Monday, September 29, 2014

Scoop the Poop for Jasper!

Arf! Arf! I’m calling on all my dog friends to be like Jasper and tell their owners to scoop the poop!

Jasper—RIP--was the first dog volunteer to help Lynnhaven River Now with this campaign.

Over a decade ago (before my time), Jasper sat and stayed for this zany photograph, created by his owner John Koehler.   Arf! Arf!

Jasper has been a role model for good dogs ever since. He urged folks to scoop the poop everywhere, whether in their yard, in someone else’s yard, in the park or on the beach. Three bones for Jasper!

Jasper knew that when Lynnhaven River Now first started its campaign to clean up the river, up to a third of the pollution in the river could be from dog waste!  Grrrrr!

He also learned that bacteria from dog poop flows into the river not only from riverfront property but also from storm drains all over the northern part of the city! Grrrrrr!

Jasper would tell you that every new dog owner has to be educated about the importance of scooping the poop to keep the river clean.  Arf! Arf!

That means dogs, like me, though we will never be as famous as Jasper, have to step up to the plate. Arf! Arf!

Bring your owners and come to see and bark with me and other good dog volunteers at LRN’s Fall Festival October 11 at Rosemont Forest Elementary School and at the Virginia Beach SPCA’s Walk for the Animals on October 19 at the Oceanfront’s 31st Street Park.

Tell your owners if they sign LRN’s scoop the poop pledge, we’ll give you a scoop the poop scarf and even put your photo on the Scoop the Poop-Virginia Beach Facebook page.

Help me keep Jasper’s legacy alive!   Scoop the poop and keep the river clean.  Arf! Arf!

Barked by Sam to his person, Mary Reid Barrow 


  1. Dog poop degrades water quality, but so does cat poop. Does Lynnhaven NOW have a cat poop policy? Toxoplasmosis is a disease carried by felines which presents health risks to people and wildlife. AND

    1. We agree, and we encourage homeowners to keep their cats indoors. Not only does the fecal matter affect our waterways, but outdoor cats also have a devastating effect on our song bird populations. It is estimated that outdoor cats kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds every year.