I feel for you guys about the digging. Luckily, Ava doesn't dig… except in my sheets. She's a very aggressive digger of bed linens. I made the mistake of buying a detergent with Febreeze and she became rabid about digging to release the scent. Bad idea. I quickly bought unscented, and now she digs harder, trying to find the scent.
That's the worst sometimes. I have to start locking Kananga out of the bedroom when I go to shower. Every time I shut the bathroom door, I hear him starting to dig into the bedsheets, of course I know to wait and listen for him to do it and catch him in the act. He doesn't care, has a big smile on his face with the expression "Yea? What are you going to do about it?". So now it's off-limits for him when he's not being supervised.
I 100% believe I made the right decision, despite the fact that it feels like my heart has been gouged out with a dull spoon.
Very sorry to hear about what had happened with him. However, it sounds like this was the best thing to do, and it always helps to have certainty behind your own decision made.
I can see both viewpoints on this decision. At the end of the day, you're the one responsible for AJ, and you know him best. Given what you described as the severity of the bite, I can only imagine the worry going forward if you were to roll the dice and simply hope for the best.
I'm sure he's grateful for the life you gave him. It doesn't matter if it's 2 years or 12 years, quality > quantity. He got an adventure with the travels and now he can be at peace.
Perhaps time will heal and you will change your mind on getting another dog. For now, just remember the good times, I'm sure there were plenty.
Sunlight has been a scarce resource around here the past few months. Kananga is currently laying in a big patch of sunlight in the living room. It's amazing how deprived they get, they will take any moment of sunlight they get after a depressing period of no sun.
The sofa Butu and Leki are pictured on is leather. Apart from Butu doing the soft shoe shuffle on it before he settles down, he has never tried to hurt it. Leki seems to be unravelling a couple of threads in its bowels, but that should stop when she's too big to get under it… Butu has eaten three computer chairs, so I was very loath to get a leather sofa, but now I would have all leather furniture if I could!
I view it the same way. I was hesitant dropping money on a new sofa, leather especially. Found out that it holds up far better. Easier to clean, and they really seem to have zero interest in chewing on leather. Anything fabric (like his blanket) will get damaged one way or another.
Leather seems like the way to go. I've never seen Kananga attempt to dig on the leather itself, only when he's standing on his blanket. He'll attempt to dig on my bed, which is rather frustrating (as bed sheets don't hold up well over time).
Yes, the shedding has been a bit abnormal. Normally we only deal with this once a year, he's now gone through a round of shedding twice in the last 8 months. I'd imagine it has to do with the odd weather we've had.
After all, we have nearly a foot of snow on the way tomorrow.
You must have a special boy if he is a non chewer, Kaiser has in the last two months become a chewer more so than through teething. He does look a very content boy and a handsome brindle as well.
Jolanda and Kaiser
Oh, he wasn't always well behaved. I had to replace a couch because of him.
Seems as if he calmed down once he got closer to 2yrs of age. This new couch is leather, which he leaves alone. He will still chew on his blanket occasionally when he wants attention. That's fine, it's his blanket after all.