Such A Considerate Puppy

by Houndstooth on

Today, here I am going back to work after a short summer break.  For those who don’t know, I work in a year round school.  We have a shorter summer break, but come October, I’ll be off for three glorious weeks.  Not that I am already counting down, mind you.

The last few days before I go back to school, I admit that I get a bit decadent.  I sleep in a little more and take life at a slower pace.  After our guests left from last  week, I definitely went into lazy, last days of summer mode.

I thought that after Lilac left us last year that I’d be able to get back to sleeping until a decent hour.  She must be having a good laugh somewhere, though, because Kuster thinks we should be up at 4:30 every morning like clockwork.  We try to ignore him, but that last hour of sleep is rough.

Saturday morning Mr. Taleteller had Search and Rescue training, but this training was for humans only.  It required him to leave really early, but he did get up and let all the dogs out and give them breakfast beforehand.  The dogs were all content with this  arrangement.  It also meant that I could sleep in uninterrupted bliss.  Bunny had come back to bed to join me and was enjoying Mr. Taleteller’s pillow and the house was silent.

Last week, Morgan got a new crate pad, so we took her old bed out and tried putting it in Kuster’s crate.  We’ve been wanting to keep him on softer surfaces to help ease the pano flare ups, but he’s been a bit stubborn on that issue.  Still, he enjoyed the new (for him, anyway) bed all week and seemed to find it very comfortable.

So, you can imagine my surprise when I woke up Saturday morning around 7:00 and came out to witness Kuster’s handiwork.  How he managed to get piles of orthopedic bed strewn all the way around the outside of his crate is a mystery.  He wasn’t content with just shredding the foam into a billion pieces, though.  He ripped the bed cover apart, pulled off the zipper teeth and even separated the zipper from the teeth and pulled off the zipper pull.  His tail thumped on the bottom of his crate in his usual good morning greeting as I walked into the living room.  The boy seemed pretty proud of his handiwork.

I had to laugh.  Being the good blogger that I am, I went and got the camera and took pictures of the puppy with his destruction.  I guess we’re back to old towels for his bedding for a while, which he seems to like.  These are the sorts of things they don’t tell you about when you’re oooing and aahing over cute puppies.  Puppyhood certainly isn’t for the faint of heart.  But at least he did it in silence and let me sleep in on a Saturday morning.  It turns out that I have a very considerate puppy.


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  • Jen

    On DobermanTalk, we call that kind of bed destruction “Dragon Slaying”. Clearly, there was a dragon in that bed, and he had to kill it to protect his family!

    Good on you for grabbing the camera. I have never remembered to take “naughty” pictures when I’ve come upon the scene.

  • Sue

    Good job for JKuster you hadn’t pout a new pad in.

    Love the last photo:)

  • That last picture of Kuster “laughing” said it all!

  • Love Kuster’s laugh. BOL! It was nice of him to keep him self entertained in silence while he let you sleep. What a good boy. Bawhahahha
    Blessings,
    Goose

  • You only have to worry when he eats the entire house in silence! Deccy x

  • jet

    Oh, naughty puppy! Maybe he will realise the old towels are not as comfortable and will regret destroying that nice bed?

  • I think Mr Kuster is pretty proud of his work.. hahhahahaa.. yes yes.. i had to laugh 😉 But at least he was considerate to allow you to have some peaceful sleep in 🙂

  • Veronique

    I use to worry when kids are silent…
    He is clever to make such a mess while in his crate!

  • Veronique

    I use to worry when kids are silent…
    He is clever to make such a mess while in his crate!

  • 4:30am? Does Kuster think he’s a rooster? I think he needs a sudoku puzzle or something to keep him busy in the crate 🙂

  • sara, oreo and chewy

    Oh Kuster! You litle devil.

    A quiet puppy is typically up to no good 🙂 I know that whenever I notice that Chewy has been too quiet for too long that I better go find him.

    Hope your first day back goes well.

  • It looks like he had fun. Silly boy!

  • Frankie Furter and Ernie

    GOOD ONE Kuster!!!

  • Jen

    Kuster did a fantastic job decorating the room! So pretty and colorful and he did all without making a peep! Now that is a very considerate puppy!

  • Bwhahahahaha…oh he was so very thoughtful to be quiet while he ripped his bed to shreds.
    I knows he was concerned dat you gots enuffs rest so could clean it all up.

    Puddles

  • PS: Does Kuster needs a cup of coffee?

    Puddles…future Starbuck’s employee

  • Hey, when a guy’s gotta shred, he’s just gotta shred!

