Puppies of Mass Destruction.

“Once you begin being naughty, it is easier to go on and on, and sooner or later something dreadful happens”

Laura Ingalls Wilder

This afternoon, I had this dreadful sense of deja vu when I woke up from a nap and the lounge room was a scene of carnage. Reminiscent of a raging toddlers dosed up on red cordial and fairy bread, the pups had ripped MORE stuffing out of their bed, torn apart a packet of picture hooks which was nowhere near the floor, and also devoured the cover of my daughter’s DVD Mean Girls. The DVD itself being all shiny, must’ve been considered booty, because I found it outside. It almost looks okay, and I could possibly pass it off without our daughter erupting. Well, that is, if you ignore the tiny little indentations left by canine teeth. Oh! That’s right. Rosie, also chewed up another pink highlighter pen, although this time it didn’t explode all over her paws and it just smeared the carpet.

“Love children especially, for they too are sinless like the angels; they live to soften and purify our hearts and, as it were, to guide us.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov


It would be easy to say that it was all tantrum, but I bet they were just looking for something to do just like my kids when they were small and started painting the kitchen with food dye and water. I can’t remember other exploits offhand but there were many. Indeed, enough that I should’ve thought twice about having two pups, instead of one.

“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


However, that’s what happens when you suddenly find out you’re having twins. You can’t send one packing. Although Zac and Rosie are brother and sister and you don’t usually consider pups from the same litter “twins”, these two have bonded closely ever since they first arrived as fosters. It was never our intention to keep them both. However, we couldn’t pick between them, and then they sort of morphed into one dog with two entities if that makes any sense.

“I would recommend to those persons who are inclined to stagnate, whose blood is beginning to thicken sluggishly in their veins, to try keeping four dogs, two of which are puppies.”

– Elizabeth von Arnum


Yet, as much as Zac and Rosie are twins, they also have their idiosyncrasies.  Rosie is a real chewer and is very destructive, but also incredibly curious and smart. She sees something new, and she’s instantly checking it out and trying to see how it works. Zac is very affectionate and quite a lap dog and is uber-obsessed with chasing balls and what now remains of their rope toy (which isn’t much!!)

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.”

-Edward Hoagland


Meanwhile, Lady thinks the pups are great, because she can do no wrong. Indeed, Lady had become “The Saint”. That’s quite a change from when she first arrived and used to get up onto the kitchen table stealing food and being a houdini escape artist. She doesn’t jump all over hapless visitors either. As I said, she can do no wrong…as long as you’re not expecting her to chase a ball or pass an IQ test. Then, she’d better start wagging her tail and giving you the look. After all, she certainly knows how to maximise her good looks.

Zac & Rosie

Rose (Left) and Zac aged 6 weeks.

Meanwhile, I think back to when two sleeping pups had just arrived at our place and know…

“Happiness is a warm puppy.”
― Charles M. Schulz

What have you and your dog been up to this week? Does your dog have any confessions? If so, dob in your dog in the comments below.

xx Rowena







33 thoughts on “Puppies of Mass Destruction.

  1. codemanbc

    I continue to be amazed at the unique personality of every canine I meet. Is it genetics or upbringing and training, or, a combination of everything?

  2. pensitivity101

    We are extremely grateful that Maggie has never been a chewer, and if anything, snuggles her toys into a soggy smelly lump. Barney wasn’t a chewer either but then we gave him a small hide chew every day. He did however put a hole in our wall. We never worked out how as it was way above his head on the outside of his indoor pen area, but it was a hole nonetheless with claw marks and the plaster dust was in his coat and in his bedding. He also became rather partial to Hubby’s electric razors, completely dismantling one and tucking it up in his blanket.

  3. Colline

    They did look cute at six weeks – no wonder you kept them both. Hopefully they will move out of the destructive phase soon.

  4. Rowena Post author

    The dogs here replied that diversity is the spice of life and also added that with his various girlfriends of assorted, dare they say “random” breeds, he should understand!

