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On Kindness and Diaper Wipes November 18, 2013

It’s not rocket science. I know it might be a mystery to the two-legged observer, but our canine bathroom routine is far from complicated. It’s all part of my process. I go outside, do my business, enjoy extra-curricular activities (like staring at the birds, attempting to chase off squirrels and occasionally conversing with Demon Dog), and come back inside.

I don’t use a toilet, let alone flush it. I don’t wash my paws when I’m done. And I certainly don’t use toilet paper. My Bathroom

So you can imagine how out of place I felt this weekend as I listened to a long and serious conversation my forever parents had about something called a wipes warmer. This contraption, which apparently warms diaper wipes to what is supposed to be a more comfortable temperature, has joined the ever-growing pile of baby things accumulating in the nursery. And my people are torn about its necessity amongst things like the diapers and wipes themselves.

While I consider it to be completely unnecessary (given my previously aforementioned bathroom behaviors), their conversation got me to thinking about what people refer to as the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have done to you. I highly doubt either of my people would like it if they were being woken up to go to the bathroom several times a night. Add to that some freezing cold toilet paper and you’ve got two very upset people. So why would you do essentially the same thing to a little person?

I’ll be honest. I think the wipes warmer is hogwash. But the argument for having one is incredibly solid. “Carry out a random act of kindness,” Princess Diana suggested, “with no expectation of reward, safe in  the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” While the sincerest acts of kindness and compassion require nothing in return, these things have a way of coming back to us in one way or another.

It doesn’t take much. It’s not nearly as complicated as our canine bathroom routine may seem to the two-legged observer. And it certainly doesn’t require anything to warm it to a conceivably agreed upon temperature. Something as seemingly insignificant as a smile (or in my case an enthusiastic tail wag) can contain within it more power than a thousand words. Forget the artificial warmer. Kindness. Compassion. The Golden Rule. These are the words of true warmth.


35 Responses to “On Kindness and Diaper Wipes”

  1. KDKH Says:

    Ha, Ha. I’ve raised 4 kids, and only the last 3 had the benefit of the wipe warmer. It was worth its weight in gold! The warm wipes don’t wake them as fully and jarringly, so they go back to sleep better. Yes! So glad Wiley’s future brother/sister will have this benefit! The parents will be glad too.

    • huntmode Says:

      I had never heard of such a thing, being out of the baby circle. Your input makes it seem so much more worthwhile than what it sounded like at first.

    • Inquiring minds would like to know – do you recall the brand of wipes you used with the warmer? Apparently it is capable of drying wipes out, so my mom wants to be sure to get the wipes that are least likely wasted. Thanks for the feedback, too! 🙂
      Lots of love,

  2. huntmode Says:

    Wyles, I couldn’t resist KDKH’s comment above – what great input. If it comes to money, how about investing in a bunch of washcloths, wet ’em down and heat slightly in the microwave? Okay, Wyles, I don’t truly expect you to do this, pass forward to your splendid Mom and Dad. 🙂

    • huntmode Says:

      Oh! And that picture of you, Wyles! Quite obviously, you HAVE been spending time at the groomers. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

      • Indeed – this photo was taken shortly after my most recent groomer trip. Another visit is in order next week, I believe. It’s all part of my willingness to keep trimmed for the sake of dad’s allergies. It’s the least I can do. 😉
        Lots of love,

    • Wouldn’t that be a neat trick if I could figure out how to do this? Kind of like that viral video on the Internet with the doggie who does house chores. Have you seen that one? Maybe one day I too can achieve that sort of greatness. 😉
      Lots of love,

  3. kiwiskan Says:

    Aah – the canine bathroom routine – Bert’s not quite there yet…

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  5. utesmile Says:

    I have never heard of this…. and my 2 kids still grew up happily! 🙂 might be fun trying it though…. also on the expensive side. I think some things are just moneymaking and the sales people appeal to the new mothers who want the bes for their child. Well my toilett paper is never cold….but I could invest in a heated toilet seat, thinking about it…. 🙂

  6. I think such a wipes warmer is a good thingy. I always jump up with all my 4 legs , when they clean my emergency exit with cold wet wipes. I want one too, it’s on my wishlist for Santa :o)

  7. “Freezing cold toilet paper” would be bad. I’d go with the love and smiles, random acts of kindness and tail wags, AND the wipe warmer. Definitely the wipe warmer. Whew!

    Love and licks,

    • Dear Cupcake,
      You’re right about this one – more is better in this case, hey? I agree wholeheartedly. Now if only they’d come up with such a thing for canines. 🙂
      Lots of love,

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  9. Lyn Says:

    Your forever Mom should also invest in a warming pad for under the change table. Your new little person will think it’s bliss! Just like moving from one nice warm crib to another nice warm crib 🙂

  10. Basil Says:

    I think today should be random act of kindness day in your honour – and so to celebrate I am going to send typist off to make everyone a coffee, and hopefully get me a treat!

  11. your comment of “safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you” made me think that your folks are already planning for their old age! Hee hee

    • That could be true, dear friend. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but you could be very right. Not such a bad thing – and I’m honored to assist in whatever way I can. 😉
      Lots of love,

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    “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” Princess Diana

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