The dog library

“Dogs need to sniff the ground; it’s how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued into the next yard.” — Dave Barry

Howie and I were just talking about how funny our dog Emma is when it comes to pooping. Dog owners know about the sometimes elaborate poop dances I’m talking about. When she was a puppy, this dance was accompanied by various whines and vocalizations, as if she was afraid she wouldn’t find just the right spot.

She’s quieted down now, but still has her idiosyncrasies. When she finally finds a choice spot, Emma teeters on her incredibly long legs and commences (ahem) downloading. Surely a more embarrassing position has never been realized than a dog in the midst of this activity; actually, I’m probably just anthropomorphizing, because she really doesn’t seem particularly mortified at defacating in public.

Often, while her back end is occupied with its task, she leans forward and sniffs the grass and air. It’s a pretty leisurely afair, in all. Like I said to Howie, “I guess it’s her way of reading, you know? If you think about it, it’s not much different than us reading magazines whiile sitting on the commode!”

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