Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Update on the Dogs

Since this picture was taken two months ago, it's not necessarily a good representation of the current size of the collies.  Shane, our border collie, is the black and white, Barney, is in the blue Collar and Hondo is in the red collar. I'll preface this post by saying two things.  First,We love our dogs VERY much, the antics of Barney and Hondo have brightened up our lives beyond measure. Shane is our wonder dog.... Really he is. Second... I have to question, pretty much daily, our sanity in acquiring TWO collie puppies on the same day - brothers no less, and to ask daily, What the hell were we thinking!
The puppies are house broken now.. (probably shouldn't say that) but as far as being in the house unsupervised, uh NO.. They are continually getting into one waste basket or another and bringing out whatever they find.. NOT o.k.... Barney (who still falls when trying to jump up on the bed - which is against the rules now) will grab the toilet paper on the roll and walk all over the house, pulling the paper with him, literally emptying the roll.  They have chewed up ALL of our patio furniture, I'm talking the not the cushions which I knew about and knew I could fix, I'm talking the wicker - the backs and bottoms of all the chairs. One of them - the one with the brown nose - digs.. Never had a collie that dug.. We sat outside Monday evening, until I was SO p.o'd at the damage I had to go inside.. Barney - living on the wild side,  tried to chew on me as I sat on a chair he'd already chewed to destruction.  I know Sandie, we should have used hot sauce to keep them from chewing.. Who knew they'd go beyond the pillows.

I'll end with a story on how awesome Shane, our border collie is.. This is not the first time he's done something like this, rather it was just the confirmation of what he has been doing.. Yesterday, I was at my computer doing work on some photos. My computer is at the opposite end of the house from the kitchen, down two long hallways.. Shane came up behind me "whining" and bumping into me trying to get me to move. I ignored him after patting his head.. About 10 minutes later, I heard Paul scolding the collies (yet again) and went out to find out what their latest terror was. .  They'd gotten into the trash - Paul's fault for not closing the door and pulled their treasures all over the family room.. Our Border Collie, Shane, had been in my office trying to get me to come out to stop them.. Isn't he a fabulous dog!  Now I know for sure, when he's barking like crazy facing the house, he's really telling on Hondo for digging...

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog today.

P.S. We really do love Hondo and Barney, we really really do and it's o.k. (I guess) that our once nice backyard, looks more like a junk yard  lot now.  With holes and dirt where grass once stood.  Really

Shane is exhausted from policing these two.

7 comments:

Rudee said...

Poor Shane-he sure is pretty. Now the thing with the pups-they need obedience school and constant supervision so they can't misbehave. Or they need Cesar-stat. When they misbehave, we've only ourselves to blame. That doesn't make the destruction any easier to take. Thank you for reminding me why I don't want a puppy right now!! I waver at times, but it's nice not having to worry about puppy destruction. Bless you for reminding me.

Sandy said...

They are so adorable though! The photo is cute of the three of them sitting there looking at Paul... Poor Shane he must be exhausted.

Jose said...

You probably "heard" me say that I like dogs, I just don't like to own them. Well, a few years back at my old house I was convinced to take these to dalmatians. They were indeed beautiful dogs but our nice back yard was pretty much destroyed the first two days they were home. We had those dogs for close to three years, including some new ones that came later. Right now I am happy to say, no dogs.

Kathie Moore said...

What sweet guys.

Julee Marie Photography said...

Awww.. aren't they just so flippin cute! LOL.. yeah until they eat and chew everything in sight! I agree school could help. We took Wrigley to school at Petsmart and he never chewed on anything. Not to say it was because of the school. Maybe give them some big rawhide bones to chew on. Let them know thats ok to chew :-) Good.. and can't wait to see how Emilee is with them.. haa ha

Brenda said...

Oh my what an adventure they have had you all on. They sound like the terrible twos and need some time out with lots of chew bones or old socks. Don't listen to me, I have never had a trained dog. I enjoyed the story though. Have a great weekend Betty!

Tricia said...

You guys have your hands FULL w/ those 2!!! Good boy, Shane - I love those eyes!!!