April 5, 2011

White Dog gave a little "What are you doing ?" woof as she came around the corner to join me in the office. Her question was not what I was doing, but rather, what her sister, Still Another White Dog, was up to. WD sighed heavily as once again the burdens of pack leadership pressed down and she tapped to get my attention. "Hey, what are you doing?" I asked our littlest Eskie as she continued to calmly gnaw on the door frame. "Stop that!"

Puff is not a puppy; she is 12 years old and other than terrorizing stuffies on occasion, has never chewed up anything inappropriate since we got her. SAWD looked annoyed, first at me and then at White Dog. She got up, moved to the end of the hallway and laid down with her back to us. WD and I went back to work.

A short time later we simultaneously looked toward the hall, drawn by the whumfing noise that sounded like either a bad case of canine hiccups or pre-barfing sounds. There was SAWD with the edge of the carpet runner in her jaws, the rug gripped in her paws as she dragged and pulled and nommed at the fabric attempting to tear off a strip.

WD let out a warning growl. Puff turned but did not even drop the carpet. "Really?" I said getting up and catching her in my arms. "What is this about?" I checked her mouth to see if there was a tooth issue that needed attending but her teeth were fine and gums healthy bright pink. For a senior girl, Puff has wonderful teeth.

Our house looks like a bulldozed cemetery; there are bones everywhere for the pups to enjoy. Big beef shins, littler nylabones, round steak bones, rawhides, moo ears, and an endless assortment of rubber chewable toys. The White Dog Army does not lack materials to exercise their teeth, gums and jaws.

Just to be sure, I took a new rubber denta-bone from the stash and gave it to our girl. She took it and sniffed. She gave it a tentative munch. Then she dropped it and went outside.

White Dog followed her and came back laughing. Where was SAWD? Why, in the backyard of course, chewing a stick!

And the bizarre door and carpet chewing? She hasn't repeated the behavior all afternoon and is certainly not talking about the incident.


Wyatt said...

I do stuff like that when I'm saying, "Pay attention to ME!"
I hate it when everybody ignores me!


Stephen Sehi-Smith said...

Puff is such a silly little old lady.

Teddy Bear said...

Puff...we're so glad you're coming out of your shell and starting to chew on things. Sticks are the best, aren't they?:)

Teddy Bear

Suka said...

hey White Dog Army,

I heard humans say that they crave things their bodies need, so perhaps Puff needed some rug and wood! BOL! Such a silly little Puff!

Siku, good job on keeping your Pack in line!


Bailey Be Good! said...

Hey Puff -- you remind me of my furry sister, Nala. She's 12 and just had 4 teeth removed...she would love to chew a hard bone if given the chance.

I LOVE finding sticks in the yard!

Woofs & hugs,


Brian said...

I think she realized that the carpet had never been munched and she didn't want it to feel neglected!

Mr. Pip said...

My bunny sister likes to chew on weird things - like books, rugs, wicker chairs! Yucky!

Your pal, Pip

Remington said...

Sometimes we just need to chew something....

Kari in WeHo said...

maybe she is reliving her puppyhood?


ra husky said...

Puff the little rebel bol!

RA & Isis

Asta said...

Hmmm a cunundwum....why would ANWD pick on those things to chew?
I think sometimes we get bowed and just want to expewiment..I 'm glad Puff finally settled on the stickie..those awe fun and I hope White dog doesn't have to wowwy anymowe
smoochie kisses

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

One can never be sure what goes on in the mind of a furry:) And especially a senior one!

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Ariel said...

Ariel does this she has bitten all of our wooden table legs.

Sagira said...

Sounds like my puppy brother. He is chewing up a storm over here.

ForPetsSake said...

Hmm...Suspicious. I would've checked that mouth as you did. There's nothing more strange than new behaviors. If nothing's wrong in there, then I would guess boredom? I've found, too, that as dogs get older and lose their fear of us entirely ("yeah, they're no threat at all - I've lived with them this long, they're not going to hurt me...") and just do any old thing they please. They just KNOW nothing catastrophic is going to happpen if they just chew this bit of forbidden ;)

The Thundering Herd said...

Door frames, window sills, dog doors . . . All seem to be far more interesting than Kongs.