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Well, it's official... Shaggy is a very stubborn dog. I've been out of town on business for a couple of weeks and also away for a week of vacation so it's been awhile since I posted. Allot can happen in a very short time with Shaggy. So, here is the short version -

1st - Shaggy got kicked out of obedience school (where he was also being boarded while we were out of town) He chewed up two cages (one of them metal) - chewed through 2 leashes - chewed the legs off of an 8"ft ladder and only wanted to chase the girl dogs around at the trainers. After 10 days of destruction, the trainer called and told us to pick Shaggy up that he is too stubborn to work with and that Shaggy was interfering with the other dogs training. The trainer said that he is extremely intelligent and intentionally disobeying him. The trainer knew we were on vacation so he had to wait until we got back. -

2nd - The first day that I had to leave, I put him in the inside of the barn (like I normally do so he has plenty of room to roam). What happened next can only be described as an intentional, calculated plan to seek revenge for the 10 days that he was away... get ready... here is the list of very bad things that Shaggy did... * He got into the bathroom we've been building, chewed a hole in the wall, tore the mecca shade off the window and chewed holes in it, chewed the bottom of the new door. * He chewed the cord off of the freezer - yes the FULL freezer (not the one that was empty - how did he know??) he is very lucky he didn't get electrocuted! * Chewed two tennis shoes up - chewed a hole in the golf club bag. * pulled all of the paper towels off the top shelf in the laundry room and chewed them all over the inside of the barn along with all of the toilet paper!

3rd and Final --- When I got home to let him out, I screamed - he ran straight for the pond, jumped in, got all wet and then quickly ran over the the neighbors pasture and rolled in cow poop! In the picture, that is NOT MUD on his face! 

For the record, after giving Shaggy a bath and taking him to the Vet, nothing dangerous was found in his tummy.  Which means that he just set out to chew things and make a big mess!  

Yes, I still love my Shaggy and he still lives with us.  He is acting all innocent and sweet right now, like he has not idea who tore up the barn and the trainers place.  And, he still doesn't have any manners. 


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Comment by Lisa Coleman on May 20, 2016 at 7:22pm

CJ & Gracie - Not sure about the rat... we think it was "fresh" though LOL.  Thanks for the newsletter link, I'm going to check it out!  We are getting ready to have our annual "Brown Bag Barndoe BBQ"  next Sunday and there will be a ton of people - which equals a ton of food.  So... we will see how Shaggy does.  I may have allot more to tell everyone about! 

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 19, 2016 at 6:50am

Good morning Lisa. My vet sends newsletters every so often and the one I got today is about anxiety. Thought of you and Shaggy :)  It's not very long, but maybe there will be something useful . . .

Hope all is well out your way!

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 13, 2016 at 7:35pm
So...about that rat...was it dead or alive when it first "met" Shaggy?
Comment by Lisa Coleman on May 7, 2016 at 1:25am
I'm going to have to get the Golden Boy book now. What I find interesting is that our Sophie who is a cocker Spaniel has been sweet and calm since the day we got her as a puppy. She had a few "shoe chewing" situations when she was a puppy but that was about it. We even had a rescue dog - Petey- who was also a cocker Spaniel and he was the most appreciative dog - he was very good. But then Shaggy entered our lives and he's like a mini tornado! Full of spunk and just goofy! We were not at all prepared for Shaggy!. LOL
Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on May 6, 2016 at 12:38pm

You guys are on a roll! What a great idea!

And for further inspiration (and comfort), I recommend this book:

It's so funny and Riggs' adventures and misadventures are so ... interesting that next to him, Shaggy will seem like an angel! :)

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 6, 2016 at 7:33am

A good illustrator would just LOVE his eyes!

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 6, 2016 at 7:32am

Exactly!! Seriously. As an elementary teacher, I can see this as a very popular series. I think of the illustrations in Stellaluna (Janelle Cannon author) and can envision fabulous illustrations of Shaggy. The cocklebur face would be priceless!

Comment by Lisa Coleman on May 5, 2016 at 9:49pm

Yes!  Bad Shaggy kids books! - That would be a great way to raise funds for doodle foster care / dog rescue / dog Shelters. There is always a need for funding.

Bad Shaggy books can teach kids that dogs are a responsibility and that they have emotions (scared, insecure, abandonment, happy, anxiety etc...)  So the things that Shaggy does - (like all dogs) are not done because he is naughty, but because he's reacting to his environment, emotions, or his past as a rescue dog etc.  - and of course the ending is always good -  Bad Shaggy gets bathed and brushed and tucked into bed.  

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 5, 2016 at 7:12pm

Of course each story would end with Shaggy waiting for you on the picnic table, and then getting bathed, and brushed, and forgiven for his misdeeds because he is so very, very loved.

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on May 5, 2016 at 8:06am

Bad Shaggy books -  what a great idea!  Sign me up for the Bad Shaggy Fan Club!

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