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Posted on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 : 5:30 a.m.

Funny pet-related mishaps are common, and dogs are usually at the center of them

By Lorrie Shaw

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flickr photo by sleepyneko

There is one thing that any pet owner can tell you: life is never boring with them. Dogs in particular provide their families with laughter and joy just by being themselves.

Whether they are puppies or adult dogs, what happens from day to day can prove to be a bit unpredictable. With a canine's desire to be at our side, our lives can sometimes converge in a way that provides us humans fodder for stories for years to come.

Mishaps are an all-to-common occurrence.

I can recall many experiences with our dogs that still bring a smile, but one in particular still makes me giggle at the thought.

One summer day 12 years ago, when Gretchen was just an 8-month-old pup, we had just finished prepping a very large portion of our back property so that it could be an actual lawn: cleaning it up, grading the soil, settling the sprinklers and, of course, putting down grass seed.

Turning on the sprinklers to complete things, my next choice turned out to be very unwise.

Forgetting how much of an adolescent my young pup was, despite her usual good behavior, I left her outside while I went indoors to clean up after the chore.

Hearing a bunch gleeful barking, I happened to look out of the window — only to see my lively pooch dashing back and forth between the sprinklers, all the while getting fresh mud and grass seed embedded in every inch of her fur. (Not to mention the rather large paw prints that had been embedded into the soggy soil!)

How had I neglected to think how enticing a set of sprinklers might be to a dog who had never seen them before?

Watch this video montage of funny pet mishaps and see if it conjures up any memories of your pet's antics.

Lorrie Shaw is lead pets blogger for AnnArbor.com. Connect with her on Google+ or email her directly.

Comments

RunsWithScissors

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 11:57 a.m.

I like to say that my cats provide "purr therapy" but the dog makes me laugh.

Lorrie Shaw

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 10:25 p.m.

RunsWithScissors: I agree. They are so expressive and want to be involved in things. So cute!

Mary Bilyeu

Thu, Nov 17, 2011 : 2:26 p.m.

Oh, that is too funny - I can just picture Gretchen's joy!!! :)

Lorrie Shaw

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 10:26 p.m.

Oh, Mary, is was the epitome of glee. It was hard to be upset!

spm

Thu, Nov 17, 2011 : 12:17 p.m.

Thanks for the laugh! When my two (now deceased) dogs were young I took them walking on Liberty St where they spotted a squirrel in a tree. They took off running and I couldn't keep my balance so I fell and slid on my stomach right through the yards on that busy street, but I didn't dare let go in case they ran out into the street. They pulled me through three yards before my husband caught up with us and took control. You can bet I enrolled them in obedience school soon after that incident!

Lorrie Shaw

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 10:27 p.m.

spm: Oh my! I can only imagine your dismay. I'll bet there were plenty of people around, too. Glad that you're okay!