Wednesday, May 22, 2013

An Open Apology

Dearest Audie Murphy, dog of mine...

I'm very sorry for putting you in the shower and running cold water over your face for what probably seemed like the longest ten minutes of both of our lives. I'm sorry for all of the mean things I said while trying to hold you in the shower, and I'm sorry for the headlock that I used to hold you under that icy cold water spray.

But next time I'm spraying brake and carb cleaner on something, I do hope that you'll stay back out of the way. I mean, is that really too much to ask? If it is, I apologize for that, too.

Oh, and I'm sorry for blasting you in the face with brake and carb cleaner, but to be fair, that kinda was your own fault.

Now will you please stop giving me the evil eye from your little sulk-spot on the deck? It's over. We're both almost dry now. Let it go.




Yeah, it's been one of those days.

24 comments:

  1. Man....the image I just got (having two beagles who HATE getting wet) made me smile. Thanks for the chuckle!

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  2. Wow. Glad to hear he's OK though.

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  3. If it ain't one thing, it's another with Murph. But I hope his eyes are okay & stay that way.

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  4. Yeah, his eyes are fine. He mainly caught it on the nose but I irrigated him thoroughly as a precaution just to be sure. He's just got to be all up in whatever it is that I'm doing, even if it's only cleaning a generator carburetor.

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  5. If he's anything like Gunny, absolutely zero lessons will have been learned. He'll be right back in your business next time :)

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  6. @ Paladin: Oh, a lesson was learned all right. When trying to forcibly bathe Murphy, wear arm guards.

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  7. You gotta do what you gotta do... But I'm betting he won't do that again!

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  8. I think I'd sleep with one eye open for the next little bit . . . .

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  9. Awe, poor pup. Glad you both made it through the ordeal.

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  10. Just curious here - - what sort of negative reinforcement/obedience commands does he get in these situations? Is his status as a deranged rescued dog affect obedience training?

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  11. @ Bob: No correction on that one. He didn't really do anything wrong per se to get zapped. As for the bathing, that just took a lot of calming and praise when he tolerated it and some stern tones when he fought. He's a pretty responsive dog to me but the bath...not something he's had many of or cares for. Credit to him, he did stay in the tub even though he was very unhappy over it.

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  12. Oh no! 100 pounds of "No, I don't want to be in here!" That had to be an epic struggle and if Murphy is anything like Angus an epic sulk as well. I feel your pain my friend.

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  13. Some people have all the fun!
    My puppy (2 years old, 110 pounds) HATES running water like the hose or shower. I finally figured out to get a couple of 5 gal buckets full of warm water and a scoop and he will tolerate that. I would hate to have to do an emergency decontamination with the hose or shower.

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  14. Big hug - to both of you. With bacon.

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  15. An old friend of mine pitched away a knife one time (45 years ago), his dog lunged for it, and suffered a nasty puncture wound. I have treated knives like loaded guns ever since. The dog did recover. He was a fine Schipperke.

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  16. Guess I'm fortunate with Sienna - when it's her shower time, I just pull back the curtain and point, and she hops over into the tub.

    Of course, there was that time that, during her rinse down, I picked her up to let the spray head wash her underside (she's a bit less than half Murph's weight). She shifted unexpectedly, I lost my footing, and we went tumbling backward over the tub side, pulling the curtain down in the process. A bit startled, but no injuries.

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  17. I feel your pain! Recently had our mutt get nailed by a skunk. That was an unpleasant morning. Very unpleasant.

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  18. Murphy, more loyal and curious than wise. If he didn't show "in your face interest" in your activities, you would probably think he was sick.

    Has he forgiven you yet?

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  19. @ Mrs S: Yes, all seems forgiven. It's amazing how quickly they forget when you toss them a fresh frozen marrow bone.

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  20. What Brigid said, in a brotherly way, of course!

    I'd a cat some years ago who rolled in the grease leavins in the carport.
    I had to hold her by the nape (aka kittening out) with one hand, and shampoo her with the other. Lest she bathe herself and ingest said grease.
    The entire time she was making horrible cat-growling-in-her throat noises.
    It took like 15 long minutes.
    But, she was very fluffy afterward, and only gave me stink eye for about a day!
    :-)

    gfa

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  21. Watch out he will be planning his revenge "you have been warned".

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  22. Only the Shadow knows the evil lurking in the mind and heart of Audie Murphy

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