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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Profile: Cara Brown, poop scooper

Cara Brown

During the last 10 years, people have given Cara Brown a lot of crap for not using her Georgia Tech industrial engineering degree. Literally, that is -- she works as a poop scooper for Dirty Work, driving to her clients' yards and picking up where their dogs left off.

Her post-graduation desk job bored her. "I was tired of the solitude and being indoors. It's all about doing what you enjoy, and I really love being outside and with animals."

Although the majority of her business is residential, she also scoops for condos, kennels and events such as Turner Field's Bark at the Park.

She cleans some litter boxes and rabbit cages, but also takes care of "any kind of wildlife poop" in the yard. "We try to pick up anything we find, or the dog could eat it."

She's retrieved paper money and a diamond ring that dogs had eaten, and once came across the plastic eyes a dog ate off a toy. "The pile of poop was looking up at me."

"People are always very careful what they call it. You know they want to use the 's' word, but they'll say something like 'feces' or 'No. 2.' 'Poop' is the biggest."

Photo by Joeff Davis

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