Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ziggy and the Waiter

The waiter's name is Pierre.  He's French.  And yesterday he had a very unfortunate encounter with Ziggy.  An encounter where Pierre ended up in bad shape.  There was broken glass everywhere.  Some people will say that Ziggy is to blame.  When my husband finds out what happened, he's sure to blame Ziggy.  But I take full responsibility.  I was not supervising Ziggy closely enough.  And more importantly, it was my own fault because I was the one who decided that Pierre would make a great leash holder.

This is Pierre.
Several years ago my husband and I won a $100 gift certificate to a local furniture store.  We didn't have the money to spend on new furniture, so we went shopping in their decorations area and found this wine holder for exactly $100.  We don't drink wine, but I was immediately smitten with this waiter.  We named him.... well, I named him Pierre.  My husband mostly humored me.  But I think he'll be as upset as I was once he learns about Pierre's injuries damage.

Pierre stands right by the door to the garage, and he has these convenient hooks underneath the round glass tray that he holds used to hold.  I think the hooks were originally designed to hold a towel.  But they worked so well as a leash holder, that he gradually began to be overtaken by leashes and harnesses and collars.  Until yesterday.  When, tragically, Pierre was attacked by Ziggy.  The attack was totally unprovoked.  Pierre was just standing there, reliably holding up whatever I asked him to, when Ziggy happened along and decided that since he had not had a walk in a few days, he would help himself to his leash and take himself for a walk!  Pierre, being the responsible, conscientious waiter that he is, refused to relinquish the leash to Ziggy without my authorization.  Sadly, the result was rather unpleasant:
That's right - Pierre ended up face down on the ground, and despite his best efforts, one of the wine bottles broke and glass and wine went everywhere.  He did manage to hold onto the leashes though - he refused to let Ziggy win.  Saddest of all, his glass tray that held extra collars was shattered into exactly 3,742 pieces.

As a responsible pet parent and a blogger, I rushed into action.  First I placed Ziggy back into his crate.  Then I blocked off the area with broken glass with the first items I could find, in order to keep the dogs safe.  Then I proceeded to take pictures, before cleaning up.  And being the factual, detailed kind of blogger that I am, I kept careful count of the pieces of glass as I picked them up in order to give you an accurate description of the situation.*  
*May not be 100% accurate

Now you may ask yourself, why would a responsible pet foster parent ever, EVER, use a wine holder as a leash holder without first removing the wine bottles and glass tray from said holder?  If anyone figures out the answer to that very reasonable question, please let me know, because I have no idea what I was thinking. The only good news is that Ziggy did not get his paws on any of the wine.  His beer addiction is bad enough - I did not want him adding wine to the list.

18 comments:

Kristine said...

Sacré bleu! Poor Pierre!

I guess it was bound to happen eventually with that kind of set up. But it gave you a great thing to write about so it was worth it! I hope Pierre will recover.

Leila said...

I don't know, even down Pierre is looking funny at the camera. He's a shifty looking fellow. Maybe Ziggy was on to something. I think Ziggy was all about the security of the house. The glass and wine were just a red herring.

mayziegal said...

I'm sorry but I'm pretty sure this is all Pierre's fault. I mean, first...that is one hoity toity name and he was probably too uptight for his own good. Next, have you SEEN that one ker-azy eye of his? And lastly, he shoulda just given Ziggy the leash. So Ziggy wants to take himself for a walk? What's the big deal? Serves that Pierre fella right if you ask me.

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

PeeS. Mom says she knows all about that "need to capture the moment" blogger thing. She was so upset the other day when she forgot to take a picture of the teethmarks that I...er... somebuddy left in her sandwich. Much more than she was abouts the actual teethmarks themselves.

brooke said...

Obviously it's not Ziggy's fault... he wanted exercise!
Poor Pierre. I hope he doesn't hold it against the Zigster.
and BTW I love your dedication to blogging.

Fisher and Staff said...

You are definitely a true blogger - grab the camera immediately, count the glass shards(?), it's all about the story and so well told I am still laughing. I vote everyone is innocent unless you can think of a reason to blame your husband.

Kari in WeHo said...

Ziggy, you lost points for destroying something related to wine

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

Cupcake said...

Poor Pierre, what a sad sight. But he can be fixed, no? He's been so loyal to you. I'm glad Ziggy is alright, all he wanted was to go for a walk and he was even smart enough to know to get his leash!

BerniceK said...

Laurie - thanks for making me laugh tonight. Not feeling too hot and yes - you did it again.

I so loved Pierre the first time I saw him and I still love Ziggy so I can't blame anyone but you.

Sorry.

BerniceK

Erika and Blair,xoxo said...

Poor Pierre and poor Ziggy, I can only imagine Ziggy's reaction to Pierre trying to tackle him for taking a leash.

Anonymous said...

Ha. Great story!

Trixie, Lily, and Sammy-Joe said...

LOL! When we first read it, we thought Ziggy bit a real waiter! But sorry to hear about the fate of Pierre.

Kenneth Copeland said...

You are one great blogger. This story about Pierre ans Ziggy is cute! It's always a pleasure to see the pictures on your blog.

Two Pitties in the City said...

You are so funny. I always saw things like Pierre on TV, and never knew anyone who actually owned them. I probably would have gone the leash-holder route too.

meowmeowmans said...

Pierre is one tough waiter! Glad to hear that no one actually got hurt. :)

k9 said...

No doubt ziggy is free from blame. anyways it is good that nobody get harmed.
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From Shelter To Home said...

O-my! That looks like a pretty big mess to clean. Just yesterday my foster dog, Pennie, tore up my bedroom carpet...I think I have a toned down version of Ziggy in my home. xD

Ann Dziemianowicz said...

Oh dear, it looks like a crime scene! ;) It sounds like you took care of everything quick! But don't be quick to say it was Ziggy. It could be Pierre! (Ziggy was defending himself) I've seen the shows, it's always the butler!

Aimee - Happy Tags said...

Ohhh my goodness, I laughed so hard reading this, I am so glad no one got hurt, well except for poor Pierre!