Like all dog owners, we like to take our dogs for a run or a walk. We let them smell new smells, do their business, and get some exercise. While Augi makes an excellent partner, Charlie can be a handful. His size alone can catch you off guard and pull you down then street. Then let him find something exciting and he just becomes annoying. To fix this, we have tried special harnesses to control his movement. Unfortunately, they chafe his armpits and even make him bleed. Instead we use a facial harness, called Gentle Leader, which goes over the snout and pulls their head to the side when they pull or go to far.
It works great and the dogs don't pull as much. But Charlie HATES his leader. Every time we get ready for a walk, he buries himself in a dog bed and resists our efforts. Once we get it on him, then you get a different story. He will rub his entire body on the ground to get it off. He will go to extraordinary lengths to remove his leader, but to no avail. It can be quite amusing when you see it. So here you go. I shot this from one of our walks.
We had actually gone awhile without Charlie destroying something. Until this past week. In one evening, Charlie got a hold of three bags of Sun Chips, a spool of ribbon, and some type of plastic bag. Even of them ended up on the kitchen floor as you can see. The ribbon and the plastic bag required a little bit of teamwork from the cats to knock them down. The individual packages of Sun Chips were in a large Costco box in the pantry which Charlie would have had to dig into to get them out.
Charlie didn't feel to good that night, but it seems everything is just fine now.
One day, Charlie got a hold of a check that my wife got as a birthday present. He went deep into her purse to pull out the check and several receipts. Charlie proceeded to shred each piece of paper to bits leaving the check unredeemable.
About a month later, Charlie decided to repeat this tragedy by ripping up some checks from students to pay for a field trip. He must really like valuable paper products. I like it better when when the cats attack the toilet paper.
Charlie has been at it again with a little help from the cats. This time he tore into our mail completely destroying a book of coupons from Costco. Sure we wouldn't have used every one of them, but some of them might have come in handy. Just another day with Charlie!
One day, my wife's computer battery ran low. She plugged in her power cord, but nothing happened. Upon closer inspection, the cord had been chewed through by a dog. Because the cord would not charge the battery, her computer shut down and died.
On a good note, we had discussed getting new computers as both of our computers were a few years old. Because of this destruction, we decided to go ahead a purchase two new Mac Books (and a free iPod Touch) from the Apple Store. Now, we are Mac people and I keep finding new amazing things that I can do on the computer.
At this point, you would assume that this story had a happy ending. However, a dog soon chewed through one of the power cord extensions. Thankfully, a new mac comes with two types of power adapters.