As I climbed up the stairs from my bedroom to enter the kitchen area, there was the most offending foul odor that I have ever smelled. Okay, there was that one time when the neighbor kid thought that it would be funny to microwave cat poop in a burrito. It's a toss up, but I think this was actually worse. The rest of my morning consisted of scouring the walls, floors, and eight dogs of all fecal matter present. Ahhh and finally the fresh air flowing through the quickly opened windows provided the life source needed to jump start my lungs again.
This was 3 days ago.
Immediately following that ominous hour, it was pretty clear that the space was not set up in a way for eight puppies to keep their 2 bedroom condo clean. Even though one side was set up as a play/potty area, it was impossible for them not to step in it and track it through the den area meant for sleeping. As a result, an official toilet was installed immediately in their favorite potty corner. A plastic box with pine pellets was added (please never use kitty litter; it can clot in their urinary tracts and cause infection or worse).
And the winner of the "good dog" award was Zeus! He was the first to climb in the box on his very own and complete the deed. I know that it's warped, but I am proudly attaching a picture of this exciting feat. The others have since followed suit with only a few accidents here and there. Has there been an aura of light and angels singing the last two mornings? I can't think of a better cause for celebration.
Be sure to learn more about Zeus in the Chocolate Tidal Wave.