I think Safeway’s going to call CPS on me

“But you don’t have children, Crystal. Why would they do that?”

Two reasons: copious amounts of alcohol and ham and ham gravy baby food.

Let me back up. Did you know small dogs (like Chihuahuas) often have major issues with their teeth? And that I share my house with Stella, a Chihuahua-Rat Terrier mix? And that for years Stella’s breath has been so bad, it earned her the nickname, “Shitrashra” (as in, breath that smells like a combination of shit and trash)? And that, instead of making fun of the sweet little dog I love, I should have been taking her to the doggie dentist so she could have her teeth cleaned?

All of these things came together three days after Christmas, culminating in Stella having to get 16 teeth pulled. Yes, 16 Tic-Tac-sized teeth came out of her tiny little head. She still has close to a dozen (and is close to a dozen years old), so it could be worse.

James and I spent the week after Christmas, which both of us had off, nursing our 7.5-pound dog back to good health. She was on pain medication, which was probably great for the soreness but stopped up her waste-removal process. After three days of nothing but pee exiting her body, I called the vet. They said to try pumpkin puree (she hated it) or sweet potato baby food (she liked it okay) and 1/4 teaspoon of Miralax daily. If she didn’t produce the goods in a couple of days, we were going to have to take her back to the vet.

I spoon-fed her sweet potato and chicken baby food as often as she’d let me. At the 11th hour, she finally pooped. It was a turd for the ages, about half the length of her body. Joy!

After she was done with the medicine, I worried her mouth was still sore. So I continued with the baby food routine, swapping out sweet potato and chicken for more delectable flavors like chicken and chicken gravy, turkey and turkey gravy and, her favorite, ham and ham gravy.

Fast forward a couple of weeks, and we now have a picky dog who much prefers baby food over doggie food. And not just any flavor baby food–ham and ham gravy. Give her some chicken and chicken gravy, a flavor she liked just a few weeks ago, and she turns her nose up. Won’t eat all day, leaving the food to congeal in her bowl. But ham and ham gravy? Oh yeah. It’s on.

Which brings me to Safeway. As I watched the guy scan my groceries this morning, which prominently featured booze and ham and ham gravy baby food, it occurred to me that he might mistakenly think I have a baby at home. And that I’m the worst mother ever, only providing one flavor of baby food while I drink bourbon and eat non-baby-friendly things like jalapeños and radishes.

I pictured myself walking to the car with my groceries while the checker sends a cop after me. “There she goes! Get her. She probably left that poor, neglected baby in the trunk of her car. Just follow the smell of ham and ham gravy.”

ham and ham gravy
If I had the skills, I’d photoshop a picture of Stella’s face over that baby.

4 thoughts on “I think Safeway’s going to call CPS on me

  1. OK, this has nothing to do with Chihuahuas, but the general theme is not far off when he talks about (sings about) giving the kids some Benadryl…

  2. Booze! Me & my little tribe just relocated to San Francisco from Houston last month. It’s nice to buy my bourbon with my beans, but oh the selection is so limited. One of the few things I truely miss is Spec’s!!! Anyway, about the suspicious minds of checkers, just spin a nice shaggy dog ala the Stephen King Short about the guy who fed the Brownie/Gremlin/Gnome that lived in his typewriter peanut butter sandwhich crumbs until the thing was too gummed up to work, “So I can see you are doing the math and worried am the worst Mom ever, but no sweaties, ‘cept the mornin’ distillery type, ’cause Imma writer type and I gotta drink to write and I gotta feed my muses and the lil’ darlin’s only eat Ham & Ham Gravy.” Except elaborate a lot more and throw in plenty of sidetracks and “uhs” and “ums” and “you knows?”. . . LOL

    1. Hey, welcome to the West Coast! Get ready to be disappointed by Mexican food and barbecue. And, yes, no Spec’s or HEB. But the view’s pretty fucking amazing, as is the weather. And to people who grew up with blue laws, it’s also pretty cool being able to buy a bottle of bourbon on Sunday morning at the drug store. Not that I’m recommending (or doing) that, but still. America!

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