Confessions of a Neurotic Dog Mom: I Used Paper Towels as a Decoy
June is so close to being free. So close to napping during the day on the couch instead of in her crate.
She mostly listens, and mostly chews all the awesome toys she has when she’s bored. She mostly leaves the cats to their cat business. Mostly.
We’ve been testing her, here and there. We’ve puppy proofed. But we miss things. She’s ruined a book and chewed holes in three pillows. She also scratched a few fibers out of the carpet.
But she’s been good too. Good enough to earn parole again.
When we went to Luna’s wake last night, we wanted to leave June loose. She’d had a lot of exercise, and we were feeling sentimental about Luna, and all dogs. My fiance played on that. He is the wild card parent.
“Let’s just leave her.”
We protected the pillows and picked up all the books. We couldn’t identify any targets. But you never know.
I remembered something a friend told me that her friend does with an anxious dog. She leaves a decoy out; an old magazine, right on the floor. Her dog goes for that and leaves the pillows alone.
I told him. We thought about it.
Paper towels: Our animals cannot resist a roll of paper towels. June has gotten them from under our noses a few times, and we waited a few minutes to take them back, due to her complete and utter joy in tearing through them. She spits them out too. She spits everything out. Otherwise this would not be an option.
We planted the decoy, right on the floor.
We came home to one happy dog, two happy cats, all pillows intact, and this.