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Oscar the puppy – 2 months later

makkaWe were warned to puppy-proof our home and we tried, we really tried, but clearly Oscar waits for that moment when we let down our guard… and then, he chews.

A list of items that Oscar has chewed to destruction:

The toes of my favourite shoes (sob).

2 pink merit certificates (don’t tell Littlest!).

The legs of a wooden chair (!).

A shuttlecock (!).

The cat’s water bowl (poor Matilda!).

A slug (then been sick, then eaten his sick!)

The cord of the Guitar Hero guitar (gutted!).

And, finally, the ear and hand off Makka Pakka (as pictured after devastated Middlest tried to mend him).

We are all, especially Makka Pakka,  hoping that the ‘chewing phase’ stops shortly.

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16 Comments

  • Soraya
    Posted September 23, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Oh I remember those days! Rory chewed a hole in my hallway wall. It does get better. XX

  • Posted September 23, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Poor you! And poor Oscar – being in a world that doesn’t suit his primary mode of investigation… he’s just a misunderstood scientist.

    We were lucky – Boxers don’t chew that much. Ruby went for a few, high impact, incidents:

    1) The cable of my £600 apple monitor. (Amazingly I managed to stick it back together and it still worked)

    2) The top secret, rarer-than-hens-teeth, special works-with-your-computer sky remote control that you get when you’re building prototype software for sky boxes – as I was at the time.

    3) My housemate’s girlfriend’s vibrator. Which she stole from their bedroom and brought into the living room while my housemate had friends round for dinner. Eurgh

  • Posted September 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Merit certificates?! Shoes?!?! Makka Pakka?!?!?! And oh dear, a slug… now *I* want to be sick.

    Oh dear!

    I love that middlest mended Makka Pakka though. I hope the kids aren’t too devastated.

    Don’t leave glucose tablets lying round. I once knew a dog that ate them – puked – ate the puke – puked again – I think they managed to stop him at that point, else maybe he’d still be in the cycle now!

  • Posted September 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Erm, my dog’s ten this year and he still chews and sucks many things. I’m not sure if that’s what you wanted to hear. Get used to shutting doors!

    Kx.

  • Posted September 23, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Stray, love the opimistic take- misunderstood scientist! Yes chewing is a schlep BUT it does pass, mostly.

  • Posted September 23, 2009 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Hi :)
    Thanks for sharing Caroline.
    Your poor household.
    Love the picture of the poor Makka Pakka.
    And, oh my God, on Stray’s #3!
    :)
    All the best to you and yours and Oscar!
    RKCharron
    xoxo

  • Posted September 23, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I chew therefore I am a dog…best just print the T-shirt for him:0) Sterilised marrow bones are still much loved by the toothsome twosome; Banon loves to get her nose stuck in one and blow hard through her nostrils like some Tibetan throat singer… quite difficult to hear the raido when that is going on:0) Nothing that is sold as indestructable toy is, in fact just seems to encourage ‘I’ll show that ad man’ mentality and teeth:0) The marrow bones are sold as is and with fillings, the turkey one is favoured here, though they do stink a bit it can keep pup interested for a long while. Don’t buy bones from the butcher can cause ‘interesting’ movement from bum and mouth:0( – of dog of course!

    Before the toothsome twosome, before Mr Bryn, there was Llewellyn, who as a pup managed to eat not just the toes of some shoes but a whole pair a rather robust (and expensive) walking boots…all that was left were the metal cleats! He also demolished a carton of sanitary towels – carton in this instance was the kind of carton the size of a large fridge… twas quite interesting trying to explain how the agency I worked for at the time had managed to ‘use’ such a large quantity in such a short time but it was one of the funniest things I have seen – puppy contentedly asleep atop a snow mountain and the whole room caught in the blizzard, and I do mean the whole room, took days before I stopped picking up a file or moving something without a cloud of cotton wool appearing.

    Get well wishes to Makka Pakka.

  • Posted September 24, 2009 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    My friend’s labrador puppy ate a live frog only he didn’t chew it, just swallowed it whole. Does that count as an on topic comment ?
    Anna May x

  • Posted September 24, 2009 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    The slug bit, oh gross. Why do dogs eat their own sick. That has pout me right off getting a dog. I’ll stick to cats, tortoises and hedgehogs.

  • Posted September 24, 2009 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Puppies, aye! x

  • Posted September 24, 2009 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    My dog ate my lego when I was little, chewed on the corner of the airport’s runway which Santa had built for me that night – Mam tried to claim that Rudolph had done it, but I knew who was to blame… I tried getting revenge by chewing on it’s squeezy toy but (and would you belive it?) I ended up getting trouble…

    Shocking I thought…

  • Posted September 24, 2009 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    If it’s any consolation we have a chewy cat!! Gai loves gnawing on things….the cord on the phone charger, plants, the dish drainer (it’s wood!!), my knitting needles, toilet roll and even a terracotta pot!!! He’s a wee bugger!!

    C x

  • Posted September 24, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Soraya – a hole in my hallway wall! OMG!

    Stray – Aww, bless,a misunderstood scientist! Perfect. The vibrator made me smile, that’s the kind of thing that would happen to me!

    Beth – eek! thanks for the top-tip re glucose tablets!

    Katie McCullough – sigh! :)

    Lauri – I hope you’re right. He’s no top teeth now, so must be teething.

    RKCharron – thank you!

    D-W – perfect! Marrow bones will be sought and bought! And hee hee to sanitary towels story! Makka Pakka sends his best regards x

    Anna May Mangan – so on topic comment! Bravo!

    DJ Kirkby – the slug bit makes me feel a bit sick. Cats are soooo much easier, but Oscar is a cutie!

    Mandy – aye, indeed!

    Nik Jones – SHOCKING!!! But at least now I understand more about the ‘you’ behind your writing…

    Carol maybe the wee bugger thinks he’s a dog?

    xxx

  • Posted September 25, 2009 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Puppies–so cute, but so destructive! We were pretty lucky with Drew, mostly he enjoys chewing on his toys and rawhides (though we did have to buy him a new bed…), but on a few occasions when we left him home alone, we came home to chewed electrical cords(!) and sadly a favorite pair of shoes. Give him lots of rawhides and hope it will pass. :)

  • Posted September 25, 2009 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Oh dear, your not alone with that kind of scenario. I can truly relate with you. I almost killed “Ashlae” my dog for 5 years. Because of his behavior I end up crying and frustrated because I am afraid to hurt her. I love ashlae. And now I understand what is her behavior all about. It’s part of their growing stage and manners.

  • Posted September 28, 2009 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Angie – I bought some rawhides this weekend. Oscar loves them! Hopefully that’ll sop some chewing of precious items…

    Susie @ bigjobsboard.com – it is part of them growing up, but it’s still frustrating and upsetting. Don’t be too hard on you.

    xxx

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