Letter: Not your dog's bathroom
My front yard is not your dog’s bathroom.
Dom Blanco and his wife assumed that a pet owner and pet were doing them a disservice when the male dog was allowed to mark their petunias. The head of the chemistry department at the U of Rochester explained something to us 40 years ago that puts this in a whole different light.
A male dog marks his territory by depositing a teaspoon to tablespoon of liquid on stationary objects or plants. Usually over another animal’s mark. This IDs his territory.
This liquid is usually made up of 25 percent water, 10 percent oils and acids (smell) and the rest is a combination of the same chemicals Dom buys at the nursery when he buys fertilizer for his lawn and plants, nitrogen, phosphorus, etc. So, Dom should be thanking the cute pooch for fertilizing his plants.
There can be a problem, however, if a female puppy (also usually cute) squats she will empty her bladder. This is a much larger amount of liquid than the male marking. If you have recently fertilized your lawn, the addition of the dog urine chemicals might burn it unless you throw water on the spot.
A couple of things to keep in mind.
When nature calls we all have to respond.
Instead of chastising the dog owner and making a fool of yourself, be understanding. This is an opportunity to meet a very friendly person as most dog owners are.
proud dog owner for 50-plus years