Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Dog Ate My Homework

Mr. ShellHawk and I got back from vacation late Saturday, so Sunday I headed for my studio. I managed to get a couple of pots thrown, and wandered inside for a power nap around 2:30p.m. or so. When I got up, I didn't feel like throwing, so I grabbed a lump of clay from my slop bucket and sat down at the coffee table to make a couple of mini-pumpkins. After catching up on "Trueblood," it was time for bed. I left my pumpkins and sculpting tools on the coffee table.

Yesterday was a busy day, as it was the first "working day" back from vacation. I had Sam Pumking's prize to mail out yard work to do, a fishbowl to clean, etc., and I pretty much jumped into the day when I got up. I didn't worry about the stuff on the coffee table because I knew I'd get to it around dinnertime.

By the time I got finished with chores and washed all the leaves and spiderwebs out of my hair, Mr. ShellHawk was home from work. I headed over to the coffee table so I could put my new pumpkins to dry out in the studio.

They weren't there.

I knew they weren't out in the studio; I hadn't put them out there and forgotten I'd put them out there... So where were they?

I've got a German Shepherd with the classic long Shepherd tail, so I thought maybe she'd tromped by the table and accidentally swept them off. I went looking for them. I checked under the table, under the couch, under the entertainment center.

Nothing.

It was a head-scratcher. Then I found these fragments, including a tiny little stem. (I know they look more like dog kibble, but really, they used to be pumpkins!)
The only conclusion I could come to was that one of the dogs had eaten the pumpkins, even though they're both older and haven't stolen anything off the coffee table in years.

I made their replacements, plus a larger Christmas ornament last night. After all, it's only clay.

But I will be picking up after the dogs today, and will keep an eye out for anything unusual...

3 comments:

  1. Not sure whether to laugh or cry over this post.

    Maybe you have an Underbiter and they were jealous of your new creations, or thought they were a new enemy.

    Hopefully the dogs don't get sick if they DID eat them.

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  2. Oh no! I do believe I am laughing and crying at the same time. Poor thing!

    I also hope the dogs are okay....those cannot be good for them.

    Here is to the next batch.

    Cheers!

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  3. No worries! The dogs are fine. It's water-based clay, so it's really no more toxic than dirt.

    I'm still baffled, though...

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