Damage caused by your pets?

by greendawn 35 Replies latest jw friends

  • calico

    Some dogs do not mind the cold. I had a border collie that would sleep in the snow! My neighbors accused me of not taking care of her, but she could go in the garage if she wanted to! No, she had to sleep in the snow and make me look bad! She would go nuts if you brought her in the house.

    I know that small breeds can't deal with the cold.

  • *Heather*

    well my cats attack my shoes if that counts...

    and one day they jumped from the floor to the top of my curtains and just went crazy!!!

  • gumby

    My dog is a boxer and she told me she'd kick me arse if I put her outside. Boxers can talk ya know.


  • Snoozy

    Well my daughter has two huge leonburgers!..

    And they are still sticking their noses up butts!..It is getting very annoying.

    They like to take turns..they do it to every and anyone that lives or visits with her.

    I get so I don't even want to get out of the car..I end up with a big wet spot on the butt of my pants...

    How do you break them of that? Besides wacking them in the head..?

    Snoozy Q..who asked this before.

  • gumby

    Snoozy.....they prolly just smell your dog.

    Just kiddin, just kiddin



    ROFLMAO @ Gumby!!!


  • moanzy

    I had a dog that chewed up my brand new linoleum(sp). She chewed most of our baseboards also. The linoleum was pretty much the last straw for him as I was at my witts end with him.

    The dog we have now is put in a kennel if we have to leave and if it is for any length of time he comes with.



    Snoozy...according to Gretchen, just get some Bitter Apple and spray back there!!! Yeah, that'll work!!!


  • Bumble Bee
    Bumble Bee

    I had one dog that liked shoes as a puppy - he'd rip out the insoles. One Sunday, coming home from the meeting - I looked in the window and saw he had white stuff all over his nose! WTF?? He tried to dig his way out the door, he went through the drywall. Fortunately it was an easy fix, and the only time he did anything like that. I've been pretty lucky with the two I have now.


  • Jankyn

    Sherry's absolutely right about behavior and training issues.

    I bought a bull terrier pup (think Spuds McKenzie from the old beer ads) in 1990. After six months, she'd eaten (yes, eaten--there were only pieces left) two telephones (the ringing disturbed her), destroyed a recliner (she chewed up the wooden frame and ate the stuffing so that when I sat down in it, it fell apart), and chewed a hole in the carpet 2 feet by 3 feet. Total damages of her first six months with me: $2,300. Vet bills (not including spaying & vaccinations--these were trips to make sure the pieces of the stuff she ate weren't going to hurt her): $600. Cost of the dog: $900. (What was I thinking? Oh, yeah. The dog looked really cool. I was young, and cool was important.)

    We went to obedience class. I was quickly told that a bull terrier has such an active temperament that they simply cannot be left alone in a house all night (I was on the graveyard shift at the time). After a lot of intensive work, she became a well-behaved, well-mannered dog; however, she never adjusted to my schedule, even though I came home over my lunch hour (at 4 a.m.) to see her.

    I ended up giving her to a young man who lived in the neighborhood and had the time to work with her. He got her involved in doing agility trials, which is a sport typically dominated by border collies (but she was a very, very smart dog). She was much better off with him.

    In my experience, the obedience class was far more educational for me than it was for the dog, though. I had no idea how confusing my commands (or rather, my attempts at commands) must have been for her. Dogs can only do what you teach them to do--not necessarily what you want them to do. And they will never, never stop being dogs.

    I also learned--the hard and expensive way--to research dog breeds before you buy a pup. Every dog won't fit every lifestyle; it's important to find the right fit for both dog and owner. Otherwise, you've got all kinds of frustration and angst where there should be companionship and comfort.

    These days, I have a cat. She's much more suited to my current apartment-dwelling urban lifestyle. When I retire and I'm around the house all day, though, I'd like to get a sheltie and try some agility trials. It really looks like fun.


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