It became a tasty snack for the puppy last week, so I embroidered her a pretty bright new one.
|The italics font and music design came with my machine.|
It gave me the idea to share our current growing puppy pains we are experiencing. Shadow is 6 months old, and a very sweet doggie.
|Remember this little 4.5 pound guy in December?|
|He's now 19 pounds in May!|
Don't let that sweet face fool you. Anything at his eye-level will do for his chewing needs. I've used the Bitter Apple spray on furniture legs and wood moldings, and he does not bother those things anymore. But, he is happy to grab and dash under the table with anything else he can. He'll grab clothes from the laundry basket - socks and towels are his favorites - doesn't matter if they are clean or dirty. They're equally fun to him.
He likes chewing shoe laces. These shoes are now slip-ons for me because if I untie them, I'm sure the laces will come out in several pieces and can never be tied again.
So I decided to wear these flat shoes which have no laces as my slippers instead. I figured he wouldn't be interested... I was wrong.
DD3's sweat jacket was hanging in her area like it is supposed to be. Shadow just had to try a bite...
DD3 has lost at least five Barbie dolls to chewed or missing limbs. We've learned to close the doors to the rooms we want to keep puppy out of - such as the play room for the toys and laundry room for our shoes.
And paper! He loves to shred paper - it can be homework, mail, coupons or toilet paper - it's all good to him! More than once has he unravelled a roll of TP in the bathroom. He has trained us to close the bathroom doors too. :-)
I took this photo as I was watching him casually check out the waste basket in my sewing room. Then he pulled out some scrap stabilizer and darted under the cutting table to shred it!
But, when he isn't chewing, he is such a lovable dog. He'll want to be with you no matter what. He especially loves playing and running around with the kids. If you are busy, he'll just curl up nearby and sleep it off until you can give him some attention. There is hope this chewy phase will pass.
Before Shadow, we had not had a young puppy for many years, and I had forgotten how much they like to chew. I am so looking forward for this phase to pass. The kids have now given Shadow a middle name of "Chewbacca". I think he has earned it. ☺