When Sadie’s in a bad mood and wants you to stay away, or when she has a treat and she’s afraid you’ll take it from her, my little pup has a predictable pattern of behavior. In the following photos, you can see the typical steps of a Sadie temper tantrum from start to finish.
It begins with “the look”. Sadie gets a certain look in her eyes that clearly says “stay away”.
If you ignore “the look” and approach Sadie anyway, she begins to growl quietly, showing her teeth a little.
If you still persist and reach out towards her, she snaps. She doesn’t actually bite or even try to grab you, she just tries to snap in your direction to scare you away.
The final stage of the temper tantrum is guilt. Sadie immediately feels sorry for snapping and tries to lick you. It’s hard to be stern and reprimand my little pup for snapping when she insists on licking your face and apologizing.
The old excuse “the dog ate my homework” is making a lot more sense to me now. Although I don’t have homework anymore, I do have important paperwork for my job. And this week Sadie decided to destroy some of it. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me to capture the carnage, so I’ll just have to describe to you what happened.
It all started with a treat at our office. I gave Sadie a snack at work, but she wasn’t hungry at that moment, so she decided to bury the treat on the shelf under the printer. Throughout the course of the day I put some paperwork on the same shelf, not realizing that I covered her treat. Eventually Sadie decided she was hungry. She went looking for her treat, but couldn’t see it. She could, however, smell the treat. Sadie knew it must be under the papers somewhere, so she started digging. I did hear the sounds of Sadie digging, but didn’t think anything of it at the time. Meanwhile the papers got all scrunched up around the treat as a result of Sadie’s efforts and then started to tear. I immediately went to investigate the sound of tearing paper, but by then it was too late to save the pages. So I just watched as Sadie got her teeth involved, ripping the papers in hopes of freeing her treat. In no time at all Sadie was happily munching on her treat amidst the wreckage of my paperwork. I found the whole situation hilarious, although it probably wouldn’t have been so funny if I couldn’t just reprint all my damaged papers.
On a more serious note, I’m lucky that all Sadie tore apart was paper. Many other common household items can be harmful for your pets if ingested. Check out PetPlan Insurance’s helpful guide called “Eat This, Not That” for more information on edible hazards.
This post is part of the Monday Mischief Pet Blog Hop.
On this Black & White Sunday, just a few short days before Halloween, I’ve got a picture for you of Sadie showing off her pearly white teeth. Something about this photo reminds me of old sci-fi/horror werewolf movies. She looks like the evil werewolf, standing on its hind legs, either about to attack or about to sneeze. I don’t know whether to be horrified or laugh.
Here is Sadie demonstrating her favorite position for chewing on her toy bones. It never fails to make me laugh when she rolls over and starts chewing. When I think about, I guess it’s pretty smart to lay in that position. She’s basically using gravity to help push the toy further into her mouth, so that she can satisfy her urge to chew with her back teeth. Continue reading →
Yesterday I was seeing a lot of these pearly whites, but unfortunately it was not in the happy, smiling Sadie way. I was out most of yesterday afternoon at a dog and cat adoption charity event. I wish I could have taken Sadie, but she would have been terrified of the huge crowd, and I would have spent the whole time worrying about her. I knew Sadie would have a better time at home hanging out with her Grandparents and playing with her Uncle, who is visiting from out of town this weekend. At one point I spoke to my family, who said Sadie was happily running around and playing and chasing her toys. Continue reading →