Around two months ago, a sweet little American Bully was brought into my work to have her third litter of puppies. Normally pretty routine – her then-owners are experienced breeders. This time, however, something went wrong. More than half of her puppies came out already dead, and over the next few days the remaining ones passed away as well. Mama was fighting for her life herself – she had gone septic and was in really poor shape. Her owners elected to put her down, and that was supposed to be the end of her story. My coworkers and I were really sad at this decision – yes she was really sick, but she’s only 3.5 years old! She deserved a fighting chance. My boss agreed to treat her if her owners signed her over to the hospital instead of euthanizing, and thankfully they agreed. She had about a 50/50 chance of pulling through, there were no promises. She looked SO sick, couldn’t hold anything down, and wouldn’t even pick her head up. It didn’t look very promising.
Well…clearly since I’m posting this story, she pulled through We had her connected to IV fluids and antibiotics, along with several other medications, and after 24 hours or so, her little body decided that it wanted to live, and knew that to do so it would have to fight. So fight she did. Every day she was looking better and better. Coworkers and I took turns bringing her home over the weekends so that she wouldn’t have to spend them alone at work in a crate.
It was never my intention to adopt this little monkey. Other coworkers were extremely interested in her, the thought didn’t really cross my mind. However, the first weekend she stayed with me, it was like a light switch flipped. She became glued to my side. At work, if other people had her out and she saw me, she’d run right to me and follow me around. She’d always stay right at my feet staring straight up at me as if she wanted to make sure that I was in her sight 24/7. The second weekend I took her home, I let her off of the leash that I had kept her on the first weekend. She immediately started playing with Linus – they are absolute best friends now.
So, despite my best efforts of self-control and my reluctance to have another dog while I was still grieving Oreo, this little one became mine. I absolutely hated the name that she came with, and with the help of friends commenting on a Facebook post I made, settled on the name Zucchini. I’m not sure how, but it fits her perfectly.
Right away it became clear that Zucchini was going to fit right into my family. She acclimated to the cats right away, accepting that each of them has different personalities and treating them as such. As I mentioned earlier, Linus and Zuzu are best buds and wrestle-mates. She is SO gentle with him – when he wants to play, she rolls right over onto her back, giving him complete control of how long and active they play. Burger isn’t big into playing these days, so when Zucchini wants to spend time with him, she’ll belly crawl over to him and gently lay down next to him, slowly inching closer until they’re cuddling. Artie and Frenchie were initially TERRIFIED of Zuzu. She started just laying down and not moving when she saw them, waiting patiently for them to get brave enough to come over and check her out. So, you may be wondering why I decided to make this “meet Zucchini” post also about pet odor eliminators. Zuzu spent most of her life in a run. She was used for breeding, and because of that, she didn’t get to experience a lot of things that normal dogs do. One of those things is apparently potty training. When I first brought her home with me, I bought a crate to keep her in while I was at work. I was sure to buy a crate that wasn’t too big for her, and I would leave her food bowl and water bowls in the crate. When I was home, I would let her outside every 2-3 hours. I treated her like I would have if she was 3 months old instead of 3 years. Most dogs won’t pee and poop in their crates, especially if that’s where their food and drink are well. Zuzu never got that message, apparently. I would take her outside and encourage her to go potty, sometimes she would, other times not. Regardless, EVERY time I would get home from work, she would have peed and pooped in her crate. I tried taking the dog bed out of the crate and replacing it with potty pads, and then she started to pee and poop around the house. I’ve accepted the fact that my house will always be covered in cat hair, but I will NOT become one of those people whose houses smack you in the face with ammonia as soon as you walk by. We carry the Pet Odor Eliminators at my job, and they work SO well! Combine that with my obsession of skull things, and this spray was clearly a no-brainer. I had never seen this scent before, and given that Amazon didn’t give a great description of the scent, I was a little bit nervous. Typically the scents I buy are food related, so I know exactly what I’m getting into (I highly recommend the blueberry cobbler scent! 🤤). The spray is pretty cheap right now on Amazon if you wanted to check it out, you can find it here
Anyway, this stuff works SO well, and smells amazing. Zucchini crapped on her dog bed, and after I cleaned it up like normal I just applied a small spritz of this (as opposed to needing practically a whole bottle of Febreeze), and the smell was GONE. This smells kind of like a men’s cologne – lavender, sandalwood and spice notes. Literally, one spritz took the smell out of the entire living room; it’s one of the stronger smelling sprays that I’ve used.
For the record, if the pet odor variety sells out, they also make legit the same exact thing targeted towards smokers, if you go to amazon I usually see them listed in the “people also bought…” section. I haven’t tried the smoker one specifically, but imagine that it would smell the same and work just as well. It also comes in a candle version, but candles make me nervous because my cats are clumsy assholes. That being said, we keep them lit at work and they literally last for at least a full month being lit 60 hours a week. Whenever a doggo decides to have a little accident in our lobby, the candles are strong enough to completely eliminate the stench in minutes. These are literally the best. Everyone knows how obsessed i am with bath & body works Wallflower plug-ins, and i can honestly say that if they made these in plug-in versions, I would never buy another brand again.
Okay, non-sponsored sales pitch over 🤣