Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ooh, She's Rascally!

While time is slowly creeping by, Strudel is growing by leaps and bounds. Physically, yet not mentally. It figures I'd end up with a dog with the learning comprehension of a damn flea.

For the most part, Strudel is still kept contained in either the kitchen or the lanai when I'm out here. She has never been destructive with furniture, but anything else? Fair game! If you leave something on a table or the couch she's going to take it and masticate it beyond recognition. Plastic cups are a favorite, as are pencils, papers, flip flops and anything else she can get her gaping jaws around. She has even found and consumed two glass panda earrings of Madison's. Three computer chargers have met their untimely demise through the power of teething puppy. And ooh, the cats' litter box is fun fun fun to root around in! Mama had to get wily with that one. No way am I having litter-scented puppy kisses on my face!

To our surprise Stru still thinks it's tons of fun to chomp on our various body parts until we scream in pain and march her right back to her crate. What ever happened to golden retrievers having a "soft mouth"? Let me tell you peeps, there is nothing soft about canine teeth sinking into your ass and leaving puncture wounds and bruises.

In the past month or so we've been trying to introduce Strudel to the freedom of the downstairs rooms when we're with her. Staircase is blocked, bathroom door closed (because toilet paper is oh so yummy) and all shoes picked up.

Ah, but couch pillows! So much fun to tear into and spread the inner fluff around! Two have bit the dust in the past month.

Ooh, yippee! Strudel Doo here! Mommy stepped away from the computer, prolly to go potty (Mommy goes potty a whole lot) and this is my chance! My chance to prove to you that I'm a sweet, lovable pup with boundless energy and a desire to learn all I can about my surroundings. I can't help it if I don't have hands to check things out. My mouth is my only option for discovery!

Mommy and Daddy say I'm not allowed on the furniture, but if you ask me, that's just not fair! Why do they gets to sit on those squishy things while I'm left to the floor? I figure what they don't know won't hurt em, right?

But I got caught. Oops.

But look at how comfy I am! I'm almost drunk on the feeling of being like one of the humans.

And really Mommy, if I'm in soooooooo much trouble, and am such a baaaaaaaaaaaaadddd puppy, why did you take pictures before scooting me off the couch? Hmph.

How can you deny this face?

So anyway, Daddy said he had to "Put his foot down" with this one. I don't get it. Daddy puts his foots down all the time when he walks. Anyhoodle, he cames home with a surprise for me. My very own bed! It's big, it's squishy and it's just perfect for doing a long dive into!

Okay, maybe it would be more accurate to say I like doing long dives into Mommy and over the bed?

It's also lots of fun to chomp on my bone while laying on all that fluffy squishiness.

Mommy says this next piture is ob...seen and looks like puppy porn, but I don't understand that. Do you? What's wrong with licking a bone???

I don't even mind just laying here quietly as long as I can stare at my Daddy. He loves me soooooooo much and brings me for walks and everything. When he's home. He travels a lot and Mommy hates it. I do too. Right now he's in some place called Tensee. Wish I could go there.

Ooh, and toys! Omg, omg, omg, I loves my toys! I gots so many I don't know what to do with them. Mommy never washed this one 'cause it sings when I bite it and she didn't want to drown the singing mouse. I think he's dying anyway, 'cause he sounds all funny now when I bite him. Ooh, but I loves him!
There's just one little problem with my new squishy bed. Mommy and Daddy didn't tell me I wasn't allowed to bite it. Oopsie?

Anyone around here know how to sew? 'Cause Mommy says she can't even sew on a bottom. Whatever that is.

I think I in trouble.

Pssst! If you love me, you might love my sister more. Go visit her at Jill's Believe it or Not, and tell her I sent you!

18 "Sister" Lovin' Friends Said:

  • Anonymous

    Wow, he's getting so big!

    My dog Max used to eat everything. EVERYTHING. Then one day he suddenly turned into this old lethargic dog. There was no middle ground. It went from hyper crazy puppy to old lethargic dog. Sad, I kinda miss the troublemaker he was!

