Monday Mischief. Breaking The Cart Mischief

Last week I was out of commission for the better part of the week due to some minor dental work that I had done. It was minor work that turned into a major pain in my mouth because I didn’t follow the rules that dentist told me to follow after the procedure.

Restrict your activity for the remainder of the day.

I took that as get everything done you can possibly get done before the Novocaine and pain medicine wears off, so I ran to the bank, took the dogs for a long walk in the park, and did some chores around the house.

Then the swelling began and the blood began to flow, which resulted in 2 more days of restricted activity and a heavy dose of pain killers.

Lesson learned.

By the time I was allowed off of restricted activity I could see the ants running around in Leroy’s pants so I made plans to get him out to burn off some of his neglected energy.

I made plans for him to work.

And by work I mean hauling some wood.

My parents had a large tree limb that had come crashing down in their yard a few weeks ago and we were there to collect some firewood.

Bobby and my husband where in charge of cutting the wood up and they used modern technology to haul their wood.

Where as Leroy and I did things the old fashioned way.

Manual labor is what I like to call this.

Alright, it’s light manual labor.

We don’t want to overdo things.

The only problem was that when I picked the cart up to hook it up to Leroy the side fell off. Which left us with a half broken cart.

Not a problem. It still was able to function.

Until I misguided a turn and the the wheel hit my Mom’s flower box and cracked the axle.

“What happened to the axle?” my husband asked as we walked past him?

“Huh?” I said.

“The axle, it’s cracked. What happened?” He asked.

“Ohhhhhhhhh, that. Leroy accidentally hit the flower box.” I replied.

“Leroy hit it?” Aren’t you suppose to be guiding him?” He asked

“Look, dude. It was a tight turn and we’re just beginners. Back off.” I said hastily.

But the cart was still able to function and my husband advised me to keep the loads light before “the whole damn cart just falls apart.”

Fine.

I’ll keep the loads light and I’ll pay attention.

So besides the cart falling apart the whole process worked pretty well for us. We  were able to work on maneuvering the cart, sit commands, back commands and stay commands.

It was a little tough to get Leroy in the “working” state of mind and it was a little tough to get myself in the “trust” state of mind.

You know, trust Leroy that he actually has the capabilities to work.

But after a few treks and a few minor disagreements of who was in charge,  I would like to think that we made quite a good team.

Broken cart and all.

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74 Comments on Monday Mischief. Breaking The Cart Mischief

  1. SUGAR: goldenwoofs
    November 12, 2012 at 1:26 am (2 years ago)

    Woof! Woof! That’s so cool that everyone can help. Leroy such a good dog. Happy MM. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:40 am (2 years ago)

      It was very cool to all work together!

      Reply
  2. bichonpawz
    November 12, 2012 at 1:37 am (2 years ago)

    Oh Jen! I’m so sorry to hear about your dental fiasco…I can sure relate to that. I’ve been through it. Hope you are much better now!! Looks like it was a real family affair this weekend trying to teach Leroy the whole carting thing! He is a DOLL!! xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:41 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Jeanne. I’m a big baby when it comes to dental issues and this was horrible! I am feeling better now:)
      Leroy did pretty good with the whole carting thing giving the fact that I just kind of threw him into it!

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  3. olivia Rubin
    November 12, 2012 at 1:49 am (2 years ago)

    I want to snuggle even more now with Leroy because

    1- he is the 1st place Pet Advisor winner
    2- he looks so darn cute pulling that cart

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:41 am (2 years ago)

      Awwww, thank you Olivia!

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  4. 24 Paws of Love
    November 12, 2012 at 2:04 am (2 years ago)

    Cool isn’t it? Even with a broken cart. Brut is my firewood guy and helps me haul it in the winter. He’s terrible about pulling me down the road, but we have this whole routine when we haul in the wood and we have such a blast together. :)

    So who was trying to be convince that Leroy was capable of working? Him or you?? :)

    Sorry to hear about your dental problems. I would have done the same thing if a doctor told me to take it easy!! BOL!

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:42 am (2 years ago)

      It is so cool and fun!
      It was me trying to convince myself that Leroy was capable of working and I think Leroy was a bit surprised with himself too:)

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  5. Daisy
    November 12, 2012 at 3:27 am (2 years ago)

    Well done! Considering the faulty equipment you had!

