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My Dog Is The Devil. - Jessie T. Wolf
December 9th, 2005
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My Dog Is The Devil.
Dogs can be so evil. :/ It’s kind of rare in this household, but it does happen. Especially when it’s a jealous little Staffie cross named Zena. >.<

Since Tim left, I’ve been noticing that Zena’s been having less and less “accidents” (read purposeful because she’s pissed off at me for leaving her at home) whenever I leave the house for all of three to four hours to go to work every evening. I’ve been trying to give her the opportunity to show me that she can be GOOD and actually putting trust into her by letting her stay out upstairs, instead of locking her up in her crate. And so I’ve been keeping a close eye on her for the past week, and she hasn’t made any messes at all!

So yesterday while I was doing some cleaning upstairs, I decided to fold up her crate and put it away. I went to work as usual, and when I got back, again there were no messes! I thought, well damn! Maybe she’s actually learned that big girls don’t do their business inside the house! I spent all of last night praising her, and babying her, and telling her what a good girl she is, and how proud of her I was.

And then I made the mistake of leaving her in my room for ten minutes while I went upstairs to make tea. -.- She wanted to come with me, but I told her no. Stay here for a few minutes, I’ll be right back, I told her. And before I closed the door, I could swear she gave me this evil look. Of course, I didn’t think anything of it at the time, because I leave her in my room all the time, and she’s always been good.

When I came back downstairs, the little stuffed husky plush toy that Tim had given me was in the middle of the floor, covered in dog slobber, with an eye pulled out of his face!! @.@ I don’t think I’ve ever been as upset with Zena as I was last night. Of ALL of the plush wolves and dogs that I have, she went after THAT one. There were ones on the chair closer to her own dog bed that she could have grabbed. But no… she had to jump up onto MY BED, and even still of the three other plush pups on my bed, she had to get her jaws on the one that was a gift from Tim. The one that I sleep with every night. :/

She KNOWS which toys are hers, and which toys are mine. She has never, EVER gone after my toys before. But this time, she had other ideas, and all because she was mad at me for leaving her in my room. For ten minutes. And after I spent the night telling her how good she was, too. >.<

I swear. Any professional dog trainers and behaviorists out there who still believe that dogs aren’t capable of being spiteful bastards should meet Zena.

Current Mood: Sad that Puppy got eaten!!

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From:catwoman69y2k
Date:December 9th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)

*shakes her head*

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Dogs are a bit evil. My bf's dog Naya (a mix of chow and ....er...we arent sure what other things) is kind of a snide b**** at times. She acts all cute but she beats up the other dogs and tends to get aggressive. Cute but aggressive, all in one package
From:ex_noda654
Date:December 9th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
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what kind of dog is she? if you'd like to keep her out, puppy pads work great for all dogs once they're trained to use them. they're much nicer than newspaper, and very absorbant!
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From:wlfdog
Date:December 10th, 2005 12:42 am (UTC)
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She's a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross. Not a puppy though. She's 2 years old and fully trained, but she still has issues with me leaving the house. I'm only gone for three to four hours a night, and it doesn't matter if I let her out to poop and pee RIGHT before I leave, she's still leave me a "present" while I'm out. O.x I could be gone for 15 minutes, and she'll still do it. And the problem with the pee pee pad is that it will incourage my other three dogs to pee inside the house, which I don't want, since they've been trained for years not to (the others are 6, 7 and 9 years old).

