As I have mentioned previously life with our dog Nina has become a bit more challenging in the past few months. In the past couple of weeks we have crossed over into new territory. This is what I saw when I sat up in bed this morning. WTF?
You may need to click on the image to see it large enough to tell what it was I saw. At first I didn’t have my glasses on. I rubbed my eyes, put my glasses on and took another look. At the same time I also said to Charlie, “What is that on the floor?” That’s right, land mines had been laid down in the doorway and down the hall! Okay I will be honest that the land mines didn’t look like the ones pictured and I suppose they weren’t nearly as dangerous, but had someone gotten up to use the facilities in the dark it would have felt like it.
A few weeks ago I had mentioned how Nina expressed her displeasure at being at the vet by pooping in the waiting area. About a week or so later while I was out mowing the lawn Charlie had taken Nina out for a business run after I finished mowing the fenced in back yard and had her out there for quite a while. He brought her inside and started making dinner (he is a stir fry wiz). He needed something in the laundry room and “stumbled” upon a deposit that Nina left in the back hall. With all the cooking smells he never noticed it. A quick clean up and everything seemed under control.
After I finished mowing we dished out the meal and headed into the family room where we usually eat our dinners. Carrying a plate of food in front of you doesn’t allow much view of what is in front of you on the floor. You might have guessed by now that Nina had made a second deposit in the family room and of course my shoes located it. Thankfully I just ended up kicking the deposit and not squashing it into the carpet. Another clean up…a reheat of the dinner and all was well again.
Cut to today. Nina had woken up at 5am needing a bathroom run so I took her out. When we got back up to bed she didn’t settle and by 6am Charlie took her out again. He swore that she pooped! Well she hadn’t. She managed to lay her land mines in such a stealth mode that neither Charlie nor I ever heard it drop and she must have done it shortly after we got back in bed (Nina was the last one in bed) because neither one of us heard her get off the bed again. The other amazing thing was that ,at least by the time we woke up a few hours later, there was no odor.
I have to explain that even as a 12 week old puppy when we first brought Nina home she NEVER pooped in the house before last week! This is not our first rodeo with senior dogs randomly doing their business in the house. We obviously love this pup very much and are willing to do anything to keep her as happy and healthy as possible so these little indiscretions are usually met with a sigh and then a laugh. Just another episode in the life of a senior dog and her minions.