    XXXOOO Daisy, bella & Roxy

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:43 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

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  6. Long Life Cats and Dogs
    November 12, 2012 at 3:45 am (2 years ago)

    Leroy and the cart are gorgeous but you need a few more lessons on “rest”. You appear to have misunderstood that term completely.

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:43 am (2 years ago)

      I know:( I have to pay better attention and learn to take advice:)

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  7. Bassetmomma
    November 12, 2012 at 6:38 am (2 years ago)

    That is so cool! Good job Leroy! Hope you’re all healed up now. Nothing worse than dental pain!

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:43 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, all better!

      Reply
  8. Mango Momma
    November 12, 2012 at 7:04 am (2 years ago)

    I had to make one of my employees go home and rest after major dental work. It is trauma to the body. Lesson learned, right?

    Leroy looks very regal with his wagon. Carting isn’t easy. I visited a woman who did carting with. Her newfies. (Back when i entertained notions about. Carting with mango). Heck, I couldn’t even figure out how to get the harness on.

    Mango Momma

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:46 am (2 years ago)

      It is, and I wasn’t prepared for it because that was not the plan, it was only suppose to be a root canal but turned into much more. Lesson learned:)

      LOL, we have had issues with the harness. I still don’t understand it, I have to have my husband put it on. Again, it’s a “following directions” thing!

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  9. melF
    November 12, 2012 at 7:35 am (2 years ago)

    You crack me up. You must keep your husband laughing all of the time. Look Dude! :)

    I just love that you have a cart and put Leroy to work. It reminds me that I need to get hopping and get Jasper to another sheep herding lesson.

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:47 am (2 years ago)

      LOL, my husband, bless his heart, was pretty annoyed with me on this day. He had to keep stopping what he was doing to help me and then I kept breaking things and then he stopped talking to me:)

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  10. Eva or sometimes Priscilla
    November 12, 2012 at 7:51 am (2 years ago)

    Leroy was fine and doing his best to help. You just need to understand what he wants you to do and not to do when he is working.

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:48 am (2 years ago)

      Leroy did do his best and after awhile we found our groove.

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  11. 2 brown dawgs
    November 12, 2012 at 8:20 am (2 years ago)

    Good job you two! What a team. Sorry about the broken cart. Hope it can be fixed. :)

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:49 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you! The cart needs to be beefed up a bit or maybe just rebuilt!

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:49 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks!

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  12. Vicki
    November 12, 2012 at 9:09 am (2 years ago)

    Time maybe for a new cart? Leroy is tough but it looks like your cart has issues…oh well, good job anyway for both of you!

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:50 am (2 years ago)

      You know why? Cause it’s a decorative cart, we know that, just wanted to see if it the boys would like the idea. We’re going to build a new one, more heavy duty:)

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  13. houndstooth
    November 12, 2012 at 9:47 am (2 years ago)

    I always love your cart stories! I hope it can be fixed without too much trouble. Hee hee! “Oh that! Leroy hit the flowerbed!” Oh, you crack me up!

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:51 am (2 years ago)

      Ha-ha! Thanks! We’re going to build a new cart next year! Now we’re going to try sleds!

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  14. Urban Hounds
    November 12, 2012 at 10:00 am (2 years ago)

    He looks great with the cart

    urban hounds

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:54 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much!

      Reply
  15. Loy Cerf
    November 12, 2012 at 10:27 am (2 years ago)

    Bet the whole family slept well that night! And the next night….

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:54 pm (2 years ago)

      Leroy took a nice long nap, and so did I!

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  16. emma
    November 12, 2012 at 10:34 am (2 years ago)

    How fun, broken cart or not. Maybe Santa will bring the boys a new cart that is a bit sturdier!

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:54 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m hoping that Santa is building a new one as we speak:)

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  17. Jodi
    November 12, 2012 at 10:35 am (2 years ago)

    OMG if you don’t remind me of myself. My husband will get in the car and say, what’s that noise? And I’ll say, “what noise?” “Don’t you hear that?” Nah…I just turn the radio up. LOL

    Glad you are feeling better.

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm (2 years ago)

      Ha-ha! My husband says I’m a wanderer:)

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  18. Taryn
    November 12, 2012 at 11:06 am (2 years ago)

    Neat seeing Leroy doing his carting job! Did he have fun?

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm (2 years ago)

      I think he did have fun after we settled into a routine!

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  19. Corso Mama
    November 12, 2012 at 11:43 am (2 years ago)

    What a great article! Love when working dogs get to work!

