Product Type: Bob Martin dog accessories
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Scooping the poop
Bob Martin Poop Scoop Bags
Member Name: melinda3536
Bob Martin Poop Scoop Bags
Date: 23/02/13, updated on 23/02/13 (67 review reads)
Advantages: Strong, good size, good price
Since we acquired Jake, our (now five year old) Jack Russell, I have been buying these bags for the safe disposal of his by-products! Through the process of getting his diet right, the poop has varied tremendously in volume, texture and most other ways you could think of, including two nasty bouts of gastritis due to foraging, so this is the story so far of our journey with these bags.
Firstly, they chose me, in the sense that initially they were my only option in a hurry when he came to us, at short notice, when he was two. They're the only brand that our local Tesco stock, and our Local Co-Op too for that matter. They are very sturdy for their thin construction, and in three years I think I've only holed two of them when picking up offending articles, both times I think that they were tricky loads hiding in longish grass. Generally the classic technique of turning the bag inside out over the hand, then using the bag like a glove to pick up his waste, bringing the bag up around it, then tying the handles together does the trick. It took me a while to notice that they actually said that they were bio-degradable, something that concerned me after a while as I was suddenly consigning a lot of plastic to the waste system.
The bags are a generous size, they certainly cope with a small dog's produce with no trouble at all most of the time. I've often used it for the morning walk deposit and then collected an errant pile from the back yard from the last trip out before bed in the same bag. Going by the piles left lying around by others on the local verges, I've not yet seen a load that wouldn't fit easily into one of these, except perhaps the horse manure...
The only times when one bag hasn't been enough is when the poor boy had the runs, and two or three were necessary to make as good a job as I could to minimise left-over contamination. Thankfully since we switched to James Wellbeloved food his stomach's calmed down a lot and this rarely happens at the moment! Long may that continue.
The bags are black, and come in packs of sixty. They're in a plastic wrap similar to a pack of travel tissues or nappy sacks - in theory it' suppose to be easy to pull out one at a time, but in reality I usually end up with a handful. This isn't a major problem for us though. It is also possible to buy them in a 'handy dispenser roll' pack, again sixty bags, but divided into three separately wrapped rolls of twenty each, perforated, but with no tie handles. I have only bought them like this once and wouldn't get them like that again out of choice as I found it too fiddly. Trying to get a bag off a roll, which though perforated was quite hard to separate, while hanging on to an impatient dog is not an easy manoeuvre. Add in cold weather and gloves and it's almost impossible. I ended up having to just take a couple of bags off the roll before I left the house, so it was no more handy than having a normal pack as far as I was concerned.
I can thoroughly recommend these bags, they've also come in useful for many other things such as collecting shells when we've been on holiday (there's always one in a pocket somewhere left over from a walk!), and throwing out bones from meat stock - the neutralising scent isn't overpowering, but again like nappy sacks, goes a fair way to covering up nasty smells until the next refuse collection. While I can see a usefulness for the bags on a roll version if you take your dog on holiday and need a large supply close to hand in a pocket for a few days, on the whole I much prefer these tie-handled ones that are packed individually. At around £1.60 a pack, they're reasonable priced, simpler, bigger, easier to use and easier to carry when it's been used too as you can loop it over your finger until you get to the bin. A thumbs-up from me!
Summary: Durable despite their thin construction, indispensible!