Very edited photo but....

The truck stops have the right to ban all pets and when I look around at the mess left by drivers who do not clean up after their pets I have to wonder why the truck stops allow people to continue to walk their dogs.  Big dogs leave big messes and usually these are easy to avoid when out walking, little dogs leave small messes and that is usually what we step in.

We have a big dog, Texas, our German Shepard and she does leave a big mess which is easy to clean up as the mess does not hide in the grass.  I order cleanup bags on line and they come with a little holder that attaches to the leash.  Very easy to keep with us and to clean up after Texas. 

Some trucks stops have started providing little kiosks with bags to clean up after pets but that still does not seem to be getting the message across.  Then I wonder why does a truck stop need to provide the little bags when they do not own the pets?  There are facilities that we go into that have started banning pets over this issue and it hurts those that do clean up the messes.

The little bags can be bought at most retail stores or use grocery bags or even use baggies if you have to.  If you are going to have a pet clean up after them.  Often, we see drivers get out of their truck with multiple dogs, sometimes on a leash sometimes not, but we very seldom see them carrying any bags to clean up after their pets.

Think about how many trucks have pets, how often they go to the bathroom, and then imagine none of this being cleaned up?  We complain about drivers going to the bathroom in the parking lot but say nothing about drivers not cleaning up after their dogs and that is just as nasty. 

Before truck stops finally throw up their hands and say no more pets why don’t we as responsible pet owners help to keep the grass clean enough for people to walk across without worrying what they will step in?

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Linda Caffee

Bob and Linda started their driver careers after their children left home for college in 2000. Bob started as a driver for a large motor carrier with Linda as a rider. They decided to enter the Expedite industry as team drivers in 2005 and purchased their first Freightliner. Both, Bob and Linda have had their Class A licenses since the early 80's starting out driving in the oil field and hauling grain as fill in drivers where Bob worked as a diesel mechanic. Linda worked at the local country courthouse in data processing.

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