Any of You Gambling Folks?
In Dec of '06, I bought a Westie puppy. The most adorable thing I'd ever seen. Very hard headed; so much so that I had to enroll us in obedience class. But, when he was aboout 6 months old, a really nice 'pet hotel' opened up near my house. This place is gorgeous. The owners hand made everything; you''d have to see it to believe it. So I brought the little guy over for a stay there when I went to Biloxi with my boyfriend, for about 4 days. But, after the 1st night we get a call from the pet hotel saying we had to come get the little *&^%$ right away, as during the night, he ate the walls of his little room. OMG, he'd NEVER done that in my house! So we leave for home; after the 5-6 hr drive home, we get the dog. The lady tells
me he is NEVER allowed back there. OK, I find a pet sitter where he isn't locked up in a little room or a cage or a run; he and the lady's dogs have free run of the house. Great, I think, this should solve the problem. All is fine over there...and about 5 months later, I call my pet sitter friend to complain that the dog has just eaten all the baseboards in my house...I'm furious, thinking this behavior is returning (like he did at the 1st place). And you know what she CALMLY says? "Oh, he's been doing that ever since he came here."
OMG what?!?! "He has?" Why didn't you tell me?" "I didn't want you to get upset," she said. I try and calm down and work on the problem, but after another few months, he's still doing it. Finally, I break down and take him to the vet. he says its seperation anxiety and give him 1ml of children's Prozac/day. OK. I try it and it's PERFECT. The lady gets her house remodeled to sell it. He's been doing great at home, and he loves to go there...no chewing...no chewing and as soon as the remodel is done, he chews up her baseboards, AGAIN. ON PROZAC. Need to find new victim, I mean, pet sitter.
The dog has been at the new pet sitter's since last Wednesday, when I left for Vegas. On Monday she called me telling me how ownderful the dog is and asked why must she continue to give him Prozac. I said to her, "I don't care if you stop the Prozac, BUT, if he eats your baseboards, I'm going to say, "I told you so." She's convinced he doesn't need the medicine to prevent his destructive chewing. So, gang, did she or didn't she? Anyone want to have a bet on this? I think she'll stop the meds and he'll eat her house and I'll have to find another pet sitter, again. Anyone up for a bet...Non monetary bet, since you'd have to take my word for what he did, but I think she'll try it.