A few days ago, I spotted a sign on a truck that read “DogScapes.” Upon closer examination, I deduced that the business was one specializing in cleaning up dog poop. And I was right.
About 20 years Mike Sinnott saw a guy cleaning dog poop from his neighbors’ yards—professionally–and thought, “This guy is an idiot. In a Will Ferrell way.” Until recently, he had not thought about that man or his profession.
But a day came when he needed a way to supplement his day job in law enforcement (he doesn’t want to be more specific than that) and picking up dog do-do didn’t seem quite so idiotic. In fact, it made sense: low overhead (bucket, rake, a few chemicals), light workload, outside job with dogs—which he likes. Not much of a downside.
So, he went looking and found out that DogScapes is a franchise that does just what he has in mind. That was less than a year ago and he’s slowly getting established in Roanoke.
He cleans individual yards and those for apartment complexes, charging a base $48 a month (four visits) for one dog and $9 for each additional dog. No cats yet. “Bigger dogs are easier,” he says, “because their waste is easier to find.” He searches the yard in a grid, but finding the poo is sometimes like “finding shell casings at a shooting range.”
It’s a job he can perform year-round and not interfere with his profession and it’s one the 50-year-old Kansas native likes.
You can reach him at 540-797-5792.