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Everyone who is ever adopted a rescue remembers the honeymoon period – that stretch where the newly adopted dog is exhibiting the best possible behavior out of fear that it will – once again – have to change homes. Thus, the first sign of bad behavior is a weirdly good sign in that the dog is comfortable and knows the home is secure. Frankie has apparently become VERY comfortable.
As we mentioned earlier this week, a new dog slowly earns freedom around the house but starts out with crate time when the humans can not directly supervise the behavior. Frankie has been very good and has earned more and more freedom, so who would think he would figure out a way to get into trouble while INSIDE the crate? Sigh. At least we now know he is truly a Siberian Husky.
First, in order to cause problems from inside a crate, one must remove the pan in the bottom of the crate. That, apparently, was easily projected across the den floor. Thus, the bottom of the crate was now directly on top of the carpet. And carpet is good for claw sharpening. And what better way to sharpen claws than to DIG.
But exactly how far can a dog dig into carpet when they are determined?
Notice the fine art work here. The runs of carpet threads that were ripped up and pulled several feet from the crate. The nice pile of carpet threads pulled into the crate (which apparently makes a good pillow as we came home to find him resting with his head on the pile). Details like this are the sign of quality Siberian Husky work.
P.S. – Have no fear – Frankie’s new found home is quite safe and permanent for him. After all, we have worked with the masters who created Frankencouch. A little hole in the carpet is nothing.
P.P.S. – Dear Frankie – Please do not take this as an invitation to top Frankencouch.
P.P.P.S. – Rumor has it that a certain Siberian at the Herd Annex – and the not the one who came instantly to your mind – has also declared war on a certain vacuum cleaner. Pictures were not taken, but we will see what we can, err, piece together.
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