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January 12, 2013

Don't wash pet bed in common laundry

Dear Dog Lady,

I live in a condominium, and residents share a common basement laundry area with three coin-operated washers and dryers. One day, I brought my laundry downstairs and ran into Lucy from the third floor. She’s hot, and so is her dog, a Jack Russell terrier named Elvis. I was glad for the chance meeting. But when Lucy took her wash out of the machine and put it into the dryer, I saw Elvis’ soggy Polarfleece dog bed transferred from the washer to the dryer.

Yuck. I turned the water temperature up as high as it would go and hoped the hot water would kill all dog germs — and smells. After the dryer, my laundry came out dry but covered with little dog hairs.

My attraction for Lucy has left the building. Should I also suggest she wash Elvis’ dirty bed somewhere out of the building?

Larry

A: Your neighbor Lucy is typical of many dog owners who forget about the lines of decency between their animals and other people. Lucy just assumes it’s OK to wash and dry Elvis’ hairy nest in the common laundry without considering the consequences. Lucy may run her undies through the spin cycle with Elvis’ Polarfleece, but that’s her choice. She shouldn’t foist it upon everyone else who uses the washers and dryers. If she had her polite priorities in order, Lucy would launder Elvis’ dog bed in her own bathtub or kitchen sink and not in the machines used by her neighbors.

You could say something to Lucy. Better yet, seek out the manager of the building or a trustee on the condominium’s board. Explain the situation. Suggest that laundry rules be posted in the common area. Included in those dictates could be a list of inappropriate things for laundering such chemical- or oil-soaked articles as well as animal-soiled “items.” Ask, of course, to remain anonymous. Surely, the building’s managers will see the sense in your suggestions, and Lucy might get the point. And be a big boy, why not go shopping for your own stackable washer and dryer?

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