The Virus and The Bread

Whew, I’m back.  If I ever hint that I am thinking about getting another puppy, hit me….hard.  My friend’s dog, The Virus (Mr. Pavlov’s affectionate nick name) was a trip and turned our home upside down for a while.  Toys that managed to survive the puppy stages of our (now mellow) Lab, were destroyed within seconds after meeting The Virus. 

One time during our dog sitting, I left our daughter with The Virus while I ran an errand.  She texted me A LOT during my brief time away.  The child has over 3,000 texts a month but seldom sends any my way.  I am text deprived and become a little too excited when I receive one.  If I had a tail it would wag uncontrollably and I just might slobber at the sound of a text.  When her number popped up on my phone I was about to wag and slobber but I knew something was up.  The first one read “When are you coming home?” 

I had just left.  She never requests me to return so soon.  Thankfully I wasn’t driving when the text came through.  I don’t text and drive – I’m old school and not that coordinated.  Texting aside, my phone really isn’t that car safe considering  it is all touch screen and I can’t “feel” the numbers when I attempt to dial.  I embody Helen Keller as I guess the location of the numbers and have been known to dial many wrong numbers.  It is most embarrassing at times especially when, after hearing a brief hello, I immediately begin the conversation with something like “Hey sexy, what time will you be home tonight?”  Awkward.

 After the initial  satisfaction of receiving a text from my cool girl dissipated, I replied, “I’m barely gone – why is everything ok?”

Her: “Yea, he’s just crazy. Come home soon!”

I was about to tell her to crate him when I got distracted by the bread that was on sale for .99cents.  We go through loaves and loaves of bread each week so .99cents was excitable.  It doesn’t take much to excite me people but you know you’re borderline pathetic when you palpitate over the price of bread.

Another text came through and before I could mount any excitement – which is actually a good thing because the endorphins from .99cent bread and a text would probably kill me on the spot – I noticed the single word “MOM!”

Then in rapid fire an avalanche of texts bombarded my technically advanced phone causing it to glitch and freeze momentarily.  Pictures followed.  My heart missed several beats.  My fingers cramped.  Beads of sweat broke out on my forehead.  I couldn’t keep up with queen text and I needed more bread!

The texts read “He dug up your potted plant to get a hidden toy lizard. Dirt is everywhere!” Wow, the toy lizard?  He saw it?  Tres, our youngest, buried that sucker a few years ago and no one ventured to remove it….until now.  The picture that followed contained the lizard and a pile of dirt all over my floor.  I wish I had the photos to post but in my haste, I deleted them.

“He ripped open a ton of stuffed animals, their stuffing is all over the floor and he is raping another.”  Stuffed animals?  I thought I had put those in places where he couldn’t reach.  Raping?  It was these next few pictures that caused my armpits to spring forth fountains of living water.

“He chewed the corner off of your woodwork.”  Really? The entire corner?  I had never had a dog chew off my woodwork corners…until now.

“He destroyed a baseball hat.”  I hope it wasn’t this year’s baseball hat!  I am cheap enough to make my dear son wear a mangled hat if it is at all functional. The photo quickly followed and it resembled the left overs from a flesh-eating beast .  It was ripped apart and had several teeth marks indentations. Near one of the indentations I made out the marking “2005″ Ahhh, I exhaled – until this time I had been unknowingly holding my breath.  It was a ball cap from our older son’s Dos, 2005 baseball season.  Younger Tres had been wearing the cap and left it in an accessible place for doggie teeth and death.

“He chewed the leashes.”  All of them?  Now how were we going to walk these furry beasts? I’d venture to say that our fatty helped him destroy the key item that made her physical activity possible.

“He shredded some of the boy’s toys.”  Hopefully it was the cheap, plastic McDonalds type!  The photos confirmed that most of the debris was from el’cheapo toys.  I never had a dog help with cleaning out toys…until now.

“He snacked on the bathroom garbage and you know what’s in that can!” Oh noooooo, that garbage can contains the remnants of Mother Nature’s monthly gift.  I bet he dined on my carpet.  He did.  I had the photos to prove it.