She's been slowly getting better, and she'll have some good days, but every now and then she'll just have a total relapse. She gets very panty and upset when I leave, and so far the only solution has been to keep her crated durng the times that I'm gone, though I hate crating her because she'll literally drool all over herself to the point where she's soaking wet, and barks herself hoarse until I come home from work. O.x

I'm REALLY hoping that this is just a phase she's going through that will disappear as she gets older! c.c
From:ex_noda654
Date:December 10th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
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stafie!! i am all about bully breeds! :D yeah sometimes dogs have a kind of "nervous tick" and have to go potty asap no matter what lol. as for the crate, i assume you rescued her? it sounds like she wasnt crate trained correctly but of course- i am no einstine and i could be very wrong, so forgive me if i am :) but really it sounds like you're doing a good job because you're taking it day by day, all in good time!
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From:wlfdog
Date:December 10th, 2005 07:07 am (UTC)
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Yar, she was a rescue. I've had her for about... oh... 10-11 months now. She came from a really crappy situation. The guy wanted her for protection, basically. She was living in his van in the middle of last winter, with a senior Australian Shepherd. When the guy finally got an appartment, he just kept the two dogs locked up in a room for 10-13 hours a day. They never got socialized with other dogs or people. They'd have accidents in the house all of the time, and he'd barely clean up after them. Barely walked them even. The guy's girlfriend also hated Zena and would scream and curse at her all the time, so when I got her she was terrified of people, and you couldn't get near her.

So when the landlord finally evicted the guy for the damage the dogs were doing, we ended up rescuing them. Found a home for the senior dog, but with Toronto's Pit Bull ban now, I didn't trust adopting her out to anyone at the risk of her simply ending up in another bad situation. :/ It took me about four months to win her trust and be able to housebreak and train her just simple obedience. Had to work on her leash aggression problem for a wile too, but she's much better socialized with other dogs now, and gets along with cats wonderfully.

Worked REALLY hard with her, but now she's a LOT happier! :) I can even take her on a crowded bus, and even to parties with over 50 people. Everyone tells me how well behaved she is. Only problem is that now she's spoiled rotten, and if she can't be the center of attention at all times she has tantrums. *rolls eyes* But for the most part she's a wonderful dog. :) Never thought I'd own a Staffie. My other dogs are wolfy type breeds (2 Husky crosses, and a GSD). But Zena's got to be the most intelligent and willing to learn, especially for the young age she is! Love her to bits... even if she is evil sometimes. c.c
From:ex_noda654
Date:December 11th, 2005 07:36 am (UTC)
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yeah bully breeds always get screwed. i am hoping it'll just end up like rotts and dobies though; feared at first, cherished in the end :) she sounds like she came from some rough times for sure, poor baby! it's awesome to know there are people like you out there though, who care. it just goes to show there isnt a bad dog in the shelter.. its just a good dog who had a bad start. hopefully she learns soon the rules of the Potty Gods though, i hate cleaning up spills hehe :) she sounds really beautiful though! i love seeing a happy family (even when the dog has a devious mind!)
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From:nemfx
Date:December 9th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Awww your dog is jealous of Tim.
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From:wlfdog
Date:December 10th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
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No, not of Tim. Just of anyone who doesn't pay attention to her, or do what she wants. O.x
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From:nemfx
Date:December 10th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
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but.. she was upset cuz you paid tim more attention.. so she was jealous of tim. :)
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From:wlfdog
Date:December 10th, 2005 06:48 am (UTC)
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Nooo... she got upset cos I left her in my room alone for ten minutes. I wouldn't let her come with me, that's why she got upset. O.x When Tim was here she got more attention than any other dog! :-P She's spoiled rotten. She just happened to choose the toy that Tim gave me to take her frustrations out on. c.c
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From:gizmo_nine
Date:December 10th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)

little dogs...

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My father had a similar experience recently that seems to have shown him how RIGHT I am about little dogs.

For no less than 6 months I repeatedly told him that if he was going to get a new dog “Don’t get a terrier”.
So what does he do? He gets a friggin jackrussel.

