We had a rough day here at the house, yesterday. No sleep the night before - makes everybody cranky. Zucker decided to be a spineless furby. He got to go hide on our bed and catch up on his sleep. For whatever reason - Carlie decided to break the sound barrier - after the second night in her crate - then after one night in the jet tub in our master bathroom - until - she won.
And boy - did she win. She whooped my butt - badly. And anyone that knows me well enough - and knows what I become when I’ve had no sleep - trust me. They know it was bad. Dwayne even woke up and jumped into making his own lunch - and gettin’ the hell out the door as fast as he could.
It was bad. Ohhhh, I was soooo - bad.
Carlie’s been waking up around 11pm - needing to be taken outside. Stepping outside around 11pm - half asleep - into pitch-black darkness. It’s already been a race - just trying to get the coat - hat - find my garden clogs and get those on - find the leash - turn the light on - slide the blinds back - open the door - get the deck gate open - get down the steps and set her down on the grass. All that - before this puppy pees everywhere!
Well - we have a possible snowstorm coming - and they’re telling us this one could be really nasty. So - we made a change in the game plan last night - and it worked! ( ‘Cuz I am NOT steppin’ foot out in that crap - just to let her spill a few tablespoons! )
I put three potty pads down in our main bathroom with her bed and a couple of her toys. Turned on the night light - set her on one of the potty pads - VOILA!
Gave her some ’ quiet ’ praise - walked out and closed the door behind me.
Best sleep I’ve had in almost a week!
I swear - it’s just like having a baby around this house right now! Potty pads all over the place. Toys strewn everywhere. And don’t let her whine, anymore! Zucker comes digging his claws into me - wanting me to come check on her! I have not created a ‘ Big Brother ‘ for Carlie. I have created a monster. That’s what I earn for getting down on the floor this morning and teaching Zucker how to play with her. Now - that was interesting. There is such a difference in dogs that start out from a litter and go directly to their new family - versus puppies yanked off their mother’s teat and carried to pet shops.
Dwayne brought home a real life-saver after work! He made a trip over to Target during lunch - yesterday - and picked up a gate to use on the doorway of the main bathroom. Thank God. Girlie is getting totally rambunctious - already! And she’s even beginning to get a little brave. Nobody chews on my furniture in my house. I even whip Dwayne for that!
Being able to set her up in the bathroom - and know that she and all our belongings are safe - long enough to get something done around here - really helps! It keeps her away from the water bowl for a while, too! Let me tell you - that little tank can fill up with some water! She puts Zucker to shame - absolutely!