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Sorry dog owners, there is no poop fairy

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If you walk a dog, or have walked where a dog walks, you probably have been enlightened on a simple truth: dogs do not clean up after themselves. Another ground-breaking, earth-shattering fact is this: there is no poop fairy. That's right, there is no magical creature that will walk behind your dog and take care of their waste.  

While we can all agree that not cleaning up after a dog is annoying, there are also some potent truths about dog waste that are surprising. According to, dog waste attracts rodents, causes burn marks on lawns, and is actually toxic. Dog waste can carry diseases like parvo, roundworms, tapeworms and salmonellosis. 

Diseases like this are no laughing matter, but Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor wants to remind people to do the chore in a fun way. They would like a sign featuring the fictional poop fairy to display on their lawn, and are holding a contest for someone to create that fairy. The winner will receive a $100 gift card to Green Acres Kennel Shop, or a $50 gift card to a locally owned business in the greater Bangor area. 

Don Hanson, the co-owner of Green Acres Kennel Shop, says that he came up with the idea for the contest when he saw a sign on Facebook with a fairy on it. Hanson says that one of the goals of the contest is to raise awareness about the ongoing problem of people not picking up after their dogs. 

Green Acres Kennel Shop stated that entries should be in color, and contain no text. They say that they are looking for an illustration of a mythical fairy that has a 'tasteful, yet humorous appearance.' Electronic entries can be emailed to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Non-electronic submissions can be sent to 1653 Union St., Bangor, ME 04401-2204, ATTN: Don. Entries should be on a white background or paper. 

A person can enter the contest up to three times, and entries must be submitted by May 31. According to Green Acres Kennel Shop, all entries become their property. 

Once all the entries are collected, the top three to six choices will be displayed on Green Acres Facebook page, as well as in their store. Once the winning design is selected, it will be used for signs at Green Acres Kennel Shop. If there is enough interest, signs may be made for resale.


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