December 27, 2011

White Dog rolled her eyes when Michael came into the office late last night as we were closing down for walks and announced,"The toilet in my bathroom is shooting water up like a fountain and there is water all over the floor."

Steve immediately jumped up and ran for the plunger in the closet. Then he and Michael headed back downstairs. After a bit Steve came back up and flushed our main unit. White Dog and I heard Michael yell up "Water shooting!" Steve then turned the faucets on in the sink and tub. "Now?" he asked. "Even higher," was the muffled response. The White Dog Army was on full supervisory alert at this point running between the bathroom and the top of the stairs, trying to offer help as Michael slogged wet towels up and hung them outside over the deck railing.

"I don't think we need to call a plumber tonight," Steve reported accompanied by Michael and surrounded by the WDA. "We can use the upstairs toilet if we need to during the night and I will call first thing. I think it is a clogged pipe in the line outside."

White Dog looked at me sympathetically since I had just drunk a large glass of water and she headed out of the dog door. I had visions of needing to follow her at 2am.

The plumber arrived by 9am and was greeted by the WDA's enthusiastic announcement that they would be willing to help if needed...especially if there was digging to be done. Fortunately, we had installed access cleanouts several years ago so the process was fairly simple. The Army was fascinated by the huge rodding snake that disappeared down the hole. Quinn took up a position in the bathroom to alert us to any fountaining or backups. White Dog sat next to me and chanted along as I begged the gods of flushing to be gentle on our checkbook.

In a relatively short time, it was pronounced that all was clear. Steve, followed by the WDA flushed and ran water and tested the system...all looked good. The bill did not make us bleed. The sun burst through the clouds...and suddenly EVERYONE in the house needed to seek relief.

Our Pay It Forward Winners have chosen some great charities to receive their donations; while not everyone has gotten back to us we already know that...

  • The Doxies with Moxie are gifting the Dachshund Rescue of North America
  • Swimtaxi234 is making a special presentation to the Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston
  • Khyra is donating her winnings to The Houston Pittie Pack with special love to Shelby
  • Bichonpawz will thrill the Delaware Valley Bichon Rescue with a contribution
  • and the Florida Furkids and Angel Snifffie are sending their donation to Space Coast Feline Network.

White Dog is excited that her birthday celebration will benefit so many all around the country and she cannot wait to see who the others choose.


GOOSE said...

I guess that is not the cool kind of indoor fountain? Don't they call those things a bidet toilet? Glad all ended well.

Mr. Pip said...

So glad everything worked out with the plumbing! Congrats to the winners and the deserving animals that their prizes will help.

Your pal, Pip

Hound Girl said...

Thats fantastic it didnt hurt your wallet too bad. That is never fun when you have plumbing problems. Im so glad the White Dog Army was there to help!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Sometimes being a pup with the bathroom outside can be a much better option. BWHahahahahahahah

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Toiletbisues are no fun at all. Glad you were able to get it taken care of quickly and without too much cost.

Congrats to your winners - pawesome choices for their donations.

Woos- Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Agnes B Bullock said...

Our sympathies on the plumbing problems! When we moved into our home two years ago, we endured a three month plumbing nightmare which began when the downstairs toilet overflowed three days after we moved in, flooding the basement and laundry rooms. We then had to have everything routered and the sewer pipe, which was only eight years old, replaced. Both toilets were replaced, the front yard dug up and we went through four plumbers! (The original plumber/plumbing company being the cause of most of the subsequent problems, including roof damage when the upstairs toilet was being routered- they went through the toilet up to the roof, almost breaking the windows and damaging siding and the roof)- thankfully your pocketbooks weren't drained!

Random Felines said...

Yikes - why is it that everything breaks in the middle of the night??? MOL we are glad it didn't break the bank....and the winners are wonderful!

meowmeowmans said...

Wow, that toilet incident sounds CRAZY! Glad everything got sorted out.

We love the rescues selected by the winners ... pawsome choices!

Kari in Vegas said...

Glad it wasn't too painful!

Stop on by for a visit

Ginger Jasper said...

Blockages are not fun at all and I am glad that yours was sorted fairly easily. The causes chosen are briliant and so many will benefit from your generosity. White dogs you are brilliant.. HUgs GJ xx

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi Everybuddy, we can't see what the fuss was about. Doing 'business' outside in the garden is just fine with us. Your mum and dad could have joined you there hehehe. Glad its fixed though! Take care. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Brian said...

Oh my, no fun with messes like that! I love the selections by the winners!

Teddy Bear said...

We're so glad that the shooting water is no more.:)

Teddy Bear & Sierra

meowmeowmans said...

Did you see we gave you an award? If not, we did! :)

Stop by our blog to pick it up whener you can.


Swimflyaway said...

Thanks so much to the WDA for giving the opprotunity to know that money is being donated to the Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston! This is the place we were going to adopt from until GOd sent us Remus and Riley. I am soooooo glad we have our two beloveds, but I always wished we could do something to help those poor Schnauzies.

Thanks so much!

~B~ aka swimflyaway

Sagira said...

Oh no...never good to hear that water is shooting up when your inside your house. EEK. Glad they got it all fixed for you.