Whether you feel it's the return of warmer, brighter mornings, the longer days, or the emergence of buds on trees and plants breaking through the once frozen soil, the start of spring is an excellent time of year. Different people have different viewpoints on when this time of year begins. Scientists consider the beginning the vernal equinox. Teachers consider it when snow pants and boots can officially be brought home for good. Many others even correlate the start of this season with Easter. Baseball fans always consider opening day the start of spring and the gateway to summer. However, one moment stands out above these events and for many people, especially dog owners, that moment is the official start of spring. The snow is melting, the sun is shining, and the dog poo is emerging. After months of being buried by snowfall after snowfall and getting caked into the snow banks by ice and frost, the weather finally warms enough to allow piles and piles of excrement to be excavated. To me, forget the flowers, ignore the equinox, and pass on baseball, it is the thawed dog poo collection that officially signifies the end of winter and the start of spring.