But, oh my word. Dog poo issues are on a whole different level. I will spare you the details, but like I texted my husband earlier, I believe I will go ahead and answer to the title "Super Woman" for the remainder of the day. :)
(Don't worry; I'll spare you the grossest details.)
See, Ziggy is a wonderful dog. We got him from the Dallas Animal Shelter during a $30 Christmas special offer. Unlike other dogs we played with and "tried out" there, Ziggy was cowering back in his crate, afraid of any and everyone. We don't know what kind of trauma he went through prior to being taken in by the shelter, but he didn't really loosen up and let us see his wonderful personality for at least 3-4 weeks. Once he came out of his shell, he has been the most delightful dog. Friendly and patient with all the kiddos, well-trained (for the most part), and of course, the reason we chose him, allergy-friendly for my oldest who has dander allergies.
Today, he was doing his business and it took forever. Things were disconcertingly large and, well, stuck. 30 minutes later, things had moved a little bit but, generally, were still stuck.
So I began googling. According to various Yahoo! answers (which, by the way, made me think both-- "Is this the best we have to offer?" and "I'm glad I'm not the only one."), (1) It probably wasn't anything serious, probably he just was a little constipated and if things didn't go well, then I could soak him in a tub to loosen things up and get it moving. (Um, gross!) Or, (2) we needed to get to a vet immediately. It could be a sign of something he's eaten that won't dislodge. (Yikes!) Or, (3) maybe he ate something like a long string and we just need to wait for the rest of it to work its way through his system and then everything will be fine.
When we got home, I prepared a warm bath for him & it soothed him... when he got out, he was practically dancing as he rolled and shook and rolled some more across our living room floor.
So now, mid-afternoon, I have a clean, happy dog, a bathtub soaking in hot bleach water, and an "ick" feeling that is mostly subsiding but still hanging around.
I don't normally share about drama moments. Not because they don't exist, but because I don't tend to focus on them. Yes they happen, yes they stink (sometimes literally), but I figure, they happen to all of us. And then life goes on. But today, I decided to share.
Not sure why I am writing this out... maybe just to give you encouragement that we all have our days. Days of googling answers to situations you wouldn't have been able to dream up, days of having 2 kids jumping on the beds instead of napping even though you told them to while you deal with a poopy-bottomed dog in the bathtub, days of hoping the crap will just come to an end.
If you're having a day like that, hang in there. And, you might check out Yahoo! answers. Sometimes they really know their stuff. :)