  • You go Kuster! *waggy tail*

  • YAY!!! I am FINALLY HERE!!! Yay!!

    you came in my inbox this morning!! Woooo hooo!!!

    First, wait til I tell my retired-teacher husband that you are in year-round school! He thinks he had it bad when he taught in detroit for 36 years, but YEAR ROUND SCHOOL!!??? OMG!!

    Kuster gave me a good laugh. Dakota would LOVE THIS!!! Dakota would have done the same and he is FIVE YEARS OLD!

    What a patient “Mama” you are, I would have had a fit!

  • Let’s just hope he eventually outgrows the need to shred his beds.

    Cindy

  • Ha!Ha!Ha! How admirable of Kuster to quietly entertain himself so his Momma could sleep! lol!

  • LOL!!! Oh Kuster, you are such a sweetie! 🙂

  • Benny & Lily

    That’s what she gets for sleepin in. Good job Kuster, BOL
    Benny & Lily

  • Kuster knew that Mischief Monday was coming along and wanted to provide you with new “material.”
    What a little rascal!

  • Puppy carnage! It doesn’t get any cuter/more maddening than that 😉

  • Oh, Kuster! He looks so pleased with himself. This is exactly what Pyrrha did with her fancy foam bed we bought her. Now she gets to sleep on a pile of old towels and blankets! (But she doesn’t seem to mind…)

  • Hahaha! Before that last I was just about to ask how you managed to sleep through the racket. Kuter’s got some skills if he managed to do all that in silence. What a good boy. 😉

    It reminds me of our early days with Shiva when she would howl incessantly while we were out of the house. Then one day I came home and my neighbour told me she hadn’t heard a peep from her all day. Stunned but happy I went inside and was shocked to find utter chaos. She had obviously gotten out of her crate somehow and had a party. How she did it so quietly I’ll never know. My only dismay now is that I didn’t have a blog back then so no photos!

  • That was awful nice of Kuster to keep occupied in the morning to let you sleep in. I love the pictures! It reminds of why I haven’t picked up a new guide dog puppy yet. Puppies are cute, but raising a puppy is definitely not an easy task.

    Happy Monday!
    Colby

  • Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

    Mom keeps nodding her head in accord. 4:30 is wakeup time for Lightning too. Thankfully no bed shredding, but there isn’t a stuffed stuffie left in the toy box anymore. Have you ever tried Primo Pads for the crates? One thing here that hasn’t been destroyed.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  • Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

    Pee Ess – knocking on wood here now that we have jinxed ourselves.

  • Well, pillows aren’t very noisy. And it’s hard to “talk” with your mouth full. 🙂

  • Love your weekend surprise! 🙂 Thank goodness Kuster let you sleep in so peacefully. Can you imagine if he woke up at 4:30am with that surprise?? It might not have felt too funny at that time of the day! That boy is such a cutie pie. 🙂

  • Chester and Gretel get me up at 5 am every morning like clockwork. I had to laugh at your “like a good blogger I grabbed my camera” comment. I just got back from the emergency clinic where they induced Gretel to vomit. They had me come take a look at the contents and we poked around at them for a while. I would have taken a picture if I hadn’t forgot my cell phone!

  • Ooooh, what a little stinker! It was just his way of telling you that he wanted his old bed back 😀

  • A destructo puppy that lets you sleep in? Sounds like a step up. Amazing how quiet a pup can be when they want not to get caught.

    I probably have told you the story before, but Queen Natasha the Evil was quite the bed destroyer when she was Princess Natasha the Pain in the Butt. My parents lived at the house for a few months while their current house was under construction and my mother took it as her personal task to sew up every destroyed bed. Fed up with the daily repairs, mom decided that she was going to make a destruction proof bed out of parachute cloth. To make it really strong, she quadruple sewed every seam.

    Problem with parachute cloth is that it is made to catch the wind – not let it through the cloth. And the seams were sewn so tightly, that air barely escaped. So . . .

    Princess Natasha saw her new bed and went racing across the room, leapt through the air, and landed in the center – of a huge air bubble that could not escape. With the slick cloth, she could not get a toe hold and just slid off into the floor, this billowing pillow mocking her. She tried repeatedly to climb on top, but the air would not escape and she just kept sliding off.

    But it was strong. The first rip did not appear until, well, the next day.

  • Griffin is a hunk for sure! Although we think Kuster will grow up to be every bit as handsome!

  • Chandra

    Wow, I’m impressed by the level of total destruction—he event dismantled the zipper!

    -Chandra at Daley’s Dog Years

  • Mango

    What a good boy. He knew you needed your rest and went about entertaining himself.

    Mango Momma