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Apart from the nonsensical dialogue, the following is a true story. :P I had to give it the words since my dog refuses to speak human to me. The scoring chart appears later in this post if you are looking for that specifically :P
Donna: Oh look, look! That black cat is pooping!
Human: You know it’s rude to stare.
Donna: That’s ok, we’re to the back of him anyway.
Human: Oh geez, that’s not the point.
Donna: Don’t oh geeze me, I can’t think of anyone ruder than you! You stare at me all the time. You even say “poop” very loudly every time I poop! If that’s not embarrassing, I don’t know what is!
Human: Hey, hey, at least I say “poop” and not “BOMBS AWAY!!!!!” ok. And if you would only learn to poop on command, I’ll stop saying it repeatedly right away. :D
Donna: You know something is wrong with the way you are doing it if I’m not behaving the way you want me to. Oh look, the black cat is done! He doesn’t seem that effective, is he? The way he is pawing half-heartedly at the ground? … Oh-oh, he saw us!… He’s going away… let’s go, let’s go… I gotta sniff the poop!
Human: I can’t believe this… if you go sniff it, people may think it is your dog poop, not a stray cat’s poop.
Donna: Well, pick it up then. You pick up my poop all the time. See, I stay here and sniff nicely while you pick it up. :3
The poop on command, apparently there is such a thing – see video. We’ve not have a puppy so I’m not sure how applicable this trainer’s instruction is, but it does sound logical. Unfortunately, it may be too late for our adult dog since she only goes once a day. :P
Fecal Scoring System for Cats and Dogs
We developed the habit of checking Donna’s poop whenever we pick it up to throw after that time she murdered a beanie panda and started pooping beanie pallets for perhaps less than a week.
Normally, it is also a good habit to check just to make sure she is doing ok on whatever food we are feeding her, and also if there are other strange things that she may have ingested without us knowing. So it is useful to at least know what poop belonging to a healthy dog should look like – see this useful poop scoring chart to the left. I’ve shrank the image so it’s small and less offensive :P
Found this chart via Sand Springs Chesapeakes, who also wrote about intestinal parasites that can cause a pet’s poop to be abnormal. I found that gross and interesting, since I’ve not read up on the topic before. :P
According to the company that created this chart, you want your dog or cat to poop something that will score 2 points. Description of the scoring scale follows below.
Fecal consistency is primarily a function of the amount of moisture in the stool and can be used to identify changes in colonic health and other problems. Ideally, in a healthy animal, stools should be firm but not hard, pliable and segmented, and easy to pick up (Score 2).
Stool very hard and dry
Much effort required to expel feces from body
No residue left on the ground when feces picked up
Often expelled as individual pellets
Stool firm but not hard
Pliable and segmented in appearance
Little or no residue left on ground when picked up
No segmentation visible
Leaves residue but remains firm when picked up
Feces very moist (soggy)
Distinct log shape
Leave residue and loses form when picked up
Feces very moist
Distinct shape (piles rather than log shape)
Leaves residue and loses form when picked up
Feces has texture but no defined shape
Occurs in piles or looks like spots
Leaves residue when picked up
Feces watery, flat, with no texture
Occurs as puddles
Leaves residue when picked up
Scoring description quoted from this document – http://www.purinaveterinarydiets.com/getresource.axd?category=content&id=1325
Image referenced from – http://www.foothillpethospital.com/pet_info-fecalscoring.html – via Sand Spring Chesapeakes