Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Strawberry Shortcake
Our daughter dressed as Strawberry Shortcake for Halloween this year. This is something that she picked out, because Strawberry is one of her favorites to watch on Television. We took Tripp with us Trick or Treating, although he had no costume. :( I know what your thinking.. She dresses up her dog? Not typically, but I wanted him to join in on the fun, and get the attention he deserved. We had no fowl comments made, a few kids wanted to pet him, and an elderly lady came out of her house to play with him. This made me smile, because most people act like Pit Bulls are very frightening. But we had him on a leash, and he was pretty well behaved considering the fact that we don't normally have him on a leash. He just wanted to walk a little bit faster than we wanted to, but when we stopped at houses, he would just sit down and wait patiently. It really was amazing. He has never been around that many people before, and so I was very pleased that he behaved so well. I wanted to share it because I know people are not always treated nicely walking around with a pitbull especially with children around. But he was the life of the party for the most part, and no one expressed fead. Thank Goodness. With that being said, I have unfortunate news....


This is Tripp Today. PUNISHED. THE BAD!!!
If Jamie and I try to spend any time together when we have time (The spare time outside of work, school, homework, our daughter, and our second child Tripp) Tripp gets uber jealous. Its not just trying to sit in between us if we sit next to each other, or lay on top of us because there is no room on the couch, he wants to be the center of our attention when we want to spend time with each other. Last night, we kicked him out of the room because he wouldn't lay at the foot of the bed. I woke up this morning to find a whole bag of my daughter's stuff and her new robotic play dog was outside. Whatever wasn't destroyed was covered in mud beyond belief. This is him being punished, being locked in his cage, with the toys in front of him. When I brought them in, he knew what was about to happen. But since we do not believe in whooping him unless its completely necessary, the lock up is the next best thing. I put the toys in front of him so he knows exactly why he is in there. I wont lock him up too long. I just think that it is necessary that he knows what he did is wrong.

We know he has seperation anxiety, but this has got to stop. Has anyone else had experience with their puppies having this anxiety? Any advice would be great. But these challenges won't stop us from loving him. :)

1 comment:

Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

Strawberry Shortcake is adorable! As far as separation anxiety, we have had good luck with freezing treats in Kongs to keep the dogs busy.