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Why is this dog still alive? Things my dog has eaten in the three weeks I have had her.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

In the three weeks since I have had Izzy, she has illegally obtained and eaten every substance poisenous, harmful and dangerous to dogs. Actually she was recovering from Kennel Cough during her first week home and was the model doggie, a perfect angel. So in just two weeks she has:

1 Torn open the garbage, spread it all over the kitchen, and eaten chicken bones. She did not feel well the next day but made a full recovery.

2 Found a wrapped bar of dark chocolate in a basket next to my chair, unwrapped it and ate it. No ill effect.

3 Opened a can of mixed nuts and ate them. A large, heavy cardboard can with a plastic lid, like a coffee can. Chew chew chew marks all around the edge of the top, plastic lid laying next to the can.

4 Got an empty cookie box with a foil pouch out of the garbage, ate some of the foil. Garbage is now in a can with a locking lid. Very unhappy dog, could not eat dinner, did not eat breakfast next day. Decided to take dog to vet after work if not better.

5 Dog feeling better, ate dinner, snatched the cats' ham wrapped thyroid medicine out of my hand as I was giving it to the cat and ate it. Peanuts in poop.

6 Plastic bag from pepperoni and plastic container of ham slices found on the floor. What the ??? Did she open the refridgerator? More nuts in poop.

7 Opened cabinet door, pulled out can of cocoa, tore the lid off, carried it into the diningroom to enjoy at her leisure and spill all over. Not satisfied, carried a pouch of cornmeal muffin mix into the dinningroom and tore open. At least she knows what a dinningroom is for!

I have a feeling this is not over!

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    Update on Izzy! Izzy is a nine year old Dacshound from the ASPCA. Her previous owner had passed away and her owners family surrendered her. When I saw her she had had some teeth pulled, had kennel cough, undiagnosed dry eye, and was very depressed. I knew I had to get her out of there!

    I have had her nine months now and I couldn't love her more! She is very sweet, tolerates being picked on by my cat Mimi and is good friends with my old cat Peach Fuzz.

    All foods have been moved from the cabinets up to the wall cupboard where she can not reach. However with the help of Peach Fuzz she still manages to steal stuff from the counter top and will have my dinner if I leave the table for more than thirty seconds!

    Izzy has put on a little too much wieght in my opinion, although her vet says she is not fat. She has not gone for a walk all winter because she does not like snow or rain! When I invite her to go for a walk, she heads to her doggie bed! She has learned to use potty patchs which are costing me an arm and a leg but otherwise are quite effective.

    Izzy has free run of the house while I am at work and has not eaten any shoes or furniture, thank goodness! She spends the day cuddled up next to Peach Fuzz. She misses her lazy boy recliner but is not allowed to jumped up or down anymore since straining her lower back. Luckily it was just muscle strain and she has fully recovered.

    1785 days ago
    I have a suggestion if I may:

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. Keep her in her kennel. When you are able to be with her, let her out of her kennel and keep her on a leash with you as you move around the house. If she goes near something illegal you can immediately stop her.

    After you think she has the idea, you can begin letting her have free reign in one room only for 10 minutes or so and see how she does. Contain her by tying her leash to a doorknob or piece of furniture.

    She will probably need to be in her kennel when you are not home for at least a year.

    Drastic...yes. A lot of bother? Yes. But I think you will only need to do this for two weeks or so and she will understand.

    I have had great success with many a dog using this method. It's worth the trouble!
    2055 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/4/2012 7:06:24 PM
    What breed of dog is Izzy? We had a Brittiany who had the same diet and lived for 15 years. She devoured a 2-pound package of licorice that my hsband blamed the children for eating within an hour after he bought it.
    She loved leather and ate every lether shoestring she could find, plus the shoes or slippers if they were leather.
    A few weeks before we put her down she could hardly walk and my husband made a ramp for her to get outside. Yet, she managed to stand on her back paws to devour 3 angel food cakes that were on the kitchen counter for a bridal shower we were having that afternoon.
    She did have a conscience, though, hiding the evidence under furniture or in beds. One night my daughter went to bed and discovered a half loaf of garlic bread under her pillow. A year after our Brittainy was gone I found a leather moccosin carefully stuffed behind the base of my nightstand, where she had hidden it after eating the leather laces.
    Have fun with Izzy because you will really miss her after she's gone!!! However, we haven't had a dog since losing ours. emoticon
    2071 days ago
    Oh, my goodness! Thanks for the chuckle everyone with dog tales!
    2073 days ago
  • LGAR519
    My first rescue dog carried clothes and shoes into the front room and chewed them up. One day he climbed on the kitchen table and ate 12 Christmas cookies! I loved that dog.
    2073 days ago
    emoticon If possible I would talk to a Dog Trainer or the Vet about Izzy's behaviour. It is good that you can laugh about it. Someday this will be 'The Good Old Days'. I am interested in what prompts her behaviour. Locking the doors will keep her safe but will not address the Reason she does it.
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    2073 days ago
    Bless you for taking a shelter dog. And good luck.
    2073 days ago
    Both of my current dogs - rescues - had identical behavior. One even drank scope and lived to tell about it, not to mention the remotes, phone, glasses, etc. that became history due to chewing. They would counter surf, open cabinets and the fridge. Good advice to tie your cabinets and fridge closed. Be careful of what is left out in harms way. Good luck with your puppy. My one guy is old now. I would give almost anything for him to be able to have that puppy dog bad again.

    The puppy may need to be confined. I don't use crates, I will confine to an area with windows where the puppy can be safe.
    2073 days ago
    Hope is OK we had a calf who loved cake!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2073 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    WOW!! !I hope she will be ok!
    2073 days ago
    Oh, my gosh, this is hysterical. I'm glad Izzy isn't sick after eating some of these things. I have Sophie, who is 17 week old. She chewed on my favorite belt, ruining the belt, my sandals also ruined, ate the top end of a fly swatter and pulled my work bag off of a chair and ate the entire box of staples and half the staples inside. She seems to be doing fine. She has pieces of blue fly swatter in her poop right now. Digestion seems to be working fine.
    What kind of dog is Izzy?
    Okay, you have to remember she is only 3 weeks old.
    Way to go, Izzy!
    2073 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/16/2012 12:57:40 AM
  • MIMI2251
    Haha. She has a strong stomach! What kind of dog is she? Good luck
    2073 days ago
    We had a dog like Izzy who was her own worst enemy when it came to food. We ended up putting the trash can inside one of the kitchen cabinets and attaching child-proof locks.
    Seriously, you might want to lock all your cabinets (and your fridge!) for her own protection. At some point, her luck may run out.

    An ounce of prevention....... emoticon

    My sister once told me that a dog that begs for food thinks he's in charge. But a dog that steals food KNOWS he's in charge. You may want to consider puppy obedience class, to help establish that you're the "alpha dog."

    Good luck!
    2073 days ago
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