Sadie’s on the Naughty List


Alternate title: My mother-in-law is a saint.

My mother-in-law was nice enough to watch Sadie for a weekend in November and a week in December while we went on much needed vacations.

We thought we had her house locked down.  There were baby gates blocking the cats’ area and the basement.  The pantry cabinet was clamped shut with a bungee cord and Sadie still got into trouble both visits. Between the two visits she ate:

  • Can of Pringles (from the pantry tied up with a bungee cord – I don’t understand how – it was still tied up when she got home)
  • Loaf of bread and sandwich thins (see pantry above)
  • Handmade turtles (the candy) in tins ready to deliver to the neighbors
  • Box of cherry cordials wrapped and under the tree for a gift
  • Sprinkles for decorating cookies with the grandkids
  • Bags and bowls of cat food (broke down the baby gate to get in there!)
  • Cleaned out the litter box (broke down the baby gate multiple times!)
  • Scattered her make up bottles and lipstick all over the upstairs hallway
  • Dug in the kitchen trash every time she was left in the house.  Fortunately, no food was in there.  Sadly, that lesson was learned on a previous visit.

We were mortified!  The worst part?  My mother-in-law slept on the sofa multiple nights since Sadie had to go out so often with an upset tummy.  She was so glad to see us take Sadie so she could get a normal night’s sleep!

But other than that she was an angel…


Looks like we’ll have to learn how to crate train a 5 yr old dog who hates being confined so much she bends the crate door to get out.  Wish us luck!


About girlguydogcat

Living in the midwest, wife to a fantastic husband, mom/servant to two cats and a dog.

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