Labor day is a time to rest, relax, and enjoy a day free from the labors of making a living.  But dogs don’t know that.  If you’re a dog owner, always be prepared for surprises, especially if you’ve planned something.

My plan this morning was to sleep in, wake up, and enjoy a leisurely morning with my dogs.  What actually happened was I did sleep in, and at 9 a.m. I woke up…to a smell that meant only one thing.  Dog poop was in the house.  I jumped out of bed, as best as a person of my stunningly mature age could do, found my Crocs, and dashed around the house to the back door.  I’d found nothing until the back door.  That is where my problem pooper and peer’s “room” is.  I quote the “room” because it’s her crate.  Her name is Lilian.  She not only eats poop, and gets diarrhea from it, but she’s got an ectopic ureter, which means pee spontaneously “comes out” when it shouldn’t.  Hence the location of her room.

Lilian Pooped Up On Labor DayWe’d been lucky lately with the peeing part, but this morning was a complete surprise to me.  Usually, Lilian points her rear end so her dumps go out the front door of her crate.  She’s smart that way.  But she did no such thing this morning.  It was a complete and utter mess inside the crate.

I let the other dogs out, placed a clothes pin on my nose, and I rolled Lilian’s crate so it was facing out the back door.  Then I opened the crate door and let her out.   Yuck!  She was a mess and so was the inside of the crate and all the toys in there.

I pulled the crate out and shut the door.  I couldn’t put anything in the washing machine because last night, one of my luxuries was to leave the clothes in the dryer and washing machine as is, and take care of it in the morning.  So that was what I had to do.  I then took clothes inside and folded them.  I was in no mood to hurry through what lay ahead of me.  However, I did have that thought.  What if it were a regular Monday and I needed to get to work?  I’d not have left the clothes in the washer and dryer the night before, and I’d been up earlier.  Maybe that would have been early enough to stop Lilian’s output, or not.  If not, I’d have to speed up the process, a little, but I’d have gotten through it.

It didn’t take long to put those clothes away, so I filled a bucket of water up and took it outside for Lilian and friends to drink.  Then, piece by piece, I picked up all toys from the crate and threw them in a plastic bag for the trash can.  The only toy I kept was a Nylabone.  I rinsed and scrubbed it till it was clean.  The blanket was a mess, but I ran it through the washing machine anyway.  Twice.  Blankets are a necessity here, and if they are salvageable, I do what I can to keep them.  I hauled the crate over to the side of the yard and hosed it down four or five times before pouring in some soap and hosing again.  I’d tipped it over and found the nifty wheel base I’d affixed to it needed some adjusting, so no time like the present. I did that, then turned the crate door facing towards the ground so it could drain. While that dried, it was Lilian’s turn.

I have made an investment in one of the best dog items, I think, ever invented.  It’s a bath tub for dogs, and mine is outside always at the ready.  It’s called a Booster Bath and here’s a description and link for more information.

Paws for Thought Booster Bath(R) Paws for Thought Booster Bath(R)

Wash your dog quickly, easily, and enjoyably with Booster Bath. This indoor/outdoor bathing center elevates your dog to a level that’s comfortable for you, keeps your dog securely contained, and features a no-mess water and drainage system.One-of-a-kind dog washing tub on legs is constructed of 1/4″ thick UV stabilized high density polyethene for longer life and durability.No dog is too big, or too small, or Booster Bath. Raised Booster Bath is lightweight and portable, weighing only 22 pounds, yet it is capable of supporting up to 175 lbs.Rubberized non-slip mat is 3/8″ thick for durability and longer life. Eliminates slipping and sliding of your pet, reducing stress for both of you.Dual, easy-access shampoo caddies are designed to hold a large shampoo, conditioner, and brush. Convenient placement on each side of the tub reduces spilling and eliminates bending over or chasing the shampoo bottle.Triple leash restraint with quick connect collar secures your pet.Five foot long, one inch drain hose allows you to wash in one area and discharge water in another.Rubber grips attached to the bottom of the legs keep the Booster Bath from slipping when your dog enters or exits.Fan nozzle features a combination volume control and on/off valve. Convenient hook provides quick and easy access between rinses.Tub and legs are held together with large non-corroding stainless steel screws and large plastic five star knobs with stainless steel inserts. If necessary, this provides for quick and easy disconnection of tub and legs. Legs nest inside tub for compact storage or travel.Perfect for the family dog or professional dog show enthusiasts.Approved by top breeders.Veterinarian approved.Used at dog shows worldwide.Check out our Paws for Thought Booster Bath Tropic Shower Warm Water Bathing Kit for easy access to warm water.

I popped Lilian in the tub, rinsed off the you-know-what, lathered her up, rinsed, towel dried, and we were done. That was the easiest part of it all. This item really saves my back, and I do use it a lot.

Lilian's new collarI put a lovely new fall color collar on Lilian, and she looks lovely in it. After that, somewhere just before 11 a.m., I regained control over my Labor day morning and thought about something. When you have a pet as part of your family, you can never discount their needs when making plans, because they, more than anyone I know, have sudden needs. So be prepared for the unexpected, and keep your calm about it because they’re the dog and you’re the human. Take the sudden mess to task, step by step, because that’s all you can do. You can’t change the happening, but you can handle how you react to it, and how you react to it will influence future relationships with your dog and anyone else around you. And remember, it will not be the last time something like this may happen, so be prepared for next time. You’ll get through, and it’s a tiny bit of a bump in the road when you consider all the good times you have with your dog.

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