Occasionally as your DM dog’s condition worsens you may come home to an accident in the house, which is what happened to me a week ago. I left home at 7pm to watch the hockey game, GO CANUCKS!!!, I couldn’t get Wrangler to go out before I left, but I didn’t plan on being gone very long, I thought I’d be home by atleast 1030pm.
Lately Wrangler doesn’t want to go out for his evening pee so I drag him out anyway and I’m finding this just stresses him out. I pull him in his cart even though most of the time he has the brakes on which obviously frustrates me and I’m sure he picks up on this. So instead of going out for a relaxing pee he is stressed and just wants to come back in. Knowing this, I try to be cheerful, encourage him, and act like this is fun but it usually doesn’t work. This is playoff hockey we’re talking about so I needed to leave. I put him up on my bed in his usual spot where he can scan the apartment and see the front door, and I left for the hockey game.
The game finished and the Canucks won in grand fashion, so of course we had to celebrate!! I went with some friends to Gastown for a few drinks and didn’t end up getting home until 1am. I know this makes me look like a bad pet owner but Wrangler usually doesn’t do much during these hours and I don’t go out that often. I assumed he’d just be sleeping.
I couldn’t be more wrong. I’m hoping this happened later in the evening but Wrangler had an accident of the worst kind in my bed, and obviously couldn’t get out of bed to do anything about it, so he had to sit there until I got home. At 1am washing your sheets and bathing your dog is not fun.
I’m convinced it takes 2 people to bath a DM dog. If one person were to hold him up, the other person could obviously bath him. For me, I don’t have this luxury so what was I to do? I wasn’t about to hose him off outside in the cold so I did the next best thing. I turned on the shower, held Wrangler by the back end and basically backed him into the shower. This does not work well. I put my arm under his belly and tried to position the shower head so that the water poured on him rather than me. At the same time I’m trying to wash him with shampoo, rinse him, and make sure he doesn’t slip and fall. I ended up pulling it off but it wasn’t easy.
You’d think I’d learn and not put Wrangler on my bed or couch when I’m out. Instead you’d think he could go on his extremely comfortable Costco bed that I could pretty much nap on myself. Nope, he still sleeps in my bed.