Friday, November 21, 2008

Fuckles strikes again

Okay, this time the victim wasn't of the soft, feathered sort. The bloody dog has turned his attention DE-construction. He's become a one dog wreaking ball. An incomplete list of his targets is:
  • light switch at Marnie's (completely pulling it off of the wall bearing the wires).
  • two door knobs (they still work but are dented and pocked).
  • trim around the front door.
  • drywall beside the front door.
  • backyard gate (bent, chainlink removed, hole dug underneath)
  • most surprising of all, one extra-large Varikennel. (He completely annihilated it in two hours and managed to escape free to reak havoc upon various household fixtures).

He is now on medication for anxiety (aka seperation anxiety) and has a new metal kennel. I have started filling his Kong (a type of dog toy) with peanut butter to attempt to keep him busy while we're out. I am attempting to minimize the cues that we are leaving.

It's is just odd. He has never been my favourite (only because he is not Eli and is very exuberant with his affection) but he has always been sweet to the kids, undestructive, and clean. After Jeff died, he started killing (although we only got chickens after Jeff was gone so this one isn't completely fair). After Eli died, he was fine for a month....and now this. He's lost it. I am angry.....but I feel a small amount of empathy for his acting out. If ingesting drywall would make me feel better, I would do it too.


leigh in the sav said...

oh, jackie! that is crazy! i had a dog that required anxiety meds... he could not be contained in a crate since he would harm himself in trying to get free. i hope that fuckles will calm down soon!

Lisa D said...

Have you read "Marley & Me" - this post reminds me of that book!!!

Anonymous said...

Jackie you have to watch "Dog Whisper" on National Geographic Channel, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

He has done shows on exactly what is happening with your dog. I don't watch a lot of television but I do enjoy watching this show when i can.

Good luck

Melissa said...

Also reminds me of Marley & Me. Love that story. Though very sad at the end.

Please be careful of the Kong, I looked it up and its very similar to the toy I am posting, which is a sad story too, and very true.

Poppy and Mei said...

Geeeeeez Fuckles!
Loved catching up with your stuff, I'm bawling again...XXxx
(P.S. My word verification is "impernat". I reckon that's what Fuckles is...impernat!)

darcie said...

This is going to sound a little gross and is more of a "summer treat" than cold winter one but...we used to put dog food in water til it soaked in and expanded ~ then filled the kongs with that and put them in the freezer - then, when we'd leave we'd give our dog a frozen kong and it would take him awhile to get the frozen pieces apart and eaten...

Headder said...

Hi Jackie-

I found your blog via Matt and was reading thru (while I should be working).

First, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Jeff seemed like a wonderful husband and father and my heart goes out to you and your beautiful (and so damn cute!) kids!

Secondly- my dog and Fuckles could be twins behavior wise. My Abbers is a lab who had a fear of thunderstorms that turned into a fear of everything. We have ripped dry-wall, mangled metal door knobs and at least 5 destructed kennels. *sigh* I so feel for you there.

Our vet wouldn't treat Abbers any more b/c her problems were so bad, so we went to Cornell and got Abber on TWO different anti-anxiety meds. They seem to have taken the edge off.

Also recommended to me was melting cheese in a kong for a treat to keep her busy. And buying a toy/ball that makes Abbers work to get her food out- something like this:

The goal is to keep Abby busy with the Kong/food when we leave the house.

Best of luck!