My dog is picky about where he urinates…are you?

by Rich DeMatteo on July 1, 2010 · 14 comments

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My dog is picky about where he urinates, and lately he’s worse than ever.  Let me explain.

A pretty wicked storm whipped through our town last week and it caused an ass-slapping ton of destruction.  My back yard is a public park with many trees, and the storm left dozens of huge branches, and thousands of small  branches and twigs laying on the ground.

It’s become a doggy urination mecca.

You see, the park used to be just the same old trees to whizz on, but now there is literally a pee point every where you turn.  It’s either a beautiful thing, or it’s driving dogs crazy.  My pup Rusty seems to be more on the crazy side.  He’s become very picky on which piece of dead tree is joyously marked.  He’ll run up to fallen branch or twig and sniff out the situation for a while.  If small enough, he’ll walk around the decaying bark to fully inspect it, and then eventually decide if he’s lifting his leg.  Usually he might find 2 or 3 leg-lifting spots, but with so many new opportunities on the ground, he’s going 6-8 times.

I’m cutting myself off.  I’m done writing about doggy urination, and maybe it’s time I throw in the “how this relates to your job search” section.  But do I really need it?  All bloggers take their life stories and then relate it to the purpose of their blog.  It’s what we do.  It’s how we try to keep things interesting and not sound like preachers.  But I’m not sure I want to do that….

You guys are smart folks, in fact I’ll even say you are very intelligent people.   I’m sure you can look at this story and point out how it relates to searching for a job.  You can probably talk about how it relates to the economy, maybe?  Should you be my dog?  Do you inspect things vigorously before lifting your leg?  I mean, you get what I’m saying….?

Answer my questions in your comments…

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14 comments
Elisa
Elisa

What does that say about pizza boys then? :)

peter lanc
peter lanc

Mind you there are a few people who don't really care who they crap on and when and or where. Quite a few of them about. Some I suppose are less choosey where they do their stuff!

Royce
Royce

Ahahaha very nice Rich, very nice. I love this blog. How very meta of you... it's like a blog that turns the tropes of blogging anecdotes on their head, tweaks your own nose and the reader's, and then winks at us. You know, not to delve too deep into metaphorical imagery or anything =P In fact I move that all your blogs conclude this way from now on. "Here is the anecdote. Draw your own conclusions." Haha awesome

Claire
Claire

Rich, Your posting raises lots of questions.... Would fans have read this if you had not used the word urinate? What does the story say about our mindset? When does information overload result from the constant stream of blogs, twitters, text messages....? Why do so many bloggers think that they are "experts" in a field just because they have read an article or two? When will people become more selective about what they read and which "friends" or "connections" they make? It is a fascinating time to be in the communications field and I find your writing to be amusing and insightful even when you don't use words designed to catch attention and this story certainly can be corrrelated to the job search process and the current frenzy around blogging and twittering.

Emily Jasper
Emily Jasper

Usually we here the phrase "picky is a good thing" when it comes to dating and potential mates. Interesting new perspective on pickiness!

Lindsey
Lindsey

Love this. Definitely don't need to paint the picture for your readers, the analogy reads loud and clear!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Elisa - thanks for the laugh this morning! That poor pizza boy never saw it coming... Rusty found his spot and went for it!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Peter - Yes, that's true. Very true in eed.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Royce - You are way too smart for me you know that? I had no plans of any of that, but if that's what this post does, then sure, I'll run with it!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Claire - thanks for the comment, and woah, look at all those questions you're raised... I'm not sure I can answer all of them, but Ill answer them from my own view point and opinion.... Would my readers have read this if I had not used the word urinate? Well, that's tough to answer. All bloggers are suspect of using catchy titles to gain readers, it's just something bloggers do, but it's the same thing with Authors and speakers. People DO judge a book by it's cover, and a catchy title is part of that. With this particular post, I wasn't sure how else to title it. While "urinate" is a word that can grab someones attention, it seemed to fit best, while also being an attention grabber. Information overload is very real, and can be very troubling. I find myself reading less blogs, and focusing more on twitter. If I see an article that grabs my attention I'll read it, but I stay away. Even I don't consider myself an expert. Even with my Masters and 4 years of staffing experience. But you're right, many people out there do. It can be annoying, but that's part of blogging. Some folks feel if they don't act like the expert, how will they gain new readers or attention from employers. I think being selective varies among people. Some folks are very selective, while others read everything under the sun. I don't know if it's a bad approach by either group, it's just different. And thank you for your kind words at the end. It means a lot and I appreciate it!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Emily - Yeah, I believe picky is a good thing. For some it might not be best, but for others it's everything. Every dog......i mean person needs to figure out which style is best to mark their career territory.