I can/can't believe my mother did this.
She comes home from work and says she's going out to yoga but later her friend from work is dropping off her dog to be watched.
Dad asks if it's for a couple hours or a night? No, for a week.
Is it housetrained? Of course.
How big is it? Just a small puppy.
Is it yappy? No.
Is it good with other dogs? Oh, yes.
Does it have a crate? I don't know.
Well, it's here. Scraggly haired, whiny little brat of a thing. It's scared of strangers, both human and other dog. It is not housetrained, marking twice in twenty minutes with people standing right there (second time he raised his leg against the chair and got a resounding "WTH" before anything escaped. It is small at least, just a little smaller than Shania. It has no manners, jumping all over people and furniture. It did come with a crate, something OK for transporting in a car, but not something to keep a dog in for lengthy confinement. Did I mention he is 5 years old.
Mom's response: Oh that's ok, we can just leave him out.
HECK TO THE NO!!!
Me & Dad: One: Shania and this dog do not know each other. They will NOT be left out alone together. Mom: Then Shania can go in the kennel. Me: No, this is HER home, not his. When you are not watching him, he is in the kennel.
Me & Dad: Two: He has p***** in the house twice in less than twenty minutes. Mom: Shania pees on the rugs all the time. Dad: She only pees in the house when you don't let her out at lunch. And any pee spots he makes you will blame on Shania. Mom: Whatever (in mom speak that is "yes I will" to the blaming Shania, not necessarily the letting him out part).
Dad: Three: That dog will be attached to you at all times. Mom: Except when I'm not here. Dad: That's right, because it will be in the kennel. Mom: But... Dad: I Will Be In The Kennel.
Dad has made is very clear to her that this week, SHE is taking care of that dog. Neither of us were consulted on this dog sitting adventure of hers. I'll but it out on my lunch hour but that's it. If she wants more than that she will be billed my regular $20 per day for my services.
I just thank god Shania seems to like him. As in no whinning, pacing, drooling, snarling, or hiding.