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October 17th, 2017

Child proof but not dog proof

Posted by teri in Uncategorized    

But then nothing in my world is dog proof.

My apologies, I have been derelict in my entertainment duties in these here parts. I had to go to California last weekend for family stuff and that consumed the bulk of available resources: time, money, energy and sense of humor. I think I have now achieved some level of caught-up-ness. At least, I’m going to pretend that’s the case. Being caught up is a figment of our individual and collective imaginations anyway, not to mention being highly overrated.

So in a desperate attempt to leave no stone unturned in finding ways to get Roxy happier, more settled, less destructive, less afraid, what-have-you, I have enlisted the help of an “animal communicator”. I sent a list of questions I wanted to ask Roxy and photos (full face and full side views). This is one I took that I especially like, it seems the most “her”.

I haven’t quite made up my mind about the concept or what she’s had to say thus far but she is certainly committed to helping Roxy get better. She went out of her way to talk to our trainer (pro bono) and suggested a different formula of CBD oil that is now ordered. The stuff we have now doesn’t seem to be of much help. Thus far, what she has said falls mostly in the category of “painfully obvious”: that Roxy is afraid all the time and was abused in her first home – shamed for not being aggressive enough in defending her home turf – that would certainly explain why no one is allowed near the house.  I still have some time left (prepaid) with her after we see how this new CBD oil works. Stand by for further reports.

Clearly it is not an immediate fix. In the on-going battle of wits between Roxy and I, I thought to try a child-proof lock on the cabinet under the kitchen sink. I find it inconvenient to have the trash can across the room in the pantry. I tested the lock and there was more wiggle room than I felt was advisable so I put the magnetic catches back on so the magnets would grab and close the inch gap.

You can see how successful the experiment was:

Fortunately, I had just taken the trash out so there wasn’t much to spread across the house. I have no idea how she did it but somehow she managed to yank the frame off the cabinet door. I suppose it was a success to the extent that the lock remained on the knob? That’s a very slim straw to clutch but clutch it I shall.

You can see the extent of her remorse:

Pretty much non existent. I think we can officially call it: I have lost the battle and the war. At least on the home front. I’m just waiting for her to figure out to open the doors around the house. Not a single knob, all levers, well within the abilities of an intelligent, determined dog. And we have more that proven that she is that.

That said, I had to board her while I was in California. How scary is that? And guess what? She did beautifully! Ran and played and ran and collapsed exhausted at the end of the day. The owner said she didn’t hear her bark until I was there picking her up and someone had the audacity to come into the office.

As a reward we stopped at Starbucks:

Clearly horrible stuff. Just horrible. So bad, she volunteered to take the lot of it out back to dispose of.

That’s about it for now in our world. I hope you and yours are all doing well!


Teri, the Roxinator and Angel Isa


  1. Oh Teri your cup runneth over! Thank God Roxy found you and you’re so willing to do what it takes to get Roxy to where she needs to be. Roxy indeed hit the jackpot with you! I know someday soon your efforts will be rewarded. Let’s just hope your sense of humor survives too cause I would really miss that 😂

      linda8115 — October 17, 2017 @ 11:36 pm   Reply

  2. Oh my goodness Roxy is really into the trash thing. She is amazing. I am glad she had a good time while you were boarding her. Maybe doggy daycare a few days a week while you work??

    I am glad you have a good sense of humor about you. I am hoping the animal communicator helps you some more

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

      Michelle — October 18, 2017 @ 12:22 am   Reply


    I hopped over for a quick read before bed, and Im laughing so hard Imw snortin,’:-)

    Gonna come back in a bit. But for noa I’m going to bed with a HUGE smile on mt face!!!!

    Love you!
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

      benny55 — October 18, 2017 @ 4:27 am   Reply

  4. wooooaaaaah! I think she grew thumbs, that is craaaaazy.

    But you are SO on the right track. The communicator, the CBD, and even the boarding, which is amazing and wonderful that she did so well. That’s a lot like how Wyatt was when we left him in a home setting with a sitter. He was a totally different dog, happy and content while we were away. What was that we were talking about, how our dogs just know whose buttons to push?

    Roxy WILL get there and you will be so much smarter in the process. It’s the learning part that’s so challenging. Hang in there!

      jerry — October 20, 2017 @ 4:29 pm   Reply

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