Yep - a four-month old chocolate lab puppy. In the past, I've been able to clean my house despite illness, injury, small children, extra children and remodeling. But this puppy has beaten me. I can't clean house unless she's in her kennel or outside. And when she's in her kennel or outside, there are usually other things I have to do that I can only do when she's out of the way.
But I finally decided I couldn't put off cleaning anymore and had to give it a shot. So I tried cleaning the living room. I really thought I could do it. But when I got the vacuum out to vacuum the furniture, Lucy went crazy. She LOVES the vacuum. The whole time I was trying to clean under the couch cushions, she was attacking the vacuum, the hose, me and the cushions.
When I tried dusting, she was determined to eat the feather duster for lunch.
Sweeping and mopping weren't even worth trying. I already know (from past experience) that she loves the broom and mop - loves attacking them, that is.
I got most of the living room tasks done but it took four times as long and used four times as much energy. I don't think I'll do it again. Maybe I won't do any more cleaning until she grows up. Is that an option???