Fallen angel

The Mouse has blotted his copybook.

Wuzzen me….

While I was faffing around in the kitchen yesterday cooking cumquats, it was quiet around the house. I thought Mouse was asleep on his bed on the other side of the counter. I was wrong.

The expression says it all. There were doggy protestations of innocence, nudges, wagging of tails. But it was clear that the old cushion insert left on the floor after his last decorative nap on the rug had not exploded by itself, nor had it viciously attacked him, requiring self-defence. The innocent plushie had the same treatment and now has a limp leg where all the stuffing has come out. But his other toys are fine, as indeed are all the cushions with covers on them. There is something about fibre-fill that arouses his instinct to grab and shake. He is now studiously ignoring the mess as if to imply that it has nothing to do with him.

On the other hand, his walkies behaviour is impeccable, and he now ignores small children on bikes, mobility scooters, traffic whizzing past fore and aft while he waits at traffic islands in the middle of the road, chickens, other dogs, ibis (aka bin chickens), and the whistles of the school crossing dragons. In all this, he is a Good Boy.

In other news, the coughing and wheezing continues and yesterday I was issued with this, among other medications.

I had to check that it was taken by mouth, yes? Hopefully it will do the trick, but quite how I’m going to swallow these babies twice a day I’m not sure.

Still, if it finally gets rid of the cough, the wheezing and the fatigue, I shall be very pleased.

62 thoughts on “Fallen angel

  1. tialys says:

    Thank goodness for that! It’s not natural to have a dog with absolutely no faults at all.
    I always forget how much stuffing will fit into a relatively small object but luckily (some of) our dogs take it upon themselves to remind us. It’s a service they offer. Also, you get to see that adorable ‘ashamed’ face they manage to pull.
    Good luck with the giant pills.

    • katechiconi says:

      I shall have to remember about the fluffy white stuff in future. I did wonder why most dog toys were floppy, and now I know. He has an excellent rope toy with a canvas stuffed ‘hot dog’ on one end, but so far despite many savage seeing-tos he hasn’t managed to pierce it. Maybe canvas is the way to go…
      The pills are a chore to take, but let’s hope they work. The blasted things are the size of the top joint of my little finger, and I do not exaggerate.

  2. knettycraft says:

    So Mouse is doing very well… in less than a week he is busy with fluff and fibre. .. sounds perfect ๐Ÿ˜† . Be careful with yourself and get well soon!

  3. anne54 says:

    Now you know that you will be quite safe from rampaging cushions that might attack. Sir Mouse will gallop in and save you!

  4. Love his sad face ๐Ÿ˜ƒ …. heโ€™s such a cutie ๐Ÿฅฐ
    Hopefully those โ€˜bulletsโ€™ u have been given will stop the coughing…. ii will be worth swallowing those things .

  5. Will FaceTime next week so I can say hi to Mouse

  6. Laugh out loud moment here. Deez loves to gut fluffy toys. I source soft toys of the kind that have labels that deem them safe for babies from local op shops, although a couple of dog toys from Woolies and Kmart have survived his enthusiam and are still intact. I recently got him a cute knitted bear and he found its soft spot and gutted it in minutes.
    I hope those horse tablets work ๐Ÿคž

    • katechiconi says:

      Brilliant idea. I must see what I can find in the Red Cross shop tomorrow when I go in for Days for Girls. He needs some more toys, he’s getting a bit bored with the ones he has, and strangely, doesn’t care for his squeaker/grunter rubber pig at all… PS: cumquat jelly on toast for breakie, yum! A *lot* of work but very delicious.

  7. Oh yes, I’d quite forgotten the joys of gutting toys and cushions – and also fluffy slippers…….. and the guilt – oh the guilt! Don’t you just love it! Siddy once tried to convince me it wasn’t him, it was the cat. Eyes darting from mine to the cat with the slightest inclination of the head, all while trying not to look guilty. โค As with children, silence is NOT a good thing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      So far, everything but that one cushion pad and one toy are safe. He hasn’t chewed on anything dangerous or important, although now he’s relaxing and feeling more at home that may change… I shall remember about the silence,

  8. Dayphoto says:

    My goodness! You are NOT doing well. I hope this med does the trick and you are back to your well self soon!

  9. I’m sorry you are still having difficulties with the cough and breathing. It is exhausting!! I do hope this new medication will do the trick as well. But you have entertainment to distract you from your misery. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I wonder what inspired him? Just like a toddler, when things get quiet, worry. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Giant squishy hugs.

    • katechiconi says:

      I suspect I wasn’t paying him enough attention. He gets sudden bursts of energy and wants to play. The safest thing is to let him out into the yard and toss him a toy. He’ll chase after it, worry it and then expend lots of energy doing ‘zoomies’ โ€“ chasing round and round and round at top greyhound speed and turning on a dime, which is very entertaining to watch. Then he’ll come in, have a huge drink and fall asleep for a couple of hours. So yes, like a toddler! Hugs back, dear Marlene. xxx

  10. My dog does the same thing! Heโ€™s messier than a two year old! Lol:). Somehow their cute little faces make us love them and forgive them though, just like a two year Oldโค๏ธโค๏ธ. Iโ€™m sorry about your cough. Iโ€™m sure that medicine is going to have you feeling better in no time!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    • katechiconi says:

      He has the best line in hangdog expressions whilst at the same time doing his best to appear totally innocent. I’ve learned it’s not good to let him get bored when he needs to run around a bit…

  11. magpiesue says:

    I don’t believe I would ever get a pill that size down. Is it crushable? I regularly crush a couple of supplements I take and mix them with water in order to keep from choking on them.

