This Dog Needs Glasses, or More Trees…

A hound left his "autograph" on Scottish soap opera star Mark Charnock at a charity event in Aberdeen this weekend. The actor, who plays a...

Maria Goodavage  |  Jun 14th 2010


dingle photo

A hound left his “autograph” on Scottish soap opera star Mark Charnock at a charity event in Aberdeen this weekend. The actor, who plays a character named Marlon Dingle, was the tallest and most tree-like in the crowd, and thus an easy mark.

An onlooker told The Sun, which is where the above photo and the big “Dingle” headline appeared: “It was hilarious. The dog just cocked its leg, did its business then moved on. Poor Mark whipped round when he felt his legs getting wet.”

Dogsters, have your dogs ever done this to people? Do tell.

The actor notices that uncomfortable warm, wet feeling...

I’ll ‘fess up first: My previous dog, a lovable Airedale terrier named Joe, did this more than once in his younger days. We’d be at a lovely off-leash area in a tree-filled park in San Francisco, with me talking or reading, and him sniffing around other dogs, trotting here and there in regal clownlike Airedale fashion. A few times I looked up just in time to see him saluting someone’s leg. Mortifying, horrifying, you name it, words can’t describe it. I’d usually catch him before more than a sprinkle of tinkle hit, and his targets were incredibly nice, and never even accepted my offers to have their pants cleaned. (They were all dog people. What can I say?) I trained him out of it pretty quickly, but I always wondered what it was about certain legs that set him off.