pets and holidays

United States
December 16, 2007 10:04pm CST
Do you have any stories of accidents/incidents involving your dog - or cat -- around the holidays. This is pretty freestyle but could include pulling down the Christmas tree, or tearing open presents or maybe eating the Christmas Roast when you weren't looking?
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@Signal20 (2282)
• United States
17 Dec 07
Only thing I can really remember, the typical...cat climbing up the tree, knocking it off or knocking half the lights off. I did learn though not to use glass ornaments, especially round glass ornaments. My cats loved knocking those off and rolling them around, and one house I lived in, they rolled a few ornaments into the bathroom where they shattered against the bath tub. I got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, and sliced my foot open in several places from the glass. Now we just use the plastic ornaments, on only on the top half of the tree lol. Oh, and I learned last year that dogs CAN smell through wrapping paper, plastic wrap, and cardboard. One of my pain in the butt dogs managed to polish off a whole box of choclates. What really ticked me off, it was expensive chocolates from this little candy shop where I used to live, and I didn't even get to eat one. Stupid dog....I was so ticked! She spent the rest of the day and that night outside, one for punishment, but also I didn't want to see how it was going to affect her lol, she's lucky she didn't die from all that chocolate. That's about it really, mine friggin dogs are always trying to pull food off the counters, so that's almost an everyday occurence in our house :)
• United States
17 Dec 07
Wow, sounds like some of your holidays have been really frustrating! And painful. Sounds like you've found some ways of overcoming the challenges though! Where do you keep presents now?
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@Signal20 (2282)
• United States
19 Dec 07
More like, where do I keep the animals now :) One of the cats decided they liked to pee on clothes, and blankets. I also have some ferrets and a pet skunk, and we don't have an extra room in our house to keep them in, so I bought one of those wooden playhouse sheds. I put up some curtains on the windows, put some insulation and cheap plywood to keep it warm/cool, and all the stinky animals are out there now. I have an air conditioner in the summer and put a portable heater in the winter. I hate not having them in the house, but it was coming down to the house was smelling really bad and they were just ruining everything lol. The dogs spend the day outside in their area, and come in at night, or if it's too hot, too cold, raining, etc. And, 2 of my dogs also like to pee in the house because their old, so those 2 go directly into their cage at nighttime, and they just sleep the whole night. And, I have a huge piece of plastic lattice blocking the entrance to the family room where the tree is and the only bit of carpeting left in the house :) So all I have to do now is fight for space on my bed with the remaining dog :)
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
17 Dec 07
Last Christmas, my husband "accidentally" taught our new "pound kitty" how to operate a musical toy. We have a set of musical Christmas chihuahuas. You press the paw and they play carols. Our new cat that we rescued from the local pound got up on the table where they were and pulled one down to the floor. My husband took it away from him; held it out and activated the music. He told the cat that if he couldn't play with it correctly, he could not play with it at all. My husband put the toy back on the table. A few minutes later the cat was back up on the table. He walked over to the toy dog and pressed the paw and the carols started playing. My husband's jaw dropped and we all started laughing. We told him that it was his fault since the "taught" the cat how to operate it and told him if he did he could play with it! When the carols stopped the cat pressed the paw again and once again the music was playing and we were all laughing. Two times was enough. The cat jumped down and never bothered the toy dogs again.
• United States
17 Dec 07
speakesy this is such a great story. Animals are much smarter then most give them credit for!!!
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