    Meanwhile, I think I would keep more precious cushions out of Mouse’s reach if at all possible. You don’t want him destroying something you truly value, bored or not! My dogs have always gone for the squeaker in any plush toy. Once that’s been removed all the fun is gone apparently.

    • katechiconi says:

      The pill has a coating to protect your stomach, and they specifically say to swallow whole. On the upside, the coating helps it slide down!
      With Mouse, as he’s only been with us a week, it’s hard to know what he’s going to do next. His manners are good, but he’s starting to relax and perhaps feel safe to be naughty. And I’m beginning to recognise the signs that say “time to let me run around like a crazy thing before I destroy another cushion”!

  12. Steph says:

    Good work, Mouse!
    Shinee is a mostly faultless whippet but will occasionally decide to rip pieces from inside one of her cushions (filled with an old thin polyester doonah- very like Mouses’s cushion victim) or her sheep wool mat (old car seat cover).
    Usually she wants something- eg it’s time for a walk, but it is pretty random.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think he likes white fluffy stuff as his victim, he’s not at all interested in disembowelling his old blue towel or his green and brown blanket, but he’s tempted by his old pillows and that cushion. I read somewhere that white prey is more interesting than brown to a sighthound…

  13. Laughing about Mouse. He sounds pretty normal to me….
    Not laughing about you. This thing has been dragging on. Rest up!!!

  14. nanacathy2 says:

    Congratulations to Mouse for saving you from the cushion insert, it won’t bother you anymore. Hope those horse pills make you better very soon. What on earth is a bin chicken?

  15. claire93 says:

    glad to hear Mouse is settling in and getting up to mischief like any normal dog ^^

  16. Emmely says:

    The size of those pills is ridiculous! I’d rather take four that are a bit more normal sized than one that is this big. Good luck!

  17. kathyreeves says:

    So sorry about the horse pills, but do they at least last a long time and work? Hope they took blood so the pills are exactly what you need! Oh Mouse, it’s good you and Max live so far apart, you would only learn what we wish you wouldn’t!

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, lots of bloodwork, so it’s targeted. The cough is already improved, hopefully the rest will start to show an improvement in the next day or so. In Mouse’s defence, he’s learning good walking behaviour and is starting to understand what’s expected. He’s also very affectionate and funny, so I’ve forgiven him the cushion…

  18. My Liam devoted himself to destuffing his toys. A lot of dogs are like that. Hope you feel better soon. Seems as though it’s been a long haul for you.

  19. bewtjwgmailcom says:

    praying for them to work

  20. cazinatutu says:

    Thanks very much for the bin chicken.explanation – I’d not heard of this before.
    On the subject of dog toys, you should meet my grand-dog poodle. She can find the weak spot in any stuffed toy and have it dismembered in a couple of minutes. She loves doing it so we buy them for special occasions like Xmas but supervise carefully and don’t expect it to last long.

  21. KerryCan says:

    It sounds like the pills are doing their job–I hope so! And I guess when we get pets, we have to take the good with the not-so-good. Our cats bring dead “gifts” thru the pet door . . . . It’s good that Mouse is behaving so beautifully in other ways!

    • katechiconi says:

      To be honest, I’m not in the least upset about it! He’s worth it ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m slowly, slowly starting to feel better instead of slowly getting worse, so I’m pretty cheerful about that too.

  22. Lynda says:

    I do hope you are feeling some relief with the horse pills. Do you have a pill cutter so you can swallow in smaller bits?

    That silly Mouse! Ours did that as a pup. I left Bob in charge of watching Buddy and came home to a blizzard in the living room! Brand new couch and he unstuffed the cushions. ๐Ÿ˜ก At least yours only unstuffed one of them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m not supposed to break the pill up because it’s hard on the stomach and has a coating to protect it, but so far, I’m managing to swallow it OK. Mouse has behaved himself since that one episode, and perhaps the trick lies in not leaving him alone in places where vulnerable materials lie, and giving him regular playtimes where shaking and attempted shredding is allowed, out in the yard. It was the air of sheepishness combined with spurious innocence that cracked me up!

      • Lynda says:

        Yes, really intelligent dogs need to be worked (translates play to humans of course). Buddy wasn’t much for fetch or toys but he was a good hiking partner on the trail. Sounds like you are on the right track with the Mouse. ๐Ÿ˜€

        Regarding the pills… really bad news. But I am glad that you are able to get them down. โค

  23. I suspect this liberate-the-stuffing behavior will go away in a few months. Dogs have so few ways to tell us how they’re feeling. He’s had a lot of changes in his short life. Maybe he feels all inside-out too.

    Hope you feel better!

    • katechiconi says:

      He’s designed by nature to enjoy chasing white fluffy things, but since the disembowelling incident, he’s left everything else except his toys strictly alone, so I’m hoping he feels much more settled. He is very loved and appreciated, and I think we show it…

  24. Joanne S says:

    Attack dog ๐Ÿ˜€

    • katechiconi says:

      Very, very briefly perhaps, in rare moments between huge amounts of Olympic-level snoozing. He has a number of new toys to redirect his gnawing activities, and it seems to be working. The rest of the furniture is currently intact.

  25. Naughty, Mouse! At least he did not chew the beautiful carpet.
    My dog also loves to eviscerate her toys. Thankfully, her fondness for pulling out hobby fill has not extended to cushion inserts.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, the look of spurious innocence… He hasn’t done it again, and even the plushie toy he partly disabled has been allowed to keep the stuffing in its other 3 legs and main body. I don’t think he’d ever chew the carpet, it’s his favourite surface for posing elegantly on.

  26. rutigt says:

    Hope the medicin will help you getting better! And dogs are dogs. My sister has a dog that love to destroy hos toys. 5 minutes are the longest they stay whole ๐Ÿ™‚

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