to change people’s perception of dog poo. If we start looking at every dog poo lying in the park or street as a pound coin or a free cup of tea, then we might be a bit more proactive about clearing up after our dogs. If each dog poo was a pound coin, there wouldn’t be any on our streets or left on the grass in parks but at the moment, it’s viewed as waste – just a smelly, gross nuisance that gets stuck on your shoe.
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