Rudder

Big Dogs and Destruction!

by DFS-Pet-Blog on July 23, 2009

My newest big dog, Rudder, a boisterous 2-year-old Newfoundland, was watching the cat, Max, through the screen door the other day, when I heard a huge “BANG!” I looked over and the door was pushed halfway in, and Max was on the other side of the room, ears back. Rudder was still on his side of the screen door looking like the screen door had just sprung up out of nowhere.

Thankfully, I was able to force the screen back into place, but it looks all caved in on one side.

Other things that have been destroyed at one time or another by one of my four big dogs:

  •  Two pair of prescription glasses
  •  The garden – my first dog, Bozeman, used to “bury” his toys in the garden. I would know that he had done this by the sneaky way he would act when I went into the backyard. That, and the fact that he had dug a hole 3″ deep for a 12″ toy, so I could see it sticking out of the ground
  • Shoes – only one per pair of course – but that is not necessarily a “big dog” thing – it’s just that they do it so fast
  • More plastic storage containers than I care to count
  • Wood floors in an apartment I was renting
  • Library books- the slobber factor had a lot to do with that
  • Numerous magazines and catalogs I had not yet read
  • Various remote controls I did not notice were being destroyed in time to save (thank goodness for universal remotes)

Of course, a lot more things have been destroyed, but I’ve managed to block them from my memory.

A wise veterinarian once gave me some good advice that keeps me from getting too angry at these big creatures:

 “Say ‘No’ to yourself.”

In other words, it’s not the dog’s fault that the garbage was left out where he could get at it, or that I was not paying enough attention to the puppy as he was snatching my glasses off the table.  

I’ve spent a lot of time saying “No” to myself over the years…


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Dana September 27, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Not a huge dog like yours, but just an average female Chessie: She’s 14 months old, in season, and nesting to an extreme degree. False pregnancy is probably the main problem at present, but I’d like to know if anyone out there has seen such goofy young ladies ever really calm down. I’d like to keep her intact at least for a year or two. But not if it means we both will suffer nervous breakdowns.

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