Thursday, January 29, 2009

Silver-lined Excrement

My mom and stepfather are in Hawaii right now.

I'm so jealous.
I get emails from my mom talking about all the whales they're seeing.
The only whale I've seen in real life was Shamu at Sea World.
My mom takes fabulous photos, so I can't wait to see her pictures.

I digress.

While my mom is in Hawaii, her 13-year-old black Labrador, Seamus, is staying with us.

13 is really old for a Lab.
Seamus is an old man dog.
He has a gray muzzle, it's getting harder for him to see or smell, and he has trouble getting up and down.

And...wait for it...

he has trouble keeping poop in.

That's right, it just randomly pops out.

I warned the whole family to keep an eye out for poop.
And every day I've found some here or there.

Well, then we come to yesterday. I'm getting ready for work (at my new job!), and my dad calls me to his part of the house. He says he needs my opinion.

huh. That's unusual.
Does he want advice on what to wear?
His vision is bad.

Well, turns out, he wasn't sure what the big mess was on the carpet outside his room.
The mess that was smushed and tracked everywhere.

I gave my opinion.
"That's not mud, Dad."

I'm sure you've guessed by now, Seamus had struck again.

Texas Homeboy ended up on his hands and knees cleaning up miles of poop out of the carpet, while I finished getting ready for work.

Before I left, my dad said to me, "You know, there's a silver lining."
me: "Oh, really? What's that? (as the smell of poop permeated the entire household)"
Dad: "It could have been MY poop."

Oh. huh. He has a point.

And then, he took it too far...
Dad: "I bet my poop smells better."

Thanks, Dad.

That was the silver lining yesterday.

Do you look for silver linings in your bad situations?

Want to share one?


Sally-Ann said...

Your Dad cracks me up!!
I do tend to look for the silver lining in a bad situation.
My silver lining is that with all the cleaning and washing I've been doing the past few days out of necessity, my house is now spick and span. Something that hasn't been happening lately.

lmt1073 said...

omg! that was so cute and funny. thanks for sharing that story.

p.s. i hate dog poop! what's even worse is horse poop stuck to your boot.

Unknown said...

I'm a big silver lining person... makes it all bearable.

of course at the moment i can't think of a one...

Kori said...

I like to think there's always a silver lining. But not so much right now.

Your Dad is hilarious.

Unknown said...

Your dad sounds like a real hoot.
I'm a silver lining person. Once, when I got it in my head to go camping with my boyfriend(future husband), I remarked how the drizzle brought out the dark, earthy tones of the trees and landscape. When we couldn't get any fire started with what wood we did find, I thought it was so nice we brought food that could be eaten cold. When the tent leaked during the night and we woke up slightly damp, I happily talked about how nice it was that the leak had been small.
We never went camping again, but he married me despite my disastrous attempt at camping. :)

M said...

Being the mother of a stealth pooper, I can sympathize. The difference is my pooper is young and a touch evil.

The silver lining is something to strive for every day. Thanks for the thoughts... I need to look for more silver linings from day to day!

I also recommend the Bissell Spot Bot for any scary stains... it's helped us immensely!

Anonymous said...

That is pretty funny. TNT fed Trixie this morning before he left. I told him to put her on the chain when he left. Did he? Nope he left her inside. Guess what she did. Pooped right by the door and jumped back in bed with me to snuggle. Sure enough TNT should have listened to me.

Burfica said...

I try to look for the silver lining in things. But when my old dog, had projectile diarrhea all over the walls, doors, door frame, floor in the hallway. All I could do is be glad I didn't vomit.

Mama Dawg said...

I'm sorry, but that has me laughing. He does have a good point!

Valarie Lea said...

Hahahahaha good one Rhea's Daddy!!

Jen said...

that is just too funny but he is right you know!

lynette355 said...

oh that was a good one.
wiping the tears

i have to start looking for those silver linings.

good luck on the new job.

Anonymous said...

NICE! We have a 14 year old lab. she is doing well random poop.

Though I have golden poop. I love my throne! LOL

Skeller said...

ewwwwwww. the other silver lining? your dad does have a cutting wit! and Homeboy gets kudos for clean-up. ewwww... much ickier than collecting ants.

Anonymous said...

See...your dad knows you need humor sometimes to diffuse the situation.

My husband told me the other day that he is trying really hard this year to look at the positive side of things. No matter what happens he needs to look at the good outcomes from it. I like that. And silver linings.

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

Your dad is too funny!

Silver lining....lately? I'm sure there's got to be something, right? Maybe I just can't think of it right now.

Justine said...

Your dad did not say that! You made that up? Because it's tooooooooo damn funny!!!!!!!!!!! heeheeheeeeeeeeeeeee

Justine :o )

Denea said...

Finding the silver lining has been said to be a gift. So glad you've got someone there to help put everything in perspective. ;)

I've also tagged you on a bookworm meme.

Susie said...

That is too funny!! An old man's poop is a silver lining? Hee, hee, hee.

Misty DawnS said...

I'm glad your dad was able to point out the silver lining ;-) Sometimes I need someone to point those out to me lately!

OHmommy said...

You dad has a great sense of humor, lol!

They should bring you back something nice from Hawaii, no? For taking care of the dog.

the mama bird diaries said...

Your dad is HILARIOUS.

You are a very good dog sitter.

KG said...

Ok - your dad is officially my hero. That's the most awesome thing ever.

Lula! said...

Move over, Annie...
Dad is my new hero.

Seriously Rhea--he is rocking my world.

Anonymous said...

Your dad is great. I TRY to look for silver linings and I think I'm better at finding them now than I was before my bad car accident. Having a big obstacle in my life (my recovery which is going on 3 years) to deal with each day makes me realize the smaller stuff usually has a silver lining if you look hard enough.

Karen said...

That is such a dad thing to say! LOL.

Linda said...

Classic ... I love your dad! Seamus, poor old pooch ... it's bound to happen. Reminds me of the days of cleaning up after my vomiting cat in her old age. I can only hope someone does the same for me someday.

There's always a silver lining if you look hard enough ... just don't forget to look down occasionally in case Seamus leaves another surprise!

Mrs Anne said...

I think I just fell in love with your sweet dad!

that's a great story.

i do try to look at the silver lining and/or a lesson from every difficult, hard, bad situation.

Kudo's to the Mister for takin' care of poop patrol!


Ronnica said...

Did he say that, because he's worried he'll develop the same condition the dog has? Hehe

Mariah said...

Oh Annie...don't let that dog steal your stuff

Anonymous said...

I laughed so hard I almost pooped my pants!