|Bertie's 'exclusion zone'|
|Bertie near the boundary of the exclusion zone|
Can you believe that I am sometimes criticised by my owner for "taking my house-training to the extreme"?
Well of course we all know that it is wrong to poo (or pee) inside one's home. Or other people's.
I think pee-ing in the garden is just about acceptable. And can in fact be helpful - plants might need watering (even in Aberdeen) and surely it's good to leave the occasional message warning off feline intruders.
But as for what some human's refer to as "number twos"... Well I hope you agree with me that operating an exclusion zone of 100 metre radius, centred on one's house, is appropriate and not at all unreasonable.
I understand that certain dogs rather let the side down and tolerate being turned out into the garden/yard to 'do their business' before bedtime.
I insist on a proper walk.
And after all, a late evening stroll is good for one's human too, don't you think? Even if it means she has to lay down her book or turn off the telly, rouse herself from the warmth and comfort of the sofa, don the many layers of clothing required for even a short venture outdoors at this time of year and check her pockets for poo bags and a torch before accompanying me into the darkness.
Surely no owner who truly loved their dog could object to such a routine?