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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Bad Dog For Sale

Yes, I'm kidding.

Iko has been testing my patience lately. He's right on time.

He's at that age where puppies start to test their boundaries before they settle down to behaving like respectable members of pack society.

Most puppies, as they near their sixth month will start to run away from their owners. They'll snap at you or growl. Some throw temper tantrums. It's a case of teenage angst. They're acting out against the establishment. It's short lived, but it feels like a lifetime.

He'll straighten out because he MUST conform to pack rules or face the consequences. Already Iko has done some jail time, but what really makes him crumble is if I turn away from him and give my attention to Tank. He's at the age where he wants to be the center of attention and to show favoritism to another dog is like telling him he doesn't exist. He settles down fast after that.

But for now I'm faced with several weeks of tantrums, willfulness and destruction.

Greg made me this photo composite of Iko when he was a little bitty guy (and much better behaved). I nearly burst a gut when I saw it. The text reads: FOR SALE: BAD DOG ~ This dog eats walls and gives big dogs a run for their money. Will literally EAT you out of house and home. DANGER: This dog will pee all over you to get its own way. Hates his nails clipped too.


For the full story of Iko's recent crime, check out the Samhain blog where I give you hard EVIDENCE of his guilt.

Children! Why do they always test us?


Marian said...


I melted. Someone will have to get me off the floor with a wet-vac.

Look at that photo! The big expressive eyes. The sad little downturn of the mouth. The bars. Aw.

That is the most adorable dog photo I have ever seen, displacing the one of the cute Golden Retriever gnawing on a green apple.

Maria Zannini said...

Okay, so he is cute. But cute don't fix my chewed on walls. LOL!

The little heathen knows how to lay on the charm.

Marianne Arkins said...

My last dog chewed all along the baseboards in our house and tore a hole in the carpet. *sigh*

Current dog has been far less destructive, but a hundred times more willful.

You KNOW what I went through with Dakota, and how many times I decided I'd had it and would find her a new home.... and now she's a darling and I couldn't imagine not having her around.

But OY do they try us.

Good luck with Iko, the little bugger.

Maria Zannini said...

Ref: My last dog chewed all along the baseboards in our house and tore a hole in the carpet.

Bailey?? I can't believe it!

I keep reminding myself that it's just a stage he's in and he'll grow out of it, but boy, I definitely don't have the patience I had in my youth. LOL

That dog has more time outs than a baseball player.

Phyllis Bourne said...

LOL! That cute, little guy behind bars just cracks me up!

Maria Zannini said...

Hi Phyllis!

I know. My hubby knows where my funny bone is.