Happy Chinese New Year to You and Your Dog!

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What do the Los Angeles Stormwater Program and Chinese New Year have in common?! Believe it or not, the answer is… dogs!

Chinese New Year is tomorrow and it’s the Year of the Dog! In case you don’t already know, here are a few fun facts about Chinese New Year:

  • It is probably the most important (and the most widely celebrated) holiday in Chinese tradition.
  • It celebrates hard work, well-deserved relaxation and prospects of a prosperous new year.
  • The holiday is marked by time spent with family and friends, special meals and gift giving.

But what does it mean that it’s the Year of the Dog? According to Chinese astrology, each year in the Chinese zodiac calendar is represented by one of twelve animals. That animal has characteristics, feelings and behaviors associated with it. Honesty, friendliness, responsibility and a desire to make the world a better place are all associated with the Dog.

Here at LA Stormwater, we encourage you to take on those traits this year and help us prevent stormwater pollution, especially when it comes to picking up your dog’s waste! When dog poop is left on the ground, it can get carried into our local waterways by rain, sprinklers, car washing, etc. and leach harmful bacteria and parasites into the water. You definitely don’t want you, your friends, your family or your dog to swim in that!

So, this year, show that you are honest, friendly, responsible and want to make the world a better place by picking up your dog’s waste! But, you don’t have to do it alone! Here a few helpful steps you can take to make sure this task is as easy as possible:

  1. Get a free canister of dog waste bags or a refill roll of bags here.
  2. Clip the dog waste canister to your dog’s leash so you never forget bags.
  3. Keep a backup roll of bags in your home and/or car.
  4. Tell your friends, family and neighbors so you can all do this together!

Have a Happy Chinese New Year!

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