Comparing Columbus pooper scoopers

What services do you offer?

Patrick Kelly: “We specialize in 
scooping and removal. 
That keeps us focused.”

Pete Hulse: “We clean up the yard 
and take the waste away. 
We also offer a kitty litter cleanup program.”

John Murphy: “It’s pretty simple: 
pet waste removal.”

Why should people hire you?

Kelly: “Anyone can remove pet waste, so we guarantee our work and put the customer first. We don’t cut corners, and we’re willing to work with customers on payments.”

Hulse: “We were the first in the 
area to do it. We’ve been cleaning up since 1988. We have about 700 customers, and we pick up over a million piles of poop a year.”

Murphy: “I like to keep my customer list small. I’ve been in 
business for 16 years, 
and I’ve had some 
customers for 13 years.”

What factors determine cost?

Kelly: “We have standard pricing 
per dog. We rarely need special pricing for yard size.”

Hulse: “The number of dogs, 
how often we clean, and how far you’re located from the center of Columbus.”

Murphy: “The number of dogs. Distance isn’t an issue, 
as I only serve northern Franklin County.”

How much do you charge?

Kelly: “It’s $36 per month for 
weekly cleaning for a single dog, and another $10 per month for each extra dog.”

Hulse: “It’s $43.33 per month 
for weekly cleaning for 
a single dog, and $58.50 
for two dogs.”

Murphy: “I charge $40 a month 
for the first dog and $22 a month for each additional dog. I typically come weekly.”

How do you keep from spreading 
diseases between yards?

Kelly: “We disinfect our tools and shoes in between each yard with a chemical that contains parvocide. And we disinfect our hands before we leave the service receipt.”

Hulse: “We disinfect our tools 
and shoes after each yard 
with disinfectant that’s designed to kill parvovirus and other diseases that 
dogs might spread.”

Murphy: “I clean my materials at the end of the day once I get back to base with a combination of water and disinfectant.”

Have you ever spotted a health 
problem and been able to give the 
owner a heads-up?

Kelly: “We always look for worms. That’s the most common problem. If you are constantly seeing diarrhea, obviously the dog isn’t doing well. We also see objects in the poop, like socks or underwear. We can let the owner know in the notes on the service receipt.”

Hulse: “You see the same stool 
week after week, so if we see something unusual we call the customer right away. Spotting the unusual is part of our training program.”

Murphy: “One customer had a German shepherd that was just too thin. I told the owner that they had better take the dog to the vet, and they did find a problem. If I see a problem with the stool on a regular basis, I’ll tell the customer.”

Does your company have a motto?

Kelly: “We keep your green clean.”

Hulse: “Leave the disgusting 
job for us.”

Murphy: “They poop, I scoop.”

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Very nice Patrick and Pete!

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