  • Cole

    Oh, Strudel, I love your new bed! What a great present! If I lived closer, I'd definitely volunteer to fix up your bed.

    I do think you should be allowed on the furniture though. Just don't tell your momma that I said that..mkay?

  • HeatherF1

    Our dog from the pound ate 4 beds his first year, but he is such a good boy now. Except that anxiety issue, and the thowing up or leaving "dingleberries" in the car if he has to go in there. That is a tad inconvenient.

  • roy/elisabeth dean

    SHe is REALLY growing! I took a pic of Joe Cocker today, came right in from the rain, covered in MUD and jumped right up on my bed! I'll have to post it! It's funny how we just allow our pups to do all KINDS of things we wouldn't have allowed our children to do!
    How are you feeling?

  • MJ's doghouse

    HORRRRRRRRRRAY YOU ARE BACK...GOOD TIMES....i am so happy to see you blogging....and strudel is adorablle...i think you should get him his own dog has one...

  • Ronda's Rants

    She is so beautiful! I had forgotten the puppy stage...the biting, chewing and major destructive behaviors. Riley out grew it all and now is just a perfect dog who likes to just be wherever I am.
    Have a great day!

  • Michele

    OMG, Stru is getting so big! I've always wanted a golden, but Glenn keeps telling me that Bear would never come out from under the bed if we got one! I might wait until we have a bigger house...seeing Strudel run after the toys!

    Hope you're feelin better!


  • Anonymous

    I loved this post. We got a golden retriever puppy a few months before you, so I understand everything you're going through. What I did to fix the holes in the bed, was get some iron-on patches. My "Sasha" didn't stop chewing on the beds until she got to be around 10-11 months old. Make sure you have plenty of Rawhide chews!!! Goldens are the very, very, very BEST!!!!

  • cindy

    Gee...Strudel has gotten so big!...Do you have a fenced in back yard for her to play in?...I bet she's been good company for you. Enjoy your weekend!

  • bj

    This is one cute dog...
    I hope you are feeling better, Tiney. I'm thinking of ya!!

  • Tabby

    I love him! Have you tried those kong balls you fill with treats or peanut butter that usually keeps them busy for hours. All the pictures are great thanks for sharing:)

  • Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria

    Oh girl she is getting so big...made me think of my dorado that I had for years..they do low down when they get older Justine...mine was the best dog I ever had...thanks for sharing new pics...May you have a great weekend my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  • nikkicrumpet

    I can't believe how big she is getting!! I bought beds for the dogs...but alas they still would rather cuddle with mommy on the couch. We finally gave in and only the bed is off limits. We do have to draw a line somewhere lol

  • Tootsie

    Miss Pooh had her face on the wall free to good home for almost three years!!! She thought about the same way your big beautiful baby does!!! then one day..out of the blue..she just grew up and is now the bestest bestest baby any mommy could ever want...except that she doesn't like to cuddle too much due to a bad back.
    You just hang in there girl...that baby will grow out of it all one day..hopefully soon!
    What a beautiful dog Justine!
    and yes...there is a flower that is in my garden that I don't know...cause that is not supposed to be a perennial...those are annuals...and the woman next door has not planted anything in 7 years! lol it is a freak of nature that it is still alive.

  • Tami

    ROFL. Shes worth every bite and every bruise! She's HILARIOUS!!!

  • Ginger

    This post didn't update on my blog. Sorry I'm late posting a comment.
    Strudel is so cute and gives you the "sad look" with those eyes. It would be hard to scold her.
    My dog has his own big bed, but still loves getting up on the furniture. Wouldn't be bad if he didn't leave dog hair behind when he gets down.

  • Grand Pooba

    Oh I remember those puppy days! My Mastif, Bain, went through SO MANY fricken dog beds! Why do they feel they have to eat everything?!

    Dozer, the Dane, felt compelled to rid my closet of all my shoes. Not one went unchewed. I'm glad we're out of that stage now!

  • Life on Bonnie Lane

    Awww, isn't funny how they just know that the new bed is for them? If it wasn't, they would claim it anyhow!

    Hope she grows out of that chewing phase soon!