This is certainly a knock-on-wood kind of statement, BUT — the Captain has shown marked improvement in respecting the possessions of his two-legged housemates.
I know that we were all a little shocked by the break-in, abduction, and assault on Mr. Bear a while back. Extensive analysis of the footage of the incident has led us to conclude that the motive was, in fact, a matter of boredom and ease of access. One quick fix is locking the two doors with the tastiest temptations behind them (the boys’ rooms).
I think it’s also safe to say that we have significantly adjusted our expectations of how long the Captain can keep it together before he goes foraging for fun. We’re sticking to excursions of one to two hours at the moment.
It’s amazing how much you can fit in there, without feeling time crunched. As a family, we have gone to soccer games, attended the school play, dined out several times, and shopped at Target and the grocery store – all in the last month. It’s been a while since Scott threw around phrases like “that’s a deal-breaker” and “ruined our lives”, so we’re all pretty happy.
We also followed through on purchasing a small additional selection of toys that he only has access to when we are away. This has seemed to have kept interest in them high and has forestalled premature fits of boredom in the Captain. We couldn’t do it without these guys………
Great idea on having special toys for when you are gone. Right now I am leaving Dash out of his crate for brief periods, so far so good. He has Jose’ as his role model, so that helps. Dash is teething right now which = lots of chewing. Some days the family room looks so bizarre with crazy dog toys all over. They do get the hang of it though. It just take perseverance. Good for you for hanging in there through difficult times. It is worth it as I discovered with our first dog, a rescue. I don’t miss those books she destroyed or the countless other items, but I do miss her.
squirrel circus said:
Thanks! We all love him so much and knowing that we rescued him feels so good. Hope things continue to go smoothly for you and your “guys”!
I found your blog through your comment on ADetailedHouse & am thoroughly enjoying it! Can completely relate to Captain Destruction because I have my own, a Bernese Mountain Dog who decided to eat my floor – never did like that vinyl but still… when our paper shredder broke I never bothered to replace it since Lola took care of all that just fine.
And wow! thank you, thank you on your keystroke calamity. Tell your husband that you are not the last person to know about ctrl (+) & (-). My email was so huge it wouldn’t fit in the box & do you know ctrl (-) works & I can actually read it. I never knew that.
squirrel circus said:
Glad you found me!
I just love BMDs. I “rode” one down the stairs accidentally at a friend’s house a while back. I’m only 5’2″ and when he barreled down behind me, I went along for the ride! Ha ha.
Isn’t it frustrating when technology, which is supposed to make everything easier, just makes it more confusing?