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The art of peeing in the snow

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There’s a heated debate going on about yellow snow over at “Unleashed,” the Baltimore Sun pets blog.

It all got started when a reader — seeing no art whatsover in what happens when hot yellow dog urine splashes onto cold and pure white snow — expressed her displeasure with befouled snow, and went so far as to suggest dog owners chisel, collect and dispose of the icy yellow matter.

“I’m not a dog owner, but I can’t be the only person to be grossed out while trying to walk in Baltimore right now,” wrote Eeda Wallbank. “After the snow last week there are still many areas where the sidewalk or street is the only cleared space for folks to take their dogs out for their business. Most people are still being polite and at least picking the poo up, but the urine is just disgusting.

“The dog goes in the only cleared walk space and urinates, then it freezes. So everyone else has to walk through or attempt to go around these ‘puddles.’ Heaven forbid someone actually slip on ice or snow and fall into greater contact. I shudder everytime I see the yellow snow and thank god I don’t have kids to worry about (my cats are my babies, but they stay firmly inside) … Dog owners carry around bags for poo, what would be so wrong with attempting to remove this frozen urine? Or at least have a small shovel to clear the walk space a little?”

That led to a flood/flurry of comments. Among those that poured in were some siding with Ms. Wallbank, a few suggesting she “get a life,” and many asking if society doesn’t have bigger things to worry about than yellow snow.

Scooping poop is one thing. But I don’t think we need yellow snow laws — even if it does offend the sensibilities of  Ms. Wallbank and others. It’s a fact of life. It passes (twice, in fact). Until the snow melts, step around it, add it to the list of unavoidable wintertime inconveniences, or maybe even try and view it as modern art — a canine, working by instinct, on a vast blank canvas, provided by nature .

It’s a little like that, with one big difference. With yellow snow, everybody knows exactly what the artist was trying to express.

(Artwork: “Yellow Snow,” by John Woestendiek)

Comments

Comment from baltimoregal
Time February 17, 2010 at 11:11 am

LOVE the artwork.

Comment from lawguy1946
Time February 17, 2010 at 11:52 am

Oh, I think that Frank Zappa had the last word on the issue.

Comment from bluhawkk
Time February 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Urine Off Odor & Stain Remover

http://www.entirelypets.com/urineoff1.html?gclid=CJmAo8-l-p8CFQ8E5QoduRYaXA

Will it work on snow?

Comment from Anne’n'Spencer
Time February 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm

And we must never forget that Frank Zappa was born and raised right here in the Queen City of the Patapsco Watershed. I guess that means that in some sense, the concept of yellow snow originated here.

Comment from bluhawkk
Time February 19, 2010 at 11:20 am

Yellow journalism?

Comment from Ellie
Time February 20, 2010 at 4:04 am

These comments are great :)

What this lady fails to realize, is that she is likely stepping on pee ALL the time. She should be GRATEFUL that she can actually SEE it for the time being!

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