TMP — Bored Girl

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. My peeve today is about something that happened yesterday when my wife and I took our Mother’s Day bike ride through Golden Gate Park and along the Pacific Ocean.

It wasn’t her fault, really. She’s only 16 months old, you know. She just doesn’t know any better. And, after all, this was the first time we left her alone for an extended period of time. Nevertheless, when we did arrive home after being gone for six hours during our Mother’s Day outing, we were shocked at how much damage a bored little girl can do.

She had not only peed on the family room rug, she had shredded several pillows on our leather sectional couch. And she also pulled the stuffing out of one of the leather cushions. What a bad little girl.

What a bad dog.

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Now bear in mind, we’ve only had her for two months after adopting her from a local shelter and we’re still going through the obedience training process. We had left her home by herself twice before without incident, but for less than an hour each time. Never for six hours.

So it wasn’t her fault, really. It was ours.

21 thoughts on “TMP — Bored Girl

  1. rugby843 May 9, 2022 / 10:02 am

    A kennel to put her in with good water and a couple of new toys might do the trick. She probably felt abandoned. Some people leave the tv on in another room for company. Whatever works☺️

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  2. msjadeli May 9, 2022 / 11:10 am

    Crate training can avoid those messes, but not sure if the crate training window has passed for her. You’re a lot more mature about it than I would be.

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    • Fandango May 9, 2022 / 8:51 pm

      We have a crate, but she refuses to go in it.

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      • msjadeli May 10, 2022 / 9:06 am

        If you turn it into a fun and safe refuge, you may be successful. The crate must never be used for “punishment.” Make it cozy and put her favorite treats in there. It might take a little time, but…

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        • Marleen May 10, 2022 / 4:39 pm

          I highly support the crate training. I haven’t had a dog for decades, but my close cousin has. If you put her in the crate while you’re gone, you actually could save her life or yourself thousands of dollars in medical costs. Her dog ate a box of tissues one day and required a medical procedure to keep her from dying.

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  3. JT Twissel May 9, 2022 / 11:22 am

    You never know how animals will react to being left alone !

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  4. Marilyn Armstrong May 9, 2022 / 11:32 am

    Ah the memories! We had ONE dog — Tinker — who was chaotic for her entire life. She was also not merely smart. She was almost human and her abilities included not only opening any gate in the house, but — are your ready? — CLOSING the gate when she was done with her depredations.

    It was very confusing. All gates closed, but it looked like your picture. It HAD to be Tinker, but how? One day I managed to hear the quite “kachink” of the gate being lifted and closed downstairs. After that, we fixed a wire on the gate and at least she couldn’t get into Kaity’s room or worse, the bathroom!

    Most dogs get over the destruction phase, but Tinker never did. Duke only had a couple of difficult months. Now, other than his constant trolling for treats, he is a VERY good boy. Very good. Do you hear me Duke?

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    • Fandango May 9, 2022 / 10:08 pm

      I’m hoping our dog, being a rescue, may have temporary (or at least I hope temporary) abandonment issues, worried that if we’re gone, we may never be coming back.


  5. Lou Carreras May 9, 2022 / 11:42 am

    We are going through similar issues with Max (16 months). I feel for you!

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    • Fandango May 9, 2022 / 10:10 pm

      Hopefully, once she becomes more secure, she will not be destructive when we’re out of the house and she’s left alone for a few hours.


  6. pensitivity101 May 9, 2022 / 12:55 pm

    Six hours is a long time Fandango. We had a cage for Maggie when she was a pup and put her inside at night and also if we had to go out. It was never used as punishment as it was open all day, but her bed was in there and we put in a bowl of water at night. It kept her safe, but we never left her more than a couple of hours at most. I was working, but Hubby wasn’t so leaving her alone wasn’t that often. Early days though, and the problem is if we don’t catch our pets in the process of doing something wrong, they don’t understand what they’ve done to displease us.
    We don’t have a cage (nowhere to put one actually) for Maya, so we would have to leave her in the hall if we had to go out and not able to take her. The problem is everywhere we need to go is about an hour’s drive away, so the minimum time would be three. Not good. Good luck.

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    • Fandango May 9, 2022 / 10:34 pm

      Yes, it was a long time to leave her alone and as a rescue dog, she may be insecure and fear abandonment. But there has to be a way to have a balance between being there for your pet and living your own life without being housebound. But I’m sure we’ll figure it out eventually. Surprisingly, we didn’t have a similar issue with any of our previous dogs.


      • pensitivity101 May 9, 2022 / 10:59 pm

        There is always a balance as everyone and every dog is different. She may well have felt abandoned.
        When we were both working, Barney had a kennel outside and loved to watch people going by. The garden was secure and he was quite content. We’ve only left Maya for very short periods to get her used to being on her own, but most times she comes with us anyway.

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  7. Nope, Not Pam May 9, 2022 / 1:00 pm

    We had two pups and they destroyed the place for months whenever we left them for more than a couple of hours. The saviour was a Kong. I don’t know if you have them there, but they work well to occupy pups 😊

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    • Fandango May 9, 2022 / 10:36 pm

      Yes, we do have a Kong. Two, in fact. Next time we have to be away for a few hours, we’ll give her one. Thanks for the suggestion, Deb.

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  8. cagedunn May 9, 2022 / 4:59 pm

    I remember those days … Ebbie was the best at indicating it was time for new pillows and blankets, but when Mister Cat came on board, it was double-trouble, including toilet paper and tissues snowing throughout the house if we were gone too long!
    I highly recommend a few kongs, or a night-crate with a warm blankie [of the indestructible type, or about to be tossed as worn beyond best use]. Oh, and music, with vocals.

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    • Fandango May 9, 2022 / 10:56 pm

      We have a few Kongs and will definitely give them a try. Thanks.

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  9. Taswegian1957 May 10, 2022 / 2:51 am

    Yes, been there although with Cindy and our previous dogs it was not so much tearing up cushions as going down the rubbish bin if I’d been silly enough not to put it out of reach. It is difficult when you have to leave them for more than a couple of hours. I often had to, especially when living alone. You will find a balance because, as you say, you have to be able to live your life and sometimes that means being away from home for an extended period.16 months is still pretty young so I’m sure she will improve as she matures.

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  10. Carol anne May 11, 2022 / 2:03 pm

    Oops! Bad dog! 😛 Hope you don’t have a repeat of that!

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