Remember the movie “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom”? One of the plot points of the movie was that Indy, the title character played by Harrison Ford, discovers a powerful stone called a “Sankara Stone” that, when put in close proximity with another Sankara Stone, magically creates a golden glowing light. We’ve made a similar discovery in my family. My dad and I each have a normal, well-behaved, housebroken dog that, when put in close proximity with the other’s dog, magically creates a golden glowing pee stain on my carpet.
I have no idea why these two normally well-behaved dogs, that almost never make mistakes when they are in their own homes, suddenly become four-legged urine spigots when they are put together in my house. To make matters worse, when we discover a new pee stain, we never know which damn dog is the perpetrator. Neither Fred, my dad’s dog, nor Smudge, my own, has ever been caught in the act.
So, when a new puddle is found, My father and I usually get into this weird dynamic where we start defending our own dogs, like a parent might defend his or her child:
Dad: “Well, it looks like your damn dog peed in your house again.”
Me: “MY dog? My dog is housebroken! How do you know it’s not yours?”
Dad: “This stain is way too big for Fred. He couldn’t have done this.”
Me: “Oh bull crap. Fred has easily done that much before. Besides, Smudge was too far away. And Fred is male, so he’s probably trying to mark his territory.”
Dad: “Well, this doesn’t look like Fred’s pee.”
Me: “You’re kidding me, right? It’s pee. All dogs pee yellow!”
Dad: “This definitely looks more like Smudge’s pee.”
This will go on and on it until we become like attorneys for our respective dogs, arguing our case using evidence such as:
2. Character witnesses
3. Which dog was let out most recently
4. Analysis of the Crime Scene, and
After our closing statements, the result is always the same: Hung Jury. Tied 1-1. So we just grumble and eventually forget about it. Until the next pee stain is discovered.
I really think this is the dogs’ idea of a joke. They know if they pee in their own homes while they are by themselves, they’ll get into Big Trouble. But if they are together and no one gets caught in the act, neither one can get convicted later when it is discovered. They probably discuss the plot in some dog-sniffing language:
Fred: “Smudge, do you feel a pee coming on?”
Smudge: “Yup. Just drank a gallon of water.”
Fred: “Heh heh! Good. Okay, wait a second until I tell you the coast is clear. Try and get it in the walkway so one of them steps in it.”
Smudge: “Are we a go?”
Fred: “Wait…wait…wait…NOW NOW NOW!!”
They then walk off to their hiding places, waiting to watch the show. Later on they’ll share the stories of what they saw and laugh so hard they'll be on their backs with drool coming out of their mouths.
“Did you see the look on his face?” One of them will say. “HAHAHAHA!!”
Sneaky damn dogs. Next time I'll get Sankara Stones instead.