It has been extremely hot here and I decided to turn on the sprinkles last night to give the lawn more water. I didn't think it through because when I turned them on, Alvin was on the side of the house and because of where the side lawn is, he would get a very slight mist if he passed them. He repeatedly tried to pass them but would get halfway through, stand in the only place he could get sprayed, and then retreat back to the side of the house. After trying to coax him through it several times, I gave up and picked him up to bring him in the house. Alvin looks so funny when he is picked up because he cranes his neck up as high as it will go and he looks like either a baby bird begging for food or a bobblehead. Speaking of bobbleheads, wouldn't a bobblehead of Alvin be cute?
What I didn't realize is that the experience would cause Alvin to be too afraid to go outside again. About two hours later Alvin started to do the pee-pee dance and I could tell that he really needed to go out, but I couldn't figure out why he wouldn't go. It dawned on me that it was due to the sprinklers having been on earlier and I had to go outside, repeatedly call him to come out, and then sit in the chair outside and wait for him to go. The reason I had to sit in the chair is that he usually won't go unless I am seated because he gets so afraid he is going to miss out on something otherwise. I didn't have to wait long because he really had to go and I think we narrowly missed him going in the house. Poor Alvin, if it's not one thing, it's the sprinklers, his own shadow, electrical cords (future post), or ice cubes (another future post).