Being Thankful (That I Didn't Puke)

It is November and a lot of people do the "Month of Thankfulness." They list something they are thankful for every day. I admire that...I wish I could do that, but I am not that disciplined. BUT today I want to take a stab at it...and not because I am particularly thankful...more because I have to find things I am thankful for because it has been a shitty morning (pun intended).

My husband is out of town. He has been for a little while. And it has been pretty smooth sailing. We miss him, but the home is clean and running great. Until this morning.

My son saw it first. He yelled "Mom, the dogs pooped all over the living room." I was just waking up and not really comprehending what he was saying. And I was a little confused because out of our two dogs, the one that would do such a thing slept in my room all night.

Then I realized it was Duke.

Duke

Duke

Duke never does anything like this. He must of been sick or is just a complete asshole. Hard to tell.

Duke is a 150 pound German Shepherd. Take a second to think about how much poop could be in a 150 pound dog. Got it?

Well, that is actually not the worst of it. Most of our house doesn't have carpet, but the hallway and the front room does.  It has brown carpet. Some might even say poop brown carpet. Yep, that is where he pooped on the brown carpet so I can't see the poop that well since it is camouflaged. 

I can't adequately describe this blind poop hide and seek game. It was horrifying to say the least. And I have a keen sense of smell and a quick gag reflex...it was a recipe for disaster. 

However, I made it through...the first round of cleaning. And I am thankful. 

So Let's make a Thankful List

The Awesome Son

The Awesome Son

1. I am thankful for a son that is able to help out. He fed himself breakfast, he got himself ready, and he made lunch for both himself and his sister. Thank you Bubba...I appreciate you. 

Yep, that is poop water.

Yep, that is poop water.

2. I am thankful that we have a shampooer. Seriously things would be dark and horrible right now if I didn't have this to deep clean the carpet. Shit be real around here.

So yummy smelling!

So yummy smelling!

3. You know how a smell just sticks with you? Well, I am thankful for cleaners and lots of smelly candles. I just bought a new candle that smells AH-MAZING! The  Cedar Magnolia - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia... your know the Target Chip and Joanna Gaines line? I am basic. I am okay with it. That candle is helping me get past the poop smell. 

Me, and my basic self, enjoying coffee.

Me, and my basic self, enjoying coffee.

4. I am thankful for places with drive thru coffee and breakfast sandwiches so I can have energy to keep defunking my home. 

And last, but certainly not least...

So thankful.

So thankful.

5. I am thankful that I have a dog that we love even when he explosively poops all over the house and for the other dog (who actually eats poop, but that is a different story.) I am thankful for my kiddos, I don't know how I got so lucky to have such kind, helpful, funny, and amazing kids. I am thankful for my husband and will be even more grateful when he returns. I am thankful for a home that shelters us...it may not be perfect, but it is ours (well, it is the banks, but we pay for it). And I am thankful I didn't puke this morning. That is not another thing I would like on my list to clean today. 

There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.
— Anonymous

So what are you thankful for?

Over the next couple of weeks we will talk about being more thankful and explore some crafts for kids to get their own gratitude flowing. In the meantime, here are some suggestions to get you started.

Thankful Actions

  • Keep a gratitude journal.
  • Be in the present.
  • Think bigger than yourself.
  • Say "thank you."
  • Start focusing outward not inwards. 

Okay since I am getting over the trauma of the poop-apocalypse, I will get serious about my own thankful actions. 

Look for the good! See you soon!

Dog Person?

Some people are either dog people or cat people...I guess there are "no animal at all" people. I don't particularly trust the last category of people. Just sayin. Listen, animals can be annoying and dirty and just plain gross, BUT they make us better humans by showing us unconditional love, understanding, and acceptance. And BTW they are a freaking miracle. I think it is so crazy that we share this earth with so many different species. It is mind boggling...clearly we need to do more to be better stewards of this land and to do right by the other beings we live with...but that is for another conversation. 

Today I am going to tell you a story.  My husband, Marko, didn't grow up with dogs. His family had the occasional black cat that adopted them, but that was it. So when I met my husband, he wasn't super hip to the dog scene and I had a dog. Oh, what a dog he was! I had an elderly Yorkshire Terrier named Obie. Obie was an asshole. Really there is no other way to say it. Look I LOVED him with every ounce of my being, but I would never say he was a sweet or a good dog, but we had been together since I was 16 years old so we were really in it together. It was a love/hate relationship...for us both. 