The little dog is a constant pain and he mostly shrugs it off, but the other day just before he went to work, for the first time that anyone knows of, she managed to get up onto the counter (Little dogs should not be on the counter in my opinion. That’s a cats domain.). she found something she wanted to play with, and did just that. So when my father came out into the kitchen, he saw the little dog with something in her mouth and said “what you got there?” to which she proudly wagged her little stub of a tail and let him get a good look at it. It was a cell phone, more importantly is was his WORK cell phone which he does not own.
Now dogs aren’t as stupid as some people think, in fact some are quite bright and perceptive. This one didn’t even need my father to say anything to realize she was in trouble. Quick as a rabbit she dropped the, mostly chewed-up, cell phone and ran out the doggie door.
Apparently he hasn’t heard the end of it from the folks at work. What’s worse is he works at the sheriffs department right next to the county dispatch office. So at this point I’m fairly certain every cop in the state has herd the story of “what Gus’s dog did”.
From the few my mother talked to, apparently the response is something like this
Cop one *rather surprised* “gus’s dog did that? The little weiner dog?”
Cop two *in a resigned manner* “No... the jackrussel”
Cop one *in an understanding tone* “oh”

so what does this teach us... DON’T GET A TERRIER!!!

Something to think about...

Items that were on the counter at the time...

fathers personal cell phone - undamaged
mothers personal cell phone - undamaged
mothers pager - undamaged
3 doggie toys - untouched
a small pile of printouts for their upcoming trip to Las Vegas - untouched
phone - untouched
answering machine - untouched

so why then did she leave all those things alone and go for the one thing that noone in the house owned? Which happened to be right next to the other two cell phones...
Because she is an evil little dog... and that’s why I like real dogs and not “toy” ones.

Sorry about the toy though. Have you thought of having someone fix it? I cant imagine it would be too challenging or cost that much.
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From:wlfdog
Date:December 10th, 2005 07:16 am (UTC)

Re: little dogs...

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Well... Zena's a big terrier... O.x Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross. Well... big-ish... at 40lbs, but still small for me since I'm used to owning dogs 60-90lbs. At least she's not annoyingly yappy. :-P

The toy I'm sure can be fixed, I can probably hot-glue the eye back into place... but he'll never be the same again. *sniffs!*
From:tdandsen
Date:December 10th, 2005 11:29 am (UTC)

Re: little dogs...

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I should start off by saying that I'm definitely a DOG person. I don't mind cats all that much, I just don't really appreciate something that treats me like warm-blooded furniture. My family has two dogs, (full blooded Standard Poodle dog "Prince" and full blooded West Highland Terrier dog "Duncan") right now, and we've had at least four others in the course of my 23 year life. They've all been full blooded somethings, two Shetland dogs, one Beagle bitch and a Shi-tzu... dog I think. Anyway...
We've never had more problems with dogs than... SMALL ONES. But on the other paw, the best dog we ever had was my Yankee, who was a monster sized sheltie. (Average size for one is about 15" at the shoulder, he was about 19" fully grown.) Smartest dog we've had, bar none, and I've seen few dogs as smart as him. Prince is ginormous compared to the rest of the dogs that we've had, and he's almost lethargic in his laziness.
What a lot of people fail to realize, I think, is that while terriers are cute dogs and all, they were bred to tear things up and flush out prey for hunters. They're naturally destructive dogs and you have to work with them constantly to make sure that they don't do something stupid. Hounds are almost the same way. Lady (The Beagle bitch) was just un-trainable. She simply would not stop peeing or crapping in the house. That, and she tore up the one thing that I got as a souvaneer... suvanier... s... memento from a trip to Cali, a Utah Fedora that was an exact replica of Indiana Jones'.
Anyway, my bottom line is that most people don't think about that, they just want a small dog.
Now on the other paw, you're doing an incredibly noble thing, Wlfdog, taking in the strays and abused animals as you do. You're not really granted the choice of a breed when you take something in, so you're kind of between a rock and a hard place. I would disagree with the whole "Don't get a terrier" comment, personally. Just understand exactly what you're getting into if you're going to get a dog by choice. If it's dumped into your lap by circumstance, then that's different, but if you choose to get a dog, do your danged research! Find out which dogs will do what you want them too, which are easy to train, which aren't, which are okay with kids and which have a tendency (as a breed) towards violence. Everyone seems all upset about the bulldogs as a breed, but I don't see anyone complaining about Chows. Beautiful dogs, but they are territorial beyond any recognition and as a breed are very prone to violence. One of my dad's acquaintances was killed by two Chows as he was jogging, and he passed by their yard (on the other side of the street, if I remember the story right).
Shelties are pretty good dogs overall, as were Dalmatians before they became so over-bred and dumbed down. Labs are okay, but kind of stubborn. German Shepherds are great, if you can afford the food and time to work with them.
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From:wlfdog
Date:December 10th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)

