I enjoy reading murder mysteries, such as the fabulous Sharon McCone series, by Marcia Muller. I watch them on TV, too. So when it comes time to do something real, such as digging a hole in the garden for the ‘dog loo’, I get to wondering…
The problem with dogs is that they poop. A lot. Two dogs poop at least twice as much as one. Cats have the grace to bury their poop, but dogs just walk off. So gradually the garden fills up with poop. Or not, if you’re diligent and clean up after them. But what do you do with all the poop?
My solution was to buy a ‘clean green dog loo‘. While I doubt we could train the tykes to do the deed into the receptacle, the intention is to scoop up the offending matter and drop it into the ‘bucket’. Also in the ‘bucket’ is some kind of activator stuff and water. The poop dissolves and leaches away into the surrounding garden.
This sounded like a fine idea, so I laid out a rather large sum of money, without reading the packaging… In order to install the dog loo I have to dig a hole about 60 cm square by 70 cm deep. That’s a big hole! Most of our garden is extremely hard to dig. Mt Victoria may be made of fairly crumbly rock, but that rock is just below the surface in our garden and after about 3 cm, digging is hard work, if not impossible.
Still, I managed to find a spot with soil above clay and started digging today. And while digging my two foot square hole my mind wandered onto the topic of disposing of bodies. In murder mysteries it’s not uncommon to dispose of the victim, sometimes by burying them in the backyard or basement. How the heck do they do that?
I didn’t manage to dig down the full 70 cm — it was just too much. How do killers manage to dig down deep enough to bury a body? I suppose that explains all the shallow graves we hear about, but even so… The hole I dug was about two foot square. To bury a person I guess it’d need to be six foot by two or three. That’s a big hole.
Anyway, the idle thoughts stopped there. I gave up on the digging at about 40 or 50 cm. That’ll have to do. No more digging for me. Now I just hope the dog loo will work OK, with a shallower layer of rocks beneath it than it’s meant to have.