The Perils of Wet Cement!
Sunshiny day for concrete to be poured into the trenches over the rebar. I had a morning full of errands to run – hey, I have things to do especially since waiting around has only encouraged rain to fall!
Lucy & I arrived at our property in early afternoon. The last of the concrete was filling the final trench. 47 cubic yards of concrete.
I walked over to take some photos. Moxie stayed in the barn – she doesn’t like loud noises & the cement truck was loud.
Content to finally see some progress on this project, I never expected to hear “plunk.” What in the world was that? I turned to see Lucy sinking in the cement, already up to her chin.
(This is the photo that snapped as I dropped the camera to grab my little dog.)
Grabbing her by the collar, I pulled her free from the sucking, clutching concrete. I raced with her to the water faucet we had installed for the construction. Full-blast cold water poured as I tried to free Lu from the tacky substance. I was going to need some soap.
After she shook off & I snapped a photo, I took her quickly to the barn where we keep soap, shampoo & all kinds of things. I covered her with shampoo, scrubbed & scrubbed & finally rinsed her off fairly clean with the hose.
Dried her off as well as I could with a towel.
Then I took a look at myself. I had shampoo, cement & water on my sunglasses, my jeans, my shoes, my hands…I was a mess.
Taking a moment to catch my breath, I realized I had some repair work to do where Lu had almost become a statue.
This is a deep spot (so glad she didn’t land on rebar!) but the surface wasn’t terribly marred.
Using a handy-dandy piece of a broken stake, I smoothed the surface & stood back to admire my handiwork.
No one will ever know.
Lucy hasn’t left the barn without being carried since this happened.
Lucy’s accident was my fault – I didn’t realize she would follow me into the building site. How could she know that the surface she wanted to walk on wasn’t solid? I should have secured her in the barn.
So glad my little dog didn’t become a part of our home’s foundation.