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Please Close the Bathroom Door Behind You

Because if you don’t, Miss Maddie will have a field day with the toilet paper. No, we’re not talking about during use (because, dear guests, we hope you would anyway), but as you leave, please remember this rule.

While we remember most of the time, there are still sneaky moments during teeth brushing and hair doing that Lady M will take full advantage of. For every forgetful moment, we’re out a few bucks worth of precious, um, paper. And if you add up our going-on-four-years in this casa, you’d find a feather light wallet in my purse.

Thank heavens it’s Friday, at least. Any frustrating pet habits (causing audible moans) happening around your home?

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  • Oh yes, shortly after we rescued Jack. She is very patient so when we left the house with meat thawing on the counter, we thought nothing of it. She hadn’t even sniffed in that direction. When we returned home, we found a huge, half eaten roast on our couch and a broken plate on the floor. Yeah. Another time, we left a bowl of melted butter out when we left and she snagged that, too, breaking the bowl as it fell. So much fun. But, no tp issues. Happy Friday! :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda4.15.11 - 9:50 AM

    This is funny that you posted about this today. Trinity (my cat) did this last night, and I think she’s only ever done it once three years ago when I first brought her home.ReplyCancel

  • Crayfish4.15.11 - 9:51 AM

    Have you thought about mounting the toilet paper higher on the wall in a place that it can’t be reached by furry friends? We did that in my old apartment – it was still convenient for us, but was out of reach of the dog!ReplyCancel

    • Kim4.15.11 - 10:07 AM

      Amanda, I laughed out loud (or LOL, as they say!) with your roast story. I’m sure Jackie had quite the bellyache later!

      Crayfish, I suppose that’s always a possibility, but our bathroom has the most bizarre (and extremely tiny) layout. Any higher, and it may be a nuisance getting in and out of the shower. Hmm. Something to consider though!ReplyCancel

  • Kim @ Life Analytical4.15.11 - 10:24 AM

    I have ferrets, and ferrets steal. Everything. Especially anything with a rubbery coating, like most tools, or anything huge, like a giant pack of toilet paper, and then they collect all of their stuff under the furniture. It’s frustrating because you remove things from their reach and they just find something else to want instead.ReplyCancel

  • Kim4.15.11 - 10:51 AM

    Kim – wow, that would be somethin’ else to have to deal with!ReplyCancel

  • Megan {reFind}4.15.11 - 11:03 AM

    I have a cat that totally does that same thing with the TP! Sometimes she will even grab it and run – and she can get far without any breakage :)
    They also like to “help” with projects. I blogged about a recent painting experience with our cats:

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode4.15.11 - 11:26 AM

    My pup, who was an accomplished street dog when I found her, is able to remove my coffee/chai/younameit from the front seat cup holder in the car, carry it to the back then remove the lid and drink it without spilling.
    Scary, that talent. I should be training her to help around the house, shouldn’t i!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House4.15.11 - 11:33 AM

    Dottie knocks things over with her tail. She is SO wiggly&happy (and coffee-table-height) that her tail whacks into things constantly. Thankfully she hasn’t caused much harm besides accidentally whisking books and magazines onto the floor.

    Freckles used to go UNDER the cheap stools we used as end tables constantly. And if there was a drink sitting on it, watch out! I think a glass or two of red wine met its maker that way. Thank goodness we hate the living room carpet?ReplyCancel

  • Kim4.15.11 - 11:36 AM

    Holy moly, that’s amazing! Yes, get her on those dirty dishes! And laundry, too!ReplyCancel

  • RocketGirl754.15.11 - 11:49 AM

    We don’t have a pet, but we have a toddler. And our toilet paper now lives on the shelf BEHIND the toilet.ReplyCancel

  • jen4.15.11 - 12:34 PM

    I just read Amanda ‘s post and my cats name is Trinity! !
    She does ridiculous things daily but the best was last week.
    She likes to find interesting ways to wake me up….so I woke
    Up at 6 to dripping in my eye…she had a runny nose And was
    Hovering over my face. ..grossest way I’ve ever woken up.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea B4.15.11 - 3:16 PM

    Oh, haha. Hilarious stories!

    My dog, Zoe, is adept at finding any sip or nibble available at any part of the house, plus the trash. If there is any hint of mint anywhere in a pocket, purse, bag, or container she can manipulate, she WILL get it.

    Daniel and I call her our training child. We have learned to NEVER leave anything out.ReplyCancel

  • Jaimie4.15.11 - 7:51 PM

    My kitten likes to do that to the paper while it’s still in the plastic wrapping. Oddly enough she leaves it alone when it’s on the holder.ReplyCancel

  • Two Pitties in the City4.15.11 - 7:54 PM

    Our Mr. B used to have a habit of stealing E’s shoes and bringing them into his tepee. We’re lucky he wouldn’t chew them, but he just liked to have a collection. I love your Jack!ReplyCancel

  • aleksandra4.18.11 - 11:35 AM

    this isn’t the worst bad habit in the world. our chick used to have a regular routine when we left for the day. first he would pull all of the dish rags and hand towels off their hooks and put them on the floor. next, he would take a few aggressive sniffs at the soil in each of the potted plants, to make sure that nobody put any snacks in them (this was evidenced by little bits of soil on the ground, and a nose covered in dirt when we got home). then he would help himself to the garbage, thoughtfully separating the bounty into what is dog-yummy and what is not, and very graciously leaving the non-dog-yummy things all over the living room and kitchen floor, taking extra care to smoosh things like coffee grounds into the rug. and finally, he would take the smelliest thing he had found in the trash can and happily munch on it on the sofa, taking care to drool plenty so that we would see how much he had enjoyed it.

    at least, that’s the order i imagine.

    needless to say, we saw a trainer about his separation anxiety, and have had no problems in years :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim4.18.11 - 8:23 PM

      Great narration, Aleksandra! I can see your little guy roaming the home, free reign… But those sweet faces redeem everything.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda4.18.11 - 6:13 PM

    Haha! My cat has done this a time or two, as well. Our dog also has an annoying habit of waking us up a half hour before our alarm goes off every morning.ReplyCancel

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