I swear...that mattress was like Frosty the Snowman who magically came alive. Almost exhausted, I was horrified when I saw what was under the bed. I started to take "before and after" photos, but I was afraid the Health Department would arrest me if those pictures were published on the world wide web! I found not only one, but two missing socks. But the best was yet to come! My Jack Russell/Rat Terrier, affectionately known as Puddin', has been using this space as her secret hiding place for the past 5 years. I found squeaky toys, tennis balls, and chew sticks. That was to be expected. However, what I didn't expect was that Puddin' has developed a love for pecans. Before Christmas, I bought 50 pounds of pecans, had them cracked, and picked them out to give as Christmas presents and also to put in the freezer for baking. Apparently, Puddin' has been raiding the wastebasket where I have been throwing the empty shells and carrying them under my bed to see if she could find one little piece of pecan that I had missed. I think she has been training my new puppy, Sweetie Pie, to do the same thing, because I don't see how one dog could do all that damage. I found a Tupperware container that I didn't even know was missing and lots of shredded paper. There must be some ingredient in paper that works on dogs like catnip works on cats, because Sweetie Pie is addicted. I also found some unrecognizable items that I quickly sucked into the vacuum. Puddin' does not like the vacuum cleaner. She barks at it even when it is not running. With all the noise I was making as various items were being sucked into the hose, she was adding a few more decibels with rabid barking! Poor little Sweetie Pie was so undone by this spectacle that she hid under the chest of drawers. I could barely see her nose sticking out. I didn't find any dust bunnies...I found dust elephants! Could this be the reason for some of my allergies? At any rate, I finally finished with the vacuuming, sprayed the mattress with FeBreze, and started moving the bed back into place. My shins will never be the same. I must have run into that bed frame 5 times before I got everything back in place. Immediately, the dogs wanted to inspect my work. As they jumped onto the bed, they were overtaken with fits of sneezing...the FeBreze didn't agree with their sensitive noses! I had a good laugh, which I needed after my workout. With clean sheets (there's nothing quite like that smell) and bedspread back on the bed, Puddin' and Sweetie Pie just had to make one more inspection. It's too bad I have to tear it all up tonight when I crawl into bed. Would it be too weird to sleep in the guest bedroom tonight?
|The ladies have to check out the bed.|
|I guess it passed inspection and is suitable for napping!|