Pass Me the Gloves

April 11, 2011 § 14 Comments

Have you ever had one of those crazy mornings when you’re running late and stumbling out the door because you’re in a mad dash? Well, MM and I were not at all anticipating a stressful start to the day and, in fact, rewarded ourselves by adding another thirty minutes to our sleep thinking that we still had plenty of time. Those extra thirty minutes turned out not to be such a good idea!

We missed Maple’s potty timing—she must have been really eager to do the ‘number two’ that morning. And, since MM and I were sound asleep, we weren’t able to immediately clear Maple’s poop from her litter tray. What happened next is not a pleasant scene that needs to be revisited, although it does make for an unforgettable story.

Let’s just say that, when I finally arose from my slumber and went out to greet Maple, she greeted me with an even bigger surprise. There was Maple happily frolicking in the previous night’s undigested remnants. Bits and pieces of unmentionables were strewn everywhere in her crate and some even got matted below her chin (which meant that she couldn’t resist the urge to take out a bite or two—ugh).

We had no time to waste, as MM had a morning meeting to attend and I needed to be in school. We had only one hour to clean out Maple’s crate, give Maple a bath and dry, make our daily cup of super juice, feed Maple her breakfast, shower, dress, and head out the door. MM had to put on his Superman cape and I my Wonder Woman lasso as we co-ordinated our efforts to beat the clock.

While I was making our super juice, MM was sunning Maple after her bath. While MM was preparing Maple’s breakfast, I was showering and dressing. In between, I couldn’t resist capturing just a couple of snapshots.

Maple, of course, was oblivious to the commotion around her—she was just eager to get back into her crate, which was extremely bare because all her belongings had been washed and left out in the sun to dry.

It felt like we were running an obstacle course on a TV game show! I don’t know how we managed to leave the apartment on time, but we did (nevermind the fact that we were a little frazzled).

From this poopy episode, we have learnt a few lessons:

1. {Forgive and Forget} We were initially very annoyed with Maple, but her sad puppy eyes melted our hearts and soon we found ourselves consoling her!

2. {Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff} Yes, Maple was up to some mischief—hey, it happens. We ought to look at the bigger picture and be grateful that Maple is a healthy and happy young pup.

3. {Don’t Push Your Luck} We thought we could get away with an extra thirty minutes of sleep. But, when nature calls, Maple is not going to wait for us.

4. {It Takes Two to Clap} Despite the stress and adrenaline running through our veins that morning, MM and I managed to work as a team to accomplish what had to be done in as little time as possible. We had our routine choreographed down to perfection (not that we had much time to revise the routine anyway).

Last but not least, our lives will never be a bore with Miss Maple around. That’s for certain!

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§ 14 Responses to Pass Me the Gloves

  • SandySays1 says:

    LOL. Say hey to Maple and all. (Love the pics)
    Sandy
    http://www.sandysays1.wordpress.com

  • TOto's mommy says:

    This reminds me, when TOto is young and if we stay in bed for another 15minutes, my hubby have to wake up to mend HOLE in the wall. We never understand why he does that …

    Anyway Hubs recommend a product named ‘Nixit’ Stool eating preventive. Maybe you can research more about it!!

    • Wall-eating… yes, Maple did that too! Thank goodness she’s over that now (probably realized that her kibbles are tastier than plaster and paint). As for coprophagy, she’ll indulge in it occasionally 😕 It was much worse when she was younger. Hopefully, she’ll grow out of this habit completely ❓ But, if not, we’ll look into Nixit—it sounds promising.

  • We had the poo-eating issue here. Someone suggested that I give the dogs a chunk of pineapple each day (can be canned pineapple) and it worked!

    I just open a new can each week, drain off the juice and freeze the chunks. Then each morning, the dogs get a frozen pineapple cube which they love!

    • Frozen pineapple chunks—yum, sounds delicious. We’ve heard that pineapples do indeed work. We haven’t yet tried it ourselves, but we did test out bananas which were effective. Unfortunately, bananas don’t store as well, so frozen pineapples could be the way to go! Thank you for the suggestion 😀

  • OMG…what an insane morning!

    I love your positive outlook on it all. What’s done is done and your optimistic attitude is inspiring!

    P.S. I love how no matter how crazy or stressful things get, we always manage to have time to snap a couple of photos. 😀

    • You’re so right about that—the camera has been my sidekick ever since Maple joined us. I’m always saying to MM, “Oh my gosh, I have to document this moment right this very minute!” snap, snap, snap… MM isn’t always too pleased with my timing but, then again, he’s the same with his phone camera (it just happens to be a smaller gadget, that’s all) 😉

  • Kas says:

    Very cute blog! I love the life lessons – that’s a great perspective to have when it comes to dogs … they can teach us so much! Looking forward to reading your blog.
    -Kas

    • Hi Kas, thanks for finding us! We share your same thoughts exactly about dogs and the life lessons they can teach us. We’ll be eagerly following your troupe of four-legged companions via your blog!

  • Janicia says:

    Hey! I love you crate for housing Miss Maple! Was the back portion a diy or did you purchase it as a set? Thanks!

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