... especially today.
My old dog is not well, and she's having a hard time figuring out when she needs to go outside, which for the past two days has been about every two hours. It would be okay, except that we aren't home twenty-four hours a day to keep an eye on her. We have a couple of hours worth of classes per day, and no one is home during that time ... and then, there's at night.
Yesterday morning, we had to take our car in for services. When we got home, she'd had an accident. I shampooed the carpet. Later, after we got home from dance class, I found that she'd had another accident. Mama Daughter had cleaned up that one. Deus Ex Machina is out-of-town at a seminar this weekend. If he were here, she'd wake him if she needed to go out. She won't wake me. Instead, she wandered into the livingroom and left a puddle on the carpet ... again.
It's not like we have wall-to-wall carpeting throughout the house, either, and it would be nice if she would leave her deposits on one of the non-carpeted floors. No such luck.
The worst part is that she is a chow-chow, and has a lot of hair, in which stuff gets caught, and then, I have to drag her outside for a cold garden-hose bidet. Poor puppy!
I'm really sick of poop right now.
Part of my long-term plan for powering-down our house to make it more lower-energy friendly is pulling up the carpets. Caring for carpeted floors is both incredibly expensive and a waste of precious resources. Between the electricity to run the vacuum and the water for the shampooer (not to mention the fact that carpet's life expectancy is only ten years, and with synthetic fiber carpets, there's the issue of how to dispose of them), in my opinion, carpet is just the worst possible choice of flooring - even if we weren't worry about resource depletion and Peak Oil.
After days like the these last few, I would even prefer a painted plywood floor.
It would just be so much easier if I didn't have to deal with carpeting.