Poop Group makes your dog's business their own

Leigh Black Irvin

FARMINGTON — It’s been said that nothing is certain except death and taxes, but another item could be added to that list: dog poop.

Kimbo, a 6-year-old Chihuahua, says hello to Kyle Burns of The Poop Group as he cleans up a client's yard on Wednesday in Farmngton.

Helping people manage the latter is one local company’s business. The Poop Group, a pet waste-removal service with the slogan, “Your dog’s business is ours,” has been owned and operated by Farmington residents Carrie Inskeep and Kyle Burns since 2014, offering poop-scooping services to clients in Farmington, Aztec, Kirtland, Bloomfield and Durango.

With more than 100 commercial and residential clients, Inskeep and Burns are up to their elbows in business, which Inskeep says remains steady all year long.

“People ask me if we get less business in the winter, but it’s always pretty steady because all dogs poop, and the poop never stops,” she said.

Inskeep said one of the biggest surprises she’s experienced since owning the business is that a lot of her elderly or disabled customers just aren’t prepared to take care of all the issues related to pet ownership.

Kyle Burns of The Poop Group and Kimbo, a 6-year-old Chihuahua, make friends during one of Burns' stops on Wednesday in Farmngton.

“These are people who really need their dogs, but they just can’t take care of them,” she said. “They love their dogs, but they can’t get outside to clean up after them.”

Other steady customers, Inskeep said, are shift workers such as firefighters and emergency medical technicians who come home after it’s too dark to pick up their dog waste.

Inskeep said getting the word out about the business was a team effort.

“We went door to door with business cards and set up booths at events like the Four Corners Pet Expo. We’d give out Tootsie Rolls because, well, they look like poop,” she said, laughing.

Being a professional poop scooper might not seem like an ideal job, but Inskeep said her team — which consists of three other employees, in addition to herself and Burns — enjoys the work.

“At first, we thought it would be really crappy, but it’s a lot more fun than we thought it would be,” she said. “We love meeting the people, and we have so much fun playing with the dogs. They’re always so happy to see us, and we like giving them a little extra love and playing with them.”

Homeowner Dave Schritter, left, and Kyle Burns and Carrie Inskeep of The Poop Group chat after Burns cleaned up Schritter's yard on Wednesday in Farmngton.

Another misconception about the work, said Inskeep, is that picking up after larger dogs is more difficult.

“People say, ‘It must be horrible to clean up after a mastiff or great dane,’” she said. “But with little dogs, it’s much harder because the poop is harder to find.”

Inskeep and her workers are careful to sanitize their waste-scooping equipment between jobs, and they double bag the waste before removing it from the property.

The Poop Group also offers a deodorizing service for areas such as garages and kennels, as well as a turf-spraying option that breaks down the nitrogen in dog urine, keeping the lawn from developing brown spots.

The company offers weekly service for $12.50, as well as biweekly and monthly options.  Extra services, such as deodorizing or lawn treatment, are $5 each. Because the team doesn’t enter residences, clients do not have to be home when the waste scooping is performed.

Inskeep said many new clients are embarrassed because it sometimes has been years since their dog's waste has been picked up.

“But they shouldn’t hesitate to contact us. We’ve seen everything,” she said. “And we keep all information pertaining to our clients and pets confidential. We take a lot of pride in respecting the yards and the animals,” she said.

Information on The Poop Group can be obtained by calling 505-330-0081 or by visiting The Poop Group Facebook site.

Leigh Black Irvin is the business editor for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4621.