Sorry readers that I have been away for so long…summer is tough and I avoid the computer a lot. I have a lot to write about, my aunts wedding, how adorable Eyan is, some tough stuff but that is not what I am writing about today.
I am betting you are waiting for me to announce that I am having another little guy! HA! You thought wrong. That won’t be happening for a very long time, if at all. Eyan still doesn’t fully sleep through the night and is a handful so until I get more sleep and feel more sane, the thought of more children is a distant one. But on the subject of babies…I actually have 3! Mia, Lily & Eyan are my precious babies and I love them all…ok I love Eyan the Most! But Mia and Lily are my puppy loves and they are just the sweetest pups alive…plus they protect me!
See how cute all my babies are! Mia is the black dog, Lily is the yellow lab and I bet you can guess who the ADORABLE ninja in the center is! Mia is almost 4, Lily is almost 2 and Eyan is 1!
Well just like with Eyan, my “girls” can be trouble. Mia especially, and as of late she is killing me and my house. Here is a better picture of my Mia.
So let’s learn the story of my Mia. Mia came from a litter of 17 puppies! Yeah you read that correctly and they were the most beautiful puppies EVER! The mommy could not feed and take care of all the puppies so the vet told the owners that they needed to “thin out” the litter. They began to find homes for all these little guys and wonderfully, 3 of them made it to us! Jason’s cousins Billy & Lori and Uncle Cliff drove a few hours to bring home these little guys and immediately we were all enamored! Billy’s friend was planning on taking the boy who he named Chance and I was taking the two little girls. One was supposed to go to my uncle as a Christmas surprise, but he decided he didn’t want a new dog so my awesome aunt took her and named her Piper. So then it was just Jason, Mia and I and we were a happy little family of a 5 WEEK OLD PUPPY! Again you read that correctly, the puppies were still very young and very little so we all had to be extra diligent in taking care of them. Mia was my baby, I took her everywhere and loved to snuggle her; that is until she grew to 60+lbs and is a wild thing. Mia was perfect, except for 1 thing, we could not get her potty trained perfectly. We tried and tried and then at about a year all seemed good and Mia was peeing outside.
At around 6 months we had Mia spayed and she recovered great. Then when Mia turned 1 year and exactly 1 day away from the day we became her parents, Mia had to have surgery to remove 3 balls that she had ingested while playing out at my parents farm while Jason and I were at a Christmas Party (even puppies need sitters ;). It took almost 3 weeks for her to return to normal and that recovered sucked for EVERYONE! I nursed Mia back to health and she seemed to be back to normal.
When Mia was 2 we moved to our new house. She LOVED this house and was great about using the yard as her potty and adjusted wonderfully. We also decided to get Mia a playmate and found Lily for a great deal on craigslist. Lily and Mia love each other and Mia helped potty train the pup. Fast forward a year, its January 2011 and all the sudden little puddle spots keep showing up. They are about as round as the bottom of a pop can…I get down to smell this and what do I smell…URINE! WTF?!? Eyan has his diaper on still and my dogs are potty trained…um…err…were? This happens for a week straight and finally I took Mia in and that is when we found out that Mia forms crystals in her bladder which makes her sphincter not function properly and leads to a “little” incontinence. Apparently pretty common with dogs who have been spayed. YAY! Um no! They put Mia on a strict urinary diet and it really helped but was extremely expensive (we’re talking $140.00 a month to feed JUST HER!) It fixed Mia right up and all was great…until the week we ran out of food and out of time to get to the pet store. So we decided to just feed her Lily’s food for a few days until we could get over to the store to get Mia her special food. Needless to say around my house it has been piss central and I am shampooing carpet and anything else Mia decides to have an accident on. We have really been working to keep the furniture clear of pets, but our bed has been a long standing battle with them, especially now that Jason and I work opposite shifts. Lily is loud when she gets into our bed so I can easily tell her get down, Mia on the other hand is sneaky. This is even worse when Jason decides that the girls need to be in the room when he is sleeping and I am out and about during the day. So Mia has left some puddles on my bed.
MY BED! My beautiful, comfy and extremely expensive sleep number bed! She peed on this beauty not once, not twice, but about 4 times! I stripped my bed, unzipped the pillow top and washed every linen, I even called the mattress manufacturer to see if I could actually put the unzipped pillow top in the washer. Apparently that is a no-no, so I didn’t, but I could NOT sleep in a bed that a dog peed all over. So I began to clean it with the products the manufacturer gave us when we purchased the bed. They worked, but not enough. Then I had a bright idea, my carpet shampooer has been working phenomenally to clean up her piss spots, why not shampoo the mattress…STUPID! You see with a pillow top mattress, the urine only gets spread around further and into bigger spots. Nasty right! I was to the verge where I was about to just go get a new mattress then I decided to do a search online for cleaning dog urine off a pillow top. BINGO…hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. I should have known this, I teach science, I know peroxide is a disinfecting agent and bleaches things and that baking soda is a deodorizer…DUH!
So off to the store I went and I purchased 4 gigantic bottles of peroxide, 4 boxes of baking soda and a squirt bottle (I am pretty sure the store thought I was purchasing stuff for a meth lab or a murder clean up…ehh whatever!). I went home and soaked our bed in peroxide and I mean soaked. There was not going to be a centimeter of that mattress that was not disinfected and bleached. Then with the soaked mattress, I spread out the baking soda. I left this sit ALL NIGHT and I slept on my nice clean couch with my nice clean blanket and pillow! I woke up this morning and knew I needed to vacuum my mattress to get the excess baking soda off and so I went to work. This took well over an hour because my dumb ass put the baking soda on WET peroxide so I had to scrub the particles free from my beautiful mattress. Needless to say IT WORKED! My mattress looks all brand new, completely shiny and white and the dog urine smell is all gone! I learned that I need to let the peroxide dry before doing the baking soda, but Mia is NEVER getting on my bed again so hopefully I will not have to do that every again.
Needless to say, I still love my dog, the peeing is getting better and I am going to buy stock in peroxide, baking soda and doggie diapers!