Septic Tanks for Dogs and Other Things I Didn’t Know I Should Be Grateful For

Maybe it’s because ol’ Fido is now guarding the golden gates.  That’s the excuse I’m using for not knowing about Doggie Septic tanks. This handy dandy Do-It-Yourself project allows you to bury a vat in a corner of your yard. Add a few chemicals like Rid-X and each time you pick up Lassie’s doo,  toss it in. There are even nice-looking lidded models to buy if all your projects tend to look like you were drunk while doing them. Why didn’t I know about this when ol’ Shep (or whatever the dog’s name was) hung around? I would’ve been thankful for the convenience, and our neighbor would’ve been  thankful I wasn’t tossing those “dog logs” over the fence anymore.

What it looks like when our planet sunbathes

Now that I know about this planetary phenomena, I breathe a prayer of thanks for earth’s Magnetic Field.  It’s the reason we’re not wearing sunblock SPF  2,537, and this place doesn’t look like a Terminator movie set. This nifty bit of creation constantly deflects the solar wind which spews from the sun like Hurricane FlashFry. Read about the little song the earth makes as it works.  And when you have a bad day, you can remind yourself to be thankful…at least the ol’ magnetic field is one thing that went right today.

Libraries. I forget to be thankful for them. But as brick and Librarymortar bookstores disappear, this is the last bastion of hard-backed word containers. And bless Mrs. Morgan, the librarian in my little hometown Carnegie Library. She was older than river rocks, and yet fought like Churchill to defeat any challenge to get a book banned.  Thanks to librarians everywhere who kept copies of the banned books: (a few are)

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, 1884
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X and Alex Haley, 1965 (Grove Press)
  • The Call of the Wild, Jack London, 1903
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams, 1947
  • The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane, 1895
  • Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, Alfred C. Kinsey, 1948 (Thanks Mrs. Morgan!!!)
  • James and the Giant Peach, Ronald Dahl ,1961 (Frequently challenged. Most recently 1991)

I’m thankful for People who have a “Martha Stewart” gene. I don’t. So many of my good-intentioned projects go awry.  I panic and mentally think of Costco whenever I need to take a dish to an event. I am thankful there are other folks who will foo-foo up the Thanksgiving table and make food which doesn’t look like something that should be put in the Septic Tank for Dogs.

I’m glad to provide a this great public service of being a klutzy cook. For example, this isn’t a picture of my Apple Treats.  Mine turned out more horrific. Not even the crows would eat them.


So no matter what kind of failure you have on a meal, rest assured, it’ll never look worse than something I cooked up. I’ll make you feel good about your cooking.

And that’s something YOU probably didn’t know to be thankful for.
May all you November days be thankful ones.

NOTE: I only post once a month now, but drop back by this month and check my progress on National Write a Novel Month for November.(Top of Widget). I could use a few pushes and an elbow to the ribs everynow and then. I’d appreciate it.

About Barb

I escaped from a hardscrabble farm in Oklahoma. I'm not sure why people think I have an accent. I miss the sunshine, but not the fried foods.
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13 Responses to Septic Tanks for Dogs and Other Things I Didn’t Know I Should Be Grateful For

  1. Al says:

    For some reason I have not been getting notifications of your post any longer. I just “re-followed” to see if that corrects it. Sorry. I’ll be catching up now. As for the doggie tanks….do they come with instructions for how to teach the dogs to open the lid before they use it?


  2. JSD says:

    Wow, all those years we had dogs when I was married and I never knew about the doggie septic tank. it would have saved me hours and hours and hours of picking up and bagging dog poop. Oh well, live and learn. I got rid of the Ex and the dogs and will never have either again. But it’s great information to pass along to others. Thanks!
    P.S. I know I’m late getting to this post of your’s, but it’s good to see you again. 🙂


  3. Wow. You are killing nanowrimo! Guess I’d better quit visiting my favorite blogs and get back to work.


  4. I love hearing from you whenever you have time to drop a line. Fun post.


  5. Nisha says:

    Yep, never underestimate the power of gratitude.
    Yay, you’re nanowriming it this year, good luck! Just imagine me cheering you on with my pom-poms… 😀


  6. That is a great septic tank idea. Everyone should read this especially a few neighbors of mine who leave dog poops in a public lawn when there is a poop bag and bin everywhere. Great post!


  7. Yay!! You’re in on nanowrimo too. Good luck!


  8. colonialist says:

    I should have known about that septic tank idea ages ago! Thanks for the tip; I shall implement it!


  9. Rose L. says:

    LOL Your mouths are perfect for Halloween. Ahhh…I had seen those doggie tanks but never knew what they were! At a few homes I would see that in the ground and always wondered. Now I have been educated! I should tell my neighbors about it!


  10. grins says:

    hola, been real busy teaching archery, hence no posts. I can relate with your husband on your retirement post.


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