(photos by author)
I don’t like dogs. I wrote that way back in July of 2009. Then a few weeks later, after hubby brought the little fluff ball home and I finally gave in, I wrote I still don’t like dogs. The kids promised to do all of the work, feeding the dog, walking her, brushing her, they even bought her some doggy toothpaste and toothbrush (which are still in the package), and they promised to clean up any messes that the dog made.
Now it is November of 2010. And guess what! I still don’t particularly like the dog, but she is still here. Guess who has been feeding her. I’ll give you three guesses: either one of my two daughters – the ones who promised they would do all of the work if they could please, please, PLEASE have a dog; or me – the only one in the family who didn’t want to get a dog. Yes, you are correct. I can’t just let her starve!
This dog has been a bit of trouble to house train. I am not physically able to walk her, and no one else has time, so I just let her out into the back yard. She seems to have learned from the cats that the basement is the bathroom, but instead of joining them in the litter box, she left her doggy doo on the couches where the a entertainment center is. I told the girls that I would not clean it up, and I have kept that promise. Now they say that we need to toss out those couches and buy new ones, because they are not able to use the TV room. They spray Lysol into the air frequently, but they won’t clean it up. (Please don’t alert the health authorities. There isn’t that much doo, and it is just that one room. )
The problem is that because of my disability, I am home all the time. My husband works long hours, and the kids have after school jobs, so most of the time it is just me and the dog at home.
Yesterday the dog was sick, with yucky stuff coming out at both ends. Seemed like I spent the whole day walking around the house with cleaning rags and a spray bottle of my homemade pet stain remover in hand. ( ½ litre of water, ¼ cup vinegar, and 1 tsp baking soda). I also had to give the dog a bath.
Good thing that dog is still cute.