I actually got a few jobs lined up to watch and take care of some cats at their homes and one dog sitting job.
Her name is Sophie and she's a Cocker Spaniel. Seemed fine and I even suggested they bring her to my apartment with me and my fur-babies so she would have someone around all the time...Seems fine, right? What's one more dog, RIGHT?
Oh, no, my friends. Oh. NO.
(Not Sophie. But imagine her looking JUST like this, but wild and crazy and like an OX IN A CHINA CABINET!)
Sophie is dropped off by her family last night- a woman named Jenny and her daughter (loved them!). Sophie seems full of energy and sweet, as expected. She's crated, so sleeps and will stay in it during hours I'm not home.
So, they bring Sophie up to my apartment (which is plenty big for Chihuahua's and I thought sufficient for a Cocker Spaniel) and this is when the madness ensues. Ok...I'm being dramatic. Madness may be a harsh term, but let's just say my inner organized, cleanliness OCD kicked.
Yeah. She is NOT mellow.
She hasn’t sat once since she’s been at my place.
Sophie was on the leash inside. So Sophie is tugging and pulling. I have smell-good candle wax melting on my little warmer thingy and she’s tugging at the leash and falls into my hall table where the warmer is and spills WAX all over my table, on the floor, etc.
Well, in the meantime, Brady, one of my Chi's, is excited and pees all over my rug. He knows better.
THEN Chiva, my other Chi, gets scared and pees on my damn PILLOW! WTF?
Meanwhile, Sophie is now free and running back and forth from kitchen to front door, messing up rugs in the process, shedding, slobbering, etc. Inside I was FREAKING. OUT. My OCD was making me SWEAT. Literally. lol.
This morning, I took her outside....she did her business.....We come back in and she does her business AGAIN. All over my rugs! Both pee and the poop.
I know it's a bit dramatic. And she's a dog, I get it, but didn't expect all this. She doesn't exactly mind either. I tell her to sit or stay and she just runs up and jumps all over me. Constantly.
I'm watching her until Friday morning- I can’t let her around my dogs because she gets more wound up and crazy, and I definitely don’t want to leave her in her crate all day/night! Poor thing needs to be free! So, my plan is to block off a section of the apartment just for her, with a doggy gate. Hopefully she won’t bark or whine too much and accept that #1.) I need to cook for Thanksgiving tonight and #2.) She isn’t a tiny dog and can’t be running back and forth constantly. I just hope she doesn’t see the dogs on the other side of the gate and whine all night.
I may sound a bit bitchy, but I understand it’s not Sophie’s fault. Obviously she hasn’t been trained too efficiently.
This is my dog sitting story...........it's gonna be a long Thanksgiving. ha!!
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!