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Mudder Brudders from Different Mothers...and Fathers!

Industry Observer with Nature As Neighbors

Father's Day turned out to be a memorable one at our house. A planned Father's Day/6th Birthday celebration at my son's house had to be scrapped when a pet sitter sent us this photo and text - "They found mud!" 



Apparently, I (Debb), left a hose running to water hydrangeas in the back garden. Oops. The next text from the pet sitter said, "I don't do mud."  She had on a pink summer dress and was worried about getting it dirty. Why an experienced pet sitter wears a pink frock to a job is a question that comes to mind.


Back to the tough mudder brudders.  These two adventurers continued to dig, roll, and eat mud for nearly twenty minutes. Driving back home, we kept her on the phone urging her to use food to lure them out of the quagmire. They are both very food motivated dogs.

She did manage to finally get them away and clipped them to the fence on the other side of the house per our suggestion.  What a sad sight as we pulled into the driveway, two mud-covered white dogs, and one frazzled looking pet sitter. Amazingly, her pink dress didn't appear to have any mud on it. 


We paid her, and she left quickly to go home and shower. Meantime, we hauled out their plastic swimming pool. Three baths later and they were finally clean.  Little Forrest was the main mud-eater, so per the emergency vet, we kept an eye on him for a while. Happily, he suffered no ill-affects. 




Lesson learned. You can be sure there will be very careful monitoring of the garden hoses at our house in the future.

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Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
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Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

OMG I'm laughing so hard about the Mudder Brothers!  I can only imagine the fun those two had playing in the mud!!  Our little Shitsu (in doggy heaven) loved mud much to our surprise!  He started showing up at the patio door wanting to get in.....with his little face packed with mud.  We had to find all the places he had access and fence them in.  I've got some great pics of him all muddered up.  Thanks for the fun laugh and memories this lovely Monday afternoon!

Jun 21, 2021 03:41 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

PS the pet sitter in a pink frilly dress?   Kind of odd!

Jun 21, 2021 03:42 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

I'm sorry you had to cut short you Father's Day/Birthday festivities but this is hilarious (I can say that because I didn't have to clean the mess!)  Rule #1 turn off the hose Rule #2 find a different dog sitter!!!!!

You've gotta love F&F!!!


Jun 21, 2021 04:36 PM
Debb Janes

I like your rules!

Jun 22, 2021 05:34 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's hilarious to read, Debb!  Animals can be so funny and unpredictable at times.  I had a delightful American Eskimo dog for many years.  Kodi Bear was overweight and only lived and breathed to eat, be loved and lounge about.  If I would take a leash out of the closet to take him for a walk, he'd run and hide.  However, if I took him to a family members house, who had a pool, that pooch would come alive, and jump in the pool.  He was so fat, he didn't even need to move his legs and feet to swim.  He floated about like a barge!

Jun 21, 2021 08:06 PM
Debb Janes

Oh my gosh, what a riot. Kodi Bear sounds like a character. Would have loved to see him floating in the pool. Hahahaha. 

Jun 22, 2021 05:36 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Mud is certainly very enticing for both dogs and kids and they don't worry about anything else when they are having fun, haha.

Jun 22, 2021 04:59 AM
Debb Janes

No they don't Brian, not a worry in their heads for a second. Ha. And yes, the mud was too much of an attraction, on some level, they just couldn't help themselves. 

Jun 22, 2021 05:37 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Oh no, tar would be a nightmare. They have got tree sap on their paws and fur before, that was tough to remove too. :) These dogs. Tell Ron we like his  suggestions.  Ron and Alexandra Seigel  Never a dull moment around here. 

Jun 22, 2021 05:28 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Thanks for the feature Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - appreciated. I know, leaving the hose on was a mindless mistake. Pretty in Pink Petter sitters need not apply. :) 

Jun 22, 2021 05:31 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Oh my, you know the lure of mud first hand for some dogs then, Anna.  It was quite a scene to see when we returned home. Hahahaha. Glad you enjoyed the story, we are still giggling about it ourselves. Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker 

Jun 22, 2021 05:33 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

They do keep us hopping Kathy Streib - we are sorry to have missed the celebration too, but grateful the little mudders didn't have any problems from eating gobs of mud. 

Jun 22, 2021 05:34 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The sitter was expecting another perfect day and the dogs had other ideas.  A fun story for down the road

Jun 22, 2021 06:10 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Hahaha, right Ed Silva  Fortunately for us, the down the road came quickly. We are still laughing about the day. 

Jun 22, 2021 06:58 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Best sap remover is De-solve it.  We used it one of our cats, when he was covered head to toe with pine sap.  It is a citrus based product baby safe, and we also use it on feet when we step into tar at the beach.

Jun 22, 2021 07:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your experience.  We do not have dogs but do have a dog bath in our basement. It was installed by the original owners.

Jun 22, 2021 09:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Oh my gosh, Debb... what a cute story. Of course, cute after the fact. My Bingo hates anything wet so fortunately I've not had to deal with this. When our sprinklers go off... he's like "I'm outta here, Mom!" And the pictures you posted are priceless.

Jun 22, 2021 12:13 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That's a pretty funny story, Debb and Bernie, although perhaps not to you at the time. Certainly not the way you and Bernie expected to spend Father's Day...but the brudders looked like they were having a grand time!


Jun 22, 2021 01:21 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I'm an agent and know better than wear a pink dress out and about while working.  Sometimes things get dirty.

Jun 22, 2021 05:53 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

What a funny story....and so well told! I loved the photos!

My sympathy to the sitter. LOL

Jun 23, 2021 08:55 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Great pictures Debb and Bernie of your kids and love to see how they play together.  

Jun 24, 2021 08:12 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - What pet sitter would be that dumb to  do a job dressed pretty in pink? Did she think the dogs would just sleep and she didn't have to do anything? If it was me, I would have shut off the hose, cleaned and bathed the dogs, ordered dirt for the mud holes and after everything was back to normal I would have told you once you got home. 


We can all laugh about it but that pet sitter has to go! On the bright side, the Mudder Brudders invented a comedy skit that only true animal lovers could appreciate. This would really be a great T.V. series about what dogs do when their owners are away. 

Jun 27, 2021 03:42 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Oh My Gosh! What a reason to miss a party.  That is a story that can only be funny after the clean-up is finished.  Big brother needs to be a better example.

Jul 18, 2021 08:16 AM