  5. Rowena Post author

    They are gorgeous and I’m probably too quick to forgive but I did leave them outside when I had a nap today. Forgiven, but not trusted.
    xx Rowena

  6. Rowena Post author

    Sounds like Barney wanted to be with your husband. So sweet, unless it’s your razor! The hole in the wall sounds intriguing and it’s a shame you don’t have video evidence as it sounds like quite a story.
    xx Rowena

  7. Rowena Post author

    They’re funny aren’t they! I can’t help feeling that Zac is the reincarnation of Bilbo who passed away about a month before they were born. There could also be a fair bit of nurture in there before it’s hardly surprising he’s ball obsessed when we kept throwing it to him.

  8. pensitivity101

    Barney liked to be ‘close’, and of course it could have been a Man Thing. As for the hole, we think someone may have come to the door and he got out somehow to investigate. But then if that was the case, he had to get himself back behind his gate again. We’ll never know, and shortly afterwards I sold my Clavinova 7 organ and we put a proper hut and run for him outside.

  9. Rowena Post author

    It sounds like you only lost him recently. Loss is like that. You don’t forget. We had about a week in between losing our old english sheep dog and getting Bilbo. I couldn’t cope with the silence, despite having too young kids. I was too used to the clatter of paws on the floorboards.

  10. pensitivity101

    We weren’t ready and it hit us hard having to make the decision. I couldn’t bear going home to an empty house, and it was worse for Hubby as he was home all day. It still hurts to think about that day, even though when we saw the same vet later with Maggie he told us we’d done the right thing for him. I’ve written posts about him (Our Boy and others) but you’ll need tissues. Maggie is a gem in her own right, but showing her age now. She loves to chase the gulls and crows on the beach, but we have to watch her as she can overstretch herself.

  11. Tails Around the Ranch

    Busy (and too clever) jaws of destruction need a job. I found that out the hard way with Elsa. She’s up to destroying 4 pairs of reading glasses and she’s not even a puppy. I try to keep a antler or hoof close by so she can easily work on those rather than surf around from some inappropriate or dangerous. I love that Rosie seems to be artistic with the pink highlighters. 😅

  12. Kelly L McKenzie

    Our Poppy is the spitting image of your two. Oh man, it’s eerie. She was a chewer but also had the added quirk of loathing getting in trouble so the only souvenir of those days is our chewed cabinet corner. I could fill pages here with the antics of her predecessors though. Birthday cakes, chickens, cupcakes, appies, rhodo bushes, Christmas light strings … uh huh. Doggone it, I wouldn’t live without ’em though.

  13. Rowena Post author

    I’ll pop round and see if I can spot your Poppy.
    Yes, I’m with you. Couldn’t live without them!
    xx Rowena

  14. Rowena Post author

    She’s really been growing on me over the last couple of days. She’s very sweet and gentle when she’s not chewing things to pieces.
    Today, I saw Lady teaching Zac how to hunt rats. It was a very touching moment and I very pleased to see Lady passing on skills she’s learned out on the farm from her dog family to him. It’s great to see they’re real dogs. The pups lick Lady on the face and all sorts. They’re very close.
    Yes, I’d also admired the artistic streak and should possibly get her some paper for her future efforts.

  15. Rowena Post author

    I’ll have to pop over and check them out tomorrow. I have a big day ahead and it’s already past midnight.
    xx Rowena

  16. Rowena Post author

    Oh yes! They bring out the energy in the rest of us too, although I’m not sure how much in left in the humans tonight. I dropped Miss at the dance studio for an audition taping this morning at 7.30am 8.00 myself and the rest of the family were out manning the scout BBQ selling snags to fund Scout Jamboree. Then I was off driving madam to a birthday party and went to watch Mr sailing and we arrived home about 6pm. I logged on to have a cup of tea and unwind for a bit. I can hear the airrushing out my ears as Supermum deflates and a mere mortal takes her place. Actually, it might just be a shell and the rest of me can nod off. Zzzzz! xx Ro

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