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04:48 am: Canine Capers
I heard back from my supervisor this week that I am officially enrolled in the March beagle replacement class (yay!). That means--barring any unforeseen delays (like the blizzard that hit Georgia the year that I went to get Benny)--Benny will be retiring the first week of March.

Saturday I went downtown to buy a new pair of more athletic shoes that I can use for taking Rei on walks. When I came home, I took him for a long walk along the Bay Trail down to the local dog park. He seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. He's mostly over his fear of cars, though he does still shy away if a loud one drives past.

In the evening, I started working on sewing Benny's Halloween costume. I picked up a pattern during a visit to JoAnn Fabric, and I sewed most of it while watching TV before bed. I put the completed fabric pieces away in the game room, then went to sleep.

I woke up Sunday morning to find that Rei had been a naughty boy. He had pulled my sewing supplies off the coffee table and chewed them to bits, including a spool of thread, the plastic handles of my good scissors, the last pattern piece that I hadn't finished sewing yet, and a pincushion. Then he went potty in the middle of the kitchen floor. ~_~ On the bright side, I guess his shenanigans wore him out, because he slept most of the day on Sunday and didn't get into any more trouble. Also, he didn't touch my brand new shoes (which were on the floor right next to the coffee table), so that was a relief.

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:October 12th, 2015 12:48 pm (UTC)
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A pincushion! Yikes! Hopefully with no pins in it??
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 12th, 2015 01:19 pm (UTC)
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Hopefully with no pins in it??

There were a lot of pins in it, but he just left them scattered all over the floor. Thankfully, he was only interested in ripping open the pincushion seam to get the sawdust stuffing out.
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From:evil_overlord
Date:October 12th, 2015 07:19 pm (UTC)
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O_O oh good heavens, I hope he didn't ingest any of that thread!! My brother's cat got into a spool of thread and it...wasn't pretty....

Rei might get over his car fear totally...or he might not. Our dog Ebony was scared to death of storms when she was a puppy [which she outgrew] and is so scared of the vacuum cleaner she WILL NOT walk by it when it's out [which she hasn't outgrown. xD]. Sounds like he's getting along okay otherwise. ^_^

I don't recall, is Rei young enough that he might be teething? If so, keeping acceptable chewables around helps. [Ebony being a Lab mix was not allowed in the bedroom when she was a puppy...that's where we kept the stuff like my yarn safe. XD]

Another [sort-of] bright side is at least he went potty in the kitchen, so it wasn't in carpet!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 12th, 2015 11:05 pm (UTC)
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I hope he didn't ingest any of that thread!!

It looks like he mostly just ripped it into short pieces and left it in a bird's nest on the floor.

I don't recall, is Rei young enough that he might be teething? If so, keeping acceptable chewables around helps.

They estimate that he's about 7 months old. He has three durable chew toys (he ripped the cloth one to shreds the first night, so I'm not getting any more of that kind), plus a tennis ball and baseball that the neighbor dog brought over. He seems to enjoy playing with all of them while I'm awake. It's only after I go to sleep that he starts looking around for naughty things to chew on. @_@

Another [sort-of] bright side is at least he went potty in the kitchen, so it wasn't in carpet!

There is that...
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From:mangaroo
Date:October 13th, 2015 12:36 am (UTC)
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Sounds like maybe Rei wants rippy things? Are there any clean rags or the like that could be left out for him, or would that just encourage destructive behavior? (Rags, yes. Couch, no. Do puppies understand the difference?)

Anyway, I'm glad he didn't hurt himself on the various sharp objects (pins AND scissors, eep!), and I'm glad your new shoes escaped untouched.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 13th, 2015 11:31 am (UTC)
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Are there any clean rags or the like that could be left out for him, or would that just encourage destructive behavior? (Rags, yes. Couch, no. Do puppies understand the difference?)

Yeah, that's the problem...right now he does know the difference between his toys and my things (I'm sure that's why he waits until I'm asleep to get into mischief). I don't want to tempt him with things to chew on that resemble blankets or socks or pillows or whatever.
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From:evil_overlord
Date:October 13th, 2015 06:29 pm (UTC)
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It looks like he mostly just ripped it into short pieces and left it in a bird's nest on the floor.

Phew! Bird's nest isn't so bad as the thought of that thread going inside him....

I don't want to tempt him with things to chew on that resemble blankets or socks or pillows or whatever.

With Ebony we gave her those cardboard drink carriers [like you get when you get more than one drink wherever] when she was a puppy. She could rip it to shreds and that was okay. The *most* luck we've had so far with toys [because even as an adult she loves to tear up her toys] has been with an orange-coated tennis ball we got from the in-laws as a puppy-gift, the one Kong toy we've managed to come across....and the rope toy that's actually a bit too big for her. Unlike the others, she's not managed to chew that one up yet. XD

Although she's still chewed a few holes in blankets, although I think that comes from grooming on the bed...I keep the blankets off, she doesn't chew up the sheets, so I'm thinking the blankets are strictly accidental. *shrugs*

And yes, Rei is probably waiting for you to go to bed to go after your stuff....you aren't there to say no!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 15th, 2015 02:34 am (UTC)
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....and the rope toy that's actually a bit too big for her. Unlike the others, she's not managed to chew that one up yet.

I'll have to try a rope toy and see how he likes it.

The neighbor dog likes to chew up the fabric plant pots that I have out in the yard. They start ripping after a couple years of exposure to the elements anyway. Rei hasn't shown any interest in those that I've seen, though.
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From:evil_overlord
Date:October 16th, 2015 03:46 am (UTC)
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Rope toys are good for a game of tug-o-war. Or general chewing and shaking it around in order to make it "dead", at least that's what Ebony's done a time or two. She seems to like movement [similar to dangling a string or whatnot in front of a cat], so maybe that's why Rei hasn't shown interest in the planters? Not moving around enough. XD
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From:megory
Date:October 13th, 2015 01:27 am (UTC)
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I'm so sorry for the mischief during the night. When we puppy sat the kids' dogs, we had to use crates at night. Supposedly, they feel very safe in them, like being in a cave. We'd put blankets over them so they were somewhat dark. I hope it doesn't come to that for Rei, but really the dogs seemed happy to go into their crates at night.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 13th, 2015 11:24 am (UTC)
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I hope it doesn't come to that for Rei, but really the dogs seemed happy to go into their crates at night.

I did buy a crate for him (a fancy one that looks like furniture). He would probably prefer sleeping in a crate in the living room to sleeping in a doghouse outside.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:October 13th, 2015 02:02 am (UTC)
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Puppies have a strong need for chewing things. Our grandpuppy was encouraged to rip cardboard boxes from the grocery, they were free, non-toxic, easy to compost, and no one cared about them.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:October 14th, 2015 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Yay for good news for March!

Sorry to hear about puppy shenanigans, but... if they're anything like kittens, I guess they grow out of it. So much destruction the first year I had kittens!!
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