The Power of Pee Smell (and our minor frustrations with it)

This was a cute picture I found from that shows a black and white dog next to two pee stains and there is red text at the top that says, "What Smells?"
This was a cute picture I found from that shows a black and white dog next to two pee stains and there is red text at the top that says, “What Smells?”

So for me when Makiko goes to the restroom where she isn’t supposed to, it is devastating. A lot of this comes from my perfectionist tendencies and the fact that Makiko is so close to perfect. Makiko has had three accidents and there is definitely a common denominator in them. Luckily none of them have had repercussions but they still have sucked.

Accident #1: PetSmart
This was really soon after we came home. The drive from my school/apartment to my parent’s house is about 45 minutes. We accidentally didn’t relieve before we got in the car and then drove straight to the PetSmart near my parent’s house to get a few things and I wanted to stop in and check out the grooming area and prices. I guess the smells were too strong for her and while we were talking to grooming she peed. Ugh! This WAS however pretty much my fault. I should have relieved her before we got in the car to drive home AND before we went in the store but I was still getting the hang of things. I learned quickly after that though!

Accident #2: Really sick at home
Makiko was having all sorts of upset stomach problems and it had been going on for a few days. I had been giving her more water than normal to keep her hydrated and we also had changed her diet and she was on a few medications. Again, I hadn’t had her too terribly long when this started happening and she looked at me in a weird way but I thought that might have been her trying to get me to play with her. I had to finish something up before I could take a break, would only take 15 or so minutes, when all of a sudden I look over to find her and she’s not on her bed. She had hidden because she had peed. This was in my apartment that time and I didn’t have any vinegar or anything so I called my Mom and she told me to get a little bit of dishwashing soap and blot it. I did and then a day or so after we got vinegar and it hasn’t been a problem since. We have our relieving down and she knows she’s not supposed to go there so I think that she was just really not feeling well and couldn’t hold it this time. This was the only incident where a strong scent of already existing pee wasn’t a factor, but her being ill is what likely caused it.

Accident #3: A friend’s pee-scented carpets
I hadn’t been to this friend’s house since I got Makiko and I forgot they had a dog that has a lot of odd behavior tendencies and isn’t the most trained. She also has peed on many carpets and as the friend said, the carpets were in strong need of a good deep-cleaning. Well within a few minutes of arriving Makiko had found one of those spots where the dog had obviously peed and apparently she needed to pee and started to go. Luckily I caught it before she did much at all and I took her outside. Again, I should have let her go right before we went in the house but she had peed and pooped just 45 minutes before so it didn’t really occur to me. I AM learning though real fast that any strong chance of dogs or dog scent, take her out first even if she recently went to the restroom. The friend really didn’t care and my boyfriend said I really shouldn’t worry because Makiko IS a dog and it was kind of logical to go there but I really want her to just pee on grass or cement, no carpet.. ever regardless of pee scents.

And then there was one more time that she peed that wasn’t in the grass or on cement and that was on a carpeted patio. But that I really don’t blame her. Again there was a strong scent of dog poop and pee, and it was right next to the grass. The owners totally understood why she chose this as her place too because they knew their dog had used it for the restroom when he didn’t make it all the way out to the grass.

Makiko has yet, other than when she was really sick, to pee anywhere in either of my houses/apartments, or any of my good friend’s places or anywhere else in public. So the strong common denominator is when there is another dog’s pee there and when she is off harness. I am not sure there is much I could have done differently in most of these situations but I am going to contact GDB to see just in case.

And there, one of the only things we are not perfect on is revealed. *sigh* I DO want to show you all the good AND the “bad” and therefore wanted to write about this but it IS kind of hard to write about. I also don’t want anybody judging her or thinking she shouldn’t come somewhere because this is super duper rare.

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

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