We’ll Take Care of The Dog, Mom, We Promise!

You must have heard this line at your house. I can hear your chuckles from here!

(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.

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  1. Jimmy Shilaho

    On November 28, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I like your style! I also share your passion for dogs but unlike you who is compelled to feed him, I would sell it to the neighbor across the street if those who promised to care for it are too busy to honor their part of the bargain.

  2. Val Mills

    On November 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Think I’ll stick to cats! In the past we’ve inherited two when our son returned home to live for short spells. Guess what, when he left again, both times I refused to part with his cat.

  3. Jane Campbell

    On November 28, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Well written, Karen!! I’m an ardent animal lover!! I like dogs, but I’m a cat lover at heart. I’ve had four cats since I was a little girl!!

  4. Jane Campbell

    On November 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Ooops… I forgot to mention this in my prior comment. I think your doggy is adorable!! Love the piccies!!

  5. sloanie

    On November 28, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Children’s pets, they leave home and leave their pets with you.
    Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits, well we bought them didn’t we!!

  6. OhSugar

    On November 28, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Well written Karen, and I must say that I she is a cute little doggy. If you all don’t want her I will take her. lol. I have never had any other kind of pet. Dogs will be the only pets I will ever have.

  7. PSingh1990

    On November 29, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Nice Share.


  8. albert1jemi

    On November 29, 2010 at 11:08 am

    great share

  9. Brenda Nelson

    On November 29, 2010 at 11:55 am

    House training is tough, its one of the reasons I tell people to get adult dogs that are already trained.

    Crate training is excellent and nearly always works – the crate is not punishment, but somebody has to go out with the dog and reward it right away with treats.. while outside – not fun in Canadian winters! Probably hard in your situation but maybe the girls could do it over Christmas holidays.

    my daughter has a pet hedgehog, and does well with keeping up after her, we have no dogs ourself just because they really are so much work.

    Anyhow at least you have not done what so many people do – dump the dog.

  10. M J katz

    On November 29, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    What a cutie! She sounds like she could be lonely, too.

    I feel bad that there’s no one to help you take care of her, though. Everyone sounds so busy.

    Your having a disability only makes caring for her so much harder on you because even when a dog is housebroken, there’s still more work involved with caring for it than, say, for a cat.

    (Having lived with dogs most of my life, I became a ‘cat’ person after my best-dog-in-the-world died in 2001).

    Have you thought about asking family members or friends…or trusted neighbors…if they’d like to open their home to her? Sounds like you both could use some help. Good luck! :)

  11. Yovita Siswati

    On November 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    cute dog! thanks for sharing.

  12. PR Mace

    On November 30, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Boy, can I relate. Kole and Katie were our daughters dogs. She moved out five years ago and you see where Kole and Katie live. But I have to admit I love them to pieces.

  13. crisdiwata

    On November 30, 2010 at 3:52 am

    That cutie dog. I actually love dogs more than cats. Could you please give her to me? LOL

  14. Nikolaos Skordilis

    On December 1, 2010 at 6:49 am

    What a cute little dog!
    OK,not so cute when you have to clean up her s**t right? :)
    I loved your account of your adventures with her and your daughters, it was tragicomic!

  15. dino renaldo

    On December 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    i like this post thanks

  16. Judy Sheldon

    On December 1, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Karen, I think a lot of mothers can relate to the pleading and promises given to us when a child wants something. I love dogs and my cats, and though I often had to threaten, my children did take care of their pets. You would think that someone who plead so hard would be more valiant at keeping up their end of the bargain. Love your dog. She looks like my mom’s and we love her dearly. I also have to agree with B Nelson, crate training works great. I also used puppy papers.

  17. Kathy

    On December 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    As a kid, my dad got me and my sister and toy poodle, named Puddles. My mom made my father build a crate in the basement..it was lined with newspapers and Puddles was not allowed upstairs at all. I used to walk him and talk with him and give him baths. When my parents went out, I would let Puddles come upstairs and sit with us when we watched TV. He was a sweetheart and I was really upset when he died. He was my best friend.

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  19. Frederick Dewar

    On December 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    That dog will surely soon warm your heart.

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