During the first six months of our lives together, I was fairly certain the Devil was in my dog. Hard to believe, right? You look at that adorable face and you think what could he possibly do?
I used to work very long days at the office. 12 hour days. So I would keep him gated in my kitchen all day.
He had water and a snack. He had a wee wee pad. He had that nice dog bed. He had toys. I’d leave the tv on so he had noise and heard voices. I did everything I could to make him comfortable.
But every day when I came home from work, he’d let me know how unhappy he had been.
I can remember dreading coming home. Because I knew at least 45 minutes of cleaning was waiting for me.
When I got to my kitchen this is what I saw.
He had shredded the wee wee pad, pissed on the floor, and flipped his bed into the pee so it was soaked in urine.
That wasn’t the worst part.
Then he’d pooped on the floor and danced on it so that it was cemented into the tile and grout work.
He wasn’t done yet.
Somehow he had managed to step in the fresh poo and then wipe his paw down my white cabinets.
And this was everyday that I went to work that this happened.
There were times I fantasized about staying in a hotel so I couldn’t face this cleanup.
Clearly he was lonely, but there wasn’t much I could do about it. I thought about getting a dog walker to break up his day. Then I hurt my back and was home with him for six months. He turned into an angel baby. After that, I got a job closer to home and came home every day for lunch. From then on I had the best dog in the world.
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