Take, for example, a little "issue" I had with Kona yesterday at the tail end (pardon the pun) of a therapy visit to the VA Hospital. Now, understand that Kona and I have been visiting the VA hospital 2 to 3 times a week for nearly a year and a half. He has never so much as farted in a patient's room, as far as I can tell. He is always on his best behavior, and always the perfect little gentleman pooch.
Until yesterday. We were in the "multi-purpose room" where we visit a number of patients that are working on art projects. We stop in that room every Monday and Friday. As we were visiting with two gentlemen, Kona started to hunch over. The "poop" hunch. At first I thought that I must be seeing things..."Kona would never poop inside" I thought to myself. Then one of the men said, "I think Kona's gunna poop..." I looked and sure enough he was hunching over again, "assuming the position." OH NO! I bolted out of the room and headed for the nearest exit (which happened to be the main hospital entrance and about 100 yards away), all the while saying, "Hang in there buddy, we are almost outside!" Running as fast as I could, without knocking over people in the (very crowded) hallway, we'd made it nearly to the main exit. Nearly.
But we didn't make it.
Within about 10 yards of getting to the door, Kona pooped, on the run...the poor guy! Something really got to his tummy, and without being any more graphic than I've already been, he left a nasty trail. I turned around and yelled back to the woman who works at the information desk, "Kathy - I'm SO sorry! You are going to have to get someone to clean that up!" I thought about stopping and just letting him finish, but we were already basically out the door and heading for a grassy patch to let him finish his "business." Just as we hit the door, I heard an older gentleman's voice yell, "Holy shit!" as he saw what was happening....all I could think to say back to him, in that instant, was "Yes, sir, it is!"
I felt SO bad. I thought about going back in and helping clean up the mess, but I wasn't sure what had affected Kona and was worried that it might strike again.
We headed for the car, my head hung low, and my cheeks blazing red with embarrassment. I don't know when I've ever been so moritifed. I called the main desk shortly after we got into the car to apologize again to our friend Kathy. She reassured me that the mess had already been taken care of by the housekeeping department, and that "worse things had happened on that floor." Um, worse than a 15 foot long trail of poop? I don't even want to think about it.
So, the next time you hear the saying "Shit happens" think of us, and remember that yes, it sure does sometimes.