Dogs should always pee on flowers,
never on the jarring metal signposts
that multiply around each corner or
on the wooden slats that chute the
cars in place. Their tender toes must
always whisk the grass and stay away
from asphalt. And if they want to
dig, it must be in the tended mulch
that holds the blooms for with
the least excitement, they can
send it skittering across the path.
Dogs should always head for walkers’
ankles and snuff their noses at each
person’s private smells and work at
tangling their leash with others.