Writer. Mom. Daydreamer. Dog's Best Friend.
It was about 15 minutes before we were to sit down for the Thanksgiving meal I had been preparing for a day and a half. I was distracted by the turkey and Puzzle the Puppy was on the prowl. She had just been spayed 3 days before and we were attempting to keep her “quiet”. Oh, foolish, foolish humans!
The downstairs bedroom of our new home smells like cigarette smoke so I have been working hard to remove the odor. Febreze? Did not even touch it. Then, I remembered someone telling me coffee would do the trick. I filled a bowl with coffee beans and stuck it under the bed. I was just pouring the gravy into the gravy boat when my 12 year old came into the room with the bowl, now half empty, in his hands.
“I caught Puzzle eating coffee beans,” he said.
My husband and I ran to the computer and Googled “What to do if your dog eats coffee beans.” The reply: induce vomiting at soon as possible. Then, we Googled “How to make your dog vomit”. The reply: Syrup of Ipecac or two teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide. We had the hydrogen peroxide so while the rest of the family sat down to say thanks and carve the turkey, I grabbed the dog and headed to the upstairs bathroom.
“You guys go ahead,” I said. “I’ll be back later.”
I squirted the peroxide in the puppy’s mouth. She liked it and swallowed (of course). Then, I waited and prayed.
Then, I heard it. Like some subterranean creature rising from the deep the rumblings began….
The end? About a cup and a half of coffee beans on the bathroom floor. Puzzle the Puppy was fine. I rubbed her head and told her she had earned a time out. In her crate she went. I went to the top of the stairs and yelled, “It worked!” which was met by a chorus of “Yeah!” and “Thank you Jesus!!!!”
Here is a picture I took of her a couple of months ago. She went through a stage where she would sneak into the bathroom, grab the end of the toilet paper and run around the house. One day, I took a photo of her. Every time I see it, I just think, “Can’t we all just get along?”