During Joey’s first year with me, his ability to destroy things was astonishing. He caused thousands of dollars in damages within a few months.
Here’s a list of his damages:
- Ripped up the carpet in the living room by pulling it away from the wall and exposing the concrete subfloor
- Completely destroyed a couch and love seat by removing the leather and stuffing until the wood base structure was exposed
- Took curtains off the wall, ripped them into shreds, and bit the curtain rod into two pieces
- Took books off the bookcase and literally shredded them, including one book titled Good Dog Stay (it was a book about dog training, which I thought was funny)
- Chewed up a printer
- Ate a calculator
- He also destroyed an unknown number of pillows, shoes, clothes, towels, and other such items around the house.
I will admit during that first year, I felt overwhelmed. A few people recommended I find a new home for Joey, they said he was more than I could handle and I actually considered it for a brief moment.
Then I remembered, I make a promise to every dog that I adopt. I promise to love them and take care of them for the rest of their lives. I had never broken that promise before and I was not about to start.