THE COST OF COMPLACENCY

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: The Imaginarium
A true story, the joys of pet ownership!

Submitted: March 12, 2019

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I do love her... unconditionally, and its a damn good job I do. I am referring to Sadie, my adorable Cocker Spaniel... me and my shadow! She's only got to look at me with those doleful eyes and I'm putty in her paws. But let me tell you, what she did would have tried the patience of saint.

 

Now she's not a puppy, but you would never know. At eight years old she will sneak off with discarded socks, is a canine paper shredder and still has a fetish for plastic bottles. Knowing this, you will no doubt think I should have had more sense, and I wouldn't blame you, but it was a genuine oversight, an act of foolish complacency.

 

If you're sitting comfortably, allow me to explain. For some years now I have suffered from significant hearing loss, a genetic predisposition... a family affliction. An affliction that makes you feel stupid when you lose the thread of conversations, answer questions inappropriately, have to repeatedly say 'sorry' until you give up and just smile like an idiot. It is when the thought of a telephone conversation with anyone with the hint of an accent, makes your palms sweat. While National Health hearing aids helped, they did not provide the clarity I needed, so I was drawn to the private providers offering state-of-the-art all singing-and-dancing aids that fit neatly into the ear. It was a revelation, I can tell you... I revelled in the sound of bird song, followed dramas on television, told my husband there was no need to shout and actually participated in conversations.

 

What a success story, I hear you say and I agree, with the added bonus of being able to remove the aids to eliminate unwanted noise, such as snoring! A sort of win-win situation.

 

But I digress. These state-of-the-art hearing aids don't come cheap... three thousand pounds plus to be precise, which I considered to be an investment in myself, because I'm worth it! Conseqently the audiologist strongly advised me to include them on the house insurance policy in the event they get damaged or lost, which I did.

 

It was one evening, when I took out my hearing aids to take a shower. Without thinking, I left them on the bedside cabinet and, yes... you've guessed it... thinking they looked decidedly delicious, Sadie couldn't resist, she jumped up and sneaked off with her prize, while I was otherwise engaged.

 

A while later, when I went to retrieve said aids, I was somewhat puzzled to find they were not where I had left them. Then something caught my eye on the carpet... to my horror the truth dawned. Scattered over the carpet were the chewed remnants of my investment. At the sound of my banshee like screams, the dog beat a hasty retreat with her tail tucked between her legs.

 

You shouldn't have left them where she could get them, I'd have thought you would have learned by now after the incident with your glasses,” my hubby roared, rolling his eyes in exasperation.

 

I played my ace card. “It's okay, they're covered on the house insurance.”

 

As I carefully sifted through the 'because-I'm-worth-it-investment-remains', my heart began to hammer at the realisation that one of the tiny batteries was, in all probability, inside the dog. A consultation with the Vet ensued... over the following forty eight hours we were tasked with carefully examining all Sadie's feces, with instructions to take her back if it was not passed! Now I'm a responsible dog owner who diligently picks up after my dog in public places, but I did not relish the job I'd been tasked with. I say 'I' because my hubby flatly refused to be involved in the process as it had been my negligence. Luckily, with the aid of plastic bags and surgical gloves, I recovered said battery, with a loud whoop of relief.

 

Unfortunately, the whole incident proved to me that honesty isn't always the best policy. After explaining the unfortunate details to the unsurance company, I was duly informed the policy doesn't cover pet damage and to have a nice day!

 

My love for Sadie is undiminished, she simply grasped the opportunity and who can blame her, they were there for the taking... thanks to me. A costly lesson learned!

 

 

 

 


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