Have you ever noticed how my dog friends and I are obsessed with peeing on the snow? It doesn't matter if there is only one teeny tiny patch left on the ground -- we will find it and we will pee on it. We will, at all cost, leave our vibrant yellow mark on the last remnants of winter! Long live yellow snow!
I'm sure you're wondering why we do this. I suppose I would ask the same question if I saw a human mill about until they found a viable patch of snow and then oh-so-gratifyingly relieved themselves on it. Come to think of it, I have seen that before -- but that's another story.
Here's the deal when it comes to dogs and snow. We male dogs like to mark our territory. Typically we sniff about until we find a scent we like -- more often than not, another dog's pee -- and we lift our leg. And mind you, we don't let it all come out at the same time, rather we measure it, saving enough for a few more pit stops along the way. Oops, I digress -- back to the snow thing.
Well, imagine this . . .
How sweet would it be to not only be able to follow a scent and then mark your territory on top of it, but to then also see that mark? We males are visual creatures you know. Man oh man do I feel like a man!
So next time you see me, or any other male dog for that matter, intently searching for that last little mound of snow; you should know that it's for no other reason than . . . we like to see the mark we've left on the world -- in this case, snow. It's as simple as that!