I think our dog, Jake, must have been a goat in another life…there are very few items at our house that he hasn’t tried to eat at least once!
When the kids tell their teachers, “The dog ate my homework,” it’s usually true…no matter how many times we tell them not to leave stuff out, it still happens! He also likes to chew school supplies: pencils, pens, erasers, rulers, protractors, etc.
Our gadget-filled home is heaven for a canine who loves the taste of plastic: I’ve lost track of the number of headphones, earbuds, I-Pod cords, and camera connection cords that we’ve had to replace.
Then there was the time Hope left her glasses within Jake’s reach…that was fun to explain to the people at the optical shop! They replaced them at no charge (still under warranty)…yay, Vogue Optical! Sunglasses is another thing that’s destroyed with alarming regularity.
The bathroom is one of Jake’s favourite places to troll for trouble…he will chew small plastic shampoo bottles, and we’ve come home more than once to find the remainders of a tampon or two in our living room. He also enjoys plastic headbands.
Jake’s pretty good about shoes (a blessing since we have four women in the house)…he’s only ruined a couple of pairs…he likes to pull out the insole and chew it…
I’m constantly reminding the kids to put their Popsicle sticks in the garbage…otherwise, we find the splintered remains everywhere!
Jake likes “live” stuff too…in the spring, he thinks it’s fun to run by the newly-sprouted peony bushes and just grab a mouthful. He totally ruined my vegetables that I planted indoors this year…there was dirt, seedlings, and pieces of egg carton all over our family room! I ended up replanting seeds outside later on. And then there was the time he thought it would be a good idea to “taste” our friendly neighbourhood porcupine…http://writerwoman61.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/creature-discomforts/ (Jake had already eaten enough of Mr. Prickles’ poop on his forays into the back yard). He also likes to play with the chipmunks and squirrels on our porch, but hasn’t been able to get close enough to sample them…
Food of any kind is not safe to leave within Jake’s reach. He has stolen cookies, cupcakes, fresh rolls, chocolate Easter eggs, bananas (he really doesn’t like them!), potatoes, and onions. Hope had a bonfire at her birthday party last year, and the girls made Smores…guess who found the chocolate bar that one of the guests left on the lawn chair? Poor Jim took Jake out on the deck and induced vomiting!
Jake’s all-time favourite thing to eat is lunchbags (and the plastic food containers within). Jim attaches his lunchbag to his laptop bag when he goes to work, and sometimes forgets to detach the lunchbag when he comes home. We came home from a movie last night, and found that Jake had found it (again!). The lunchbag was toast…zipper was finally broken!
Today, Jim took his lunch in a bag with this guy’s picture on it:
His co-workers should get a kick out of that…