Trouble in Paradise

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Oh man. Brian pooped in the sala and peed in the spare bedroom, in spite of the fact that I took him out twice last night and once this morning. Then Annie cried all morning in spite of the fact I’d given her food, water and head scratches—perhaps because Brian was in my bed with me? Put Brian out, put a cushy bed for him out on the side of the house and opened gate for Morrie to join him in the side and front yard so they could play without Diego’s interference. Morrie immediately went for the cat food in this usual cat’s domain and then for Annie, whom I had forgotten was in the front garden. Chased her behind the big planter, where she was cowering when I came out to put Morrie back in the back yard and to rescue Annie. There are not enough zones in this house! I don’t know that I have a solution to the problem. Brian is crying outside but I won’t have an animal who pees and poops inside!  Help.

1/2 hour later. Good news. Brian has stopped crying.

12 thoughts on “Trouble in Paradise

  1. Willow

    I have my Chihuahua mix in a belly band which we keep on him by way of suspenders (kids mitten holder that loops around his chest). Since we’re living in a hotel while we wait for our house to sell, we totally cannot have him peeing in the room. It’s worked great these last few months. It won’t help for pooping, but it’s kept the room pee free.

    I sympathize with the “not enough zones”. We have two rooms here — three dogs and one cat. The cat has one room and all three dogs are in the other. The cat has the biggest room because the smaller one is the one with outside access. >_< Mister (the cat) is totally not happy being an indoor only cat right now, but what can we do? He'll just have to wait until we get a house with a yard again. Good luck with figuring things out. I feel your frustration. ^_^

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      My sympathies. I am always aware that I am fortunate in the problems that I have and you certainly, for now, have it worse than I do. Are you moving cities or just houses?

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      1. Willow

        Oh, I wasn’t trying to compare, I was simply offering solutions — like the belly band. We moved from Washington to New Mexico.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      If I did find the right home that would be ideal. He’d do well as the only pampered pet. He’s very well behaved and that was his first night away from home. I’m sure in his house he probably goes out and poops on a paved area and to him my white tile floors in the furthest room from the bedroom seemed like the proper place to go… but!

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  2. Melanie B Cee

    How old is Brian? (he’s the chihuahua, right?) Ziggy and Pudge had the problem of pooping in the house (behind the rocking chair in my great room), but now seem to have been broken of it. There are ‘green’ odor and stain sprays you can buy and apply them liberally where Brian ‘goes’. I also limit where the boys can go in my house unless I’m watching them (pays to be safe rather than sorry, right?). The cheapest spray is simply water and vinegar – I use white vinegar, mixed half and half in a spray bottle. When the guys are bad (which happens), I spray the area with that mix (making sure the ‘guilty cur’ is watching me do it) and then I spray the dog(s) lightly with it as well. It’s supposed to represent ‘my’ mark (Brian could be marking) and since I’m the alpha in our little pack, they apparently respect that and won’t go where the alpha dog ‘went’. Works pretty well. If it continues or if Brian is older, you might consult your vet about what to do..

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Is it synchronicity that I just bought 2 gallons of white vinegar at Costco a few weeks ago? Thanks for the tips. I do have a urine odor remover spray that works very well but I must buy more of it.

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