Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: San Francisco, CA
Dogs Name: Foxfire's Monster Masher "Jaina"
Titles: Tormentor of Cats, Alarm Clock, Deerbottom
Dogs Age: Born 04/16/2012
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This is why I decided to pay for a dog playpen for Jaina. Yah, she definitely still takes supervision - she can escape it pretty easily - but with diligence that hasn't been as much of a problem. Plus, if I turn my back for just FIVE seconds, it'll take her at least 6 to get into something she shouldn't - which has saved her life (for example, went to bathroom, came back to find that she'd SOMEHOW managed to get my spotcleaner's vacuum tubing into her playpen. Moved it away, and she went back to her toys).
I have thrown out renters (well, encouraged them to leave) for leaving garbage and things out. I had one who insisted on having his own garbage in the kitchen... I told him to get rid of it if it isn't closed, or at least stop putting food items in it - I didn't even realize it was being used until J pulled out a half-eaten chili dog. I can't imagine how devastated I would have been had she finished it - the amount of onion would have been enough to be lethal to a pup her size (she was ~5 months at the time). The other "great" part was when my partner stopped moving the garbage cans into their normal spot, and one of our room mates left a few bags of trash there to be put in when they were put away (my fault - I told her that it was OK, as long as she puts them in the can when they were brought up later that evening). Scariest day of my life was when J puked up a piece of stuffed animal that had been in one of the bags of trash - it could well have killed her - needless to say, vet visit! (she was fine)
She does still puke things up that scare the crap out of me from time to time, but my vet showed me how they check for obstructions/bloat (outside of xrays). Any time I feel paranoid, I'll check her out and I do it often enough that I feel confident that I'd be able to tell if something were wrong (I can definitely tell when she's holding in a poop!) I'd definitely talk to your SO about it, and maybe look into a pet playpen for when you're away? It might help at least - even if these guys are great escapers. I think J's cost me a total of $80, and I'm considering getting a second one to make a "bigger" pen for her now that she's almost full grown.
Roses are grey,
Violets are grey,
Everything is grey,
Because Jaina's a dog.