It is my duty to report that Toby the Dog has committed his first act of vandalism in our home.
You’ll remember that we acquired Toby just a few weeks ago. His former “owners” said they didn’t want him. We were mortified that they reportedly had turned him loose in our neighborhood hoping someone would claim him.
We did precisely that. We’ve taken him in. Toby is part of our family.
However, this addition has not been totally hitch-free.
We put him in one of our bathrooms the other day while we left to run some errands. We’ve decided to do that rather than let him run around the house. We leave him with a bowl of water, a little bed we purchased for him. He’s good to go.
Well, we’re learning now how we need to puppy-proof our house, much as we’ve learned how to child-proof it.
How do we puppy-proof our humble abode? My making sure he cannot chew things he shouldn’t chew on.
Such as yours truly’s sandals.
Toby found my sandals and promptly removed the insole from one of them and chewed it pieces. All over the bathroom floor the material had been scattered.
We came home, found the wounded shoe, put 2 and 2 together.
OK, is Toby in trouble? No. It’s our fault that we didn’t think strategically to prevent this kind of damage from being done.
Hey, we still feel fortunate. He remains very well-behaved. He doesn’t bark unless he has something to say, such as when he tries to urge his new brother and sister — our 12-yer-old cats Socks and Mittens — that he wants to play. They both hiss at him and both have clocked him at least once. No harm, no foul. He’s starting to get the message. Toby doesn’t gnaw on our furniture. He doesn’t dig holes in our yard.
We’ll be sure to guard against further vandalism, however. We just need to outsmart him.