This post contains quite a few references to a natural bodily function. I hope you will forgive me for what my grandmother would call "bathroom talk." Our walk this morning took us to the beach - Kanga's favorite place. As we walked, she galloped, then paused, then sniffed, then went back and sniffed again, and then let loose just a tiny few drops of pee to "mark" spots she liked. She must have left fifty little deposits in our half hour walk. I call this reading the newspaper (sniffing) and writing the newspaper (peeing), and Kanga only likes to do it outside. Kanga had little trouble with housebreaking and came to us most of the way there. After Maui's incontinence for the last year of her life, Kanga's bladder strength has amazed me. She can wait to pee - what a miracle! But sometimes her holding it so well makes me think it's less about not wanting to go in the house, and more about going outside for a walk around the block, or better, a walk on the beach. Kanga has become a master of what I call "The Great Pee Embargo." Most days when I take her out first thing in the morning she will sniff the wind, nose around our backyard, and then look at me like "When are we leaving?" If I head for the front yard and the sidewalk, she will happily leave her little pee deposits everywhere in our neighborhood. If we go to the beach, she will wait a full half hour for us to get ready, and then ride patiently in the car to our favorite beach. When we get there, she will find the perfect place to "write" her little article for her friends. Then a few feet away she will write another little article. But if we don't go for a walk right away, she will just sit there in the backyard until I give up and go back inside. After enough time, she will realize that we aren't leaving the house this morning and will resignedly scratch to go outside. On these few occasions her long, abundant pee sessions are marked with a distinct look of annoyance. "Why write a novel which no one will read," she seems to be thinking, "when I could write fifty articles that everyone will read?" Does anyone else's dog do this? I thought I was making it up at first, but I really think she is saving her pee for places she likes.