Dog Day Tuesday  

ButteryDelight 58F
1961 posts
6/20/2006 11:40 am

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Dog Day Tuesday


I had a very interesting day at work today. So, interesting I have decided to call it a “Dog Day Tuesday”, the meaning of that you will discover as you continue to read.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are the days I help an elderly couple in their home. This couple is in their early 80s and for the most part they are in good health. The wife has a pace maker and a defibulator. The husband has a pace maker and he has Alzheimers. The wife hired me to help cook, shop and do light house keeping. Over the five years I have been helping them and as I have gotten to know this couple, I have come to cherish their friendship very much. I am extremely fond of the wife in particular. With in minutes of meeting, we just seemed to click, our personalities meshing together so much so that I often times know what she wants me to do with out her telling me.

As the husband’s Alzheimers gradually worsened as the years passed, so did my duties change and involved more into helping the wife take care of her husband. I took over counting out his pills and filling up both of their weekly pill cases. I cook breakfast every morning and make sure his and hers pills are in a little cup by their places. I have had to get creative with the way I give the husband his meds because sometimes he refuses to take them. The husband has developed Macular Degeneration and is slowly loosing his eyesight. So, on the days he refuses to take his meds I tell a little white lie and say “ There aren’t that many pills, you can down them in two seconds flat” Now, sometimes this doesn’t always work. So, then I have to crush up his pills and mix it with applesauce. If he complains about eating applesauce all the time I just say “A bowl of applesauce a day keeps the doctor away”. This usually works because he HATES going to the doctor.
On the days I have to drive him to the doctors for an appointment I bribe him with the treat of an ice cream cone if he will be cooperative.

The wife likes to leave and go to the beauty parlor or to visit friends on Tuesdays and Thursdays because I am there to watch over her husband. So, shortly after breakfast she took of to the beauty parlor. I got started on washing the dishes and the husband finished eating and then went out to his shop. Knowing how he is, I opened the back door so that I could listen and hear what he was doing out there. Sure enough I heard the power saw start up. Oh CRAP! I rush outside to the shop and find him placing aboard on the table saw. I get close enough for him to hear me over the noise and calmly ask him what he is doing. He gives me the DUH look and says, “Planning this piece of wood”. Well, my mind is racing, trying to think of a way to stop him. I know he can’t see what he is sawing and I fear he will cut of his hand or fingers. An idea comes to me and I say, “Where are your safety glasses?” He says, “Oh, yeah I need those” and turns away to find them. Once his back is turned I reach over and pull the power cord. Of course he turns back when the saw stops abruptly. Muttering about old saws and faulty equipment, he flips the switch on the saw a few times. But of course he doesn’t succeed in turning it on. I am standing there innocently watching all of this. I casually say, “Well, you could always paint the arbor that you started last week”. Still flipping the switch he says he will think about doing that. I say ok and leave the shop, but I don’t go back inside right away. Instead I go around to the back of the shop and opening the breaker box I loosen the fuse just enough that he still won’t be able to start his saw should he discover the cord is not plugged in.

I go back inside and continue my duties. I have washed the laundry and made the beds when I hear the back door open and close. He has come inside. I wait a few minutes and then go see what he is doing. HOLY SHIT! He is up on a ladder trying to hang a picture. I calmly walk over and say let me help you with that. Of course he resists my suggestion. Tired of trying to use reason I go for the shock factor and say something to the effect that should he fall from the ladder break his neck or back that I would not be able to lift him to help him. He finally comes down from the ladder and walks out to the back porch where their dog is. I return to my other duties. While I work I am praying that his wife returns home soon!

Let me tell you about their dog. Mac is his name and he is a five-year-old French bulldog. I call him the “Dog from Hell” and he really is. Mac likes no one, not even his owners. He has gotten out of the fence several times and has bitten people walking by; Mac even bites the husband and wife, his owners. Needless to say, I am afraid of this dog. On rare occasions I have fed the dog while the owners are out of town. I put the food on a paper plate and using a grabber I lower it over the side of the fence while the dog growls and rushes the fence, snapping at the grabber as he leaps up, trying to bite me. The dog stays on the screened in back porch during the day and sleeps in a doggy bed by the husband’s bed at night. There is a door leading to the house from the back porch and another door leading from the back porch to the back yard.

Anyway, I am almost finished for the day when I hear the dryer buzz. I get the clothes out of the dryer and walk to the back bedroom to fold and put away the clothes. Just as I walk into the back room, the door to the porch opens and around the legs of his owner Mac sees me standing there. He immediately goes into a frenzy, barking and growling as he rushes me. I can’t help it, I scream and drop the clothes. Mac begins jumping up trying to bite my face and hands. I grabbed a pillow off of the couch and use it to throw him off of me. Mac continues to charge me and as I fight him off I hear the husband saying, “Now, Mac, you shouldn’t bite the cleaning lady”. I can see there’s not going to be much help from him so I continue to use the pillow to throw off Mac. About that time the wife comes home and hearing the ruckus comes to investigate. She stands in the doorway and scolds the husband for letting the dog in. This is not the first time that this has happened and it probably won’t be the last time is does either. While they are yelling I manage to maneuver myself around until I reach a closet. I quickly open the door and step inside. Mac is now charging the door, growling and barking and scratching as he tries to get at me. The wife tries to pick up Mac and gets bit on the hand. I am helpless to prevent it as I am stuck in the closet. Then the husband tries to pick up Mac to take him outside and he gets bitten too. Suddenly, the whole thing strikes me as hilarious and I start laughing. My laughter silences Mac’s barking. I wonder if he is thinking that there is a crazy person in the closet. The wife manages to bribe Mac with a dog biscuit treat she chunks out the back door. As soon as Mac goes after the doggy treat the wife shuts and locks the door. The closet door opens and there I am sitting on the floor of the closet laughing my head off.

