How Much is that Doggie in the Window??

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Well, it was a sad sad day at the Gust house this morning. For the first time in over four years Bosco will be spending the day in his kennel while we are gone. I felt bad doing it - there isn't a ton of room for him in there and it will be 10 hours before we are back home - I know he is used to lying on our bed, the couch, the loveseat, the top of the stairs.

He made this bed for himself - now he has to lie on it. Yesterday I stayed home with Derek while Daddy went to work and Hailey went to daycare. Well, Derek and I left for about 45 minutes to go and pick Hailey up from daycare and when we came home, Bosco had done some "peeking" in the Christmas gifts under the tree. I wish peeking were the right word. He ripped open, shred apart and demolished five gifts. Five gifts that were not food related. We learned our lesson last year when Bosco opened up a box of Nutty Bars that were under out tree but this year, we were super careful about not putting anything food related under the tree. He went after a gift card, a gift certificate, two bath and body shower gel thingys, some wallflower plug in things from bath and body. I could have killed him. In fact, I still want to!
I don't want to kennel him while we are gone - I hate when people have to kennel their dogs but I just don't know what else to do. I don't want to be hiding Christmas gifts and not have them under our tree. The kids don't bother the presents (much) but here I have a dog that is five years old, not five months old, that can't keep his nose to himself!!
With two little kids, the winter commute, the new daycare changes (we now have to pay for her vacations - we didn't in the past), etc etc - I need all the patience I can get ~ I can't be wasting it on a dog who knows better. He is THIS CLOSE to being taken to the humane society to be placed up for adoption. I don't know how much more of this I can take.


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