From the edi­tor

NZ Lifestyle Block - - From The Editor - Nadene Hall, Edi­tor Con­nect with us www.face­book.com/thisn­zlife www.thisn­zlife.co.nz Call free 0800 113 488

Last month I may have scared some of you into think­ing I live in a filthy mud­hole. My mop­ping-averse na­ture did make it sound like the floors of the house were... fes­ter­ing.

Some of you of­fered good ad­vice, and reader Alan kindly sent me a link to a ware­house full of bar­gain base­ment mi­crofi­bre bath mats. Thank you Alan, my or­der is in!

How­ever, two things have hap­pened since then that have seen the floors go from muddy to im­mac­u­late.

Firstly, there was the gen­eral em­bar­rass­ment of con­fess­ing my al­lergy to floor clean­ing.

But mostly it was the ar­rival of two pup­pies, tak­ing the dog house­hold to­tal to five. That’s a lot but in a 77 square me­tre house like mine it’s a LOT.

The pup­pies are from Waikato Pound Pups (www.face­book.com/waikato­pound­pups). Ev­ery cou­ple of weeks I put aside a lunch hour and go into their of­fice to pho­to­graph the dogs they have up for adop­tion. Re­search shows the bet­ter the pic­ture, the higher the like­li­hood the dog will be adopted. But some­times there are dogs that need a bit of ex­tra help. In this case it was a brother and sis­ter, 12 weeks old and scared of ev­ery­thing. They sat out­side the front door and cow­ered, too ter­ri­fied to come in de­spite des­per­ately want­ing to. It took a good thick slice of dog roll, a lot of en­cour­ag­ing words, and watch­ing my dogs bowl in and out be­fore they got up the gump­tion to try.

Once in, it was time to teach them they had to go back out again to pee and poop.

They’ve been pretty good, just the odd ac­ci­dent. Which has meant get­ting down on my hands and knees to clean up. And while I was there... well, you’ll be pleased to know I did some scrub­bing.

There’s noth­ing like pup­pies to en­cour­age a bit of floor clean­ing.

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