Monday, September 15, 2008

Let's Vote!

Thought I was going to get political on you, did ya?

Naw, I'll save that until after the debates . . . which I cannot wait for.

Instead, I offer you a chance to determine the current chore situation in our home by letting you, the Internet, have a say in what my decision will be regarding the gagging and retching that accompanies what should be a fairly quick and easy task for someone who wanted a dog so badly that he almost cried.

Do you think that vomiting or acting like one is going to vomit should excuse someone from his duties of picking up the dog poo?

[Let's clarify that the "he" in question is not, in fact, my husband. I know he doesn't like picking up doggie poo and that was part of our compromise when we decided to get the dog. I'd never make him do it, I love him too much. Besides, today is our 12th wedding anniversary and I'm not cruel enough to embarrass him on the Internet on our anniversary. Which means, of course, that all other days of the year are fair game . . . ]

Let me know in the comments!

28 comments:

Pregalicious said...

no, absolutely not...i still gag when i change my daughter's poopy diapers and she's 2! Sh*t happens! tee hee

happy anniversary!

Every Day Goddess said...

Nope, if you wanted the dog you do the dog clean up, I tell my kiddos Life is not fair get used to it!

Happy Anniversary!!

musing said...

I'd buy him a nose plug. :)

Domestic Extraordinaire said...

If he decided that picking up poop was a good bargaining chip then I say he still needs to pick it up.

What kind of food do you feed the dog? We switched Oscar to Eukanuba not long ago and his poop doesn't smell and is really solid. The vet says it is less waste, makes it easier to pick up and when it gets missed it turns to dust pretty quick. Altho Oscar is 18 lbs so I am sure that makes a difference.

carrie said...

That child would complain if it smelled like roses!

And I know what you mean, it does make a difference what you feed him. But yes, Roy is a 55lb Aussie and his "gifts" are probably bigger than Oscars! Hee, hee!

But yes, I think he should deal with it too -- noseplugs are an excellent suggestion!

twinmommy said...

Speaking as someone who patrolled the yard every Saturday morning with a brown paper bag and shovel from the time I was old enough to wield those instruments, fair's fair. If he offered to pick up the poop, he needs to pick up the poop.

And happy anniversary... enjoy the day!

Grim Reality Girl said...

I agree with the nose plugs -- a promise is a promise! Responsibility lessons learned on the dog stay with you for a lifetime!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!

Valarie said...

No, no, thats no excuse at all. Besides after you pick the poo up for a while you get used to it and the gagging should stop. It builds character! ;)

Anonymous said...

Noseplugs were not (underline) part of the bargaining when the decision was made to get the dog. Happy anniversary.

ME

Grey Street said...

No way. He wanted the dog, he gets all that comes with it.

Responsibility is a huge and important lesson. He can use a nose plug if he needs to, but he should still be on poop patrol!

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Vomitting? Maybe...only because that is just more mess to clean up.

Gagging? NO! I don't know any person who enjoys poo...animal or otherwise. A little gagging never hurt anybody!

Mrs. Tantrum said...

Happy Anniversary.

The only way that he could get out of it here is if he had a doctor's not proving that he was allergic and would die if exposed to said dog poo.

carrie said...

Mrs. Tantrum,

Shhhhhhh! Don't say that! His check up is in a few weeks and I'm sure he'd convince our geriatric, loving pediatrician to write his mean mom a note!

LindaJ said...

poop bag in one hand......Vomit bag in the other.
Sorry Auntie Linda has no sympathy for dog poop promises.

Liz said...

I figure you can barf in the same bag that you're putting the dog poop into. So nope...gagging and/or barfing is no way out of the the doggie responsibilites.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I'm sure he can find a way to get over it.

Anonymous said...

I think a pooper scooper rake & shovel just like Grandpa's is going to be on someone's Christmas list. Keeps the treasure a little further from the nose.

BTW, I made that deal with your Dad when we got Sage. He does it at least 90%of the time!

xxxooomom

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

Happy Anniversary! I just saw you over on the Anti-Super Mom and thought I'd stop by to say hey!

As far as dogs go... did your boy want the dog? Is it his dog? If so, I'd definitely make him share in the duties. If he can't stand the clean up, is there something else he could do? Feed him daily? Bathe him? Take him on walks? It'd be interesting to see if he is just doesn't want responsibility period or he just can't handle that specific chore. In that case, there is always the pooper scooper. Works wonders at our house.

Enough advice, huh?

Hope it helps. Glad I stopped by. Cute blog. Love the tagline!

Kristin said...

My rule - if you puke, you've got to clean that up too.

John Wahl said...

Buck up MR. it comes with the territory! Use a long shovel and the smell is no issue. Happy Anniversary B & C!

OHmommy said...

LOL, Carrie, buy him a nose plug. Happy Anniversary.

Domestic Spaz said...

Ugh... if picking up DOG POO is going to make him wretch then he's surely in for a rough life.

I vote no as well. :)

I posted the Little Fish poll on my blog today and you're one of the three nominees!

Kimmylyn said...

Happy Anniversary..

and my husband tries this tried all the time.. but when I get stubborn and will not change he goes running to my MIL that lives with us.. soo mature right..lol

The Scott Family said...

Happy Anniversary.

And no way Mr., your dog, your responsibility, which means, picking up the poo.

We have both the "scoop and spade," and the "scoop and rake"


I'm partial to the spade, you can scrape more poo at once, (I think,) which makes it go faster.

flutter said...

No.

Kevin Charnas said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

And no. I gagged my way through 6 years of being an orderly and literally catching someone else's turd in my bare hand. (It's a loonnng story that I'll save for that dinner party.) AND, I still gag half the time when I pick up our dogs' shit. But, the chore remains.

Just tell him not to sniff it and get over it.

Busymama Kellie said...

Nope, gagging would not work in this house. When the kids get older they will definitely be picking up turds. Mommy cleaned up your poop when you were a baby, now it's your turn! When I think of it though, I don't know what's grosser about dog poop, the smell (you can always hold your breath) or the warmth of freshly made, umm, nugget.

kabbage said...

Late to the party, sorry. A raw diet, once the transition is done (use digestive enzymes!), tends to lead to smaller stools with a less objectionable odor.