December 26, 2006

Misadventures in Puppysitting

Erik and I have been staying at my brother's apartment and puppysitting since Saturday morning. The puppy's name is Astro, and while he was just as cute as could be earlier in the day on Saturday, by that night he had morphed into the devil-dog we now know him as.

See, Astro is a biter. Sure, it might just be playful puppy-play, but this kid's got teeth on him. Sharp teeth. Tiny, razor-sharp sharklike teeth that want nothing else than to sink into human flesh. We have browsed through all of the dog-training books that Kevin has available - stuff like The Simple Guide to Labrador Retrievers, and Puppies for Dummies. Everything we read we try - and unfortunately, everything we try fails. At that point the books recommend seeking out professional help. Ha.

It's probably just the fact that his real Mommy and Daddy are frolicking up in Canada, enjoying their holiday. Erik and I have come to the conclusion that this dog really just doesn't like us, and wants them back post haste. No matter how many hours we spend throwing him kibble, tennis balls and various chew toys, allowing him to run and fetch and run back full-speed into us, or how often we praise him for relieving himself in the proper areas (I now hear "Good Potty!" repeated over and over as I'm trying to fall asleep - a nice counterpoint to the puppy's relentless barking and whimpering as we're settling in for bed), the little monster just can't bring himself to refrain from drawing blood.

These few days, we have laughed in disbelief, wept in hopelessness, and questioned our historically successful abilities as caretakers to animals. The timeouts aren't working. No punitive measures seem to have any diminishing effect on his need to lunge forward and bite whatever bit of body part he fixes on. We feel as though we are failing...

But...


Erik and Astro in better times, with Flickr Santa Hat embellishment

He's really, really cute when he's sleeping. That seems enough to keep us here for now. Only a few more days until Kevin and his wife return, and believe me, the countdown has begun.


posted by julie at December 26, 2006 08:20 PM


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