The Mystery of the Mystery Pooper
Last week was kind of a gross icky mess at Casa del Mel. We had two girls with upset tummies in the house and three of the five working days I came home to discover several presents left for me. It was not pretty. But, perhaps the most mystifying were the ones left in my office two days in a row (on my floor mat from Indonesia of course).
I took to calling this dog The Mystery Pooper. In reality, I had no idea who did what and where, but this particular location was different because it’s not easy to get to if you’re a dog. It’s blocked by a baby gate.
Back when I had my pet sitting business, I put it up to keep our house guests separated from my own dogs while I was out caring for my other clients. It usually wasn’t necessary, but it gave me peace of mind to know there would be no trouble going on between the dogs while I was out. I thought about taking it down, but I started to like the fact that I could keep the dogs out of my office while I was working and they seemed to like that they could still see.
The gate has a latch that locks it closed, but I’ve never really used it since none of the dogs had ever seemed to figure out how to use their noses nudge the gate open. Until now. Clearly, someone had figured it out, but who?
My first suspect was Daisy because she was the first one get the upset tummy (over the weekend). But, she had never attempted to get into my office before. Then, Lady got an upset tummy too and I was left wondering. Could it be her? I had never seen her attempt to open the gate, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t. Plus, she’s really super smart. She certainly could have figured it out.
Then tonight, while I was working on my taxes in my office, I felt someone brush up against my leg. I looked down and guess who was standing beside? Lady! That little turkey had figured out how to open the baby gate! Mystery Pooper revealed!
I will now be latching the gate when I leave, but it made me wonder… Has anyone else has had (or has) a dog that surprised them with their uncanny ability to figure something out? Or, to get into something that you thought was safe? I would love to hear your stories.