What does, Why Do We Love Our Dogs, have anything to do with Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff? Read on and soon you’ll understand.
Last night we had our second Adventure Meeting since it began in May. The local Adventure Team enjoyed an evening by Bev’s pool and we snacked on fresh fruit and creamy dip, assorted cheese & crackers, lemoanade and of course, a little bit of wine! We discussed our experiences with following the strategies thus far and we all agreed that it has been a combination of easy and difficult bad habits to break and good habits to incorporate into our lives. We found that several of us had husbands who never seem to Sweat The Small Stuff, sleep soundly and go about their days with unruffled feathers; mine included until…
The following is a copy of an email that I sent to my Adventure Team the following morning:
I just wanted to share with you what I came home to last night after our lovely evening together. While no one was at home, Bindi (our oldest dog) made her way into Erin’s bedroom and removed a bottle of baby oil. Erin smoothes this on after she shaves her legs. Bindi took the bottle to our bedroom, hopped onto the bed and somehow opened the bottle…ALL OVER THE BEDDING that I had just washed the day before! I also had recently purchased a pretty Wedgwood blue, quilted, Matelasse cover for the bed. I had searched for years for just the right color and spread for the bed. It matched beautifully. It was folded on the end of the bed, and that too had significant oil spots.
Here is where we are putting the pieces of the puzzle together; because we do not have hidden cameras in the house. After the oil was spilled all over our bedding, Bindi then proceeded back to Erin’s bedroom. As best as we can figure, Bindi had also ingested an undetermined amount of the baby oil! How yummy. Within a short period of time, her bowels were “greased up” and ready to roll. And roll they did…all over Erin’s fresh linens on her bed, including her goose down comforter and clean sheets! Then… the “leaking” began. A rancid smelling, oily combination that just seeped out (of you know where) without her being able to control it. She managed to do this all over the house! Everywhere she walked or trotted, she deposited the oil slick. GROSS!
Why any dog would do this is beyond my comprehension, but after researching the internet, it is apparent that many dogs have done this. It is not lethal.
Erin was the first one home, opened the door and immediately smelled the foul, rancid, oily poop combination. Next, Allan came home to a distraught and someone hysterical daughter. Then I got a phone call. When I arrived, Erin was busy scrubbing and cleaning and disinfecting our house. I then pitched in with cleaning, and laundering the bedding, including Bindi’s from her kennel. Bindi slept on a towel in her kennel with a fan blowing in her direction all night. Somewhere before dawn, Allan left her out and she proceeded to bark for 10 minutes. I think he was ready to shoot his favorite hunting dog!
Our puppy, Peiper, (Bindi’s baby half-sister) was cute. She knew (and could smell) that something was incredibly wrong and kind of hid in the shadows…just peaking at us and glancing at her half-sister, with her ears pinned down and tail tucked. She did know, however, that for once she was not guilty of any wrong doing and that she is SUCH A GOOD GIRL! Peiper was kenneled so she was unable to participate in the baby oily escapade!
Of course this is all my fault because I did not kennel Bindi before I left for the evening. If she had been secured, none of these events would have taken place. I accepted my verbal reprimands from both husband and daughter. After just attending the Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff adventure meeting, I just thought that I would keep my mouth shut. The strategy worked beautifully
This morning the sun is shining, birds are singing and Bindi seems to have weathered the storm…the shit storm. Erin is sleeping peacefully, the laundry is getting done and I am sipping my second cup of coffee. The worst is behind us and I will rest easier when I see Bindi take a normal dump!
PS: We researched any toxic complications for canines ingesting baby oil and other than what I described above, there is nothing serious. It works its way through the digestive track over a period of time. Baby oil is made of mineral oil, aloe vera, vitamin E and fragrance. Thankfully she has no other symptoms. Thank God for the internet! Thank you to Proctor and Gamble for Tide Pods laundry detergent and Dawn dishwashing liquid! If it was good enough to clean up after the Valdez and Gulf oil spills, it’s good enough for me!
Why Do We Love Our Dogs? to be continued….