Since Leroy needs to have a chaperon when he goes outside now I’ve been able to learn a little bit more about both of the dogs over the last several days.

In the past I have let the dogs out to do their business and I thought I knew what that business entailed.

I thought I knew their backyard routine, but it appears that I don’t know it as well as I thought I did.


Here’s what I observed:

Leroy pees in the same 3 spots all the time.

He doesn’t change it up at all.

Sherman pees everywhere.

A little pee here. A little pee there.


Sherman and Leroy poop in each other’s poop area.

For years I thought Leroy had a designated area and Sherman had a designated area and neither invaded that specific dog’s area, because that is where I always saw them pooping.

Apparently, they poop in each other’s area from time to time, which explains a lot now.

And when they do poop, they very rarely poop along the north-south magnetic line that scientists claim most dogs prefer to poop along.


Nope, they’re more east-west, west-east poopers.

Which means either that study is just a wrong or my dogs are just weird.

It could go either way.

I also learned that Sherman thinks he’s a bull.


We put a temporary fence up around the area where Leroy was digging up the rocks.

Of course we can’t put posts in to make it permanent until the ground thaws so it’s just kind of standing there right now.

It’s doing it’s job and keeping Leroy out, but Sherman thinks he can knock it over by head butting it.

He puts his head down and rams into it.

All of his attempts have failed so I’m hoping he’ll just let it go before he gives himself a concussion.


Leroy got his sutures out on Saturday and immediately took to rolling around in the snow.

Every time he goes out he pees and then rolls in the snow.

Unfortunately, on one of his rolls he injured his neck.

He’s o.k., just a little slow moving and stiff.

Poor Leroy can’t catch a break this month.

So that is what I observed about my dogs this weekend. How about you?

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40 Comments on Weekend Dog Observations

  1. Interesting and in-depth observations, if we may say so. We all have different personalities and customs. Just when SHE figures one of us out, we change. Messes with HER mind. We love doing that.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    Glad the boys are enjoying that snow.

  2. Hi Y’all!

    You mean that is what scientists do? Study which way we stand to poop? Well, I’ll join y’all in confounding them…In the mountains I do usually head south with my rear to the north, in the winter anyway, because that’s the way the wind blows. At the shore I’m an east west fellow. Why? Because of the location of my poop places.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  3. I love that you have had the time to notice that! Whenever I take BD and Mity out together I spend the entire time trying to prevent Mity from sticking his head wherever BD is peeing, as not only would he be covered in pee but it puts BD off and it takes him forever to find another spot!
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  4. We don’t buy that north south poop thing either. We poop wherever it suits us best. I am the alpha in the house, so I always “over pee” where my sisters pee on walk. Pooping we all do when the urge hits, often in the morning 2 or all 3 of us will poop in unison on our walk and Mom has to remember the spots to pick it up one pile at a time. I enjoy watching her struggle to find it all in the snowbank!
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  5. Poor Leroy! I’m glad his stitches are gone and he is doing so much better. Hopefully, he just has a crick in his neck. My daughter and son-in-law came to visit for the first time since moving to Alaska. Your Newfies are two of the dogs that I showed them. I had to let them see my new friends and you know I love Leroy and Sherman!
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  6. Yeah, I don’t buy the poop thing either. Jack is like Leroy, although he has four places he likes to pee in the yard depending on time of day and whether we’re on our way for a walk, or just hanging. Maggie pretty much pees and poops in one very small quadrant of the yard…and also contrary to ‘dog wisdom’ it’s right outside the door – none of that ‘go far away from your kennel’ thing for her.
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  7. So you’re East-West poopers huh? I read the original article and it all has to do with aligning with the earth’s magnetic field. So on day when the field is screwy, dogs may literally not know which way to turn. Not sure I buy it either, but I’m not going to invest in scientific equipment to measure the magnetic field. In the meantime, it gives me something to ponder while business is being conducted.

    –Woofs (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.
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  8. When the snow was totally fresh, I was able to observe Elka’s typical path when she was unleashed from the back door. She goes in a straight line to the gate first; regardless of whether I follow her, she then loops to the left and comes back to the gate, ish. Then goes right. If I follow her, at the gate we put her leash on and go outside of it for her to pee or whatever. If I don’t follow her, she loops around on one side or the other ’til the mood strikes her.
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  9. I also had a learning experience when Riley had her two knee surgeries…I always saw Chloe pooping on one side of the yard and Riley pooping on the other side. Apparently my dogs were not as organized as I thought they were, because in reality they both pooped all over the yard. Riley likes to pee right beside our patio, and Chloe used to take her sweet time finding the perfect pee spot in the yard (then when she found it, she’d second and third guess herself and tour the yard a few more times before finally peeing–which was extremely convenient in the cold weather…not!). Oh, and Chloe would only eat grass when she was feeling sick and then would throw it up, but Riley will eat grass when she wants a snack and doesn’t throw it up (95% of the time). I learned a lot about myself during those knee surgeries too–I don’t ever want to not have the luxury of a fenced in yard and have to take my dog out to pee or poop on a leash in all weather. Walks are different, but it is so convenient to just open the back door and let Riley out when it’s raining or snowing and she can do her business. :)
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  10. LOL! I also hope Sherman gives up on the head butting, silly boy.
    The pooping within the magnetic line or whatever just sounds silly to me and also… Why would scientists even look into that? How is it important? lol. I don’t really care where Petal drops her load so long as it’s outside and not in a thorny bush that is going to rip apart my poop bag.

    This post made me smile. Love all the pictures!
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  11. It appears to be a day of observations and funny thoughts. I read Jodi’s thoughts after taking Sampson out at night just before your post.

    My observations? Jasper cannot and will not poop or pee when the girls are outside with him. He prefers to follow Daisy around and pee where she pees. He’s so impatient he almost pushes her out of the way before she is done. He has no interest in peeing on Cupcake’s pee.
    Cupcake likes to rolls in the snow and Maggie does too. Cupcake also likes to bark at the world and let people know she is there.
    Maggie likes to follow Jasper and Cupcake to their potty spots, see what they do, and then find her own spot.
    Daisy does he business and has no real plan, other than to come back inside. :)
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  12. This made me giggle.

    Ozzy always sticks his nose in the snow where everyone else has peed. Bentley always runs out and pees like a girl at the nearest spot to the door. Broo likes to run and hide when he goes out. They are characters thats for sure.
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  13. Wow – Leroy really has had quite the month so far! Feel better, sweet pup!! Heather always runs to the nearest available pee spot when we go out. Mr. K waits to find the perfect tree, bush, plant, rock, etc. You name it…he’s peed on it! Much love, The Scottie Mom.
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