Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Buckets and Flowerpots

The other thing we encourage Cookie to chew is plastic flowerpots - ideally the type that you get from the plant nursery and then throw away when you plant the plant that came in it. But plastic buckets of any sort are about as entertaining.

We discovered this in the very early days of chewing, when one of the laundry buckets got inadvertantly left lying about in the back yard. By the time we discovered the error, we didn't have the heart to take it away from him. He was rushing about the yard whanging the bucket from side to side and growling and chewing and generally enjoying himself tremendously.

And, relatively speaking, there is a LOT of chewing involved before a bucket becomes unrecognisable. But unrecognisable it inevitably becomes:

A plastic toy bucket in the process of being broken down into component atoms

Administering the bucket the thrashing it apparently so richly deserves

A flowerpot at about the half way point

Components of a flowerpot almost at the end of their useful life


At 2:32 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

Administering the bucket the thrashing it apparently so richly deserves.

wys, you've learned to think like a dog!

BTW, this is a wonderful book explaining how animals think. :-)

I wish I could figure out how to make an emoticon with a tooth grin.

At 2:35 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

Yes, the messed up emoticon and typo are all the computer's fault.

At 3:14 AM, Blogger Trillian said...

does Cookie like plastic milk jugs? our neighbor's dog loved playing with those.

At 9:52 AM, Blogger wysiwyg said...

Trillian, anything he can fit in his mouth is fair game, but one of the best legitimate chew toys is an empty coke bottle - the plastic is tough enough to resist being chew apart rapidly and it makes a wonderful skittering sound when chased over concrete.

Of course chewing legitimate things is a bit boring (nobody is trying to take them away from you), so the coke bottle generally only gets chased in the middle of the night when people are trying to sleep, and so he hasn't had one for a while now.

At 1:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the solution if you don't like the sound of empty coke bottles rattling around. Switch to beer.

At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our dogs like the plastic water bottles. It takes a while to destroy. Flower pots are gone so quickly.

Can you explain how they can chew an electrical cord and not get electrocuted. Various members of our dog family have escaped any visual harm from this exercise.

At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Almost at the end of their useful life" What, pray tell, could you plant in that?

Just curious. Very curious.


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