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A wayward dog causes his owners all sorts of grief and mayhem. This is his story.

Image of beagle (c) 2011, by Karla Dorman.

Anybody want a (slightly used) Beagle??

I am getting ready to give Freddie (that's our Beagle) to a no-kill shelter.  He has been driving us crazy: seems like he always finds more things to chew on or destroy.  I am at my wit's end with this pup.

We have had Freddie for six months now: we got him when he was only eight weeks old.  For a while, we put up with his shenanigans because we felt once he got past the "puppy stage", the chewing and penchant for destroying things would subside, but nothing doing.  Freddie continues to chew things at will.

I don't know if he's bored or what, but something has got to be done about his nasty chewing habit ... and fast!  If this keeps up we won't have any furniture (let alone, anything else) LEFT!!

Other than his chewing habit, Freddie is a great dog.  He's loving, gets along well with our cat, "Jingles" (a Maine Coon mix; she's 15 years old) and our two ten-year-old sons (twins) and other children perfectly, has energy to spare (oh, BOY does he EVER!), and listens fairly well.  Then you have his chewing habit.  Our house looks as if moths (or something bigger) invaded it because everywhere you look you see evidence of things being chewed on.  It is rather embarrassing to explain to guests why our house looks like it does!

We have tried obedience classes with Freddie, but we might as well be speaking Spanish instead of English (or maybe Cat instead of Dog)!  He just doesn't seem to understand the words "NO!", "Stop that!", or "Drop that right now"!  It seems as if our commands go into one doggie ear and out the other.  He's going to do what Freddie wants; to heck with everybody else!

I am open to any (and all) suggestions as to how to handle Freddie's chewing habit.  I don't want to get rid of Freddie (the boys just love him to pieces), but if something isn't done to stop his chewing habit, I may have to end up doing something drastic to curb it!!  

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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/17/2012
Maybe they should have named him 'Chewbacca'? LOLOL Poor baby. Maybe more toys, chew toys? Maybe he's bored? Maybe he just wants attention and will get it any way he can (good or bad)? Great story, Karen, well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

Had to laugh at 'slightly used beagle.' LOLOLOL
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 7/17/2012
I had a Beagle once that got into the neighbors trash, drank about a quarter of a bottle of whiskey, and got a little drunk it was rather funny looking back!!!
Reviewed by Paul Berube 7/17/2012
Sounds like the owner hasn't a clue as to how to properly train a dog. Well told, Karen.

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