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The Escape Artist   9 comments

Selena escaped last week.

Don’t let her fool you. She may look adorable, sweet, and tiny, but Selena is far from innocent. She is an Instigator, a Troublemaker with a capital T.

 

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Who, me?

 

While three of the four sides of the backyard are fenced with 6-foot wood picket fencing, the fourth side is simple wire fencing. Two-thirds of that wire fencing is still good. That’s the section installed by the neighbor behind us. The final third of the wire fencing was sloppily installed by the previous owner, as part of the contract when Mommy bought the place ten years ago. How long it’s been breached is anyone’s guess. Miss D was not an escape artist.

 


 

But Selena noticed the hole immediately. Mommy has spent the last month in denial. Procrastinating and pretending neither Selena nor Rocky would want to wander. No, not these two sweet innocents!

But sure enough, the other night Mommy was getting dolled up for dinner out with friends. She let Selena and Rocky out into the back yard, told herself, “They’ll be fine. They haven’t tried to escape once. I don’t have to watch them every minute,” and went back inside to finish getting dressed.

Five minutes later, Mommy calls the dogs in. Here comes Rocky! … Where’s Selena? … WHERE’S SELENA?! …

Mommy could hear her tags jingle-jangle, but she was nowhere to be found. She took her opportunity and escaped through that back fence! SELENA!!!!! SELENA!!!!

Mommy was in a panic! Have you ever tried to find a tiny black dog, at night, in a muddy wooded area, while wearing dress slacks? Finally, Selena came bouncing back into sight, no shame, no remorse. So, happy ending?

Almost. For a truly happy ending, Mommy had to pay a visit to the local hardware store.

  1. 50 feet by 4 feet wire fencing? Check.
  2. Six 6-foot metal T-posts? Check.
  3. T-post driver? Check.
  4. Fencing pliers? Check.
  5. Gloves? Check.
  6. Safety goggles? Check.
  7. Feeling powerful and able to do anything? Check.

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New wire fence for the win! Oh, and the glow-in-the-dark dog collars should arrive next week.

Selena – 1, Mommy – 2

The Bug   3 comments

Today’s WTF moment brought to you by… the Bug.

When I first posted this video to Facebook in 2014, I included this caption “This bug is the most fun, if Deita would just put it down! (And yes, my house is a mess. Have you met Miss D?)”

Miss D loved her treat toys. Well, okay, Miss D loved food. Period. But early on she learned that if she picked the toys up and shook them, she’d get more treats faster than if she rolled the toys along the floor as designed.

This time, however, I distracted her mid-snack with this tiny remote-controlled bug. Her reaction was above and beyond my expectations, though. It started us down the path of searching for appropriately sized remote-control toys: bugs, mice, trucks, cars.

Remote-controlled dog toys were total and complete failures. Have you ever noticed that dog toys are all centered around “fetch” and “chew” and “tug”? And all remote-controlled dog toys are balls. Miss D simply stared at these, as if asking, “WTF am I supposed to do with this?”

But cat toys? Cat toys are the BEST! They center around “hunt” which was Miss D’s favorite game. Sadly, cat toys are made for cats, who hunt by stalking and pouncing. Miss D hunts by stalking, yes. But she also chases, picks things up in her mouth, shakes them, and tosses them across the room. Cat toys are simply not made for this type of play.

The first generation of “the bug” latest two days. We had so much fun, Mommy bought a second generation, which lasted about two minutes. This was going to get expensive.

So we started looking at kids toys. After all, remote-controlled cars are made for little boys who can be even more destructive in their play than dogs. Unfortunately, most remote-controlled cars and trucks are simply too big. Miss D would stalk and chase the one small truck Mommy bought, but she couldn’t pick it up in her mouth the way she wanted to. So truck hunting was almost more frustrating than it was fun. In the end, she figured out a way to pick it up by the wheels. Bye bye truck!

Mommy then found a bigger toy car. It was fun to chase about the room at first, but it was too big and Miss D lost interest quickly. So we went back to cat toys.

The third generation of the bug was actually a “mouse”. It was bigger than the bug and had a little tail with a feather (well, it is a cat toy after all) and lasted about two weeks. The fourth generation was nearly identical to the third and lasted about four months. The secret was that Miss D would pick this one up by the tail to toss it across the room, so the body didn’t get crushed between her jaws like the others. Although, it was nearing the end of its life recently too. The last couple times we brought it out, it could only move forward in circles, and even that was jerky.

Still, if anyone from the cat toy company is watching, we sure would love a doggie version of this bug. One with a body a little more indestructible!

Apologies for the video quality. I shot this with my iPad, but I’m no Scorsese. At 1:31, I finally catch up to Miss D and remotely activated the wheels, which generates the reaction you see.

 

Nasty   Leave a comment

So… We had a nasty storm last night. No rain, but so much wind! We lost power for four hours. Mommy was saying soooo many naughty words!

But when we got out this morning, the tree that was yesterday blocking our view of the hawk is now blocking traffic. Windy! Hope the hawk found a safe place to ride out the storm.

