Bad Zoey!!!! (Traviesa)

If I had to collect photos of things Zoey has destroyed in my house since February, it would take a good amount of work and a sizeable amount of space in my media file to share them with you. So, I’ll only show what I just discovered upon walking into my bathroom. I had a brief foreshadowing in the way she zipped out of the room, into my bedroom and out the door onto the terrace as I got up to walk to the bathroom. This is what I discovered:

It was my favorite Tarahumara basket from Copper Canyon, which I used as a Kleenex holder. She had to jump up and get it off my bathroom counter. I don’t know how. My purse strap was also hanging over the side, down to the floor, so I’m sure it would have been next. Remember the last time she completely destroyed a 200 pesos bill? I’d been so careful to keep the bathroom door closed, but one lapse creates results. My friend Brad is going to Copper Canyon later this year. Perhaps he can find me another pine needle basket like this one. So much prettier than a cardboard Kleenex box. The half box of Kleenex that I’d placed in the basket was more easily replaced.

25 thoughts on “Bad Zoey!!!! (Traviesa)

  1. msjadeli

    Thanks to Zoey and your sharing I now know that baskets can be made out of pine needles. How neat is that? She must be bored. They have “hamster wheels” for cats; I wonder if, since she is so small, one would work for her? Get her worn out on the wheel and she’ll be too tired for her puppy vandalism 🙂

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Ha!!! A great idea. She gets so much energy stored up that she frenetically chases her own tail around in circles for minutes at a time. Then she provokes her brothers to chase her around the yard at breakneck speed, zigzagging around planters and behind trees and bushes. This can go on for 5 minutes at a time. It certainly works to keep their weight down. They never catch her but it is very entertaining to watch them.

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      1. msjadeli

        What device, Judy? The hamster wheel for cats/dogs? It exists! They have them at the cat shelter I used to volunteer at, and one of the cool things about Dotty is that she does run on them. They cost about $300 so I really can’t afford to invest in one, but now that she is with me, she can burn off energy by running around the house and playing chase with Mlady.

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      1. Marilyn Armstrong

        Two years and for big dogs, closer to three. That’s what vets say too. That’s when they really finish growing mentally, not just physically. Until then, they are puppies, even though they may seem full-grown. Everyone is sure when they reach their full height and most of their weight, that’s it. But that would be like assuming an 18-year-old boy is “mature.” He’s not. He may be a lurching giant, but he’s still a mental midget. Some men never get beyond that, but most dogs do mature.

        We had to keep Duke away from wood (all our furniture has round corners because he chewed ALL of it) and ESPECIALLY baskets. There’s something about the materials they use in weaving that makes dogs crazy. Duke took out two BIG baskets that we were using to store doggie toys (we still had Bonnie and Gibbs then). He tore them to shreds. We never replaced them, even though now, he doesn’t chew anything, is very gentle even with toys and isn’t even interested in bones.

        In the meantime, keep him away from things he likes to chew. Don’t even bother to replace the basket yet. He’ll find a way to get to it. Dogs can be really clever and sneaky.

        There are tons of “chew” toys that are supposed to distract them, but they never seem to work. The Duke liked wood and anything similar to wood. He used to try to drag in big branches that fell in the yard. The only thing that stopped him was the limited size of the doggy door!

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  2. rugby843

    Keep all doors shut is what I had to do. One time my two boys Were playing too quietly in their room. I went in to see all the Kleenexes out of the box like a layer of clouds 😂 Sent from my iPhone

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  3. slmret

    Maybe college wouldn’t be such a bad idea — a sort of advanced puppy training school! Can you create a “dog run” in your next door yard, where she could run off some of that energy?

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  4. Marion Couvillion

    She was just needling you Now I’ll tell you what to do; if she acts like this again stringing face tissues, then tell that little half chihuahua mex you soon will be a tossed klean ex.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I don’t think she speaks people talk. Actually the dog experts tell you never to punish a dog for naughty acts so hard to tell what to do. I just say bad girl and no and put her outside.

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      1. Sam

        That is almost exactly what I do with a lot of loving when she does something right. But Tami does understand her favorite words in three languages plus she can spell.

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