This week the Spin Cycle was about kids and technology. Even though I already answered the Spin Cycle post I almost linked this with the following picture and the caption that this is what happens when you leave a young child unattended for hours with no electronic technology to keep him occupied.
Only problem is that the “youngchild” is of the furry variety and I’m pretty sure if you left him unattended WITH electronic technology he’d either chew the cord off if it had one or just chew the electronics up and eat whatever remained of it! Or leave it chewed up all over the floor.
I have come to the conclusion that he is not just a Chiweenie…. I think he has morphed into a Tasmanian Chiweenie because he runs around here like a cracked out Tasmanian devil! He has more energy than ten toddlers combined. He is ferocious or so he thinks. He barks incessantly at the cats and chases the meanest one around and the funny thing is that she runs from him when she’s bigger than him and kills anything else in sight. She’s even killed snakes! But she still runs from him!
I don’t understand this transformation. This is a daily thing. He wakes up in the morning and he’s so sweet and loving and wants to snuggle but by about 7 every evening he is running around the house like he’s on crack AND speed barking and biting at everything in sight. I fear we will be forced to take him to the local PetSmart for Obedience training. I think it may be a well spent $109!
He carries hubby’s work shoes around like they were a feather when I know those big clunky things must weight almost as much as he does. And I’m not sure if it’s a good thing but he’s also become very environmentally conscious. Let me explain.
The other morning we woke up and in middle of the bathroom floor between the cat box and the inner bathroom door was a pile of poop. At first I thought it must have been Chorizo that had woken up and didn’t get us up and had to go so he went on the floor. I was actually kind of impressed because it was in the bathroom, on the tile floor but it could have been on the carpet!
Then I took him outside and he pooped a really big one so I was even more confused because he doesn’t usually go THAT much. Then I thought maybe one of the cats was mad because the box wasn’t clean enough for them or maybe mad because Chorizo had gone in their box (which he has done before) when we left him in there.
When we have to go somewhere we can’t leave him loose to run around the house amok so we leave him locked in the bathroom with his little bed and his food and water. He hates being left alone. Even if we are IN the bathroom, in the shower, he will stand outside the door and cry. Even if he can see us through the door. If we shut the inside bathroom door to use the toilet he will stand outside the door and whine and paw the door and cry. As soon as you shut him in the bathroom he starts barking and crying. It breaks my heart to leave him but I can’t possibly
physically be with him 24/7 although he seems to think I should be.
He is also obviously teething because he is using me for a chew toy. All the “literature” that I have read about teething puppies says not to spank them and to “redirect” their attention to an acceptable chew toy. I’m sorry. I am NOT an acceptable chew toy, however, I look like a crack
whore or heroin addict tweaking for a fix with all the little cuts and bruises that now adorn my arms. I can redirect til the cows come home and he still tries to chew on me.
Last night he jumped up and bit hubby’s nose and drew blood and this evening he scratched my chin and his little nails are like talons! He loves his chew toys but he also loves to chew anything else he can get his little teeth on. Shoes, headbands, books, and his personal favorite seems to be toilet paper. I think he’s gone through half a case in the last couple of weeks. #3 always seems to forget to shut the inner bathroom door and he will chew to shreds every roll left in there. It was cute at first I guess because it was new and a novelty. Well, the novelty has worn off. I think I need the dog whisperer to make a house visit!
I have always left my nightgowns on a hook on the back of the bathroom door. Well, remember how I said we put Chorizo in the bathroom while we are gone? Anybody see where I am going with this? Yeah, the other night I put on one of my nightgowns and realized I had a breeze where there should be no breeze. Seems that Mr, Chorizo got bored with the toilet paper and moved on to the nightgowns. Some have holes as big as my head! Some just have little holes all around the bottom. Essentially EVERY single night gown I own is now ruined. Including my favorite new
one I’ve only worn twice. All my gowns are now see through whether they were designed to be or not. I guess he’s trying to be a fashion designer now?
Oh, and my first success as a gardener? GONE… he has pulled up two of the tomato plants by the roots and has eaten every single tomato, red and green off the vines. First he pulls them off and rolls them around for a while and then he eats them. He also has eaten all the peppers that were growing, jalapeno and green AND parsley and oregano. He also loves anything we eat. His newest obsession is jelly beans and he can eat his weight in Cheez Its!
And I think I mentioned the poop on the floor? Well, the other day I’m in the bathroom in the toilet area with the door shut and I hear this scratching sound like one of the cats in the cat box only different sounding. More like rooting, like a pig with all this snorting and grunting. I open the door and there is Chorizo rooting around in the cat box. He’s doing my chores, cleaning the cat box for me! Except he’s taking the cat poop and putting it in his little bed! He has about 3 or 4 cat turds in his little bed and I watch, at first with bemusement but then with horror, as he proceeds to curl up with his little “prizes” and starts chowing down! EWWWWW…..GROSS!!! No more kisses for YOU!
So I guess now I know why the turds were on the floor… he was moving them somewhere. I’m wondering where I’m gonna start finding his “prizes” hidden around the house? Then this morning I put him out on the chain in the yard. We bought one of those big metal corkscrew things to put in the ground and chain him to for a few minutes at a time. We never leave him out for more than like 15 minutes at a time. Anyway, I left him out there chained while I was making my coffee and I glanced out the window to see him pooping which relieved me because I was thinking he wouldn’t go while he was chained. I was just thinking how proud I was of him when he turned around and ATE IT!!! So… now I’m being not sure if he’s just being efficient and eco-friendly or just plain gross? He takes recycling to a whole new level! I guess people who live in cities would be happy to have a doggie like that because he would clean up his own waste! No need for doggie pooper scooper bags. Now if we can just train him to unlock the door, open it and put his own leash on!