Tackling Puppy Stains (and a Giveaway!!)

Meet Scruffy.

Scruffy the Puppy at ASlobComesClean.com

She’s fit into our family perfectly since we adopted her from a local shelter in April. Really. She loves us, we love her, and my 8yo finally has the roommate she’s always wanted.

But Scruffy is the reason why I immediately agreed to try out Spot Shot carpet stain remover.

Scruffy’s done well with house-training, but since she sleeps in my daughter’s room, there have been a few accidents in there. Unfortunately, my daughter (Scruffy’s very best friend in the whole wide world), tends to “deal with” the accidents herself and I don’t know about them until I see the stain.

Stains stress me out. Like, they seem un-deal-with-able in my Slob Brain.

That’s the reason my kids weren’t allowed to eat in the living room until recently. Even on Movie Nights, we would spread out a sheet and they only drank water. Nothing with color or flavor or sugar. They’re now 8, 11 and 12 and I’ve just started letting them use TV trays.

Food or drinks in the bedrooms? No way no how.

My main stain defense has been avoidance.

But with puppies, pee happens.

It was time to get over my Fear of Stains. Specifically, two that were right inside my daughter’s door. They were making me crazy.

Spot Shot sent me several varieties, but I chose to use the bottle that was specifically for pet stains. It’s also non-toxic.

Treating Puppy Stains ASlobComesClean.com

To help conquer my oh-my-word-what-do-I-do panic, I read the directions on the can.

(Novel idea, right?)

I was surprised at the force of the spray. It did a good job of penetrating my oh-so-soft-but-oh-so-pink 80s carpet. The directions said to let it sit for five minutes, so I set the alarm on my phone. After the timer went off, I placed clean cloth diapers (which I now use for cleaning rags) over the treated spot and then pressed down with my foot to blot and draw up the stain.

Puppy pee left my carpet and transferred to the cloth. Totally gross, but totally cool.

With each full-body-weight foot press, I used a new, clean place on the cloth so I could see how much was still coming up from the stain. Following the instructions, I repeated this process until the stain was gone. For this stain, I ended up applying the Spot Shot Pet three times and using four diapers (with four or five “blots” each).

My stains had been there a while. I’m pretty sure a newer stain would require significantly less work.

Treating Old Stain with Spot Shot Pet at ASlobComesClean.com

Once the rags no longer brought up any wee-wee, I decided the stain was gone. Then, I had to figure out what the directions meant when they said, “After full stain removal, gently blot area with clean, cool water in all directions. Repeat and blot area dry.”

Here’s where I get re-stressed out. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?? Blot with clean, cool water?? In all directions?

I feel like I must have missed that day in Home Ec! Oh, wait. I didn’t take Home Ec.

But I stopped my inner-crazy-talk and decided this was what that meant:

After the Stain Removal ASlobComesClean.com

It worked, so I hope I’m right.

I wet a clean rag and didn’t wring it out.

I pressed the soppy-wet rag onto the area where I’d used the Spot Shot and rubbed it in all directions, squeezing the water into the carpet. I decided this was to get the water all through the carpet fibers to “rinse” out the cleaner. I then pressed on the area with a clean white towel (with a picture of Shakespeare on it) to dry the carpet. I repeated three times.

I love that the stains are gone. (I removed two. One is shown in these pictures, and the second one was removed in the video below.)

My only complaint? The areas where I cleaned the stains look better than the rest of the carpet. Now I see how badly my carpet needs to be cleaned! (Or replaced. I’ve only been thinking we’d replace it “soon” for about seven years . . . )

Click here if you can’t see the video.

If stains stress you too, check out this list of stains Spot Shot will conquer.

Now it’s your turn to enter to win your own Spot Shot AND a $50 Walmart giftcard!!!!

To enter, just leave a comment on this post about which kinds of stains stress you out the MOST!

For an optional additional entry, you can like Spot Shot’s Stain Fighting Community Facebook page where you’ll find tips, coupons and more giveaways! Leave a second comment saying you liked their page.


Giveaway Rules: Open to U.S. residents only. (Sorry!) Prize is provided and shipped by Spot Shot. Winner will be chosen at random using the And the Winner Is WordPress plugin. If the winner does not respond to the notification email within 48 hours, he/she will forfeit the prize and another winner will be chosen. (So be sure to use an email address you check regularly!) If you are reading via email, click on the title of the post to leave a comment directly on the website.  See all giveaway policies here.

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post, video, and giveaway, but all opinions, experiences, puppies and stain-o-phobia issues are mine.





Volunteers Make Things Happen at TMMC

Photo Credit - Susan Goldman

Photo Credit – Susan Goldman

I’ve loved sharing the things I learned on my trip to The Marine Mammal Center for Dawn’s Day in the Wildlife as a spokesperson for Dawn. I’m fascinated by all the work and detail that goes into rehabilitating the animals to re-enter the wild.

But it’s the people who inspire me.

They’re normal people who’ve chosen to make a HUGE commitment of time and energy.

The Marine Mammal Center has more than 1100 volunteers. There are very few paid staff members, and they truly could not do what they do without the commitment of the volunteers. Volunteers work 12 hour shifts on the same day each week, so they become like family with the other members of their shift.