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! I have been wanting to do this for quite some time now!

      Reply
  20. Jen K
    November 12, 2012 at 11:48 am (2 years ago)

    The cart is looking great! It looks like Leroy’s really got a handle on it!

    Do you think you’ll go pro and aim to enter drafting trials?

    Also, I’m glad I’m not the only one who calls her husband “dude” from time to time!

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:57 pm (2 years ago)

      Ha-ha! Thanks Jen! I thought of you and your cart when ours broke!

      I’m not sure if we’ll ever make it to enter draft trials. I would love to, just don’t know if we could compete at that level.

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:57 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks:)

      Reply
  21. Rama's Mama
    November 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm (2 years ago)

    The Mama says she is going to buy me a backpack so I can carry tings when we go to da beach. :-)

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:57 pm (2 years ago)

      We want to get a backpack too!

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  22. Nichole
    November 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm (2 years ago)

    LOL… always something, right? But everything worked out in the end and manual labor fun was had by all, right? :)

    So… is fixing the broken axle on the Honey-Do list for this coming weekend??? :)

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm (2 years ago)

      It is always something…..and this is why my middle name is MESS!

      Not sure when the hubby will get around to fixing to it, I’m not bringing it up at the moment:)

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  23. Blueberry's human
    November 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm (2 years ago)

    All I can say is “Smooth move…well, you know the rest”. ;)

    Honestly – you have the most entertaining family ever!

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm (2 years ago)

      Ha-ha! I know! There is nothing smooth about me at all!

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  24. Flea
    November 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Mama, don’t you know your role? Mamas are there to supervise. They can’t be blamed for little things like broken axles. And Leroy looks to be a good working dog!

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm (2 years ago)

      I know, right! I was watching in front of me not behind me!

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  25. Clowie
    November 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Leroy looks great with the cart.
    I hope you’re fully recovered now.

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! all recovered now!

      Reply
  26. Finn
    November 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm (2 years ago)

    After all of that, how is your mouth doing???

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm (2 years ago)

      My mouth is so much better-thank you:)))))

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  27. Jackie Bouchard
    November 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm (2 years ago)

    What a good helper Leroy is! It’s too bad “he” banged into the flower box. :) Way to work through the mishaps and dental troubles. (That part doesn’t sound like fun at all!)

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm (2 years ago)

      Ha-ha! I had to blame it on someone!

      Reply
  28. caren gittleman
    November 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm (2 years ago)

    you poor thing! I am hoping you are feeling better!

    Hmmmm….maybe Leroy could help Santa pull his sleigh? Once he has landed of course :)

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Caren! all better!
      I actaully would love to have him pull the kids in the snow with a sled, but now I’m afraid I’ll break the sled!

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  29. Two French Bulldogs
    November 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm (2 years ago)

    We love the idea of you pulling the cart Leroy That is hilarious.
    Benny & Lily

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Benny and Lily!

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  30. Bebe
    November 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm (2 years ago)

    You two are adorable. My only two experiences with carts (horse carts) both ended up in the destruction of the cart. I steer clear from them now :)

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 11:02 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks! If I break anything else on this cart I think I am going to banned from them:)

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  31. Pip
    November 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d be happy to ride in that wagon, but pulling one – no way!

    Your pal, Pip

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 11:02 pm (2 years ago)

      LOL! We;d give you a ride any day Mr.Pip!

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  32. Julie
    November 13, 2012 at 12:09 am (2 years ago)

    I hope you are feeling better – I hate dental work!! Looks like you and Leroy had some fun :)

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Julie!all better and we did have a blast!

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  33. Bella
    November 13, 2012 at 6:24 am (2 years ago)

    I think you guys did a pawsome job. It’s much more fun using dog power than horse power …
    Even if it is a bit wonky *wag wag wag*

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm (2 years ago)

      Ha-ha! Thanks Bella!

      Reply
  34. snoopy@snoopysdogblog
    November 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m super impressed Leroy!!

    Hey, did you (and your Mum) have to take a driving test before you got going? Just wondering! :)

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

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    • Jen
      November 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm (2 years ago)

      LOL Snoopy! No test but I think we should of:)

      Reply
  35. The Lady
    November 15, 2012 at 8:19 am (2 years ago)

    You know, carting has always looked like a lot of fun to me. But I have coonhounds. One squirrel or stray cat and the cart would be flying to the nearest tree!! LOL

    Reply

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