In our last visit, we related the tale of Bailey and her adventures in a “septic swamp.” So much for dainty ladies. Well, the boys in our packs aren’t always angels either.
Once upon a time there was a rescued Golden named Bijou. Goofy as Goldens can get, he was described as certifiably nuts on more than one occasion, and being left home alone was a true challenge to his imagination – a challenge he was able to rise to in creative ways.
One day, when Mom and Dad were off to earn his dog biscuits and treats, Bijou wandered about the house seeking amusement. Apparently he had observed his humans opening kitchen cabinets to get things out. “Hmm, I bet I could do that,“ he must have mused. Later on, Mom (or Dad) came home to discover a large, economy-sized plastic bottle of Wesson Oil on the den carpet. No big deal, you think? Well, Bijou must have sensed something about what was inside. The soft plastic bottle had been chewed wide open, and a large oily stain provided a new design feature to the carpet. In addition, our furry perp apparently liked/licked what he found. Unfortunately, that wasn’t something his innards liked very much. Ex-Lax has nothing on Wesson Oil in the alimentary tract, and the greasy results were evident for days! Double yuck!
Then, there was the day when Bijou learned how to pull out the lower door on the fridge/freezer and extract some bread and a package of chicken breasts. Forensic dental evidence was clear on the plastic freezer door handle. Further evidence, in the form of shredded plastic packaging was clear for all to see. Not much bread left but crumbs, and the chicken pieces were gone! And, after all that, the ungrateful beast didn’t even close the freezer drawer. Thus, everything else was half-thawed as the machine whirred desperately away trying to keep its cool. That same act was repeated by the same critter at Grumpy ol’ Uncle Bob’s place a time later. Same kind of fridge/freezer – same result. This episode also featured GRRoW pups, Ben and Bailey, and it is suspected but not proven that they participated in the process of chewing up the loot. We discovered later on that a broom handle can be threaded through the door handles to prevent opening the door for repeat performances. Aesthetic? No. Effective? Yep.
Not so very long ago, there was that little adventure at the Park-‘N-Ride in Johnson Creek when Harry K. was to deliver new foster, Winston, to Grumpy ol’ Bob – effecting a two-step transport from Winston’s surrendering home. Winston, a friendly critter for sure, was a little nervous. Car rides with strangers can do that. Changing homes is stressful at best. Ol’ Bob drove from home here near Milwaukee to meet Winston and his transport about halfway to Madison. The 40 miles were easy, but there was to be more about that. Winston went into Ol’ Bob’s car - with some difficulty. He was a bit spooked about being handled by strangers. Then we loaded a crate and a couple of bags of his stuff into the back. While Bob was sitting in the transporter's car doing the change-of-custody paperwork, Winston was pacing around and around. Another strange place. Then, just as Bob walked around his car to get in, there was this muffled "click," the unmistakable sound of electric door locks. Nervous Winston, bouncing around in the car, had stepped on the switch.
Guess where the keys were - in the console! The spare was at home on the key board. And, yes, the cell phone was in the car too. Fortunately the fellow who brought Winston to the rendezvous point had one. “Well,” grumbled Grumpier ol’ Bob, “this is a great start to a relationship.” Unable to convince the nervous dog to put his paws up there again, and reluctant to break a window, Bob used Harry’s phone and summoned spouse Lynn to drive over (80-mile round trip) and bring another key. ‘Good thing she was home. She had plans to go shop! ‘Good thing it wasn't a hot sunny day! No end of surprises in GRRoW activities.
Winston went on to provide terrific companionship for the rest of his all-too-short days. Great pal, and a fine ambassador for GRRoW at the Meet ‘n Greets he helped with.