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Cara Brown, 37, pooper scooper, Atlanta
Brown closed her computer consulting business 12 years ago and started a dog-cleanup business with a partner. Now, several days a week, she cleans up poop from yards, apartment complexes, and neighborhoods.
Don't Poo-Poo This Job When I tell people what I do, the reaction I get most often is laughing and an onslaught of one-liners: "That must be a crappy job" or "Are you the Grand Poo-bah?"
Waste Not, Want Not The reason we've succeeded is because it's a dirty job and people don't want to do it themselves. We show up, scoop up, and take away all of the waste. If the dogs are outside, we play with them. When it's rainy, everything smells more and is slippery and more difficult to clean.
Grossest Moment One client had been piling the waste in the yard and she wanted us to take it all away on our first visit. But rats had created catacombs in it and all kinds of bugs were living in it -- and they were not happy to be disturbed.
Dog Days I work with so many dogs that were puppies when we started out, and now I have a relationship with them. The dogs appreciate what we do.