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Aug 23, 2013 05:09 PM

Most embarassing dinner party story

My eldest son left for NY this morning to go back to college. We had a very small get together last night and after we ate the group went outside to our patio. We just had a new misting system put in, everone was relaxing with cocktails and i heard a little shriek from inside. Husband and i ran in... to find a half alive raccoon in the living room! I live in palm springs, and never have seen one here before. My dogs have a seperate yard with access via dog door. I think they caught it and brought it in. It was a little horrifying, in front of everyone to have to catch it, clean up, etc. Afterwards my guests were finding humor in it, and i probably will in the future... but oh my goodness

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  1. They will come in through a dog door if they smell food. Happened to my neighbor a few times until she replaced the door with a unit that operated with the signal from the dog's collar.

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    1. re: EM23

      They will come to a TV or radio if the volume is real low, sounds crazy but.....

    2. My story also involves animals, mine and a guest's dog. Our friends insisted on bringing their dog even though they were clearly told that one of our dogs would not tolerate another dog in his home.

      They started off by leaving their dog in their car and after dinner went to check on him. At that point, my dogs were out in their dog run minding their own business. My husband and I were having after dinner drinks with our other guests when we heard a huge commotion from outside. We all ran out to the dog run where my 110lb golden retriever had the guests dog by the neck and was clearly going to kill him. Our friend had taken his dog to "play" with my dogs ignoring all of our warnings.

      Thankfully my husband and our other friends were able to break it up and amazingly our friend's dog was basically uninjured. The beauty of the whole thing is that our friends left furious with us because of the incident even after they were reminded that we had clearly told them not to bring their dog. Who brings a dog to a sit down dinner party anyway?

      The end result is that we haven't seen them since and that was 3 years ago. It certainly put a damper on the rest of the evening and gave our other friends something to talk about.

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        1. re: baseballfan

          Good riddance. There isn't a single thing those "friends" did right.

          1. re: baseballfan

            Wow. You have a dog aggressive Golden? I have never seen such a thing in my life. We had Goldens for years.

            1. re: Jerseygirl111

              I had a 100+ lb Golden that would bark at every dog in its sight line..... He would defend you to the death from another dog coming near you on a walk...

              1. re: Jerseygirl111

                I know it's unusual. He was attacked and bitten in the face by a neighbor's dog when he was about 6 months old. After that, he would attack any dog he saw except for our black lab. He was great with people but awful with other dogs. The vet said that his reaction was not unusual and can happen with any breed.

                We had to be really careful. he couldn't be let off the leash outside of our fenced backyard. Could never go to the dog beach or dog park.

                People think goldens are always friendly so we had to warn people off who wanted their dog to come over and say hello. He was a great dog in every other way and sadly passed 2 years ago.

                  1. re: baseballfan

                    Aw, well that would explain it. My dog did not have an excuse....he was just tapped.

                1. re: baseballfan

                  What is up with dog people?? Some people are so stupid.....their dogs are smarter than they are....

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    You're not a dog person? OK, you can leave now....;-)

                    1. re: sandylc

                      No, I'm not, I'm a human person that loves dogs ;)

                2. OK - here's mine. I have two couples from work over for dinner, when the door bell rings at about 8pm. It's the police, looking for our 15 year old son, who was identified along with a couple other kids as having stolen a case of beer from a garage. There was really no way to cover it up and pretend it was no big deal. And of course we didn't know where our son was, so when he finally waltzed in an hour later, we had to excuse ourselves to deal with him. And then, because of the seriousness of the crime, the police came back (breaking and entering, theft, and underage drinking) and my husband left with them to accompany my son to the police station. Really, I just wanted to kill my son, and then just curl up in a ball and die. Our guests were nice as could be about it - fortunately their kids were older than mine, and they'd had a few run ins with the law, too. They were very supportive and gave us a little hope for our son's future. Probably the most embarrassing moment we've had with our kids. In the end, we all survived, 15 year old criminal is now a 22 year old decent enough human being.

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                  1. re: jeanmarieok

                    Oh my word... How embarrassing!! I feel for you! I hope my boys don't do anything stupid like that, but they most likely will!

                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                      Truly a low point, but we've survived! And fortunately that was the worst thing he did.

                      1. re: jeanmarieok

                        Yes, VERY fortunately!! Like I said, I am raising two boys, and besides beating them senseless, I'm not sure what I would have done in that situation! Sounds like you guys handled it well, since it was the worst thing he'd done! Kudos!

                    2. re: jeanmarieok

                      Wow- sorry ab out that, jeanmarieok- kind of embarrassing, to say the least.

                      1. re: jeanmarieok

                        I had forgotten about an embarrassing dinner party story that happened to my parents until I read your post.

                        Way back in the early 70s my parents had a small dinner party with just two other couples. It was winter time and I was banished to the basement with one of my brothers. We weren't too happy about it because our oldest brother got to go snowmobiling. During the dinner party the front doorbell rings and there is a police sergeant standing there. We lived in a small town so my dad addressed the cop by name and asked what he could do for him. Well, the cop asked about our snowmobiles and where they were. It turned out my brother's friend on the back of the snowmobile decided to throw a snowball at a car and it was an unmarked squad car. My brother zipped off not knowing what had happened and they went into our backyard with the cop following into the driveway. My mother was mortified, and my dad wasn't pleased either. The only repercussions were that my brother and his buddy got the crap scared out of them by the cop (he had a police dog with him too).

                        My brother just recently retired after being a police officer for 30 years.

                      2. Years ago, I had a group of women (i really didn't know) at my house for dinner at the request of a friend. I was trying to start to unthaw a big pork roast more quickly by putting it in the microwave for a few minutes first. My 7 year old daughter entered the kitchen, the roast was slippery, hard as a rock, and I ended up dropping the huge frozen chuck of meat on the floor and it skidded all the way across the kitchen and landed at my daughters feet. We had a good laugh.

                        No harm done. I washed it off in the sink and proceeded to in thaw it, then roast it in the oven.

                        Dinner was wonderful. As the guests piled through the kitchen toward the front door, giving me thanks for the lovely little princess said "you mean you ATE that meat my mom dropped on the floor??? GROSS. I wouldn't have eaten it!". They all looked at me in horror as I tried to explain.

                        She is getting married soon, I will have to remind her of this :)

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                        1. re: sedimental

                          Oh no! But I'm sure they understood when you said that you dropped it BEFORE it was cooked!

                          1. re: sedimental

                            I am pretty sure I was served food that was dropped on dirty commercial kitchen of a restaurant..probably more than once or twice.

                            1. re: Monica

                              I can assure you that you have. (we all have)

                            2. re: sedimental

                              At least it was still frozen so it ws easy to wash off.

                              1. re: sedimental

                                You've got to love children who blurt out your secrets! My husband & I learned early never to tell our boys our age or weight.... Duh!

                                1. re: sedimental

                                  I'm sure you'll get a chance to retaliate some day...

                                2. my boss very kindly invited my husband and i, and a few other people, over for a formal dinner one holiday season. the entree was duckling a l'orange. as we were digging in to the entree, one of the other guests began a rather *detailed* synopsis of his recent orthoscopic knee surgery. i turned to my left, and there was my husband, teetering at the table, about to pass out into his duck! he survived.. but just barely. i actually thought he was joking (because the guy's story was pretty gross..) but ever since then, we've been very careful to pick our dinner topics.