For all of you who are certain you have the worst-behaved dog in the world, I thought I’d ease your minds by releasing to the public our highly-classified photo library from several years ago – right after we brought home our two adopted racing Greyhounds, Monkey and Turtle.
Our excuses (or I guess they can be called “reasons”): they had been raised in kennels at the race track, pent-up without enjoyable friendly social contact, released and rewarded only for extreme bursts of energy and aggression, nothing to chew on except their metal cages.
|Used-to-be designer shoe|
|A devastating critique of western philosophy|
|My dog hates math!|
|It SAYS “blackberry”, but doesn’t taste like one…|
|Cleaning up after himself perhaps? Um, no.|
Nowadays, of course, they’re perfect angels! (Video chat isn’t on, right? So you can’t see me crossing my fingers.)
In all seriousness, though, their destructive behavior was short-lived, as it was replaced with
- daily exercise on walks
- social play at the dog park
- mentally stimulating obedience training
- acceptable release via rawhide chews.
It is amazing how quickly a bit of Canine Psychology 101 can turn a dog around. So if you ever think there’s no hope for your pooches, just load up these pics again and breathe a sigh of relief.
Hope springs eternal!