Friday, 15 January 2016

Guilty Mary


Mary is going through her " chew everything in sight" phase. The other dogs have to have their collars removed whilst in the house, unless they are destroyed and electric plugs have to to be now put out of reach after her near death experience with the chest freezer electric plug, which she suddenly attacked out of the blue and severed totally. How she didn't get electrocuted bugger alone only knows. ( I was rearranging the kitchen at 1am so that the freezer food didn't defrost)
This morning she managed to pull William's harness through the bars of her crate and has chewed off its catches and another zip from another scatter cushion now lies on the living room floor.
" It's a phase" I told The Prof after he returnd from London late last night
The Roger Moore eyebrow has never seen so much action.



65 comments:

  1. hahaha oh dear things can only get better ;) xx

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  2. I'll save this post ... just in case I ever get tempted to get another puppy!!

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  3. Teeth removal might be an option.
    (no need to panic....it was a jest....maybe)

    My cats scratch everything except their scratching post.
    (declawing is not an option - - I'm not that cruel)

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    1. Snap. And the more expensive/fragile/irreplaceable items are prime targets.

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  4. Yes, she'll grow out of it....one day! We had a Labrador once who needed to be confined when she was about nine months old..so I left her in the laundry, having removed everything chewable except for a stool and a bone for her.When I returned she had managed to use the stool to get on the washer and was happily chewing the control knob! ( back then in Oz no front loaders, no digital controls!) With three young boys to wash for she was in the doghouse for a while!!!!

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    1. Our Lab puppy was always confined to the laundry when we went out, and used to regularly chew the catch on the tumble dryer. It was just the right height. Eventually we got fed up with paying for replacements and bought a different model with press button controls. No doubt he probably sat and tried to work those out too !

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    2. Our shepherd cross puppy somehow managed to chew the corner off the closed laundry door.

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  5. given that the prof got her for you he can put the eyebrow down, i say :)

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  6. Sounds like she's bored John. Give her a bone or a dog chew to try.

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    1. No can do....3 other bone loving dogs to cater for

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    2. Give them all one then....I know folks who swear by a bit of antler, mine aren't enamoured but they do love their nylabones...

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  7. my friend as this thing for their puppy that is like a chew toy, that they put peanut butter in. it looks like a cross between a rugby ball and an acorn. it spends hours trying to get the peanut butter out of it... Could be worth a try. the other dogs might like them as well.

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  8. She's a puppy, it's all part of growing up.

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  9. WHO could be angry at THAT lil sweet face?

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  10. Have you given her rawhide chews to chew on; sometimes this can help.

    I knew of a couple who had to put an upturned jam jar on their gear stick when leaving the dog in the car because the dog had chewed right through one.

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    1. No, not rawhide chews - they have a habit of getting stuck in the dog's throat. I'm speaking from experience - we nearly lost our first dog this way.

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  11. It's a thing with some dogs, no matter how smart they seem, differentiating between what is and what isn't a chew toy is virtually impossible.

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  12. It's a thing with some dogs, no matter how smart they seem, differentiating between what is and what isn't a chew toy is virtually impossible.

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  13. I don't miss that stage of puppyhood. I once had a springer spaniel puppy who i left for 30 mins at my mum's and in that time he ate the carpet off one of the stairs, a silk flower arrangement and an entire cushion.
    I had pet insurance and thought it would cover the cost but they said no.
    The next day the only thing that reappeared was one purple silk flower that looked like it had been placed on top of a pile of crap on the drive.

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    1. What goes in, will come out. LOL

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    2. Roaring with laughter here! I'm sure it was less funny if you were there, but ...

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  14. Friends once had a rabbit that chewed through just about every electrical cord it could reach and somehow survived them all. What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger, as they say around here.

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  15. It could have been your flies.

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  16. Oh my, I have never been around babies or puppies, not sure that I trust either.

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  17. Oh dear. Mines only just growing out of chewing, and she'll be a year old in two weeks. :s

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  18. I was so glad when Geraldo grew out of that stage. Abby, on the other hand, still hasn't done so...

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  19. Pup did that and I used to marvel at the idea that 1- he actually ate that thing 2 he was able to swallow that thing 3- that thing came back up almost completely whole and normal.
    At around 2-3 am ... by my side of the bed ...

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  20. That eyebrow will be worn out before Mary matures. Best buy him an eyebrow pencil.

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  21. That Mary is a handful...But she sure keeps things lively!

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  22. out little Minney is good about only chewing up and destroying her toys but I do need to keep my worn underwear off the floor and out of her reach.

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  23. She does look guilty, though, doesn't she?!

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  24. We bought out nephews a puppy a long time ago. After 5 months, their father said if the dog destroyed one more thing (after his slippers, shoes, golf bag, and favorite chair) she was out. She never chewed anything again. Maybe just needs an ultimatum.

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  25. in 1989 we had Max from birth, he was just like Mary. we left him confined in the bathroom while we went to work. what could he hurt in there we thought, we removed everything chewable and left toys. he chewed a hole through the door. after that he spent the next 18 months confined in his crate unless we were with him. he did finally stop MOST of the chewing, except for the back of the rocker on my antique chair and the knob off the antique dresser, also he ate a 125.00 check from my dad..

