Pom/Chi mix chews up cell phone

ASK DOG LADY Owner con­sid­ers get­ting rid of the lit­tle guy af­ter he also chomps on phone case

Chicago Sun-Times - - Easy - BY MON­ICA COLLINS

I have a Pomera­nian/Chi­huahua mix who is seven years old. He is a great dog, but in the last week, he chewed up a cell phone and the case for it too. I don’t know why he did this.

I give him dog bones on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, but, in the past, when I would for­get to buy bones he never chewed up any­thing such as a phone. Am I go­ing to have to get rid of him now? Can this prob­lem be fixed?

A. Cut him some slack. Don’t give up on your Pom/Chi mix be­cause of a cou­ple of bad chew choices.

Our dogs’ magic re­minds us they are dif­fer­ent. They are an­i­mals. They can be well-trained but they can still sur­prise us. Oc­ca­sion­ally, they eat things they shouldn’t or they be­have in a ways we don’t an­tic­i­pate. The best we can do is to ex­pect the un­ex­pected.

This means we should not leave any­thing ly­ing around that’s eas­ily grabbed and chomped upon — cell phones, un­der­wear, de­signer shoes, and the like.

You must stow stuff out of harm’s reach. Make sure you’re al­ways sup­ply­ing your dog with ap­pro­pri­ate chew things, such as bully sticks and raw mar­row bones straight from the butcher.

Also, buy your dog a very good durable toy such as a Kong, which is in­de­struc­tible and pro­vides much yummy munch­ing when stuffed with a peanut but­ter/liver chunk melange.

Q. I am so tired of peo­ple ad­vis­ing not to buy pet shop pups. That sad lit­tle pet shop pup you wrote about in a re­cent col­umn needs some­one to buy him and love him. It’s not his fault that he came from a pet store or a puppy mill.

I also dis­agree with your ad­vice not to buy that pup be­cause of her and her fi­ancee’s long work hours. If you work long hours and can af­ford a dog walker, hire one. If you can af­ford a dog­gie day­care, take your new dog there.

When naysay­ers rant and rail against on pet stores, the ef­fect can be te­dious. Af­ter all, pet shops wouldn’t ex­ist if peo­ple ig­nored those dog­gies in the win­dow. The pups can’t help where they come from and, as you point out, all pups need good homes.

A classified ad­ver­tise­ment led Dog Lady to her own puppy many years ago. Let’s agree — no mat­ter how a ca­nine scrunchie comes into your life, it’s a sweet thing.

How­ever, we have to be re­spon­si­ble about ac­quir­ing a dog. Puppy mill pup­pies can have ter­ri­ble health and be­hav­ior prob­lems caused by in­breed­ing and de­plorable wean­ing con­di­tions. They need pa­tient own­ers.

And time is cru­cial. Why get a puppy if you are never home to walk it, train it, or en­joy it? Dog walk­ers and dog­gie day­care ven­tures — though con­ve­nient — re­quire an in­vest­ment that has noth­ing to do with the per­sonal con­nec­tion be­tween you and your puppy.

Pet per­plexed? Write askdoglady@gmail.com

Your dog won’t munch on your be­long­ings if you keep them out of his reach. A.

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