The New York Times
June 5, 2009
In rough economic times, Lashelle and Mark Davis have cut back on treats like date nights, their outings to New York City from their Westchester County home for dinner and a show. But Mrs. Davis has made it clear that there is one luxury she will not give up: her professional pooper scooper.
His name is John Patterson, and he arrives twice a week, waste pan and shovel in hand, to clean up the mess left on their wraparound lawn by Daisy, their white German shepherd. His scooping is particularly appreciated in warm weather, when lawn use and bad odors rise along with the temperature.