Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | June 23, 2010


This is the week to delegate your life, it seems. Do you want a dog, but can’t bother to scoop the poop? Do you want a vegetable garden but you can’t manage to plant one yourself? It’s your lucky week! You can hire someone! Let me tell you what’s available.

Pooper Scoopers

Two companies available – at least from what came across our doorstep (no, not that!). I love this ad: “Are you too pooped to scoop? Don’t let your dog be a pain in your grass…Protecting soles, one yard at a time. For as little as the price of your daily cup of coffee, we’ll do the dirty work for you.” Come on, do you really want “daily cup of coffee” and “dog poop” as part of the same thought process? (and the worst line of all: “upcharge for initial tour of dooty may apply. (emphasis mine)”

Prices – for one visit a week, it costs $12 for one dog, $16.50 for 2 dogs and $22 for three dogs. To visit twice a week, it’s $20, $28 and $38 respectively.

The other company’s tag line is: “CAUSE SOMEBODY HAS TO DOO IT – AND IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE YOU!” (emphasis mine).

On to less titillating topics. Gardens

You can’t bother to plant your own garden? In New Jersey, you can hire someone to do it for you! For someone to plant a raised bed garden, same size as mine (8′ x 4′) – it will cost you $1,000 to plan, design and install the fenced-in beds (not sure if that includes the seedings). I did mine for less than $100, but if you want to pay me to do yours, I’m all ears.


  1. Why is it that when advertisers want to emphasize how cheap something is — sponsoring public television, a child in Angola, etc – a cup of coffee is the daily reference point? Have they not been into Starbucks lately?

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