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.


Sen, Tama and Tom said...

Madison sounds like such a sweetheart. Not many puppies would soil their own space before soiling that of their humans. She is obviously a great girl. Give her a big cuddle from us!

Sen-Chan, Tom and Tama-Chan

Cocoa the Beagle said...

Madison is a darling. She knows the house rules well and rather soil her own sleeping area because she had no choice. We love Madison!

Cocoa and Barley

BrandytheGreat said...

Madison is sooo obedient, but probably she just had this tiny bit of devilishness inside of her!

Saint Lover said...

Oh poor thing. Its hard to hold it when you are a little fry. Keep up the good work with her and continue watching for her signals.

Charity, Gary, Katie and Louis said...

It sounds like you and Madison are both doing a great job with the potty training. She is a sweetheart :-)

You asked about our adoption. We are not waiting on a specific child yet. I'm sure our daughter hasn't even been born yet. My guess is she will be born late next year and we will travel to China to pick her up when she is about 12 months old. We won't know who she is until about two months before we travel.

The Devil Dog said...

Wow, Madison is really, really good to not mess the carpet or floors. I could never do that. Or maybe would never do that.
You are obviously doing a great job training her.



Madison sounds like such an awesome dog!

musings on a giant schnauzer in a little MEDIUM LARGE package