To say the 24th of April 2021 was shitty would be an understatement, but in the best kind of way. Over 50 dogs and their owners joined in to clean up the Tokai Plantation of poo in support of our Tails on trails ZA campaign.
The weather came through for us with warm, windless conditions and we took to the forest area to seek stinky mounds layered on the park grounds. We managed to collect 2 black bags filled with poo. This is not only a great outcome but also very disappointing as it just shows how bad the ‘shituation’ is in public spaces
The most common remarks of the day from attendees were “I can’t believe how much we were able to collect” and, “There is still more to collect even after our hard efforts to clean the area”. Tails on trails organised the event not only to clean up the area, but to create awareness and educate others of how this issue needs to be addressed. We believe that not only passer byers but the attendees themselves learnt a lot on this day, and going forward will be taking further action to help with the #TailsOnTrailsZA initiative.
On a lighter note: many Cape Town accounts who we have followed for months on Instagram, but have never met, finally were able to share a day with us in person – getting to know the humans and animals behind the accounts. It really was a spoil to meet all the beautiful like-minded people wanting to help make a difference and keep our tails on trails. The dogs were also able to socialise but have as much space they needed to feel comfortable.
While the attendees teamed up to collect as much poo that they could, the Tails on trails team snuck in a treasure hunt type challenge – hiding 3 poo emoji posters around the plantation for lucky poop scoopers– to win a prize sponsored by Cyril of Tails On Trails ZA, Petcart and, Max and Willow Shop.
All our attendees (including dogs that couldn’t physically make the event but were represented by their FURrents) received a goodie bag filled with spoils from local small businesses.
- A discount voucher to Petcart’s online pet store.
- Gorgeous and 100% compostable poo bags to sample from The Big Scoop.
- A 10% discount for the all-new Max and Willow Shop pet boutique.
- A delicious BILTONG biscuit for each dog from, From The Barkery that were enjoyed at the event or as a treat when home.
- A 10% discounts for Petsville SA’s pet furniture store.
- The secret forest café offered discounts for their coffee, cookies and croissants for all attendees to enjoy after their hard efforts in the morning.
We would like to thank all these small businesses for contributing and investing in our campaign to keep our tails on trails. We cannot express enough gratitude for these local companies of which some even showed face at the event to clean up and meet some Cape Town accounts.
Important items to pack
- Compostable poo bags. You need a good poo bag and we highly recommend the Big Scoop 100% compostable poo bags. They can break down naturally over plastic or biodegradable bags which need to be specially processed
- For a spoil we pack in some delicious From The Barkery biscuits for that special prize waiting at the peak and a Nut based bar or dried fruit for humans.
- ALWAYS carry a small medical aid kit and emergency numbers
- Our new favourite item to bring on our walks is the Max and Willow shop Poop loop, to make carrying poo easier than it ever has before.
- A wind breaker, proper walking shoes, hat and suncream.
Need to know:
- You can participate by just picking up that extra poo on your walks and tagging @ImJustCyril and #TailsOnTrailsZA
- You currently don’t need a map to find extra poop on trails…. Lets change this!
Personal message from CEO of Tails on Trails ZA
We would like to thank each one of the people/dogs that made this event possible, from the accounts who shared the event to the attendees and sponsors.
5 months ago, this was all a wild idea that sparked after spending so much time picking up other dog poos on our adventures while defending those same owners – who weren’t doing their duty – on Facebook pages, slamming dog owners, and partitioning to have them banned.
We want to show the national parks and government that majority of us dog owners are responsible and do our duty for everyone to enjoy the public areas. Take photos and only leave paw prints.