- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
Ok. So we have a year and a half year old lab – who seriously, as long as we’re home is the most sweetest incredible dog. So loving and great…
However – when we’re not home – she is a terror. Here is a list of stuff she has DESTROYED while we are gone…
A three person swing – ripped out the bottom while we were gone.
A wire on the central air conditioning unit outside. We built a huge WOODEN fence with posts in cement around the unit – she ripped that down. Yes, the wooden fence.
The front of her own doghouse – no joke, it is just three walls and a roof now.
The WOODEN gate that separates our deck and our back yard – she pushed her way through it.
Numerous blankets and a doggie bed we put in her crate (yes, we’ve learned she can’t have ANYTHING in her crate with her).
Kongs. Yes the “non-destructable” kongs.
Now yes, I totally get it is “separation anxiety” but we have no choice – we HAVE to go to work! lol
We don’t have any friends or family that could stop by and exercise her and don’t have the money to hire anyone either. We’ve looked into that.
We did – for the longest time – keep her in our fenced back yard, but again – if she finds something out there, she will destroy it. The amount of times we’ve come home to find our garbage can destroyed and garbage strewn everywhere…
We did not start with her in a crate – but we bought one and she HAS taken to it pretty well…however it is collapsable and she has gotten out of it twice. We have it in the basement (mainly because it’s too hot to keep her outside in it) – and the first time she got out, she destroyed our futon mattress. Yes, pulled off our HUGE FUTON MATTRESS and completely destroyed it.
A few days ago, she destroyed an $80 down comforter we got from my bridesmaid as a wedding gift AND our really expensive camping air mattress that was down there…
We now have “rigged” the crate with screw ties that are impossible for her to un-do and the crate is good to go.
We DO all we can with her when we’re home. We DO exercise her and walk her every night when we’re home – she sleeps in the house with us (on a big doggie pillow) on the floor in our bedroom…
Like I said, when we’re home she’s GREAT but when we’re not, she’s a terror.
We are SO close to getting rid of her – but both my husband and I feel that would be irresponsible since she IS our dog. Plus she’s got medical issues we are taking care of (skin problems) and I would HATE to give her to someone else and know/think they aren’t taking care of her the way she needs to be.
Most of my friends – while they think she IS adorable (and again she’s great when she IS around people) – say they’d have gotten rid of her a long time ago…
We also have a 7 year old black pug and a 9 year old cat. We love our animals – but she is absolutely eating us out of our home. Literally destroying EVERYTHING…
I bought some “calmplex” from a site that a friend of mine at works gets some stuff from (http://www.springtimeinc.com/product/stress_free_calmplex/dogs) Hoping this more “natural” will work (yes I’ve already discussed this specifically with our vet) – he said it might be a good thing to try – but I have to wait til after her next appt (next saturday) to give them to her because she’s on an “elimination diet” right now to help with her skin problems (she’s allergic to either corn, wheat or soy which is in most dog foods and we have her on natures recipe which is corn, wheat, soy free…) and so I have to wait because these vitamins do have beef in them – but she can’t add anything back in til after he sees her again.
NOW – here’s my question. Have any of you honestly ever had a dog on doggie prozac? I’m going to ask the vet about it next saturday – but have you ever dealt with a pet like this?
Is there anything you guys have done / used?