Dyna disconnected my house phone...and cheated death for the second time

@spalladino (17922)
United States
November 29, 2009 11:01pm CST
Last night my best friend in Maryland called me on my cell phone and wanted to know where I was. I told her that I was home and she said that she had been calling since the afternoon and thought that we were out somewhere since no one answered. I checked the house phone and there was a loud buzzing on the line. I went around the house unplugging phones, checking other phones, plugging phones back in and checking again but, nope, no luck. I told my husband and he said that he would check the line at the box which is connected to the house in the morning. So, this morning he goes outside and discoveres a giant hole that Dyna had dug and there was the chewed up underground phone cable literally hanging by the DSL line. What's worse is that right next to that phone cable is the electric line that goes from the circuit breaker in the house to the garage. If she had chewed through that, she would have gotten the shock of her life! We keep Dyna on a fairly long lead because our yard isn't fenced and she takes off like a deer when she's loose but now she's punished. She not only dug around the phone box but she's been digging under the deck next to the foundation of the house. Really deeeeep holes, too. After my husband repaired the phone line and refilled that hole he had to crawl under the deck and fill in the other ones so he was not a happy man. So, now there's lattice around the deck and she's not allowed under there anymore. So, I guess to make this a discussion instead of just a rant...is your dog a digger? Has he/she ever gotten into something that was potentially dangerous?
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@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
30 Nov 09
LOL Your dog certainly does crazy things. My dog really doesn't dig much. He has this one place that he digs at from time to time. He will dig down about 4 inches and lay in the dirt.
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@spalladino (17922)
• United States
1 Dec 09
Dyna was doing that kind of digging during the summer, too...out in the sun instead of going under the deck in the shade. Another time I caught her digging because she was after a bug!
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
30 Nov 09
I have had two Rottweilers that were horrendous diggers! Rocky, the oldest of the Rotts, dug a hole in the back yard that we swore that was going to China! It took a couple of days for me to fill it back in. Hannibal, the youngest of the Rotts dug holes in the mud. He loved rain because he could go out and make mud holes...then he would find rocks to roll in the mud digging at them with his front feet. Fortunately none of my dogs have been attracted to chewing a lot. Kitty, one of the Rotts, did chew the phone line and got a bit of a zap which cured her of chewing any cords. I guess it is just the nature of dogs (and cats) to dig or find other trouble to get into. One of the big causes is that dogs that are very intelligent get bored very easily. We started making sure that the dogs had plenty of toys and bones to stimulate their thinking. Hannibal loved old shoes, the stinkier the better. He would "KILL" the shoe, shaking it with all his might. He would spend hours chewing the shoe and tossing it. He never chewed any of my good shoes. The neighbors even contributed to his collection. There was only one pair of sandals that he wouldn't touch... a pair of my old smelly sandals that were horrible. I finally bought myself new sandals and offered the old ones to him and he wrinkled his nose and walked away. I left them for him in case he changed his mind and caught him later burying them! He had chewed other shoes I had worn out and given him, but the sandals were just too smelly for his tastes!
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@spalladino (17922)
• United States
1 Dec 09
LOL, Dyna is a shoe killer, too. She gets lots of toys and big bones but they never last long. Even the toys that are supposed to be chew resistant...she chews them up.
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
1 Dec 09
You reminded me of something that my Rocky did. I had put the Rotts out for their morning constitutional and after a few minutes I heard some fierce growling and something banging against my metal storage shed. I went to the window that looks out on the dog yard and saw Rocky "killing" a chaise lounge pad that a neighbor gave me for the dogs to lay on. He had it by the corner of the long end and was shaking the daylights out of it. Stuffing was flying so thick you would swear it was snowing! I laughed so hard I almost wet myself!!! It took me two hours to clean up all the stuffing, but Rocky had a wonderful time "killing" whatever it was that he was imagining.
@minx267 (14943)
• Hartford, Connecticut
30 Nov 09
Mine have not been diggers- but I have had a few that have been destructive. But the only one who came close to losing his life due to his behavior was my Ka'vik (ka-veek) who used to shred whatever he could get his paws and teeth on in our studio apartment. (which since it was small, was easy to do :) ) Anyway after going through, 2 stuffed chairs, a mattress, chewing all the bottom drawers on my dresser, eating my jewelry box (if you haven't guessed he liked wood) Destroying a hassock I had for less than 24 hours a strewing the straw stuffing all over the entire apartment. Somehow, and I have yet to figure out how- removing my wicker baskets from the wall OVER the folding dining table and eating them. Also, a few cassette tapes and 6 pairs of sneakers (always the left one!) The item that almost could have killed him though was my roommates Crossbow. He gnawed through the metal strings, and there were only one or two left intact- had he managed to finish those- they would have snapped and the intense pressure in the bow would have probably either broke his jaw or worse crushed his whole face.. It was scary realizing who close he came to being mortally injured. and all this he did because he was bored and had separation anxiety. when we moved out of there into a bigger place and got him a puppy- YES, him - we enjoyed her too- but she was his girl! He never chewed another thing- Unless he was mad at me for leaving them home TOO long- and it was usually a wicker basket. (I stopped buying them). And then _ I felt too guilty for leaving them- so I never yelled at him. :) Good luck with Dyna- I hope she doesn't use up any more of her lives.. I don't know how many dogs have.. do you think it's the same as cats?
