Here is what I finally figured out today:
Dog Parks + White Dog = Very Fucking Dirty Dog
Charlie gets absolutely filthy when I take him to the dog park. I have gone to 3 different ones, trying to find one that he won't have to take a bath the minute we get home from, and so far, I'm 0 for 3. Today, he came home covered in paw prints, shit, grass, pine needles, and marker (yes, marker. My daughter is very creative, and thought Charlie would look pretty purple.). The minute we got home, I had to bathe him (again) which didn't make him happy. He stands there, big brown eyes staring at me, and shivers. And my heart just breaks a little. BUT I'll be damned if that dog is getting one paw on my white comforter or sheets. Let alone, the furniture.
And to make matters a little worse, I threw up on him a little. I'm not feeling great, obviously, and me and the kids all have a little stomach/cold thing going on. But I am a MOMMY and my job is to take the kids and dog places while I do things I am required to do. I am not allowed to call in sick. Hell, I'm barely allowed to be sick.
I am outta here. I still have to pick up a few things while the dog is "recovering" from his bath. I really just want to take a very hot bath, put on flannel jammies and go to bed. But since that is never going to happen, I will get started on my motherly duties.