Re: little dogs...

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"...while terriers are cute dogs and all, they were bred to tear things up and flush out prey for hunters. They're naturally destructive dogs and you have to work with them constantly to make sure that they don't do something stupid."

Oh hell yes. O.o And I'm extremely grateful that Zena only limits her destructive behavior to when she's jealous of something. That's not a great habit mind you, and I hope that she grows out of her tantrums, but at least I've never had to worry about her tearing up the house! :-P

"...you're doing an incredibly noble thing, Wlfdog, taking in the strays and abused animals as you do. You're not really granted the choice of a breed when you take something in..."

Thank you. :) Actually, I think the most destructive dog we ever fostered was Chance, a 9 month old Border Collie cross. That dog would mark all over the place, destroy everything he could get his jaws on, AND jump the fense and run amok whenever he had the opportunity. We had him for about three months before we were finally able to find a home for him. And his current owner already owns another older Border Collie cross, and so at least he knew what he was getting himself into! After about a month, the guy had chance SO well obedience trained, you wouldn't blieve he was the same dog! :)

"...but if you choose to get a dog, do your danged research!"

I agree. Too many people just get a dog because it's attractive, and it turns out to be something they didn't ever expect. I don't think I really have a preference for any particular breed of dog. I think it's just more what I'm used to. I've had experiences with all types of breeds, but am more familiar with Huskies. And personally, from the two half-breeds I have, I don't think I would ever want to get a pure-bred Husky. O.o GSDs are nice, but I find them to be extremely stubborn at times. Mine is a handsome boy, but for his breed, he's not very high on the intelligence scale, and he is persistant as all heck when it comes to playing ball. c.c He doesn't know when to stop!

"Everyone seems all upset about the bulldogs as a breed, but I don't see anyone complaining about Chows."

I completely agree!!! Honestly, my little "pit bull" (according to the ban we have here a Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a Pit Bull, which I believe is crap...) has got to be the most intelligent and eager to learn/please dog that I've ever had!

She has her bad moments yes, like any dog, and I DO acknowledge the fact that she can do a great deal of damage if she wanted to. I was unfortunately present to see her get attacked by this lady's ill-tempered Australian Shepherd, and Zena held her ground, like any Staffie, she won't back down from a fight. But the unique thing about Zena is that she will stop, if the other dog backs down. She has never grabbed and "locked" her jaws around another dog. She'll just fight back enough to defend herself, and then stop.

Zena does not like violence at ALL. When I first got her, she didn't know what playing was, and so she'd get upset when she saw other dogs playing too roughly, and step in between them to put an end to their rough-housing. She's a lot more laid back now, and actually plays with my other three now! :)

But yes, Chows are EVIL mean dogs! I think I've only ever met ONE nice Chow in my life, and even he was a bit tempermental around certain people. :/
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From:malamute
Date:December 11th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
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Awww, the curlytailed one :(
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From:wlfdog
Date:December 11th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
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*snugs a you!!* How are you doing hon??? ^^

I washed him all up, and tried fixing him up a bit. So.. at least he's still okay. He just looks a lot older now... O.o
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From:malamute
Date:December 13th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Ee! *fluffysnug!* Doing okay ^_^

Aww, well, I guess at some point plushies gotta "grow" :)
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