I often wonder about the dogs my family has. Are these dogs weird already or do we make them that way? I am starting to believe we form them to be weirdos.
June 2019 we had to put our beloved golden retriever down. Gabby was 10 weeks away from being 13. We know she had a good life with us. We surely did love her. We called her the hoarder (and a billy goat due to what she would eat). She was run away with almost anything. As a puppy she loved socks. She would eat them. Socks didn't always like her. As she grew, she would steal or eat weird things. Often if I could not find my clothes, I would look in her cage or the entry way of the house (she loved to lay in the entry way). My pajamas were often things she stole. She most definitely loved food. She stole, bread, chocolate, onions, tomatoes, egg plants, flour, lentils, peanut butter, canned goods, cat litter and stuffed animals. I was on vacation once and she ate my friend's bread, peanut butter cups, and chocolate covered espresso beans. They thought they would have a dead dog. Nope, just a very happy one. When she stole the flour and lentils, she left a trail. She always carried a baby or stuff animal.
Months after she passed, my son brought our German shepherd home. My son said he wanted he went to look at the puppies and Thor just ran into his lap. We say Thor chose my son. Thor has been with us just over a year and has added a lot. He is my walking buddy as we go a mile every morning since May. Even with his walks, he is bonkers. He loves to run away with socks and scrunchies. We have caught him with my cavalier's thyroid pills, cotton balls, q-tips, bread, veggies, fruit, scissors, all the dog bedding, and other items. Yep, the other day he somehow got the scissors off the counter. Thankfully he knew not to run with them and we got them pretty quick from him. This morning, he ran with a calm shell full of tomatoes. Now, I would think it was Gabby reincarnated. However, my papillon does weird things too.
Yesterday morning I found a package of cream of wheat on the floor. My papillon ran away with one and tore it open. Thor just spread it around the floor. She is one who will get the uncooked noodles out of the cupboard. She also has stolen grapes off the vine and eaten raw broccoli straight from the grocery bag. Oh yes, she started eating the loaf of bread that fell from the fridge. Took her snack right out of the middle.
These dogs are feed high quality food twice a day. Precautions are taken for them not to get the food. Chairs are put in front of cupboards and things are put on top of the fridge. These only work if they are done. Let's face it, a teen isn't exactly great at putting things back.
Our dear Gabby