Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Dog and the Turd




So here I am, Labor Day weekend and all excited that I have my first pet sitting job with a pet that doesn't belong to a friend. Ooooh Boy. A cute yellow lab named Maggie. She is sweet, she is huge and she is adorable. I will make three visits a day and spend about 35 to 40 minutes with her. We will walk, I will talk and we will have a fabulous time together while her Mama and Daddy are away for 6 days.
Day one, fabulous. Day two, fabulous. Day three... the turd. yep, the turd. You see Maggie has this invisible collar/fence, shock the crap out of ya thing which means she can run around the yard "free." This also means that she can get into whatever she wants to get into before "auntie," that would be me, can get to her and rip it out of her mouth. Well.... she found a cat turd or some kinda turd buried in the pine straw. Of course, by the time I could get to her, she was running with the turd while I chased her. This is fun, thought Maggie. Auntie thought.. what the *$@**& are you doing????? Gulp... she ate it. Oh dear. Oh my. Not good.

Before I left for the evening I made Maggie promise me she wouldn't puke. So, upon arrival the next morning at 6:45 a.m. Maggie had kept her promise. She didn't puke, but she did have diarrhea in the house. Peeeeuuuuu! Then to make matters worse, I took her for a walk and she had pure blood pouring out her butt!!! I almost passed out! I get her in my car and drove her to my house to get all her paperwork so we can go to the emergency vet. Then, I can't get her out of the car. She won't budge! So I pick up this giant dog with a bear hug and get her out of the car. Later, at the vet's office I find out that Maggie weighs 84 lbs. I weigh 89 lbs. Amazing what adrenaline and fear can do!

So after a brief visit with the vet and $296.00 later, Maggie is at home and happy as always. Auntie is happy that Maggie no longer has blood spraying out of her butt and Auntie is ever grateful that Maggie's parents don't' hate her for letting their child eat naughty food.

Kids... a full time job.

Have a great week.
Hugs,
Shell
This week IGF understanding parents and emergency vet clinics.

24 comments:

Susan Tuttle said...

Oh gosh -- what a disaster. You handled it with such grace. I'm so glad everything worked out well.

Susan

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gail said...

Wow, what a first job! A vet visit already. I hope the doggie is ok. I hope your ok? It will all be down hill from here on out, I promise. Lots of luck. (get a cat :) lol luv and bunny hugs, gail

lisa said...

Shell ~

Oh my gawd, I would have collapsed if that happened to me. You were very calm and collected. You had to be to pick up that moose. I'm glad Maggie is fine. She better leave those turds alone.

Lisa
www.palepinkandroses.com

Craft Diva said...

omg!!! what a mess you had to deal with, dw! you poor thing. i am so glad that maggie is ok. i have one that used to eat those sorts of things when she first got here. she was a rescue and she had been living on her own in the woods, so this is how she managed to survive. she seemed to have a gut of steel though. didn't have that sort of thing happen...and so glad. but at least your story turned out with a good "end"ing...lol.

Susan said...

That is so wild...she must have swallowed more than a turd, I daresay!!! That is why I love cats...far more discrimating eaters!
Susan *dutchrose*

Shabby in Pink Boutique said...

Om my goodness.... Glad it turned out! Happy Labor Day!
Stephanie

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

OMG Michelle - what a job! Glad to hear she's ok!

Cottage Flair said...

What an unfun first job! You sure handled it all well and with your usual sense of humor. Try, try again I guess!
Jennifer

Susan - My Vintage Charm said...

LOL Michelle, I think you missed your calling! There was a lot of comedy in this story!

I'm so glad the dog is ok!! Thank goodness you kept your head about you and knew what to do. You will certainly have a great pet story to tell!!

cathy said...

I know it was scary with the blood and all but I still get a chuckle out of picturing you trying to pick up a dog that weighs as much as you do. And picturing you chasing the giant dog around the yard with a turd in her mouth is pretty funny too. I'm glad Maggie is ok.

Carol at Clutter Bug Studio said...

Oh my! What can I say?
Yuck!

Inka Thomas said...

OMG Shell!! That is too funny. Only you...well no, I could see it happening to me too!!! I bet that lab just looked at you and said..."What did I do"? LOL
Inka

Carrie Gonzalez said...

Oh my, what a tale. You handled it all so well. Glad it turned out with a happy ending, poor doggie. Have a lovely week.
hugs,
Carrie

Lilli Blue said...

Oh my.....what a week end! Glad it all worked out. Lilli

Andie-The Brown Bee said...

LAWD AMERCY chile! What an insane start to your "official" petsitting! lol Glad you and pooh are none the worse for wear after this episode. xoxo

Patricia said...

I don't know if I'd give up the day job yet! lol What a way to start your new career. Although, maybe this will make you disaster proof from here on out. The infamous "they" say lightening only strikes once.

Pat

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh my goodness! How scary! That sounds like something that would happen to me! I cant imagine! Poor dog, I am so glad you both recovered!

Hugs,
Amy

Silena said...

Oh My Goodness, Michelle,
Just to imagine all this in my head makes me roar with laughter....that is, seeing tiny you picking up big old Maggie....but I am sure it was a terrifying experience for you...one you will never forget. You deserve a lot of R and R after this weekend. Here's hoping your next sitting job will be a little (no, a lot) more pleasant!!

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Michelle,

Wow, the first pet job! Well done on it I must say! I hope Maggie is ok now, and you are well rested. It must be tiring.
Take care!

Pei Li

Mia Sophia said...

Very funny! As the owner of two dog who will eat anything, I applaud your efforts for someone else's dog! Wow, what a disaster. You came through it with flying colors!

SoCal Helene said...

Hi Michelle, you poor thing! I could not help it but I giggled while reading it, I know I’m bad but I could vision it all……Hope both you and Maggie have recovered from the whole ordeal. Have a great week!
;o) Helene

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Holy crap!

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Oh! No what a story...but glad she's OK!I have four dogs..always something..LOL