Our dog has a paper-shredding habit

By Penny Caldwell »Penny Caldwell

Tuesdays with Mitch: I had a paper-shredder. Now I have two

January 31st, 2012


Mitch, still growing.

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Our front lawn is dug up; actually, it‘s dug down—about 20 feet—as the town works to replace water pipes. There is a giant backhoe on site, huge pilons, a concrete wall closing off our access to the next street, and about eight burly men on the job in fluorescent orange clothing and hard hats by 7:30 in the morning.

What does this have to do with Mitch? When Mitch and DH go out for their morning walk, everyone stops. DH stops for an update on the water project; the workers stop for an update on Mitch; Mitch stops and lies down. The men are amazed that at four months Mitch sits and lies down on command (proud Momma here). One of the workers talks about his own dog, a Labrador retriever he is training to hunt.

Dogs never fail to bring people together.

Meanwhile, Mitch has his own projects on the go. He has taken to shredding the newspaper (not-so-proud Momma). Why, oh why? Why does a puppy shred anything? Because it’s there, I guess. We are thankful it’s just newspaper and not our shoes or the furniture. And the good news? No accidents since he came home from his holiday last week!

The puppy is getting big, too, and now stands almost as tall as Taylor. He still hasn’t grown into his feet though. I don’t know at what age dogs stop growing. Do you? I’d love to hear your comments. Leave me a message below and tell me about your own puppy experiences.

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