We heard stories of nights during the busiest seasons when volunteers spend the entire overnight shift sorting and “blending” fish so all the animals could be fed. The animals eat three times a day, and if the animals won’t take the herring whole, they are tube fed a Herring Shake!

That was my volunteer’s favorite part!

Meet Korie:

Korie! My assigned volunteer at The Marine Mammal Center - ASlobComesClean.com

Korie was so great at explaining her job, and her love for what she does at TMMC was evident in everything she said and did. She loves working with the animals, but she also loves how much she gets to learn while there. She is working toward her degree in veterinary medicine, and looks for every opportunity to learn from the veterinarians who help out at the center.

Here’s my video interview with Korie:

(Click here if you can’t see the video!)

A few things TMMC volunteers do:

  • Observe animals in the wild who have been reported to be in distress to determine their needs and their accessibility. Sometimes volunteers have to watch for days to find the safest way to capture the animal so it can be brought to the center for medical care.
  • Feed animals who are being treated at the center. During busy times of the year, more than 1,000 pounds of frozen herring must be sorted and fed to the animals each day.
  • Train animals to eat in the wild. Whole fish are attached to a string and pulled through the water so animals can learn to aggressively chase food.
  • Clean cages and equipment. Each enclosure and swimming area is cleaned daily, and equipment such as trucks and carrying crates are cleaned as well. Great care is taken to prevent the spread of germs, as the animals are already “hospitalized” there for medical issues that naturally make them more susceptible to illness.
  • Work in the education center conducting tours and community activities.
  • Participate in releases. Each time an animal is released back into the wild, a team of volunteers travels to the release location (we traveled more than 2 hours to a remote place where the animals’ chances of survival was better). During the busy seasons, there are multiple releases each day!

Get this: I was amazed to learn that many paid staff members volunteer at the center on their days off! That’s such a perfect demonstration of the passion that is evident in everything that happens at TMMC.

While this trip focused on marine mammals on the coast of California, there are wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers all over the country that depend on volunteers to do the work they do. See more about my day at TMMC here and learn about International Bird Rescue here.

Do you volunteer with any wildlife centers where you live? I’d love to hear about what you do!


Go here to find out how you can volunteer!

Thanks so much to Dawn for this fun and educational trip, and for sponsoring these posts about it. I was already a huge fan of Dawn for its perfect combo of affordability, effectiveness and gentleness (wildlife experts use it on baby DUCKS, remember?), but this experience has helped me love Dawn even more.


How a Zaycon Pick-Up Works

How a Zaycon Pick-Up Works at ASlobComesClean.com

I’ve shared my love of filling my freezer with Zaycon chicken many times.

But I know it’s weird. I mean, drive to a parking lot and get MEAT out of the back of a truck?

Ummmm, okay.

Zaycon’s offer to pay me in bacon to write some posts about the process was great motivation to remember to take pictures of the pick-up I did recently so I could share them with you.

And boy did I learn more that day than I expected to learn. I promise I didn’t do this on purpose to see what would happen, but I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT MY PICK-UP!!!

Really. I’ve never done that before.

I have had a lot going on lately and stress tends to make my brain all jumbly and I had somehow neglected to put my pickup date with an alert into my phone like I usually do. So one random morning when I needed to leave for a speaking engagement at noon and had planned out every single second before my departure, I checked my email at 8:30 a.m.

I saw an email that said my pick-up time was starting. Right then. At 8. And it went to 8:30. Which was when I was reading the email!!!

I. Freaked.

Thankfully, the email had a phone number. The lady who answered the phone was amazingly nice and understanding and helpful. She re-scheduled my order to be picked up in the nearest pick-up location where the truck was headed next. The place was about 30 minutes from my house and the pick-up time was 10:00 a.m.

Whew. While I didn’t love having my well-planned morning totally interrupted, I was soooo happy they found a way to make it work for me.

When I drove up to the new-to-me location, I saw the enter sign at the road showing me exactly where to go. The truck makes it hard to miss the location, but they also do a good job telling you where to drive.

How Zaycon Works at ASlobComesClean.com

You stay inside your car, and the driver comes to your car window.

The driver immediately knew I was the one he’d missed at his last pickup spot. He explained that he was about to call me to remind me to come pick-up when my order disappeared from that location on his tablet and moved to the next location.

As he always does with the chicken, he asked where I wanted my box o’ meat and put it inside the car for me. (I told him to put it on the other side so it would be easier to take a picture! Please ignore the trash!) With chicken, he always places a plastic sheet under the box to protect my car. Zaycon brings the box right to your car

I got home and transferred the bacon to my freezer. It came already-frozen in three pound packages. This made the putting away process ever-so-much simpler than the chicken.

Bacon from Zaycon - How it all works at ASlobComesClean.com

I asked the driver if he always calls people who miss their pick-up, and he said that he tries. With chicken, he is sometimes so much busier than he can’t.

And speaking of chicken, Zaycon announced today that they have taken the price of chicken back down to 1.89 for the upcoming event!! Those who paid 2.49 are being credited the difference! Go check your location now to see if you can still order!! In my area, orders need to be placed by Nov 13, but don’t wait because they do run out! (I’ve missed it before because I waited!)

So how’s the bacon?

I like it, but my 12yo (who considers himself a bacon aficionado) . . . loves it. L-O-V-E-S it.

Go here (through my referral link) to see which events are coming to your area soon.



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