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The dog-poop scooper who wouldn't go 'prospecting' for clients

Regina pet owners could pay him to do some unpleasant spring cleaning, but there were limits to the service he could provide.

Scooping and Spring cleaning

33 years ago
Duration 1:54
A Regina man was launching a spring cleaning-related business aimed at pet owners.

There were limits to the level of service Blaine Jackson could provide to pet owners in Regina.

Blaine Jackson is seen talking about his pet cleanup business in March of 1989. (Midday/CBC Archives)

He would pick up what their dogs had left behind in the snow, as long as he could see it from the surface.

Beyond that, they were on their own.

"I don't go prospecting," Jackson told CBC News back in 1989, when describing the business he had launched at the start of that spring.

For most pets, he charged just $5 per yard that he cleaned.

Blaine Jackson's setup was simple -- he used a car to transport a small set of tools to his clients' homes. (Midday/CBC Archives)

But, there were exceptions.

"A Saint Bernard will do in one day what a poodle will take all winter [to do], so you can't really charge by the bushel or the pound or anything," he said.

Jackson said he'd grown up on a dairy farm and to him, doing what he was doing wasn't a big deal.

"There was the barn to be cleaned out every day," said Jackson. "And we're talking tons upon tons here, so a little doggie-do here and there doesn't faze me."

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