Post # 1
I’m so livid! This dog eats EVERYTHING. I’ve gone through 2 pairs of rainbows flip flops ($50 each), and countless other shoes, laptop cords, and now…
My SIGNED cd’s and booklets from the artist I’ve waited 12 years to meet, and finally did last month. I flew to Boston, met him (and got to hang out for hours after the show!) and had him sign all the memorabilia I’ve collected over the last 12 years… only to come home and find it all SHREDDED in my living room today. I was so upset that I just sat in the middle of the confetti mess and cried. I planned to give it to FI to have him frame as my wedding present (he has the same thing from his fave. band framed too). And now… it’s all gone. A 12 year collection now in the garbage can. I’m beside myself.
Post # 3
awwwwwwwwwww im sooo sorry 🙁 have you thought of crating your dog while youre gone?
Post # 4
we used to, but he’s been doing so well with leaving him alone, and FI and I check on him frequently, so we thought he was over it 🙁
Post # 5
How old is the dog? Puppies chew.
It sucks your stuff got destroyed, but it’s untimately your responsibility to (a) train the dog not to chew, and (b) pick up your stuff. Crate the dog when you’re not there to watch him.
Remember, stuff is just stuff.
Post # 6
Yeah, our dog is an a-hole like that too. He destroys only the most expensive/important items in the house. We crate him now when we leave because we don’t have the emotional energy to deal with it anymore.
Also, my parents’ dog has a knack for seeking and eating the MOST important thing on the countertop. An example? My dad worked various union jobs in the 1970s. He had an old union card for masonry, as he once was a mason. When they were selling their house the inspector said the chimney needed repairs. It had to be done by a certified, unioned mason. Ta da! My dad had his card! So they go to Home Depot, buy the supplies, and he does the repairs. The DAY the inspector was coming back to inspect the job, the dog climbs on the counter and eats: a)the meatloaf? b)the dog treats? c)the receipt from Home Depot AND the irreplaceable union card? That’s right, C! So they THEN had to pay for a certified union guy to come inspect the job they did AND they had to rebuy all the supplies from Home Depot AND have the inspector come take a look at everything AGAIN.
That damn dog always pulls crap like that. He also eats money. So they periodically find dollar bills in his poop. He’s officially known as The Jerk.
So I’m sorry your dog did that to you! He is a member of the Jerky Dogs of America club. My dog destroyed something really important to me and I was mad for days. Eventually I got over it, but I still sometimes think of it and curse at the dog.
(PS-Maybe you could write the artist and tell them what happened with a picture and they may replace some stuff? Just a thought…)
Post # 7
@bunnyfoofoo: have you tried giving him things to chew on? Instead of feeding him food in a bowl, put the food in a treat ball. It will make him work to get food and it takes longer to eat, so he will spend his time trying to get food instead of being bored and looking for things to chew. You can also try soaking a tug toy in beef stock (you can freeze it for a hot day) and most dogs find that very time consuming.
Post # 8
My dog ate my high school senior class photo, an irreplaceable iPod stereo cord, a couple rolls of wrapping paper, her leash, her pillow – twice and much more in the first couple months we had her. The worst part was she ate part of it while we were home even. She’s a stealth little sucker. We’ve been crating her since about week 2, and still do 3 years later just because she’s used to it and we don’t want to risk anything (we tried letting her stay out for a week after about 6 months of really great behavior – that was the senior class photo incident). She hasn’t chewed anything in a very long time now, but I’ll never forget the nightmare we used to go through without the crate. We also keep a good 1 foot radius of clear space around the crate, she at the side of my old school Life board game box because it was too close once.
ETA: We tried a multitude of toys, Bitter Apple spray, etc and nothing worked. She licks everything out of the Kong toys in about 5 minutes and then refuses to mess with it. She apparently doesn’t care about the bad taste of Bitter Apple, because it has never once phased her. I did hear a touch of tabasco or cayenne pepper works well as a deterrent, but we’ve never tried it.
Post # 9
Last night my dog went into my purse, took out two roles of professional film I shot in Chicago, and chewed them up all over the floor. She could have at least taken some that I hadn’t shot 🙁 I never know what random thing she will “hunt” out and destroy.
Once I came home and she had gone INTO my CLOSED closet (she opened it up), took my parka with fox trim down from it’s hanger, spread it out on my bed, and ate the entire thing into a million tiny hairs/ pieces.
Post # 10
@MightySapphire: your post really cheered me up! Thanks! I’ve actually taken to leaving the last flip flop that he chewed out on the floor, thinking it will divert him from chewing anything else. The baggie of discs/booklets was on an endtable under a t-shirt and had been there for a month, so I figured they were fine 🙁 Thanks for the laughs – I really needed it – all of you!
Post # 11
oh god, just read the post. that would be a dead dog!
Post # 12
My dog would chew on stuff ALL THE TIME. The blinds, my new rugs, my couch, my couch covers, DVDs, clothes, shoes, anything. It didn’t matter what it was– if it was left out, he ate it. So we started making sure everything was put away and we pulled a long thin table out to block off the entrance to the living room, so he can’t get in there and chew on the couch anymore.
So we came home one day and what did we find him chewing on? THE FREAKING WALL!!! It was the most ridiculous thing– there were bite marks on the wall and paint chips on the floor. I couldn’t believe it.
Post # 13
We didn’t keep our dogs for long but they chewed up everything. It was very frustrating but we tried hard to not to get angry at them. They tore our carpet and my and FI’s bose speakers. I was livid when I came home and started crying. We couldn’t financially keep the dogs because of this. We couldn’t afford to replace everything. We found them good homes but I still feel guilty because they were my proposal present from FI.
Post # 14
@bunnyfoofoo: Glad I could cheer you up. 🙂 I know what it’s like when you think your dog is going to be ok and the BAM! They eat your college diploma. No seriously, I know what that’s like. I just got the replacement in the mail today!
Post # 15
I know what it’s like to be like “What the F* stupid dog???” things our dog has eaten:
- DVD remote
- $100 sunglasses
- Flip flops
- Computer cords
- Brand new Padres hat
- Calculator (TI-83) That broke my heart
- FI’s wallet
- Camera Case
- Birth control pills
- Cell phone
Yeah looking for the remote and calculator buttons in her poop was soooo much fun! We should have expected this when her previous owner said she chewed on 2×4’s in the backyard.
EDIT: not to mention you have abou $50+ of chewable toys all over the room that apparently aren’t good enough… stupid dog….
Post # 16
We keep my dog in the spare bedroom when we are gone. He likes to chew on shoes and clothes- thats pretty much it (from previous experience). I finally found every piece of clothing that I could in that room (its my “closet” room) and put it up.
So he chewed a hole through the sheet and into the brand new mattress on the guest bed. What an A-hole!!!!! Never has he been interested in any kind of furniture chewing until then. We were pissed!! And his entire collection of chew toys were on the floor in that room. Obviously not good enough for him
I totally feel your pain.