Back to the Drawing Board – Before it Gets Eaten
Posted by whatimeant2say
I mentioned a few posts ago that we had been furniture shopping. Our bulldog, affectionately nicknamed Wonderbutt, has thoroughly annihilated our sofas in his never-ending quest to make our home inhospitable to guests. We felt like we needed a new plan, and Step 1 was to order new couches that will a.) deflect dog hair, 2.) have no removable cushions, and III.) not smell like Wonderbutt.
The danger of this plan, of course, is that Wonderbutt will find new ways to sabotage our attempts at interior decorating. Crating Wonderbutt has been recommended by many fans. But I must tell you that, with Wonderbutt, crating was a disaster. He does not like being treated like a dog. His vengefulness is tenfold when he is crated – resulting in daily crate cleaning and sterilization, belligerent bulldog baths, and house defumigation. Even when his crate was cleverly positioned so that he could go in and outside whenever he wished, he continued to soil his crate in defiance of his semi-imprisonment.
Our new plan is to restrict him to the kitchen while we are gone, using the baby gates that keep him from entering the Forbidden Section of the house. This plan has many potential perils, I must admit. There are table and chair legs aplenty for him to chew on. In addition, there are numerous cabinets to explore and windowsills on which he can gnaw. But we have decided the kitchen can be our sacrificial lamb as we haven’t really invested anything in renovating it – yet.
In order to make his kitchen stays more pleasant, we have decided that, upon the arrival of the new furniture, the old sofa cushions will be retained. I plan to toss one into his area every day before we leave, and admonish him not to destroy it. As soon as we exit the house, I expect, he will begin to decimate said cushion – hopefully concentrating so well on that project that he will live the rest of the kitchen alone.
We have also ordered a clever little dog bed cover to give him an alternative to sleeping on the couch. We can stuff it with the old cushions or pillows – or even with Dimples’ old crib mattress. The cover was fairly inexpensive, so I won’t feel devasted if he manages to pierce it with his sharp little teeth. And, the bonus is that you can have it personalized. I was very tempted to use one of the predetermined phrases – such as “Danger Toxic Gas”, but settled on a simple “Wonderbutt” logo instead.
Do I think that this carefully considered plan that we have devised will work? Will we finally be able to invite guests to our home in larger numbers than the current one safe place to sit that we have now?
Sure – at least for a week or two.