SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Lifestyle

November 30, 2012

Neighbor cleans dog's things in common washer/dryer

Q: I live in a condominium, and residents share a common basement laundry area with three coin-operated washers and dryers. One day, I brought my laundry downstairs and ran into Lucy from the third floor. She’s attractive and has a dog, a Jack Russell terrier named Elvis. When she took her wash out of the machine and put it into the dryer, I saw Elvis’ soggy fleece dog bed transferred from the washer to the dryer.

Yuck. I turned up the water temperature up as high as it would go and hoped the hot water would kill all dog germs — and smells. After the dryer, my laundry came out dry but covered with little dog hairs.

My attraction for Lucy has left the building. Should I also suggest she wash Elvis’ dirty bed somewhere out of the building?

A: Your neighbor Lucy is typical of many dog owners who forget about the lines of decency between their animals and other people. Lucy just assumes it’s OK to wash and dry Elvis’ hairy nest in the common laundry without considering the consequences. Lucy may run her undies through the spin cycle with Elvis’ bed, but that’s her choice. She shouldn’t foist it upon everyone else who uses the washers and dryers. If she had her polite priorities in order, Lucy would launder Elvis’ dog bed in her own bathtub or kitchen sink and not in the machines used by her neighbors.

You could say something to Lucy. Better yet, seek out the manager of the building or a trustee on the condominium’s board. Explain the situation. Suggest that laundry rules be posted in the common area. Included in those could be a list of inappropriate things for laundering such chemical- or oil-soaked articles, as well as animal-soiled “items.” Ask, of course, to remain anonymous. Surely, the building’s managers will see the sense in your suggestions, and Lucy might get the point. And be a big boy, why not go shopping for your own stackable washer and dryer?

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Lifestyle
  • 'White supremacist' arraigned in abuse of step-daughters SALEM -- A man prosecutors say is a white supremacist pleaded not guilty Friday to a 41-count indictment that charges him with physically and sexually abusing his adopted Latina daughters over a five-year period, after marrying their mother. Justin

    July 12, 2014

  • North Shore Community Calendar Saturday, July 12 Beverly: Gloucester Crossing Yard Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Holcroft Park, at Mill Street. Information, 978-745-8071 or www.northshorecdc.org. Danvers: Highlands Bean Supper, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Danvers Highlands Common, 1 Ingersoll S

    July 12, 2014

  • North Shore religion news in brief St. Mary of the Annunciation Church presents Making Music, Praying Twice, a summer camp that brings parents and children together through music and movement designed to foster the Catholic faith and enrich education and family life. The camp will run

    July 12, 2014

  • North Shore religion calendar Sunday, July 13 PJ Library Popsicles at the Pool, 2 p.m., Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Families are invited to cool off with stories, crafts and popsicles at the pool. Parental supervision required. Weathe

    July 12, 2014

  • Friday's Best Bets Best Bets for Friday, July 11

    Looking for something to do today? Check out The Salem News' Best Bets.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vet Connection: Pets gone wild According to a recent marketing survey, about 17 percent of all dogs exhibit signs consistent with a condition known as separation anxiety. Video footage of pets left alone can show excessive pacing, extreme vocalization and, in some cases, a rampage

    July 11, 2014

  • Dog Lady: Looking to dogma for good pet-owner karma Dear Dog Lady: Recently, I took my dog to a "dogma," a yoga class for people and their dogs. The class was developed by a local yoga studio and geared to people and their dogs to hang out together. I am always looking for something fun to do with my

    July 11, 2014

  • Shea_3 Book notes: "Songs without words" by Gerald Shea Imagine trying to read this sentence if the consonants had been deleted. That's what Gerald Shea, who didn't discover he was partly deaf until his early 30s, has dealt with most of his life. "I have great trouble with consonants; I hear vowels well,"

    July 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • hungergames Quick pick: Train for the Hunger Games Calling all tributes! The Swampscott Public Library Teen Area invites teens in grades five and up to train for the 74th annual Hunger Games on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Participants will learn to create lifesaving shelter anywhere; discover how to locate a

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dear Abby: 26-year-old still resents parents who skipped graduation Dear Abby: When I was a child, my parents skipped my elementary school graduation. For that matter, everyone did. My grandfather had just died, so Mom was mourning his loss. Fast-forward a few years -- nobody attended my junior high graduation, eithe

    July 11, 2014

NDN Video
Comments Tracker