Tuesday, November 11, 2008
curious potty mishap
Last night, we ate dinner and then H-Mom cleaned the kitchen, Man-Dad flopped on the sofa in front of the tv and the teen-human disappeared into her room. Madison was hovering around H-Mom, looking expectant. It was about time for a potty break.
A potty break is out the condo door, down a long long hallway to the elevator landing, pushing the button and waiting for the elevator to stop on 19, then the ride to G, sometimes with a couple stops to load and unload ... and then out the backdoor (daylight hours) or the front door (after dark) ... for a spot of GRASS and a nice place for Madison to do her business. It sounds like a prodigious effort, but usually takes less than 4 minutes (H-Mom has timed it) and Madison has never had an accident en route.
Well, last night, after she was done with the kitchen, H-Mom said to Man-Dad, "Watch her while I use the bathroom and get my shoes on," and then she went into the bedroom and closed the door.
Madison sat down outside the door.
This was a disturbing turn of events. Madison had to go. H-Mom must know this.
Madison sat expectantly for a couple minutes.
Then she got up, went into her kennel, and peed.
Man-Dad watched her in disbelief. A dog never pees where it sleeps, he was certain.
Well, Madison knows that she is not to pee on H-Mom's floor.
Or the rug.
Or the carpet.
So she peed in her own little space instead.
The crate that she keeps DRY and CLEAN all night long. Every night for 3 weeks.
Or was she just mad that she had to wait and that, indignity of indignities, she had to wait with a door closed in her face?
H-Mom felt so bad for closing the door on Madison that she didn't get scolded. They just went straight outside.
In three weeks, at four-months-old, Madison has not had a single poop accident, and only a handful of pee accidents. She is doing magnificently.
Especially for a condo dog which has a whole set of extra challenges.