The Scent of Urine

Hello November!!! We had a blast celebrating Halloween with the kids yesterday, even though it was so cold out.  I guess I would take the cold over rain any day on Halloween. This year Eli dressed up as a UPS man and a hamburger.  Dax was a hot dog and the dog was dressed as french fries.  Speaking of our dog…

We have a 10 year old dog who has been potty trained pretty much since we got him 10 years ago.  Of course he has accidents here and there, but he doesn’t pee all over the house.  We have been fortunate enough to build all of our homes, but when we were in a temporary house during our stint in Minnesota, we noticed that the dog was having more and more accidents.  We came to the conclusion that it was because there were probably numerous dogs who stayed in the temp house before we did, and he was just marking his territory.  Once Compass Pointe was built, he rarely had any more accidents and was back to himself.

Let’s fast forward to our current home.  As you probably gathered by now, it is an older home, I think it was built in the 70s but I could be wrong.  The previous owners had two huge dogs and from the moment we moved into this house, the dog has peed multiple times…a day.  Oh but wait, he also poops at least once a day as well. No words can describe how disgusting I feel living here.  I can’t walk barefoot because who knows what I will step in, and I don’t let either of the boys roll around or play on the carpet.  It is so unsanitary and it smells so bad.  Thankfully it is colder out now, but can you imagine 80 degrees and humid with pee soaked carpets? The smell is just frightening.  Obviously we cleaned the carpet if we saw him pee, but there were so many times we didn’t catch him and unfortunely the carpet is such a dark tan with lots of texture in it, that it is pretty impossible to spot any stains.  Thats a good thing and not so good thing! We were so convinced this was happening because he can smell the dogs that used to live here, but our vet actually thinks he is just anxious with another move, new baby, and construction going around the house.  She prescribed him some prozac and bam…not one accident since he’s started taking it.  Granted he’s drugged out and exhausted for the majority of the day, at least he is using his yard to go poop and pee when he does have to go.  Such a big accomplishment especially since the house will be in perfect condition soon.  We don’t want him to ruin it!

With all of that being said, we decided we were through with carpet.  The only room in the house with carpet will be the basement, and we are planning on ripping that out eventually as well.  The contractor said they were going to start ripping out the carpet on Tuesday, but they actually started Monday and it seriously was more exciting than demo day in my opinion.  I didn’t realize how bad the house smelled like urine until the carpet was gone.  I feel like a new woman and like this is a new house.  So refreshing.  We are putting in wood throughout the house except for the boys’ bathroom which David will eventually tile, and the guest room upstairs (aka Eli’s temporary room).  The dog hasn’t peed in that room (yet) so there isn’t a need to replace the carpet until we actually redo the room.  We also are going to do some cool tiles in the laundry room and the mudroom and pantry downstairs.

Here you could see the lovely carpet, my sincerest apologies that you can’t smell it as well.DSC_0110DSC_0112DSC_0116DSC_0009DSC_0011DSC_0012DSC_0015

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