Sensi was a little more than a year old and for the first time in his life, he was alone during the day.
Brent was living in Rochester Hills, sharing a house with a friend. The house was old and the two guys set about making some upgrades.
One of the first things they did was to get new carpet. A light beige color went in the living room, dining room, den, stairs and hallway. A bluish-gray Berber went in their bedrooms.
About two weeks after the carpet was in, I got a phone call.
“My roommate called, he stopped by the house and there’s a problem,” Brent told me. “Sensi apparently chewed a gel pen and got ink all over the place.”
Brent, who was at work, begged me to pick up some supplies and clean the carpet. His roommate was livid about the new carpet.
I spent $30 on bottles of carpet cleaning solution and headed to their house. What I found I will never forget.
That darn dog chewed the pen in the living room, right near the entry. There was a pool of black liquid about the width of a soccer ball.
But it didn’t stop there. The ink had gotten all over his paws, and those paws walked over every inch of the house.
There were circles in the living room, paw prints randomly spattered across the dining room, in paths through the den. I followed them up the stairway, into both bedrooms and onto to Brent’s bed.
The paw prints were in every place the new carpet was.
I learned a few things from this experience.
One, gel pens make a much larger mess than regular pens do.
Two, no cleaning solution — not even a steam cleaner — can clean a mess of that magnitude.
Three, don’t leave pens on coffee tables.
Four, don’t buy new carpet with a young dog.
And five, Meijer’s has a decent selection of cheaply priced rugs.