First off, Happy New Year to everyone! Okay, I might be a day late on that but still…I wish each of you a wondrous and joyful year of 2012 and many thereafter.
I decided to do a little post today on Chorizo’s 2011. He came to us in the beginning of June of 2011 and I don’t know how I’ve lived without that little booger as aggravating as he can be.
Last night was “one of those nights”. Apparently when you live out in the country, as we do, it’s customary to ring in the new year with gunfire? No, it wasn’t firecrackers or fireworks although we heard plenty of that too.
I think I posted previously about how Chorizo hated the wound of the wind howling across the mountain when we were in Blue Ridge? Well, I guess he hates fireworks and guns too because again he barked ALL NIGHT. Every few minutes he was jumping up and running to the back door and barking or just running around in circles like a whirling dervish barking his fool head off. I can only imagine it was the sounds of all the people celebrating the new year.
He has started barking while we are watching television and it’s always when there is a dog barking on whatever show we are watching or if there is a baby crying. I don’t know why he barks at crying babies but he does. He’ll run around in circles like he can’t figure out where the noise is coming from and bark.
And he has managed to thoroughly gross me out several times. Like yesterday evening when Lala came in from being outside several hours and gobbled down a belly full of dried cat food and then promptly threw it up. Of course before I could grab something to get it up with he was over there gobbling it up! I can almost understand that because it hadn’t had time to digest because she’d just eaten it. It was just like she’d warmed up his meal for him! I know… GROSS, but that’s animal’s right?
It’s not as bad as when he grabs the cat’s turds out of the cat box to munch on if I don’t see it first. Or when he eats his OWN poop. When you take him outside you have to make sure as soon as he goes you have to jerk his leash so that he doesn’t turn around and eat it. He has also figured out how to contort his little body while he pees and can almost urinate into his own mouth! Pretty gross but you have to give him props… it’s also pretty impressive!
The absolute worst was the other day I brought him in from outside and had just settled down to my computer and started writing when I hear him gagging and heaving in the hallway where it was kind of dark. I grabbed a paper towel and ran in there to clean it up and he’s in there eating it. I can see that it’s dark and can’t figure out what it is… at first. Then I realize that he’s previously eaten his poop, thrown it up and then is eating it again! Yes, I was THOROUGHLY disgusted.
I think even worse than that was when he ate a dryer sheet and a day or so later I saw him on the sofa chewing on what looked like a brown piece of cloth so I grabbed it with my hand to throw it away so he wouldn’t eat it. It wasn’t until it was in my hand that I realized it was the dryer sheet that he had previously eaten…pretty much still intact but just a little worse for the wear from its journey through his digestive system and out of his butt, which he was then trying to eat again! And I was so appalled that I actually was holding it in my hand but couldn’t drop it because he’d eat it again. I think I’m gonna have to just start wearing latex gloves around all the time!
The other day I found him on the sofa chewing what looked like bits of rubber and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what he had or where he’d gotten it. Can you figure out what it is? This is what it looked like:
I’ve gotten several suggestions on what to do to make it smell bad enough that he won’t eat it but honestly? I think the worse something smells, the more determined he is to eat it!
I wanted to leave you with a few photos of his chewing treasures because he will chew on and or eat anything he can get his little mouth on. It’s not like he doesn’t get toys. We buy him toys all the time. He just likes OUR stuff as his toys. Enjoy his path of destruction!