Thursday, November 06, 2008

Drowning in Puppies

Our puppies are cute, really they are. And I do feel a great deal of affection towards them.

But... I'm tired of cleaning up their messes. And why do all eight of them have to time their business 5 minutes apart from each other. By the time I finish cleaning up from the last one, the first one has started the cycle all over again. *sigh*

For a few blissful days last week they were outside. But with the colder, rainy weather they are back inside. They are now where my large kitchen table used to be (in an enclosed pet yard) and we are using the card table when we eat meals.

No, we do not have a garage. So, yes, they must be inside. Or down at my landlord's shop. He thinks it would work perfectly down there. Sure, in one hours time they would be covered in their own... well, it just wouldn't work. He's thinking I'm home anyway, so I could just trot down there all through the day and care for them.

And if you say we should have thought of this before we had puppies, I will most likely growl at you. You may not hear it, but I'll be doing it just the same. I thought tying my dog up during that special time in her life would prevent this. Now I know it doesn't if the other dog is let off it's leash.

My landlord (whose dog is the father) has already mentioned doing this again next year. He says you can make so much money breeding and selling.

Must be nice if you don't have to do all the clean-up;) After all, if I wanted to clean up refuse (animal or otherwise) I'd wear a hazmat suit and go for bigger bucks.

Okay. I admit that after I clean up their messes, and they trot up to me and stare at me with their soulful little eyes, I soften just a little bit. And it is comforting to hold them and have them snuggle up close (when they're not knawing on me with their sharp little teeth).

But right now I'm cranky. I don't handle dealing with waste products before breakfast very well.

And I'm running low on my supply of Yankee candles;)

EDIT: Okay, I'm fessing up here. While I do have morning duty (and late night), all of my children have been enlisted into the "potty patrol." If I had to do it myself all the time, I'd boot the cute little things right out the door! Well, maybe;)


Marva said...

Praying for all of them a good home and least for your peace of mind!

Blessings sweet friend! Have a wonderful day!

Mrs. Darling said...

Gather the kids around and watch 101 Dalmations. Then you will feel blessed with only 8. LOL

bigSIS said...

That is why I just say NO to puppies in our home. I can't handle the messes. I always end up being the one to clean up after them and they aren't even my dogs! We've had the same wonderful Coco for 8 years now that we got at the Humane Society and she was trained. I guess I'm just spoiled that way! Lol. Kudos to you for graciously accepting the post of potty-picker-upper for all those adorable puppies. You're a better woman than I!

Angela said...

I.feel.your.pain. BELIEVE ME!!! I feel like I can't even relax in my house because I'm having to watch the puppy and make sure that he doesn't sneak off somewhere (something he is very good at) and make a mess somewhere! I am ready for Dustin to come home so we can take turns resting/watching!

Nikki said...

I don't want you to growl at me, but wouldn't it solve your problems for next year if you got your dog spayed? We have two female dogs and my parents have always had female dogs, and no one has ever had puppies.

I'm sure you've already thought of that, though, haven't you?

MyKidsMom said...

Way ahead of you on that one Nikki:)

We got her at about a year old, and had planned to get her fixed within a few months, but that time came upon her before we did.

The truth is, I'm glad she had puppies. It has been a great learning experience and so much fun for the kids. And we absolutely love the little puppy we're keeping from the litter. So it does make it worth it.

Brandi said...

Hmm...since your landlord's dog is the father's owner, it would be nice if he would help you out with more than a place for them to stay. Is he helping with the vet care or anything?

MyKidsMom said...

No to both of those Brandi. But he's proud as punch that his dog sired the puppies.

We're giving him one of the puppies, which he is in turn giving to his nieces. I'm okay with it because I met his sil and I think she'll take very good care of it.

We are covering the vet bills (around $200), but we also will be selling them solely ourselves. Still, after the bills and tons of food, we'll only make about $300 (after vet bills). Not that I don't appreciate that, but these little guys take a lot of time and work to care for.

But I think it'll be a good memory later:)

Anonymous said...

Hi.I am going to get one those puppys.

love tink

MyKidsMom said...

TINK: Just let me know when your Dad says Yes! :)

Mrs. Darling said...

I had no idea she came on here and did that the little stinker!