Otis....the condo flooding dog

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Whatcom County, Inc.

Ok, here's  a fun puppy story. Hey what can I say? I am your local Pet Friendly Realtor

I enter the house to the sound of water running. "Otis?" (Yes, I do talk to my yellow lab, Otis). Hmm......did somebody break in and decide to take a shower? I tip-toe through the house into the kitchen, squish...squish...squish. Oh no, the carpet is soaked. "Otis, what are you doing?" As I open the downstairs bathroom door, I reveal a very wet puppy sitting in 3 inches of water.

The supply line to the toilet was spraying water everywhere. "Aghhh." "Um, Ok...Let's see here. The water has to be turned off" I don't know where the water shut off valve is. I can do this....um...let's see. Ooh, I'll turn this valve behind the toilet. That did it! The water situation has been addressed.

 Wow. The damage seems to be minimal, but the clean-up is a big job. Upon closer inspection, it appears that somebody has chewed his way through the supply line causing this huge mess. I give every single one of my clients a Home Warranty, but I am not a client. I represented myself and did not order myself a Home Warranty. That was dumb, and now I have to fix this plumbing issue myself. 

Meanwhile, Otis Spunkmyer has plunked his wet self on the couch and is watching me clean-up. Oh well, maybe the water spraying him in the face taught him not to chew on the toilet supply line. He does look like he is sorry. With a cute face like that, how can I stay mad?

Comments (12)

Joe Zapata
Keller Williams Realty Media World - Burbank, CA
Your Burbank Real Estate Expert
Alicia, I am so sorry to hear about your situation.  I think back to when my dog chewed my phone and cable line that ran up the side of the house.  Not to mentiion my copper line into my Central AC unit.  I hope you can get it all cleaned up nicly and move on.
Aug 25, 2007 05:47 PM
Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV

Oh my gosh...this reminds me of the flood of the millenium at my house earlier this year!  I came home to knee high water throughout the downstairs...I may have to blog on this!

Aug 25, 2007 05:48 PM
Valarie Grisham
Keller Williams - Lake Stevens, WA
we have a yellow lab that is alomst 2 and i can see her doing something like this.  she is a chewing machine.  cute story, sorry about the mess. yikes
Aug 25, 2007 05:52 PM
New Jersey Real Estate James Boyer Morris, Essex & Union County NJ Realtor
RE/MAX Properties Unlimited, Real Estate - Morristown, NJ

Nice little story.  Keep up the blogging


James Boyer

Realtor Associate

Keller Williams Real Estate

Summit, NJ 07901

Aug 25, 2007 05:52 PM
Darrel Quebedeaux
Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc. - Newport Coast, CA
I like your sense of humor and I am certain Otis is pleased to have you as part of the family.  Good luck.
Aug 25, 2007 06:03 PM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
Oh my -- well I guess you can always tell yourself it could have been worse. Maybe that door has to be closed so Otis does not go back for a repeat performance.
Aug 25, 2007 06:13 PM
Barry Shapiro
Broker-Associate - Camarillo, CA
Cute story with a happy ending.  All homeowners should consider purchasing the metal-reinforced hoses for the toilet and washing machine (hot and cold).  Imagine having a leak while away on vacation or even at work.  I walked into a vacant home with clients two weeks ago and it sounded like someone was home, possibly taking a shower.  As soon as i opened the door, we discovered a leak from under the kitchen sink had water-soak damaged the living room carpet. Quickly, I ran outside to successfully turn off the main.  I called the listing agent and they scheduled in a specialist to replace the pad, etc.  The leak was so bad, it was coming through the stucco on the patio on the opposite side of the kitchen wall.  Insurance time...
Aug 25, 2007 06:16 PM
Duane Hosek
Coldwell Banker - Lewis-Kirkeby-Hall - Rapid City, SD

Alicia............How much do these home warranties cost?

Duane Hosek in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Aug 25, 2007 06:35 PM
Donna Oehler
Realty Executives Platinum - Palmdale, CA
A.V. Foreclosure Specialist

It must be puppy love! I am guessing that if Ottis is still a puppy you probably needed to clean the carpet anyway!



Aug 25, 2007 06:51 PM
James Gordon
Sibcy Cline Realtors® - Cincinnati, OH
Alicia I don't think that a home warrenty would cover your situation. You did not have a defect you had a vandal.
Aug 25, 2007 10:41 PM
Andy Laughlin
ConnectRealty.com - Bellingham, WA
OH NO!!! That would be horrible!! Don't worry I talk to my dog too. I hope that your home warranty covered it!!
Apr 19, 2008 02:41 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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