Puppy Pranks & the Cleanup

King in Training

My office has enough room for several wastebaskets, including the one in the office bathroom.

Adjoining the office, a laundry room doubles as a closed off area to sequester our 6 month old yellow Labrador puppy … when we need a break from his ultra-energetic playfulness.

Now me … aging slightly … I’ve learned how to cope with lifelong absent-minded tendencies.  But I can pound a behavior into my mind and seldom forget to follow through.

Pup, named “King” by his daddy, likes garbage. Especially Kleenex tissues, toilet roll, and other waste products common to bathroom waste baskets. (Eeeuuww)

Don’t I close my office door every time I leave?

I’ve lost count of the ‘mood benders’ when entering the area,  finding the door open and garbage strewn about. Chewed into tiny bits. Everywhere.

I closed the door.  If I forgot, why didn’t my husband check before putting King pup in his special area? I mean, really!

Yesterday, looking at the view while peeling potatoes, I noticed pup outside, jumping up and scraping his paw on the handle of the sliding glass deck door. Odd. Ha! He’ll never move it. Silly puppy.

Today, the garbage again, two hours after I shut the door and left. Didn’t I? I mean, shut the door? Whacked by self-doubt, I spewed some gritty comments and entertained  mental  spousal accusations.

Moments later, flash! I  connected the dots. The failed attempt on the glass deck door.  The levered handle on the office door. The little stinker knew how to open the door!

Yeah, he’s still adorable. I made silent apologies to my husband.  I’m sure he didn’t blame me for the open door … did he?

So fellow dog lovers, what is the solution? I considered tying the handle to a hook on the ceiling but discovered the lever opens the door up or down.  Do you have a puppy story to share?  I’ll wager nobody makes it through puppy-hood without adventures.

There’s usually a blessing. I rejoice that he prefered the garbage and ignored the computer cables.

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