@spalladino (17922)
• United States
1 Dec 09
I HOPE it's the same as cats because I think Dyna is gonna need that many. Dyna probably digs for the same reason she chews things up...she gets bored. So far she's eaten five pairs of flip flops, one pair of my sneakers and one of my husband's boots. We gave her the other boot, too, so she has a pair of $300 chew toys.
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@minx267 (14943)
• Hartford, Connecticut
1 Dec 09
LOL. I hear ya.. I think I added up all that Ka'vik destroyed in his chewing phase.. and it was a couple thousand. You might think about getting her a playmate. It really worked for us.
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• United States
30 Nov 09
i should probably knock on wood when I say this but we have been fortunate enough not to have a dog that digs or chews on anything. We found our dog running on the side of a road one day and after no one claimed her we kept her, the vet said that she was about 9 months old or so when we took her in, so I am not sure if we got her after those digging and chewing stages or if we were just lucky enough to find a dog that doesn't care to do that sort of doggy stuff.
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@spalladino (17922)
• United States
1 Dec 09
My little dog isn't a digger either, thankfully. Dyna is a little over a year old now so I'm hoping she will outgrow her bad habits soon.
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@allknowing (85560)
• India
1 Dec 09
She will. Give her time and keep loving her. Dont give up on her!!
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@allknowing (85560)
• India
1 Dec 09
My little one (she is not little any more- she is two years old) gave us a hard time bringing her up. She would chew and destroy anything and everything that she could lay her tiny paws on and we had to keep a constant vigil especially the electric wires that are at a low level around the house. But now she had sobered down immensely and is an asset around.When she sees a reptile she will warn us but never go near it. Yes she does dig a bit but that every dog I know does.
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@spalladino (17922)
• United States
1 Dec 09
I keep telling my husband that Dyna will settle down as she gets older. When my daughter's Lab was a puppy we had a very hard time with her...she was so bad...but she turned out to be a great dog. Still is.
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@AmbiePam (51159)
• United States
30 Nov 09
An ornery little sucker!
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@spalladino (17922)
• United States
1 Dec 09
Oh yes she is!
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@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
1 Dec 09
My dog is a Jack Russell Terrier mixed with something else and yes, she's a digger, too! I don't know how many holes she has dug in my yard. As far as I know, she's never dug any holes around the phone line or gotten into anything dangerous. She has dug holes deep enough for me to stumble in, though! She is bad to run out in front of cars. She's also bad to chase my horse whenever I go out to feed him. I have to keep her on a leash whenever I walk to the mailbox and sometimes I keep her on one when I go feed the horse. My house is set back quite a ways from the road and my mailbox is close to the road, which means I have a long driveway. It's a pretty good walk and Prissy (my dog) likes to go with me. Kathy.
@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
1 Dec 09
As I've said before, Dyna must be a character! She was lucky she wasn't electricuted! Kathy.
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
2 Dec 09
Oh dear, naughty Dyna! Maybe she has nine lives like cats do! She sure sounds mischievous like a young cat! Our dog likes to dig and we have holes pretty much all over the yard; she has wrecked some of my husband’s plants but aside from that she hasn’t done any big damage or injured herself. We asked the trainer when we were taking her for dog training about digging and he said there is no way to stop canines from doing it but they can be taught to only dig in certain areas which we clearly haven’t done! I hope Dyna behaves herself from now on...Thank goodness you have a husband that is handy and could repair the phone lines!
@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
1 Dec 09
Oh yes, Cookie is a digger as I'm sure you might remember from last week. She apparently dug into a spider's den and I thought I would lose her despite taking her to the vet. She's back to her old self now, thank God! Dyna, as big as she is, must dig some really deep and big holes! Too bad we can't direct their efforts to potential garden areas and flower beds. I'm glad she's alright, that really could have killed her. Some people swear that cayenne pepper is a great deterrent. It's cheap, so why not try it? Sprinkle it around places you don't want dug up.