Thursday, June 5, 2014

Your Brain on Labrador Retriever

When you start your day with your yearly mammogram and end with a big pile of dog poop on your one expensive area rug (seriously, picture the diet coke and Mentos experiment and the clean up would have been less). . . . . . .

In between was a whole bunch of legal stuff. And meetings about legal stuff. And meetings about the meetings with legal stuff.   I had to put up the "my brain hurts, come back another time" sign.

The day can only get better right?

Abby's OK, she'd snagged some cooked chicken skin I'd removed from my dinner last night and the yogurt tub that needed licking clean, out of the trash while I was at work.  She'd shown zero prior interest in the trash (though anything toxic to dogs goes straight to the outside trash) and outside of the chicken bits it was just some paper and the combined trash from the bathrooms. Plus, it's way too tall to get into.

She KNOCKED it over, to get to the contents. She tried to pretend she knew nothing about it, but when you have yogurt on your whiskers and a panty shield stuck to your head it's hard to be coy. (Yes you have "wings", no you can't fly.)

But she knew enough to knock it over.

As the guy said in Jurassic Park.

Clever Girl".

She's learning, as am I. (And seems to be fine, playing with her Angry Bird plush toy right now).

But I think it's time for a finger of scotch. 
 - Brigid

18 comments:

  1. Oh man...Poor Brigid! Poor carpet! Poor Abby!

    Isn't that the same carpet Barkley yarked all over once?

    I'd say 2 fingers of Scotch, and a full bar of dark chocolate all to yourself.

    You might want to get some Endosorb for Miss Abby, since she seems to have a bit of an easily disrupted digestion.

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  2. Sounds as if it's worth at least two fingers. One for passing the mammogram and the other for the cleanup and one on general principle. Wait, that's three...

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  3. Sounds more like a two-finger day to me.

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  4. Matthew, I like the way you think!

    *hugs*

    Promise not to send you a 16-squeaker cow toy. If only because you might trade the scotch for a revolver... and you know where I live!

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  5. Oh look at her all confidently secure that she hits up (literally) the garbage can. People food touchy stomach issues must be universal for Labs! I commend you for not wanting to drink half the bottle after all that.

    Love that sign, perfect for brain hurts.

    And it's not even a Monday.....

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  6. naturegirl - I'm the team lead, basically "Gibbs" so it comes in handy I also have one that says "I have flying Monkeys and I'm not afraid to use them".

    On the plus side, one of my team mates, took a position on the other side of the world, a promotion, he'd not have gotten here, came back, to work on his old team as he wanted to be part of it again. That made my whole month.

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  7. "finger of scotch"

    And would that be a horizontal finger or a vertical finger?

    We have a three month old German Shepherd in our house. Much learning by all parties involved.

    I feel your pain.

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  8. Definitely a two finger day. Labs seem to like everything and anything they "think" is edible. Can't begin to tell you some of the strange stuff we had to surgically remove from their stomachs when I worked for a vet.

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  9. We bought our locking trash can at bed bath and beyond. The look of frustration on Chloe's face when she figured out that she couldn't get into the trash anymore was priceless.

    Perhaps they still sell them. Good luck. Why is it that the girl dogs seem to be sneakier than the boys?

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  10. Brigid, how on earth do you find the only labs I have heard of with such sensitive stomachs? (This question from the owner of a Pointer who is allergic to poultry) ;)

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  11. Oh... At 'least' a finger maybe two???

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  12. Mathew - It was just one, I did have to get up at 4:30 to go to work. But that leaves one for tonight after a long week.

    Blackeagle - indeed but she's fine today, a locking garbage pail will be purchased tomorrow so no more "dumpster diving".

    Mathew - that toy looked like "Robbie Roadkill" that Zercool brought over for Barkley, MAN that was annoying, but she just loved it so much and I was very happiness for that happiness that gift brought her.

    naturegirl - the sign will be used again, I'm sure. :-)

    JoeMama- "horizontal or vertical finger?" HA!! So true.

    Mrs. S. - thanks for the suggestion. I have an actual day free of duty (first in 11 days) so will go find one.

    KenO - I think she'll be fine if she doesn't overeat, both times she got sick she snuck extra food.

    Old NFO - cheers!

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  14. Mathew - It was just one, I did have to get up at 4:30 to go to work. But that leaves one for tonight after a long week.

    Blackeagle - indeed but she's fine today, a locking garbage pail will be purchased tomorrow so no more "dumpster diving".

    Mathew - that toy looked like "Robbie Roadkill" that Zercool brought over for Barkley, MAN that was annoying, but she just loved it so much and I was very pleased to see the happiness that gift brought her.

    naturegirl - the sign will be used again, I'm sure. :-)

    JoeMama- "horizontal or vertical finger?" HA!! So true.

    Mrs. S. - thanks for the suggestion. I have an actual day free of duty (first in 11 days) so will go find one.

    KenO - I think she'll be fine if she doesn't overeat, both times she got sick she snuck extra food.

    Old NFO - cheers!

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  15. Wow, as I sit here with more than a finger of bourbon, stewing about my "crappy" day, I'm realizing that it truly could have been worse... I could have had your day! Glad the dog is back to feeling herself. And glad ours isn't a trash picker. Happy weekend and hopes for a better next week!

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  16. Oh nooooo! We've been so lucky with our two (especially Lucy) that they don't show much interest in the trash. Of course, now that I say that.... You know what happens next. Glad she's doing better (and that she's isn't eat the panty shield too!!)

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  17. How cool to get an old team mate back. That is probably the highest compliment you could get, giving up a promotion position to come "home" and work with the best of the best :)

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  18. So, she's learned the raccoon trick, eh? That's how the local raccoons get into my garbage. I have to lock the lids down with bungee cords.

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