Saturday, March 16, 2013

Catching Up on Dora

Whew, it has been hectic here and a month has passed since my last post. I'll get you all caught up on things around here in this post and hopefully not let it run behind again.

Dora, as we call her, is doing well. She still thinks she is a lap dog and PeterC is encouraging her every chance he gets. She is a very high energy pup and needs a lot of play time before she can settle down for a nap. But, when it is nap time she wants the lap as well.

Dora also figured out how to open the gate to the outside kennel. She and Dunny, our other much older dog, decided to go walk about for a whole day. Luckily, just as we were giving up hope of finding them they found PeterC. He was sitting in the truck drinking a cup of coffee before he continued the search and these two fugitives walked up to the truck and hopped in as if this was a normal outing. Needless to say the gate got a lock that same day.

Of course that didn't stop Dora. She managed to squeeze under the chainlink fence of the kennel. Luckily, Dunny couldn't fit through so Dora stayed in the yard...well mostly. We came home from work to find doggy prints in the fresh snow, travelling up and down the front hedge and back and forth on the front porch. We checked in the back and Dora was in the yard, but three seconds later she joined us on the front porch as we unlocked the door. Quite the little escape artist. PeterC fixed that problem, too.

As you can imagine, Dora gets bored easily. Unfortunately, it seems to happen only after we have gone to bed. Several days in a row we would wake to find something out of place and heavily chewed upon. It finally came to a head when she pulled one of my carving tools out of its pouch and chewed it up. She had to stand on her hind legs to get this tool and it was only by chance that she grabbed a tool that doesn't have an edge. Otherwise it could have been a deadly experience.

We went to the Pet store and spend quite a bit of money on chew toys that same day. It is absolutely shocking the price of chew toys these days. You know your getting older when even something like a chew toy is far more expensive than you remember from your youth, or even just a few years ago. Back to the story.

Dora of course showed no interest in any of the toys unless PeterC was playing with it or if Dunny showed interest in it. So back to the drawing board we went and came up with the idea of "flavouring" the chew toys with treats. The stinkier the better. She thought that was a great idea but that only lasted as long as it took her to figure out there was no actual treat left.

We bought a Kong , 3 plastic cups on a rope, and a miscellaneous assortment of small stinky treats we could stuff into said toys. Joy of joys, this worked. At least it did for a couple of days. She soon figured out the trick to getting the treats out of the Kong and managed to destroy the cup and rope toy. But, for a whole two days Dora did not chew on something she wasn't supposed to.

Last night Dora got back into the carving bag. This time she only pulled out a few pieces of scrap wood I keep handy for making nalbinding needles. No harm done, but I fear the wood is no better for her than the tools themselves. So we are scratching our heads trying had to figure out a way to keep her entertained when we sleep. If anyone has a solution we are all ears.

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