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
— Roger Caras
The one and only Obie.

The one and only Obie.

When Marko first met my dog I went to his apartment (the future husband's not the dog's...that would have been an even crazier story though I suppose). I sat my little 8 lb dog on the futon that served as the couch. Marko looked at me dead in the eye and said that animals do not go on the furniture. I wasn't having that because I had Obie and I had a cat and they both were on my furniture...also, I do not like being told what to do or what not to do. Well, apparently Obie worked his magic on Marko and flash forward a few months he and Obie were sitting on the said futon sharing an ice cream cone together. So cute...and gross.

Obie was such a huge part of my life. Nearly all of my friends dog-sat him at some point. One dear friend in particular put him in the backyard and promptly lost the dog. The dog was found, but there were some serious conversations if our friendship would survive such a circumstance. Another two of my besties who watched Obie regularly, finally had to stop watching him because he was and an old little curmudgeon and straight pooped in their car on the driver's side seat. What a little jerk!

Obie lived another several years with the hubby and myself. Obie died when he was 16 years old in our bed in between my husband and I when I was about 5 months pregnant...and I was 32 years old. At the time, I had Obie half of my life. I found him on Black Friday morning, my husband got up early to go buy a tv with his brother. When I woke up at o-dark-thirty. I saw Obie and I just knew he was gone...my husband confirmed it and he took care of everything.

While I was devastated and I still think of that crappy little dog nearly every day of my life...I am thankful it all ended the way it did. He was training us to be a parent. He was up all night, making messes, entertaining us, and making sure we were sleep deprived. We got him a crate a few days before he died to keep him contained while we were gone...his death was his final middle finger to us. And Obie would have been a horrible animal brother to our son and that little dog died getting to be on the furniture. 

Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.
— Agnes Sligh Turnbul

Do you have some animals that you loved (or hated)? Do you have ones that shaped who you are? We have two dogs right now and I think about the relationship those dogs have with my kids and the benefits that relationship has on both of them.

 

They call it puppy love.

They call it puppy love.

Currently we have the two dogs (and a fish). Some years we have a lot more animals, some years we have a lot less animals. We have a 150 lb German shepherd name Duke. He LOVES the kids. I mean, not your kids...but ours. And we have June who is a Wiredhaired Pointing Griffon. She loves everyone and every thing and ALWAYS smells like poop...I mean, there are so many causes of this problem...I can't even. But these two sweet beings are teaching our children about responsibility, about compassion, and about love in ways we frankly can't teach them as effecively. They have their own "Obies."

Harvard Health Publications states the most obvious benefits of pet ownership are love and companionship. Heck, even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) talk about the health benefits of animal ownership.  Crazy, right?

According to the CDC here are the health benefits for having a family pet...

  • Pet ownership can lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels
  • Having a pet can help conquer battle feelings of loneliness.
  • Pet ownership provides opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
  • Opportunities for socialization (for you and the pet.)
June the grossest sweetie.

June the grossest sweetie.

Enjoy Dog Day!

  • Meet up with a dog.-If you have a dog, love on that dog like a fool. And if you aren't dog people, stretch your comfort level and find a dog in your hood to be friends with or at least say "hi" to.  Love the dogs you have in your life. 
  • Make your dog a treat.-You can look online for recipes to makes treats, you can make them a blanket, or build them a house (maybe you are hella handy). Whatever it is do something to show the pooch in your world that you love them. 
  • Donate to local animal shelter.-Whether or not you have a dog, donate to a shelter in your area. See what their needs are...maybe they need food, or certain supplies (blankets or dog beds), or donate your time. Some shelters want help socializing with the dogs. 
  • Get a check up.-Make sure your dog is healthy. Take them to the vet regularly, keep them up to date on their vaccines, and watch for strange behavior. They can't tell you if something is up...you have to help them.
  • Go for a walk.-That dog guru Cesar Milan is all about walking dogs for all sorts of reasons...exercise, training, stress relief, establishing who is in charge of the pack, etc. 

I hope some day you find your "Obie." Have a doggone great weekend!