Tuesday, December 14, 2010


I have an odd 1/2 day from work today and have been fairly excited at the prospect of a morning to myself to do myself kind of things - blog, read, maybe sleep a bit more.  The universe had other plans for me.  I woke to the fragrant odors of poo and 2 angelically sleeping dogs.  Hm.  I suspected Arwen as she had some loose stool last night and she's not very good at letting me know that she needs to go out in the middle of the night.  As I waited the 6 minutes until my alarm was set to go off, I started my day off worrying about Arwen and trying to remember if I had enough paper towels on hand for my impending cleanup task.

No breakfast for them today - 24 hour fast.  This will not be a popular concept with the canine in this family.    I started the cleanup process, took Arwen out twice each time she pleaded to go out (both times were unfortunately quite goopily productive) and then dropped the kiddo off at school.  I drove straight home, forgetting to pick up more paper towels.  Frustration level rising.  More blotting, spraying, scrubbing.  Another foot away and I'd have been wiping the poo off the tile and not scrubbing carpet.  More frustration.  I heard the dogs romping in the other room until Nyxie came rushing in to me whining, as though she needed to go out urgently.

"Fine!  I'll just drop everything and take you out!", actually crossed my mind.  Now very frustrated.  Coat on, out we went, long wait to inspect the perimeter, sniff each blade of grass, and finally a little runny stool.  Hm.  Maybe they are both poorly of the tummy?  Frustration combined with worry now.  We went back inside and the girls started romping again.  But this time, just steps away from where I was cleaning.  I finally yelled, "ENOUGH!!" and they flattened as though I'd launched a grenade.  And to them, I suppose I had.
"I wonder what we did?  Our tummies are feeling better!  Yeah!"
" I stewed some more, but this time, my thoughts were drenched in guilt.

Instead of being joyful that my girls were feeling well enough to play, I was concentrating only on the fact that I was inconvenienced. They have hurt tummies and I am yelling at them for making my morning less than what I was hoping it would be.  I should have been rejoicing in the fact that I could take them out this am and give them the opportunity to get the ickiness out, rather than cleaning it up at the end of a long day.  They would have had to endure their own diarrhea in their crates for the hours we were away.

So now with the mess cleaned up and the poo wave seeming to have subsided, I will have to snuggle in with my girls and make up for my yelling outburst.  I know I am already forgiven, being that they are dogs and I am human.  They will snuggle in beside me and just enjoy our time together, not concerned about my morning's negative perspective, the need for forgiveness, or the paper towel shortage.  They are simply, and gracefully, dogs.  


  1. All I can say is I understand. I yelled at Fred during our xmas photo shoot. he wouldnt sit the with antlers on for 5 secs.... thats all I needed! I made up with some cuddling too :)
    I hope the girls tummies settle and they keep feeling better!

  2. Poor pup - Phantom knows the feeling. He has been feeling poorly for days now and has been asking to be out more than in. But no in-house accidents. That is a quite unpleasant early in the morning greeting.

    We pups tend to be very forgiving - we are sure yours have given you lots of cuddles and licks to make you understand all is well.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  3. I hope that the pups are feeling better. Maybe they had a "dietary indiscretion" together. I'm certain that they've completely forgiven you already. They know that we people aren't perfect but, for some reason, they adore us anyway.

    I hope that the rest of your day goes smoothly and happily.

  4. The pikh makes all of it worth it ;-)

    Paws khrossed fur stuff to firm up soon!


  5. Ahhh, wonder if we could borrow that pillow
    Benny & Lily

  6. I think we can all relate to your problems.
    Although dogs may be just dogs, they forgive and forget the easiest. I hope you have a nice cuddly evening with them!

  7. Been there and done that, more than once. Sometimes it is easy to lose our temper with our dogs. Thank goodness they still cuddle with us, even when we are human.

  8. That is such a sweet picture! :)

    We hope their tummies are much better now!

    Mochi & Bali

  9. Hope they are both feeling better, and you too.

    The good news for next time (although hopefully there won't *be* a next time, but knowing dogs...) our vet says that you should feed diarrhea because that kind of prob heals faster with food in the gut. He says starve vomit but feed diarrhea. Works for us! At least you only feel poorly, not poorly and hungry lol

    hope you all 3 are doing fine by now



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