Dog’s Bathroom Rights

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Now that the weather is getting warmer, and I’m spending more time outside, my thoughts have shifted to one thing: Dog pee.

When walking around neighborhoods with large dog populations (typically more affluent neighborhoods); I smell warm air, the occasional whiff of rotting garbage, and the pungent stench of dog pee.

It’s gross.

Last week Andy commented that in NYC, a human can be arrested for relieving themselves in public, but dogs can basically pee anywhere and everywhere. And they do.

Just to be clear, he wasn’t saying that humans should relieve themselves all over the city. But I have seen people let their dogs mark everything in their paths, and when I need to go, I can’t find a public restroom to save my life.

I live in NYC. It’s 2015. Dogs have more restroom rights than I do!

On Friday, I saw the halal cart guy in front of my office, coming out of Home Depot. For a second, I wondered if he was shopping, and then I realized he was using Home Depot’s bathrooms.

I love places like Home Depot, Starbucks, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Petco for providing this service to humans without making us buy anything. They help keep our city streets and our pants clean.

NYC needs to offer real bathroom resources to us humans.

Open the subway bathrooms back up. Build more public restrooms. Give us bathrooms like the ones in Bryant Park. Do whatever you need to do.

And maybe one day dog owners can learn to curb their dogs.

But maybe that’s too much to ask.

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