Our rough collie is a lady. If she became homeless and had to “dumpster dive” for food—she would starve.
So, too, with her bathroom habits. She simply will not do her business on: a road, a sidewalk (pavement in the UK), the golf course, or manicured lawns. Heck—she will hardly defecate in her own yard!
A dead crab on the beach, however, fails to benefit from her gracious habits. She will pee on it in a heartbeat. It seems unseemly to abuse a corpse, but Angel Joy shows no remorse. A dead crab shell on the beach is a fair target. Most uncouth, but there you have it.
So I looked up information on crabs to find out what’s wrong with them—from a doggy perspective. Nothing. They wear a thick exoskeleton, which they shed and replace as they grow, and range in size from the aptly named tiny “pea crab,” to the Japanese spider crab with a leg span of 13 feet. They are renowned for their sideways walking, but that’s no different from politicians skirting questions. Crabs are aggressive, yet they are also known to work together to provide food and protection to their families.
And there you have it: the secret to writing interesting fiction characters that will nab readers. Complex. Layered. Not all good, not all bad. As a writer, don’t hesitate to pee on the crab.
As to why Angel Joy, who is not a writer, pees on crabs…well, I will probably never know.
8 thoughts on “Pee on Crabs”
Ha! Very cute. Thanks, I enjoyed reading that.
Thanks! Much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed it. It was fun to write!
What a gorgeous photo! The colorful rocks are amazing.
Thanks, Victoria! I love the rocks around here. Believe it or not…we’re taking quite a collection of them with us when we move! The movers may think we’re bonkers!
Haha, Angel Joy knows something you don’t – that’s clear, Steph. It could be something as mundane as smell, but perhaps it’s more! At least she doesn’t try to eat them! Or worse, roll on them. My Sindy would have done that! Great blog, Steph!
Thanks, Val! Yes, I am beyond relieved that Angel Joy is such a lady and has no desire to roll in yucky things! But just like your Sindy…I’d love her anyway!
Great read as always – aren’t dogs just a wonderful mystery.
Thanks, Samantha! Yes, you are so right. Dogs are marvelous mysteries! I feel sorry for folks who don’t have a tail-wagging, bouncy mystery in their lives.