Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Poop, Barf and Things that go Bump in the Night

We have pets – lots of them and, in the last week, I’ve experienced many of the problems with having pets. Last Thursday morning, as we were scurrying around getting ready for my oldest daughter’s senior project garage sale, my youngest daughter came into my office with a horrified look on her face. “Mommy,” she choked, “I think Reggie (one of our big dogs) had a problem in my room last night.” Truly, she looked like she was ready to throw up! I followed her back to her room, opened the door and was horrified at the sight – to put it delicately, Reggie had had a lower digestive system gastric problem…in circles, all over the room! An immediate call to the carpet cleaners got us an appointment for first thing the next morning. In the meantime, I cleaned up what I could, and then we opened the windows and shut the doors.

Last night I was awakened by Czar (our other big dog) making a funny sound. Assuming he was just cleaning himself, I told him to stop, but then he got up and went to the other side of the room and it soon became apparent that he, too, was having a gastric problem, this time of the upper digestive system, if you know what I mean. I flipped on the lights and saw that half his dinner was now sitting on the clean carpet of my bedroom. I quickly ushered him out of the room with the intent of getting him downstairs and out the door, but he only made it as far as the top of the stairs before the other half of his dinner was deposited on the clean hallway carpet. I finally got the dog outside and went back upstairs armed with gloves, paper towels, rags and carpet cleaner. Awhile later, with the carpets reasonably clean again, the dog back inside and settled back in his bed, I started to drift off to sleep only to hear what sounded like someone rummaging around in our garage, which is right below our bedroom. I got up and went to listen at our bedroom door – nothing. I went back to bed and it started again. I decided to go investigate in the garage, but, as I reached the top of the stairs, I realized that the sound was coming from my daughter’s closet, which abuts our bedroom. Could my daughter possibly be up at 3:00 a.m. cleaning out her closet? I quietly opened the door to her room, turned up the light enough to see that she was in bed, sound asleep, but the noise was definitely coming from her closet. I sneaked over to the closet and swung it open – the light was on, but nobody was in there. Then the noise started up again and I looked down to see that my son’s hamster, Dixie was running around the closet in her play ball. She would run till she hit a wall – bump! Then she’d turn and run the other way. I have no idea why she was in the play ball, locked in the closet at 3:00 a.m. and, when questioned, this morning, no one has any knowledge of why or how she got there -- yea, right…

A friend with three small children recently told me that her husband and daughter really want to get a puppy. Even though I love my pets and can’t imagine not having at least some pets in the house (though we don’t really need as many as we have), I say to her, “No! Not now! Kids already provide enough poop, barf and nighttime noises!”

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