Both the husband and the wife peer in at me and ask me if I am all right. I wipe my tearing eyes and say this is just Dog Gone funny! I get up and go into the kitchen to inspect the damage done to all of us. I have the worse bite. Mac got me between my thumb and index finger and that is such a tender area. The wife has a bite on her pinky and the husband has a bite on his thumb. I wash and bandage all of our cuts and go home. I am done working for the day.


MamChelle 48F  
1443 posts
6/20/2006 1:21 pm

Damn..funny!


ohcurious14 59M
1683 posts
6/20/2006 1:42 pm

Well Buttery, I say your day pretty much runs the whole gamut huh? Only thing i'd truly have an issue with is the dog. It is no fun being around a dog that is not only protective but is aggressive as well. Consider yourself lucky.


GossipJunkie 40F

6/20/2006 7:24 pm

There is certainly no lack of excitement in that household.

GossipJunkie
"Dance like nobody's watching"


fancy_for_you 39F
3014 posts
6/21/2006 4:23 am

Lol that's both funny and not funny. I agree that I would encourage them or the family to find a new home for the dog before they get much older.

And I know the situation well. I have a neighbor who has a minature pincher. They named her Princess of all things...more like spoiled dog from Hell. This dog will only charge you when you first arrive and then she curls up on her masters lap and growls at you. Then you have to watch her cause she starts the oh I want you to pet me routine to the extent she will put her paws on your leg and beg....but don't let that fool you. You get your hand anywhere near her and she turns into the Devil dog and attacks your hand like it is a snake. My parents and I have often said...one of these days while her master is out of town that dog is gonna get out "accidentally" and never return. Though we would never do that it's still a comforting thought when we have to take care of her. All I can say is dogs are like kids you have to set boundaries and make em follow those boundaries or you get a spoiled animal or kid who don't know how to act.

Fuzzy

~~Fuzzy~~


ButteryDelight 58F

6/21/2006 8:08 am

LOL. Yes, Chelle, it was.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

6/21/2006 8:12 am

    Quoting ohcurious14:
    Well Buttery, I say your day pretty much runs the whole gamut huh? Only thing i'd truly have an issue with is the dog. It is no fun being around a dog that is not only protective but is aggressive as well. Consider yourself lucky.
Never a dull moment around me, that's for sure, ohcurious sir.
I do feel lucky.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

6/21/2006 8:18 am

    Quoting __JVT__:
    BD...I'd be very concerned about the dog...for not only your safety, but theirs as well. If he is biting his owners...I'd hate to think what he would do if he got out and bit someone walking by...and I imagine they couldn't afford to be sued by someone.

    I'd seriously encourage them or have their family encourage them to find another home for him. Just my two cents though....

    Glad you are ok again.
JVT..the dog has gotten out twice and bitten a neighbor lady walking past the house. She did not sue either time. I have talked to them about Mac but the husband loves that dog and it would be psychologically damaging for him to loose the dog. Thank you, I am very much o.k. I have an extremely high pain level tolerance which is good because I have issues with pain meds and general anesthesia.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

6/21/2006 8:21 am

    Quoting GossipJunkie:
    There is certainly no lack of excitement in that household.
hello gossipjunkie..welcome back to my blog. I think my job is very exciting.

Thank you for reading and replying.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

6/21/2006 8:23 am

    Quoting rm_mzhunyhole:
    At least your day ain't boring..lol...great story.
That's the truth for sure Mizhuny! Glad that you enjoy the story.

Buttery Delight


ButteryDelight 58F

6/21/2006 8:31 am

    Quoting fancy_for_you:
    Lol that's both funny and not funny. I agree that I would encourage them or the family to find a new home for the dog before they get much older.

    And I know the situation well. I have a neighbor who has a minature pincher. They named her Princess of all things...more like spoiled dog from Hell. This dog will only charge you when you first arrive and then she curls up on her masters lap and growls at you. Then you have to watch her cause she starts the oh I want you to pet me routine to the extent she will put her paws on your leg and beg....but don't let that fool you. You get your hand anywhere near her and she turns into the Devil dog and attacks your hand like it is a snake. My parents and I have often said...one of these days while her master is out of town that dog is gonna get out "accidentally" and never return. Though we would never do that it's still a comforting thought when we have to take care of her. All I can say is dogs are like kids you have to set boundaries and make em follow those boundaries or you get a spoiled animal or kid who don't know how to act.

    Fuzzy
You are so right, fuzzy. Mac had no training as a puppy, no boundaries and now thinks he is in charge of the household.

Buttery Delight


pearlnecklace22 53F
41 posts
6/22/2006 2:10 am

ouch Buttery bad dog lol not a good owner to teach a dog to bite very concerning but very well written


ButteryDelight 58F

6/22/2006 6:49 am

    Quoting pearlnecklace22:
    ouch Buttery bad dog lol not a good owner to teach a dog to bite very concerning but very well written
Pearl, they really needed to teach the dog NOT to bite.

Buttery Delight


wickedeasy 66F  
25415 posts
6/22/2006 3:17 pm

grins -

gotta love it

^5 on your ability to calmly handle all of this and find the humor

wipes her eyes and goes to tell the story to her son -

You cannot conceive the many without the one.


ButteryDelight 58F

6/22/2006 11:46 pm

    Quoting wickedeasy:
    grins -

    gotta love it

    ^5 on your ability to calmly handle all of this and find the humor

    wipes her eyes and goes to tell the story to her son -
LOL!...feel free to spread the laughter, WE.

Buttery Delight


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