, Salem, MA


October 26, 2012

Which golden retriever would be the best fit?


Q: I live in the city and am pretty happy here except for dogs allowed to pee on the granite cornerstone of my townhouse. When I see somebody allowing their dog to lift a leg and pee on my property, I always say something, and usually, the person moves on sheepishly. But I’ve seen a few of them return. Why don’t you dog people respect other people’s property, and how do I get rid of the pee stain and smell?

A: People whose dogs soil other people’s property should be reprimanded, even served with a ticket for disturbing the peace of good neighborliness. For Dog Lady, any random act of disregard is very annoying. Whenever someone with a dog acts disrespectfully, everybody with a dog is tarred by the same brush. If a dog owner allows its dog to pee on your granite cornerstone, all leash holders are suspect. Some people may say, “Oh heck, it’s only a piece of rock. What does it matter?” It matters because the piece of rock belongs to another person.

You can purge the stain and smell by washing the granite with a 4-1 mix of vinegar and water. This solution is nontoxic, and anecdotal evidence suggests it works well to cleanse canine indiscretions.


Monica Collins offers advice on dogs, life and love. Her website is or Contact her at

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