The Portuguese Water Dog is a mouthy breed. That's what all the textbooks and magazines say. PWD's always have t have something in their mouth. My question is, "WHY DIDN'T I LISTEN??"
My 10 month old is never without something in his mouth. We've bought him all kinds of chew toys (both stuffed and unstuffed), we've bought him squeaky toys (they last about 10 minutes in those big strong teeth), we've given him special bones, balls, Kongs..you name it...there is no lack of objects for our pup to chew on...
Why the heck does he have to pick up strange objects off the street when we're walking!!! We'll be walking along, he'll have his (annihilated unstuffed) ferret in his mouth, happy as a clam. In the blink of an eye, the ferret is tossed aside and a new, foreign object is in his mouth!!! How he does this so quickly will forever remain a mystery to me!! I can be seen at any given corner trying to pry his jaws open, all the while pulling out used Kleenex, bounce sheets, Tim Horton coffee cups, branches, cigarette packs (thankfully empty)!
Last week, as we were walking, I saw his head swoop down...but I didn't see anything sticking out of his mouth. We kept walking a little further when he turned to look at me. There, sticking out of his mouth, a used Q-Tip!! Ick. What could possibly have attracted him to that!! I tried to pull it out, but let me tell you, I have enough trouble pulling out a stick or twig...at least they're wide enough for me to be able to get a good hold on them. But a Q-Tip?? There's nothing to hold onto!! And I sure as heck didn't want to touch the cotton swab portion!! So, I did what I've always done..I looked for another piece of garbage to tempt him with, and once his mouth was opened and the Q-Tip fell out, I grabbed the leash and started running as fast as I could away from the offensive Q-Tip!!
Lately, pup has started going in my bathroom to sniff around. I tend to keep the door closed, but he's learned that if he rams his head hard enough against the door, it will open for him!! Let me explain a little bit about my bathroom. This bathroom is mine!! I share my home with my hubby and my 14 year old son, so this bathroom is off-limits to them. It's my sanctuary. I keep my make-up there, my cologne, smelly pot-pourris and of course, the things that my husband or son can never use..simply because they're male!! So, what does puppy come out of the bathroom with? Yep!!! Now, excuse me while I try prying that out of his mouth..all the while looking for taller shelves to keep things on!
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