So I took my dogs in to the groomer today at 1pm.
( Insert epic groomer fail here )
TL;DR: Groomer takes almost twice as long as usual, has a poor attitude about it, cuts my dog, lies about the severity of the wound, and charges me anyway.
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I don't know whether to sell my puppy for laptop money or make a rug out of him.
Here's the scenario. We are parked down the block from our apartment. Max, the hubby, and I are walking out to the car. I am holding the leash and am burdened by a very heavy (40lb, I estimate) backpack. Hubby starts to cross the street, unnoticed by me. I am walking down the block, intending to cross further down, closer to the car. The puppy (leash in right hand, curb on my left) runs after the hubby, cutting behind me. Desperately trying to lock the leash, I am spun around, thrown off balance by the pull of the (30 lb) puppy and the weight of my back pack, trip over the curb, and land flat on my back in the street. Ow. After a few moments, I am able to move, and I hobble to the car.
But the fun doesn't end there.
When I get to campus, I discover that my laptop LCD is shattered internally. My Inspiron 600m is now a $900 paperweight. Great. But I think, well, I'm in luck. A month ago, my laptop developed a small problem with the LCD and Dell promised to replace it. I was waiting until winter break to send it in when it would be more convenient for me to be without my computer. Oh well, I'll just have to do it earlier than I thought. No problem, right?
Dell is refusing to replace it because my warranty doesn't cover accidental damage. I very patiently explained that they had already agreed to replace it before and I didn't understand why more damage to a part they had already agreed to replace was a problem. To no avail. I requested an escalation to management. All I got was endless repetition by the supervisor (I'll call him Punjab) that accidental damage was not covered under my warranty and that it was my responsibility to take care of my equipment. I asked for a second escalation (not too politely I'm afraid, but I was pissed) and am awaiting a call back from upper management... scheduled for 20 minutes ago
Okay, just got off the phone with the third level person (I'll call this one Apu). Apu says they'll try to make the repair depot understand that there was already a replacement pending on the part before the accident and try to get them to replace it free of charge. But apparently, it is up to the depot whether or not to charge me for it (wtf?) and that someone from the depot will call me before replacing it if they intend to charge me.
Combine puppy carsickness with the worming medication. Bad. Luckily, we were prepared and we keep him on a towel at all times while in the car. Seriously. Can't they make a medication that actually kills the worms instead of just violently ejecting them from both ends of my puppy? On the plus side, the meds are definitely working. D-d-definitely, definitely working. Definitely.
Puppy has to go back in a few weeks to make sure the wormies are gone and to get his last rabies shot. We got him some heartworm and flea preventative and he will eventually be neutered. I just talked to the hubby and the puppy has fallen asleep in his crate (Yay! Good Max! Good boy! Good crate!). I am also told that he is beginning to expect potty praise. My puppy is so smart and trainable. And for his off moments, there are paper towels, Nature's Miracle, and Swiffer WetJet.
Max is lying in his crate. I am shocked. Truly shocked. I guess he just needed time. I took up the rug I was putting his food on and stuck the food in his crate instead. I figured that would force him to go in there and get used to it. And it worked! He's been going in and out of the crate for a minute or two at a time for about half an hour now. Good dog!
But he's a Jeckel/Hyde dog. As soon as you praise him for going outside/lying in his crate, etc, he immediately starts nipping/chewing things/barking. I am hopeful that he will grow out of it. All I can do is praise him verbally, because he doesn't seem to like the treats I got him. He does, however, seem to....
Now I catch him chwing the bathroom rug, which he has drug into the kitchen.
Anyway, he seems to like whole grain cheddar goldfish, which I suppose won't hurt him.
It's been a good day, despite the heavy loss the Iowea Football team just took. Because I got veal spaetzle. And it was good. Tomorrow I get to collect a puppy poop sample for the vet.