I resisted because…well, I have cat sat before and sometimes litterboxes can get rank. And I was really hoping that after 6 months or so, the pugs would be able to “hold it” and we could just walk them in the morning, when we get home from work, and before bedtime. But, they can’t hold it. Or well, maybe they could if I could reason with them and tell them to let me know when they have to go…but well, that isn’t a possibility unless Terry is Mr. Magoo and he’s keeping this from me.
So we’ve been using peepee pads. And don’t get me wrong. They work. The dogs pee and poop on the same one and it does work. But it’s expensive. And it smells. We change them three times a day and even then they will be sopping wet with pee and we have to scrape up the poop under them. It’s a lot of work and kinda gross. And worst of all, they seem to like chewing them up. Why they want to chew on something they’ve peed/poooped on, is beyond my ken, however, it is a reality. Are solution was to buy bricks and cinder blocks to hold the edges down so they don’t tear them up and chew on them. Well, that worked. It did.
But they sometimes “miss” the pee pee pad and end up pooping and/or peeing on the bricks. (Yes, really). So now we’ve got a bunch of disgusting bricks, we’re spending $20 a week on peepee pads and mopping up the floor daily. It’s A LOT of work.
So after four months, I decide to go with a litter box…in the hope that it’ll smell better, let us get rid of the disgusting bricks, and it’ll be cheaper in the long run.
The first day we tried the litterbox, they pooped and peed all over their bed and we found them sleeping in the litterbox. Yes, seriously. I will spare you photos, but you can imagine what this looked like. Their crate was…in a word…foul.
But we persisted. We went slowly..putting the peepee pad inside the litterbox, so they’d get used to getting in it to go potty. Then we slowly started adding litter ontop of the peepee pad. And it worked. There were a few hiccups along the way…Rukia seemed to like eating the litter. But we seem to have broken them of that, and now they’re on 100% litter and it WORKS! Now that they’re on litter, we do have one last problem. It makes a mess. They spill litter all over the floor of their crate and get it into their water bowls, in their bed, all over the floor. Ugh. We have to sweep it up every night. But I’d rather sweep up litter than scrape up poop!
Now we have plans for getting a larger litter box, one with sides. Hopefullly this will minimize the “spilling” of litter all over the place. If you’re curious what I mean when I say it makes a MESS, check out these pictures. And NO, no pugs were harmed during these pictures. Oh, and that’s a baby gate sitting ontop of their crate-pen. We had to start putting a lid on the crate because Napoleon was climbing the fence to freedom. I came home from work one day and found him sleeping on the couch in the living room.
That is the DAILY mess that we have to sweep up. And yes, Napoleon is sitting on Rukia in that picture. And don’t send me hate mail. We are good pug parents. And they make this horrid mess every day. And everyday we clean it up.
Does anyone else have pictures of the daily messes we clean up after our pugs? I’m not ashamed of Napoleon & Rukia. They’re dogs. They make messes – especially when Mommy & Daddy are at work.
I call out to you…POST those pictures. Life with dogs isn’t all adorable pictures. They do make messes and it’s a fact of life. In fact, I take that away as a message. Life is messy. But it can be wonderful, too. Sometimes it’s the messy things (love, life, pugs, etc) that are the most wonderful things.