Friday, April 24, 2009

A sad little story about a sweet little dog


Today I’m gonna tell you guys a sad little story about Martini. Okay, first I have to say for a dog, he’s as sweet and gentle as any little creature can be. That’s pretty good coming from a cat, don’t cha think?

Anyway, sometime during the night Wednesday night Martini had an accident (if you know what I mean) and it happened in the living room. There is no carpet in the living room just wood floors. When Pop woke up Thursday morning Martini didn’t come running to the bedside to greet her with kisses and wiggles. Instead he was cowering beside his bed. Pop picked him up and took him outside on his leash just as she always does. When they came back in she unhooked his leash and expected him to make a dash for the kitchen to await his breakfast. He didn’t do any of that, instead he just stood there with his little ears and tail down. Pop went into the kitchen to feed me, but Martini didn’t follow her. After she fed me, she went back into the living room to check on Martini. That’s when she discovered the accident he had during the night.

Pop never scolds her pets regarding accidents, in fact she doesn’t make any kind of fuss about it at all because it almost never happens. She knows that animals just sometimes can’t help it. Plus she doesn’t believe in giving negative attention, only reinforcing positive attention for positive behavior.

Martini watched her clean up the accident. (which if you think about how tiny Martini is, it cannot be a big deal) After everything was clean and sanitized, she went to Martini, picked him up and petted him. He kept looking at her face with such fear. Pop’s a softie and this made her cry. After holding him and talking softly to him, he began to come around and managed to eat about half his breakfast. It wasn’t until Mr. Pop came into the kitchen and was loving Martini the way he always does that Martini began to act his normal self.

Pop and Mr. Pop wonder what happened to him in his previous home that brought such fear to him for just doing something like having an accident in the middle of the night. From the time this accident happened, the poor little thing just hovered in fear for the rest of the night dreading what was to come next. As soon as Mr. Pop left for the lab, Martini crawled back into his little dog bed and slept like a baby (dog) for four hours straight. Martini has something to learn, no pet feels fear in this house. It’s all about love here and it’s all good!

Have a wonderful weekend and share the love

Sincerely,
Fred the Cat (the cat who loves you guys!)

30 Comments:

Blogger betmo said...

fred, i am glad that ya'll have such a loving home. some folks just don't understand that pets have feelings and minds too. thanks to you and the pops for understanding this. hugs to you and martini

April 24, 2009 6:11 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

It's a good thing PoP understands that dogs and other creatures live in the moment and punishing them after the fact for something does nothing for discipline and only makes them afraid of one who does the punishing. If you can't catch them in the act then it is too late to do anything about it.
The last owner was probably a believer in the "stick the nose in it and spank" process which is not a good thing for the animal. Pop handled this the right way.

April 24, 2009 6:56 AM  
Blogger Dr. Monkey said...

Can I move in with you too?

April 24, 2009 7:25 AM  
Blogger Targa said...

Awesome.

April 24, 2009 8:24 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Be careful, without such odious discipline, Martini will be propped up on the couch chugging a cold one and watching the tube full-blast at 3am, just you watch.

April 24, 2009 8:37 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

That made my heart hurt to think of little Martini being so fearful. I'm glad he's got a home with you and the PoPs.

April 24, 2009 9:26 AM  
Blogger Cujo359 said...

I just want to ask humans sometimes - Tell me you never missed the toilet, or puked on the carpet. These things happen.

Have a good weekend, little buddy.

April 24, 2009 10:24 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

wwwaaaaahhhh!!!!

sniffle!

I love that story.

April 24, 2009 11:53 AM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

Oh Fred, I'm so glad Martini has such a good home with the PoPs. I am glad he's feeling better and now knows he has nothing to fear.

April 24, 2009 11:54 AM  
Blogger Fixer said...

You and the little guy have a good home, Fred.

April 24, 2009 3:59 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

Fred--
please tell Martini he's ok, now, and safe.

it broke my heart to read how scared he must have been.
yeah-- WHAT can have happened to him before?

April 24, 2009 7:08 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

such a touching story...glad martini is in a safe home, away from all things harsh.

April 25, 2009 5:28 AM  
Blogger zilla said...

Hm.

Me thinks you may be anthropomorphizing some, as a dog does not ever worry or feel guilt, because those are not "in the moment" emotions.

Still, your heart's in the right place, and that's what counts.

We've had two dog "accidents" here this weekend: geriatric Fido piddled on the leg of a chair on the 3-season porch, and 2 yr old Zenzi excitement tinkled on my bedspread when my formerly long-haired stepson walked in with a freshly, cleanly-shaven head.

My husband got a little wigged out about this. I rolled up Friday's newspaper and whapped him on the nose with it, reminding him that all dog "accidents" are failures of the dog's peeps, rather than failures of the dog.

April 25, 2009 6:09 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Fred
Glad you and Martini have such a loving home! It's a nice feeling aint it?

April 25, 2009 7:00 PM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

I'm glad Martini will be learning to get "laid back" like Fred. I don't entirely agree with the folks who say that attributions of his fear are just athropomorphic.

Dogs and cats do have memories. They are capable of learning, and they do retain their experiences. Perhaps not in the same way that humans do, but they aren't only "in the moment". If this were true, then one wouldn't be able to train them, and there would be no "seeing-eye" dogs or other helper animals, nor any need for the AKC to hold obedience trials (not that there really is, anyhow.)

Martini obviously was aware that his accident was something that was not going to be well received by his new family. Hopefully, just like with the squeaky toy incident, this will serve to teach the little guy that things are different, now.

April 27, 2009 6:40 AM  
Blogger Jaliya said...

Fred, you and your buddy Martini are blessed to be living with such good humans ...

My heart goes out to Martini ... I used to feel that kind of fear ...

xo

April 28, 2009 5:13 PM  
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