I am a smug pet owner and I will often tell our family and friends that Pepper our Boxer dog is the perfect pet. We know that when we go out for the afternoon, to the supermarket or on the school run she will behave herself and the house will be the same way we left it when we return. But she wasn’t always this way. In fact she was something of a pain in the bum. Let me take you back 5.5 years when Pepper was a very small cute (she’s still very cute by the way) Boxer baby – Don’t be fooled by those eyes in these pictures she was a menace.
So back to my story. Pepper was a nightmare. She wasn’t very old (6 – 9 months if I remember correctly) and you expect the odd shoe or skirting board to be chewed, the odd accident on the carpet you know the sort of thing puppies do. But do you expect your kitchen bin and mop bucket to be emptied? Well in all honesty we didn’t (maybe we should have). It was an ordinary day. Matthew had dropped me off at work, taken Callum to playgroup arrived home with baby Nathan to wait for our new bed being delivered and low and behold the below scene greeted him. To say he wasn’t happy was an understatement. As I was at work he was left to sort out the mess. He must have only been out of the house 30 – 45 minutes maximum. This was the last time we have ever had a kitchen bin in view (we now have one that hides in a cupboard).
We also had the time when she was teething and chewed a massive hole in some boxing in the kitchen – needless to say she was in the bad books for a little while with that one as we had to buy and replace said boxing. But with the help of stop chewing spray she soon stopped trying to munch on the things she shouldn’t.
Since then we’ve had the odd accident and the odd moment of naughtiness, but as Pepper has grown older she has thankfully calmed down a lot – it may also have something to do with the fact that she was given a treat when we came home to no mess and destruction.
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