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  26. Puppies are notorious for chewing and it's rarely the chew toys you give them!

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  27. I once had a cocker spaniel puppy who gnawed her way through a loveseat and a chair plus ottoman.
    then suddenly she simply stopped chewing 'wrong' things. tell the prof there really is hope.
    some puppies are just chewier than others i guess!

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  28. Oh my . . .
    The chew phase . . .
    Will it ever end!

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  29. Best thing we used on Jill was Tabasco - painted on and allowed to dry.

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    1. Painted on the plugs etc, of course.

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  30. Yes it is a phase, we all have our phases.

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  31. She is such a beauty x

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  32. She's a genius and she's magic. Be careful to stay on her good side.

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  33. She does look guilty - but does she care? She's such a cute little thing, how can you stay angry with her for long!
    "Kong" toys are supposed to be very good and virtually indestructible, though I don't know exactly how effective they are. It sounds like a Kong that Sol mentions, and is a good idea. Nylabones can be dangerous because the chewed parts become sharp.
    Don't want to worry you too much John, but our six year old hasn't got out of the destructive chewing yet, especially when we go out and leave her, even though she has another dog for company.

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  34. Looks like basil brush wiv that long snout. She is a beauty very cuddlable

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  35. Is it because of the discomfort of teeth coming in? Maybe the George Clooney vet has some advice to make life better for Mary as well as you and the Prof.

    And I thought our cats were destructive! They've managed to ruin a loveseat and a wingback chair, but they weren't very good quality to begin with ...

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  36. We bought a house last year. Previous owners had what I think might have been a golden lab. Every heat vent was chocked with and below every appliance were wads of smelly dog hair. It took a year to get everything cleaned out. I gagged when I moved the refrigerator and stove to clean underneath them. The SOB's both broke a couple weeks later and had to be replaced. I guess the appliances couldn't function without the fur.
    Anyway...the laundry room is on the 2nd floor. The door was cut in 1/2 sort of like a dutch door. A piece of unpainted, rough scrap wood was placed over the cut to make it look pretty for when suckers errr...I mean potential buyers toured the house. But, the backside of the door had huge holes chewed in it, which I assume were done by their dog. It was one of the first things I removed. Another strange thing was the kitchen pantry door had a button lock on the outside. Now, who would want to lock up their tomato soup with a knob button lock that would open with a twist of the handle from the outside? And what or who would be locked on the inside since they had no childred? I sadly concluded they locked their dog in there, too.

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  37. I seem to remember that he bought Mary as a present for you (correct me if I am wrong). If so then he can hardly raise an eyebrow - you must remind him of as much.

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  38. Give her ice cubes. Pup loved ice cubes when he was a teething puppy. Actually he always liked them.
    I can't wait to get settled and get a puppy.
    I am wishing I could have one just like Mary ..

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  39. Oh yes. Our darling 7.5 month old has found baseboards a great delight. I have forgotten how much puppies chew. And this morning were awoke rather early to the heaving sounds....threads from the dog bed which were shredded the night before. Great fun. But I love them so very much!

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  40. I had a dachshund that chewed the wooden chair legs....a mess. He finally grew out of it.

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  41. Yep some puppies are more chompy than others. My sisters wooden table legs all have severe mauling due to her dog who would sit under the table quietly destroying the table legs.

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  42. My parrot Marco once chewed up a $30,000 hospital bill. I didn't even think about scolding him for it!

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  43. Mary should say a few Hail Mary's or maybe bark them.

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  44. Mary might need some time in one of those restrictive cones. Or be closely watched 24/7 with a sharp "No" every time she heads towards something chewable.

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  45. Reading all the replies John, you know you're not alone - we've all got a tale to tell !
    If you can actually catch her "at it" (if you'll pardon the expression) try dousing her in the face with a fine spray from a spray bottle, whilst saying NO ! I'm told this works well with many dogs.

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  46. She's just doing what she needs to do...and looking cute whilst doing it.

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  47. The Kongs and like toys/chews often say that the dog should be supervised while playing with it. Ours still 'steals' and runs off with offcuts of wood to chew, but a bone gets buried for later on.
    Pleased to say I've never had a dog that has damaged good stuff. It's the tumbleweed of fur that blocks things up! All my dogs have been long haired.

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  48. Puppies do what puppies do :)

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  49. Ours chewed skirting boards, wooden chair legs, door stoppers, shoes. We got wiser and ensured there were always plenty of permissible alternatives, such as meaty bones, stinky cow hooves etc.

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  50. That dog looks guilty as sin!!!

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  51. Our Dottie likes to chew Mrs P's bra straps. Not when she's wearing them I hasten to add. I mean not when Mrs P is wearing them, not Dottie...

    I wish I'd never started this comment!

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  52. LOL ... that's OK Shooting Parrots .. it gave me a good laugh this morning :)

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  53. Sounds like leaving bits of belt, old shoes, and other chew toys about might be a solution...or she could be put in a crate or other puppy jail to introduce these item. She won't stop chewing until the teeth issue is all settled...

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    1. and spare bra straps, of course...that should do it!

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