“He ripped apart my Abercrombie flipflops…we need to go shopping!” Hmmm, as traumatized, palpitating and sweaty as I was, I smelled an opportunistic rat.  By this time I was caught up in the sequential texts.  I waited for the photo.  I even began to talk to my phone.  Show me the photo, show me the photo.  I waited.  People took my bread.  I waited.  People asked me to hand them some bread (I was defensively blocking the bread shelf). I waited.  The bread supply dwindled.  I waited.  No photo.  No photo.  No photo….ever.

Texting paused, my mental faculties returned and seizing the moment, I texted “CRATE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  Then, I scarfed up more bread and bolted for home.  

All was in order.  The tornado pathway of destruction?  Cleaned.  The virus?  Peacefully sleeping in his crate.  My daughter?  Looking haggard.  Taking a deep breath she said “I didn’t know a dog could tear it up so much – until now.  But you can reward me with shopping.” 

I gave her a loaf of bread.

16 responses to “The Virus and The Bread

  1. Loved the story but the punchline kicked butt. I would have thought you exaggerated but my son had a dog like that — he’s finally outgrown it but he had “Marley” written all over him. I never understood how the kids survived her.

    • Haha, thanks. Yep, no stretching the truth with this post. Our Lab was high maintenance but this one had her beat! He was a whirlwind of chaos.

  2. Now you just have to make sure the dog doesn’t eat the bread!

  3. SO sorry for the destruction, but you made me smile…

    We left our rescue pup (right after adopting her – duh!) with my sister and brother-in-law for the weekend.

    “She’s so good,” I said. “She just cuddles all day.”

    Until her new adoptive family abandons her. And apparently she has issues with that. Duh.

    She howled non-stop. She peed and pooped all over their carpet. She tore a hole in their screen door to get back in after they tried to put her out.

    We hadn’t even left a crate with them because she was “so good.”

    The puppy hasn’t been back since. Canine non grata for sure.

    Hope your daughter enjoys her new flip-flops. Or the bread. Either way.

    • “She’s so good” Famous last words right? Wow, your poor sister – you owe her a loaf of bread for sure!

      We’re going shopping for a few items today and I’m sure flip flops will be on the list (even though no actual Abercrombie flip flop was harmed)

  4. Love it, Botut…

    I can relate to getting excited about groceries on sale…sadly, it’s my joy in life to find things I need on sale…I hate texting however! I am the world’s slowest texter (I don’t have an alpha-numeric keyboard on my phone).

    My daughters would try to pull the same stunt…we’re lucky our dog doesn’t usually chew traditional things like shoes…his favourite things are lunchbags and earphones (he did chew Hope’s glasses once…thank God for warranties!).

    Funny post!


    • She is a shopping pro and will use any avenue to place her butt in the store! There wasn’t actually a destroyed Abercrombie flip flop and I knew it because I know her! He did however chew an ancient Old Navy flip flop and she tried to pass if off as Abercrombie…BUT I also know my brands 🙂

  5. Hahahaha! Oh goodness, what a tornado! Glad you guys survived, haha!

  6. This is hilarious. I thought for a minute she was pulling your leg. I think we will stick with fish.

    • Fish are great…unless of course they are just in a bowl and poop until the water gets cloudy and nasty…then die and decay in the nasty water…but it’s still a lot easier and they can always be taken care of with a simple flush!

  7. While the dog was a hoot – I’m stuck on the bread price! With my household about to expand six-fold, I want 0.99 bread! I’ll freeze it! Just send it!! 😆

  8. The sheer volume of texts that kids can produce simply amazes me.

    Your description of a texting endorphin rush made me smile because this morning I taught my 39-y/0 best friend in all the world to text. Her very first message was to a Craigslist vendor, who despite not having answered the call, replied to her text immediately. She displayed this slightly naughty grin and said, “Oh, I LIKE this!”

    We have a convert. Since she’s in PA and I live in Oregon, I’ve made it a mission to drag her into 21st century communications while I’m visiting this week. Up next, Skype.

  9. Good job – now she’ll be hooked!! I can’t believe these little kids/babies on the ipad and their use of technology in general….amazing.

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