And now, the
continuation of Tui T. Sutherland’s hilarious story about her dog who hates his
flea medicine. If you haven’t read Part 1, do that first and then come
back here to read the rest of the story. . .
. . . But the most important lesson we learned was a few years
ago, when we had just moved into a tiny apartment in NYC with a little garden
out the back. The “garden” was really more of a patio, but it had a five-foot
circle of dirt in the middle where we could plant flowers, so it was cute, and
Sunshine liked it, and everything was great.
Then one night I gave her her medicine as usual — it’s the
kind where she’s supposed to have it once a month, so this was the first time
we’d used it in this apartment.
And like I said . . . it was a REALLY small apartment. So there
was nowhere for her to run! She tried dashing up and down the tiny hall, but it
was very unsatisfying. She tried rolling on the couch, but we were sitting on
it, and it wasn’t big enough for us and a crazy rolling dog. She tried leaping
all over the bed, but that wasn’t enough. She wanted to go out! Out into the
So I figured, sure, why not? It’s all fenced in; she can run
in circles around it until she tires herself out and comes back.
Twenty minutes later, I was like, WHAT is she DOING out
there? So I went out to get her…and found THIS:
My perfect angel had discovered that DIRT was the MOST
WONDERFUL THING FOR ROLLING IN in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE. She’d been DIG DIG
DIGGING and RRRRRRRRROLLING and BURYING HERSELF in our little dirt patch until
she was ABSOLUTELY HORRIFYINGLY FILTHY.
We put her straight in the bathtub, which probably meant
washing off the medicine, which was no doubt her sinister plan all along.
AHAHA, I WIN.
So we’ve definitely learned THAT lesson: Sunshine does not
get to go outside or anywhere near dirt after we put on her flea & tick
medicine, until at least four hours later (or preferably a whole night later),
when she’s finally calmed down.
Other than that,
though, she really is pretty perfect . . . most of the time . . .
What about you guys? What kind of hilarious trouble have
your dogs (or cats or gerbils or birds or fish) gotten into? (OK, I’d be very
amused to hear a badly-behaved fish story.) Now it’s your turn. Join the Pet
Trouble Message Board and share a funny pet story! Sunshine and I can’t
wait to read them!
— Tui T. Sutherland, Pet Trouble author
Dog photos courtesy of Tui T. Sutherland