I’ve been getting some requests for an update on that DOG my family brought home without my knowledge, blessing or input. (Okay, maybe nobody asked – but tough, I’m going to report it anyway.) His name is no longer “Murphy”. We discovered that he’s a bit challenged intellectually, and he likes to run and run and run … so then he became “Forrest”, as in Gump. But that’s where the similarity ends. We’ve had him for three months, and he’s got a rap sheet a mile long.
Top 10 Crimes over the past three months:
- Vandalism – Ate ½ of nice black leash as rebellion against having to stay in the porch because he was wet, and smelled like – you guessed it – a wet dog.
- Theft and destruction of property – within the course of ten minutes and (while in full view of hubby who did not notice either deed) he both:
Destruction of more property – Over the course of a couple of days, systematically, knowingly, and sneakily chewed the little leather piece that goes between your toes from THREE separate pairs of #1 daughter’s flip-flops. To add insult to injury, the shoes looked normal until she went to put them on, and they became anklets.
Vagrant-like behaviour – Rolled in something disgusting, requiring an immediate bath, even though it was nighttime and hubby was home alone with a migraine and had to perform the bathing all by himself.
Repeat vagrancy offense – Morning after emergency bath, rolled in cat poo and presented himself at the door to be let in with full turd still intact behind one ear.
Trespassing – he decided to accompany a group of Mennonite children home from their bus stop as they walked past our house. By the time hubby noticed he was gone, he had been absent for a while. Had to jump in the car and drive down our side road to their farm, where the one-canine crime spree was gleefully chasing their horses around the paddock, barking like a lunatic.
Indecent exposure and lewd, inappropriate behavior, unbecoming a dog – Whilst wrestling on the kitchen floor with the girls, he knowingly or unknowingly released what they call the “red rocket” and one of them full-on grasped it by accident. There was much screaming and hysteria, and then talk about being a “pet-o-file” and then finally, “show me on your doll where the bad lady touched you.” None of us will be recovering from that anytime soon.
Terrorism – Singlehandedly banished our beloved the cats into exile. He eats their food, and poses menacingly in the doorway. My three little feline friends are officially feral now. Sometimes they sit in the window when he’s in another room and stare in at me with tearful yet wild eyes, one paw held up against the window pane, longing for the days when they ran the house.
Grossness – Self induced bulimic behaviour whilst traveling in the vehicle, so not only can we not leave him alone, we can’t take him anywhere unless we want to end up on the side of the road scraping warm, half-digested piles of puppy chow flecked with pieces of wood off the upholstery.
Conspiracy leading to slander – He’s running with the wrong crowd. At precisely bedtime on a Monday night when he was let out for one final bio-break, he purposefully had a secret rendezvous with the stinkingest skunk in the county. Of course it was 11:00 p.m. , and we had to wait until morning to get him cleaned up. He had to sleep outside, tied up like the common criminal that he is quickly becoming.
- Dug up/pruned with his teeth, my only surviving, non-holey Hosta
- Stole black bra from clothesline and paraded it about the property like he was at a Victoria Secret fashion show
The good news is that having worked at veterinary offices for many years, I know that a foolproof remedy to remove skunk scent from a dog is a good soaking in a feminine hygiene douche product. That’s right – Summer’s Eve. Massengill – that sort of douche. The bad news is that this is a small town and it doesn’t go unnoticed when your husband is waiting at the door in the morning for the drug store to open, and hastily purchases as many douche products as he can carry.
However, he is still technically a puppy and we are trying to keep in mind that we didn’t give up any of the children during their youthful escapades (almost doesn’t count). Plus,he’s also skilled at one other thing that means we’ll probably keep him around – occasionally he does a convincing impersonation of a good dog.