I'm a horrible housekeeper. I didn't get the gene that some women (and men) get that allows them to find joy in doing dishes, vacuuming, folding laundry, and cleaning toilets. I'd rather spend my free time playing with my dogs, watching whatever I have recorded on my dvr, blogging, catching up on my favorite blogs, doing yoga, playing my wii - pretty much anything else other than doing chores. All that house cleaning stuff will still be there tomorrow, so why worry with it today.
Well, all that is fine until you have an unexpected house guest and you become embarrassed by the condition of your home. I don't live in a sty, but it does have some clutter until I buckle down and throw it all out prior to a guest's arrival. But when we have a last minute or unannounced visitor I do feel the need to apologize. I remember when I was young and my mother was frantically cleaning the house in preparation for my grandparents annual visit, telling her that if they really loved us as much as they should my grandparents wouldn't care how messy our house was. Now that I'm older, I know why she was so stressed out. I also now know why I got a spanking.
Yesterday, I got a house guest that really didn't care how clean my house was. She was just happy to have a bed. Meet Maddie. B Mac's Bacall, is six years old and has been a traveling dog over the last few months. It seems she's bounced around from her original adoptive home without SEGA knowing and then got lost from one of her hand-off families a very long way away. A wonderful rescue family found Maddie, took great care of her and diligently worked all week to look for her owner and, in turn, ended up finding SEGA. Laura, her husband and children met me half way last night so I could get Maddie and start her journey to her new forever family.
While she's only been here for all of 12-hours, here are 10 things I know about this Maddie girl:
1. She LOVES stuffies. I don't know that I can express this enough. I've never seen a greyhound play with stuffies like Maddie does. My two girls stop and stare in awe.
2. She's okay with cats, so far. Last night I wasn't so sure, but this morning she sniffed the eldest of our cats and Emma gave her a hiss and a left hook. It got the reaction I was hoping, which was to turn and run the other way. We'll see if this still applies over the next day or so.
3. She is very happy and she has the tail to prove it. Her tail was obviously docked somewhere along the way due to happy tail syndrome - and now it is shorter than the average greyhound thanks to her wonderful demeanor. She still wags the heck out of it though.
4. She crates beautifully. I crated her briefly last night and she knew just what to do and went in eagerly.
5. She knows how to retrieve. We played a bit in the yard this morning and she will bring back the stuffie bone every time I throw it. No hesitations.
6. She is a very polite eater. She doesn't rush through her food and she doesn't attempt to eat anyone elses either.
7. She slept though the night like a champ. She needs her beauty sleep though. Her road wounds tell quite a story.
8. She's a dream to bathe. I don't think she's had a bath in a very long time and for this to be her first bath in who knows when, she was a perfect lady - even when I had to leave the anti-itchy shampoo on her for 10 minutes.
9. She wasn't so sure about eating marshmallows - but quickly got the hang of it. Her teeth are in remarkably good shape for a dog who has been without vet care for at least a year and a half.
10. She hasn't met a stranger yet. She went right to the fence and let my not-so-friendly neighbor pet her - wagging that short, happy tail the whole time.
Maddie is an excellent house guest, so far. It really is amazing how well some of these dogs deal with all of this change that happens to them - not by their own making. I'm taking her to Dr. Slappy (aka Dr. Hottie) to get vetted either this morning (if they have a cancellation) or Monday morning, so they can tend to her road wounds and her very sore ears. But even with all this wear and tear, she's in very good spirits.
And the best part - Maddie hasn't complained about how dirty my house is yet!
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