My Dog is a Danger To Herself

Real Estate Agent with Exit Preferred Realty 623087

My dog, Stella, chews anything and everything. I had to replace a leather sofa when she buried a piece of rawhide between the cushions, dug it out, ripped the seams, and chewed out the stuffing. She's chewed and buried my reading glasses a few months ago. My daughter has lost about 5 pairs of shoes this year-- we've learned to put shoes high on a shelf by the door. My cat has gone hungry - apparantly Stella likes tuna and salmon - who would have thought? We've lost Jenga blocks - taken right off the kitchen table while in play. I lost my dinner the other night - I left it on the island to answer the door and it was gone when I returned. I've followed a trail of toilet paper chunks from the powder room to the front door several times. She ate her own hairbrush once, there was evidence for a week in places you don't even want to know about. 

But, today turned from slightly commical to scary, when I reached for my thyroid medicine that I keep on the kitchen counter far out of reach, and discovered it missing. I looked on the floor in case it some how rolled off the counter. Nope. I thought that maybe my husband put it in a cabinet, so I left him a message. I looked at my crazy dog, she looked healthy and happy. My husband called back and said he didn't touch my perscription. I had appointments, so I left the house and figured it would show up.

When I came home, I let Marly Stella outside and cleaned the floor of the newly purchased ducky remnants that she had shred into a thousand pieces. I got on my hands and knees to pick up the stuffing and eyeballs when I found a shard of plastic from my perscription bottle. I found the remains of my medicine and bottle behind my sofa. My husband and I agreed that since we didn't know if she actually consumed my Synthroid we would just observe her. Stella is physically fine - mentally fine has always been in question.

Safety caps are a must for keeping meds around small children. Keeping bottles away from pets is a must, too - or at least in my house.

If you live in the Harford County area and need a wonderful veternarian, I recommend

Festival Bel Air Veterinary Clinic

www.festivalvet.com5 Bel Air South Parkway
Bel Air, MD 21015-3813
(410) 515-2427

and if you like Stella's coif, I recommend

Bowwag Kennels

www.bowwag.com1501 Singer Road
Joppa, MD 21085-2198
(410) 679-3333
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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

You must really LOVE your dog.  I could not put up with what you did.

May 14, 2010 01:14 AM #1
April Solomon
Solomon & Associates Realtors, Inc. - Port Richey, FL

You have the patience of Jobe.  I could not put up with a dog chewing up everything.  I think I would have to invest in a soft muzzle or obedience training.  Glad the meds didn't have an adverse effect on her.

May 14, 2010 01:18 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Linda....there's a great advantage to having a dog with very short stubby legs (Rocky)....he reaches nothing....NOTHING....sleeps, eats and makes a trip outside....and it starts all over again.

May 14, 2010 01:18 AM #3
Bill Travis
Captain Bill Realty, LLC - Gilbert, AZ

We give our 9 months old Yorkie plenty of things that they need to chew on, but she loves to chew on wires connecting to my computer. She ruined a printer cable, a speaker cable, and keyboard cable. Now we don't let her under my desk.

It takes a while to get them trained and beyond the chewing everything stage.

May 14, 2010 01:25 AM #4
Richard Strahm
RE/MAX Realty Group - Lansdale, PA - Lansdale, PA
Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate

Wow - sounds like it's time to get a pet whisperer!

May 14, 2010 01:25 AM #5
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Linda, we once had a dog that jumped up on the dinner table and ate a meatloaf my wife made. If Stella is a puppy, she will out  grow this sooner or later. Good tip keeping medicines away from small children and pets. Thanks.

May 14, 2010 01:27 AM #6
Katie McBride
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
The McBride Team

I hope this dog calms down soon.  He may get himself in real trouble if he keeps this up.  Don't replace the furniture until he grows out of this stage.  You must be so patient to put up with this dog.

May 14, 2010 01:42 AM #7
Don Spera
CR Property Group, LLC - East York, PA
Serving York and Adams County, PA


Sounds like you need to buy one of those large funnels they put over the dogs head when they have injuries so they don't chew at that area.  It would definitely cure the problem and make a great kodak moment.

May 14, 2010 01:56 AM #8
Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
More opinions than you want to hear about.

You really can't blame your dog if you leave her home alone, unsecured from all the dangers present.  If there is no "safe-room" she can be left in, she needs to be secured in a kennel or crate when not suprevised.  That holds true for any dog that one wants to be safe.

May 14, 2010 02:47 AM #9
Linda Greco Rich, ABR, SRES
Exit Preferred Realty - Bel Air, MD
Harford County Specialist

Yes, I love my dog. She is still a puppy so I am forgiving quite a bit. I appreciate the comments.

EJ, we crate her when we leave the house and we don't let her upstairs unless we are upstairs. We can't watch her every minute of the day - like when I'm getting dressed, cleaning or upstairs with the kiddos. We have an open floor plan which makes it difficult to gate her off.

May 14, 2010 08:08 AM #10
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

Goodness Linda- Your pooch sounds like more work than my active three year old.

BTW- That's another thing we have in common.

May 14, 2010 10:47 AM #11
Linda Greco Rich, ABR, SRES
Exit Preferred Realty - Bel Air, MD
Harford County Specialist

Ellie, She is a pain but so cute! We do have another thing in common!

May 14, 2010 11:10 AM #12
Melissa Anderson
Mortgage of Texas & Financial - San Antonio, TX

My pug chews rocks and sticks.  It's terrible.  I've found that by giving him more interesting things to chew every day that it has stopped quite a bit.  But he will still run in from the back yard with a stick, rock, twig, whatever pretty often.

May 15, 2010 11:31 AM #13
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Hopefully she will outgrow this - sounds like long walks in the country would be good for her - what a cute and innocent face!

May 16, 2010 05:00 AM #14
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI

Linda,  That's some story!  Good thing she's all right.  It sounds like Stella has lots of energy to burn.  Before my dogs got sick, I was ordering natural products made in the USA for them to chew.  They loved them, and it kept them busy for hours.  If you want the name, just let me know.

May 16, 2010 08:58 AM #15
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