Don't Talk to The Today Show When You Have a Dog with Housebreaking Issues in the Room

A lot of people ask me how I’m always able to find the humor in situations that do not, at first glance, seem so humorous. My answer is that I can’t. Not right away, anyway. Sometimes it takes a little while and some distance to see how funny something is.

For instance yesterday I had a pre-interview on the phone with The Today Show producers for the segment I will be doing next week. But just as I got on the conference call, the dog walked into the kitchen, squatted, and started to pee all over the floor.

11187_10152638076125354_2123667984_n copyNo, not pee. Flood. For like five straight minutes. It was like the Niagara Falls of dog pee. I’ve never seen anything like it except from a horse once.

I immediately jumped up to grab some paper towels to throw on the tsunami, and in doing so, somehow managed to toss the phone across the room.

No, not toss. Hurl. Like I was an olympic cell phone shot putter. It slammed to the floor and When I picked it up, there was no one there.

Yes, I hung up on The Today Show.

Funny when it happened? Not so much. Funny now? Absolutely. Especially since they did in fact answer when I called them back and we were able to start over… this time with the dog outside and the phone duct taped to my ear.

The moral of the story is always walk your dog before you talk to The Today Show. And keep a bucket on hand in case you forget.

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On the set of "Live from the Couch"
On the set of “Live from the Couch”
Meanwhile back in book land, I had another TV appearance which was far less eventful and a lot of fun. I was “Live From the Couch” on WLNY TV55 and I had a great time talking with John Elliot and his two very pregnant co-hosts Caroline Bermudez and Lisa Kerney. You can check out the segment HERE!

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The Blog Tour

Thanks again to my amazing blog friends who keep showing my book the love on their sites! Today, Una LaMarche wrote something on her site, The Sassy Curmudgeon, that had me in the same space as Weird Al Yankovic. This would be the first time I have ever been mentioned in the same breath as Weird Al and I have to admit, I’m kinda flattered. Intrigued? You can read her post HERE.

There is also a great review of “Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir” in the Metro chain of papers. You can read that review HERE.

Finally, if you didn’t get a chance to see my latest newspaper column where I announce the birth of my book baby, you can read it by CLICKING HERE

POPLogo_2011UpdateREMINDER: I will be doing a webinar for the group Mothers & More today at 1pm Eastern. It’s called, “Laughing Your Way Through Motherhood.” There is still time to register if you’d like to attend! We will be talking about all things Moms, humor, life in the ‘burbs, Losing your identity, and more!!
To sign up CLICK HERE!

And don’t forget to come join me in Ridgewood, NJ tomorrow night where I will signing copies of my new book along with Jill Smokler (AKA Scary Mommy) at Bookends, 211 E Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood at 7pm!
Hope to see you then!



  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus

    As usual Tracy, I laughed out loud reading about you hurling the phone across the room. What a great start to my morning. And I’m looking forward to the Mothers & More webinar with you in just a few short hours.

    • lostinsuburbiablog

      Thanks so much for a great interview! It was a blast!!

  • Just Keepin It Real Folks

    Could be worse I suppose. Imagine if you were talking to Matt Lauer live and you dropped the phone in the puddle. Now that would be a pissy situation.

    • lostinsuburbiablog

      I would leave it there. Wouldn’t pick it up for Matt Lauer. Ryan Gosling, maybe.


    OUCH! & LOL! Great visual!

    • lostinsuburbiablog

      Poor Monty. Always the butt of my jokes!

  • energywriter

    So funny, Tracy. I can just see the steam coming out of your ears when all this was happening. At least you learned a new puppy/phone tactic. sd

    • lostinsuburbiablog

      Yes, the tactic is, don’t talk to the Today Show when your puppy is peeing on the floor.

  • Emily

    I can totally picture the dog-peeing scene…too funny! And so excited for you to appear on “Today!”

    • lostinsuburbiablog

      Hope you’ll be watching!! Thanks!

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  • pjmarcotte

    Tracy, I am feeling even more bonded to you, because I too have a Golden Retriever and the antics of your dog will be feeding you blog posts for years to come, I assure you! So not only did we both join FEMALE, we both ventured in to the “get a Golden puppy” realm as our kids got older. My Molly is 9 now, and I loved reading about your Today show mishap! I was on a very important conference call one afternoon when I heard happy growling and “woofing” coming from the family room. I walked in there, phone in hand, and Molly was shredding her bed! Bits of fabric were flying all over, she looked rabid with the stuffing hanging out of her mouth, and it was all I could do to find the mute button before I exploded in both laughter and frustration! Many happy years with Monty! Hoping to get to one of your book events in New Jersey, and thanks for doing our Mothers & More webinar on Tuesday. It was wonderful!
    Paula Marcotte

  • lostinsuburbiablog

    HAHAHA! I’m so sorry for laughing, but I can just picture it. We had another retriever before Monty so I’m used to the antics. Riley will probably be the star of my next book. He was ten when we put him down last summer and I was devastated. But Monty has helped heal that wound. But he is a handful!! Just gives me more material for my column, I guess.

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