Then, disaster! Miss D spotted an enemy coming toward us. That is, another dog! She went bat-shit crazy, as per usual, tripping Mommy up in the leash. Mommy wrenched her back trying not to fall on Miss D but managed to step on her foot anyway. Ouch! Then the owner and the evil dog came running, to see if we needed help since we both had let out some mighty yells. Poor woman didn’t realize that approaching Miss D would only make the situation worse.

Eventually we got everything straightened out, and everyone continued on our ways. But the rest of the walk was not very pleasant. Mommy was walking so slowly and muttering some very naughty words to Miss D along the way. Something about Miss D trying to kill her, or something like that. And now Mommy won’t share her yummy treats no matter how pathetic Miss D looks! It wasn’t my fault! It was that other dog!

Harrumph. I’m going to go pout in my crate. Mean Mommy.

Pet Doors   4 comments

Today’s WTF moment brought to you by… Pet doors.

As many of you know, Mommy spent quite a lot of money this past summer to install a pet door for Miss D. Here’s the thing: Miss D won’t use it to go outside, only inside.

That is, she’s quite willing (finally) to come in from the cold with no prompting from me, but refuses to go outside without my first “opening the door”. Instead she takes her usual position, sitting by the (open) door waiting for me.

See, first she was too afraid to go near it. Frankly it was simply too high. Luckily, I have a doggy ramp for just such a situation. And it fits perfectly.
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But as you know, Miss D is afraid of New Things. And this ramp is definitely a New Thing. Plus I think the nonskid surface freaks her out. Anyway… Fail.

Then Miss D’s granpawents suggested we overlay a kitchen mat on top of the ramp, to negate the nonskid surface.

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Ok, that works. Then of course, with the new hardwood floor, we added a runway on the inside, so she doesn’t land flat on her face when she climbs through.

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Success! Sort of. I’ve tried to explain to Miss D on numerous occasions that the “door” is, in fact, a “flap” that can be pushed with the nose from either side, but to no avail. I’ve thrown favorite treats through the flap which she eagerly follows outside (then spends the next few minutes searching ALL OVER for said treat, while I stand by the window willing her to LOOK DOWN as the treat is inevitably between her legs). Yet, Miss D refuses to go through the flap otherwise. I must hold the flap open while she climbs through.

WTF.

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Wordless Wednesday   9 comments

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R.I.P. Little truck-mouse

Water water everywhere   7 comments

Today’s WTF moment provided by… water.

Miss D has a new water bowl. I believe I mentioned this in the last post. Between the Cushing’s diagnosis and the oncoming of summer, Miss D’s water consumption has increased. I’d fill her bowl to the brim before I left for work and when I came home I would find it bone dry.

Now, I had previously thought I had this issue solved. A few years ago, I bought her one of those bottled water bowls. You know, like the proverbial water cooler at work, but with a bowl. The problem… Miss D is afraid of it. Of course she is!

Won’t go near it. Every time she drinks from the bowl, the water in the bottle would gurgle. Weird unexpected noise. Miss D freaked. WTF!

This time, I have high hopes. For the first couple of days, I left both her regular water bowl and the new one next to each other while I was out but left only the new bowl when I was home. Took two days to convince her the new bowl also contains water and is meant to be used. sighMiss D!

But finally she decided this New Thing was not out to get her and she freely drinks from the dish. So now it’s time to plug it in.

Wait. What? Plug it in? WTF?

It’s a water fountain. I noticed how Miss D loves to drink from the tub faucet at bath time. And she loves to drink the water flowing from the pitcher when I refill her dish. et voila … fountain! Like the bottled water, the fountain holds a reserve of water, so Mommy won’t obsess over whether Miss D has enough water. Unlike the bottled water, the fountain won’t gurgle unexpectedly, because it is a constant flow of water.

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So I’m once again desensitizing Miss D slowly. The fountain remains unplugged, or a simple water bowl, most of the day. I’m turning it on for about an hour a day, right around breakfast and dinner times. Hopefully Miss D will decide the flowing water is still just water and is safe to drink. Eventually, the fountain will remain on 24/7.

That’s the plan anyway.

P.S. Day One and Miss D drank from the fountain while it was plugged in. Her stance was one of anxiety, but she drank anyway. …

And she just took another drink! TWO! This time her stance was more confident, but something startled her because she jumped away quickly. BUT she’s still standing near it and eating her food. So I’ll let this play out and see what happens.

 

P.P.S. three days in and Miss D has a new approach. First, she lies down under the dining room table, near the water fountain and watches it. Then she sneaks up on the water and surreptitiously drinks from the side of the fountain.  

 

Snow Day… Take Two   4 comments

Miss D keeps playing the “Indoor-Outdoor” game. As if by magic all that icky, slippery white stuff would be gone this time.

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Yesterday, Miss D was unhappy because she had to slog through the cold, wet snow. Today, after nearly 1/4″ of ice, she slips and skates across the top. Very unhappy, Miss D!

Mommy tried to stomp out a path and large area for Miss D to do her business, but Miss D ignored it and skated out on her own. Determined little dog! She keeps trying to run up and over the hillock, because the other side is where she likes to go. But she keeps slipping on the ice and landing on her bum. Poor Miss D.

Luckily the weather will take a sunnier and warmer turn tomorrow. We’re both ready for that!

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