10.26.2006

Rocky's Fortress of Solitude

Otherwise known as "Plan D," I believe I have finally figured a way to keep Rocky from destroying everything we own and making himself sick. He can't stay inside by himself because he eats or destroys as many things as he can before we get home. He can't stay outside by himself because he eats destroys as many things as he can before we get home. He is a model of good behavior while we are with him , but left to his own devices he is an absolute terror!! A brief sample of what he has eaten recently:

-nearly every plant I've planted in the backyard
-tape
-toilet paper
-garden hose
-pool filter
-a pool
-pond liner
-countless pounds of spoiled plums and apples from our fruit trees
-spatulas
-books
-welcome mat
-a rat
-a dead bird
-dog bowls
-BBQ tarp
-BBQ utensils
-pieces of the stairs going up to the deck
-Solar powered garden lights
-The DirecTV cable going to our bedroom
-lawn sprinkler

The list goes on. He's also figured out how to open doors and gates and has escaped from the backyard a few times. He is recovering from a sickness that he got from eating or drinking something in the backyard. To keep him safe from himself, we started leaving him in the downstairs bathroom, he knows how to operate a sliding door and easily escaped a few nights ago and went on a rampage in the house. When considering my options for puppy-containment solutions, the movie Hannibal came to mind. We could put him into a large glass box and cart him around on a dolly when taking him for a walk. Due to high cost, I dropped that plan and went down to the Home Depot for supplies. Thirty bucks later and Rocky now has his own escape-proof padded room, well except for the padding, he would eat it. He can't even have a dog bed in there because he ate his last one. I think I've finally outsmarted my wily, clever foe.........
So, I'm off to Chinese class right now and the Rocky Containment facility is getting it's trial run. Tomorrow I'm off to DISNEYLAND!!!!!

8 comments:

joanne said...

more toys, more toys!!!
Or you might have a great candidate for great Pet tricks on David Letterman. Keep up the faith!

Love, the other JoJo

Anonymous Midwest Girl said...

Good luck! We crate trained Riley because he was the same way. Just think...only a year and a half left to go before they mature!

Mum said...

Rocky's list made me laugh so hard! that I had to send that page to all my "dog" mom and dad friends. Glad he's recovering :)

Big Daddy said...

That's one determined pooch.

Leo said...

I finally got on your BLOG and read some today. This story had me in tears I was laughing so hard. Seriously, that pic with Rocky & little devil horns. I can hardly look at it without giggling! I hope the fortress of solitude has been a success!

Deb said...

Seaton sent me your list. We have puppy destruction going on at our house too.

Rachel said...

I have come back to this post so many times... and this was before he ate the couch joe did leave in that room!!!

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