Where’s An Exorcist When You Need One?

Dear Faithful and Patient Readers,

Pretending to not be chewing chair...
Pretending to not be chewing chair…

I have missed you this week!  It’s been a hectic, crazy life here. I can’t stand being in my own house because it was filthy before Ziva arrived and now it has no hope of being clean this winter.

I have tried several times/days to write this blog post. I cannot focus or put two thoughts together, not just in my writing, but in whatever it is I need to do. I cannot remember when I showered last. I keep falling asleep on my keyboard. I added a bazillion “k”s to this post last night.

You know, like this: kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk, kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk…and so on.

Puppies are babies and they need to be taught the rules of the household.  For example – not to eat the furniture, carpet, or their people.  The Bernese Mountain Dog is one of the smartest breeds, and they learn quickly. Not, however, as quickly as you would like them to. At least not before your hands and wardrobe are in tatters.

And the potty training is not going well. At all. I’m sure it’s our fault somehow, but we can’t figure out how we are being inconsistent. This “potty-talk” will most likely happen over dinner this evening. How romantic, heh?

My Ziva is a sweet, cuddly, fur-ball and very attached to my hubby and I. Already! I’m flattered since she has only known us for 7 days. BTW: Her 9th-week birthday is today!

I am NOT moving from this spot !
I am NOT moving!

Evil Ziva arrived on day three. She is just as cute, and as smart as Ziva, but you know when it’s her. The Tasmanian Devil on crack would not be as fierce as Evil Ziva.

When she decides she’s going to eat your lace curtains, yelling her name, scolding “NO!”, scary noises, or removing her from the scene of the crime, will not stop Evil Ziva. She knows what is OK and what is NOT.  And she does not care.  Psychotic stress, along with grief for her lost siblings, combined with teething, has created a monster.

We had to “re-decorate”.

Maybe this look will catch on...
Maybe this look will catch on…

Evil Ziva pretends that you are playing with her when you scream as she gnaws your arm, leg, foot, boob – whatever she can get into her jaws. It’s f#&*@g  painful!  So, we put her in a time out (in her crate) when this happens, and that usually calms her down.  Since Ziva is so cuddly when she’s calm, I opened the crate door and let her out.

In less than a minute, I hear Ziva terrorizing hubby in the living room. More of the same biting frenzy going on. I could hear his patience wearing thin.

What's That Smell?
What’s That Smell?

“It’s time for the hoof,” I tell him. His silence told me that he was considering this, even though he disagreed with me about it. (Long story, but basically the question all new parents face – “Do you give the baby a pacifier or not?”) Finally he decided to trust me on this one. He was so happy he did. I refrained from saying “I told you!” (even though I had).

Evil Ziva immediately left the building. Once she discovered “the hoof”, she forgot about our clothes, and the furnishings. She can gnaw on the thing for hours, while we watch TV, read, or write without worrying about a sudden attack.

I can hear you say “gross!” or the ever popular, “I would never let one of those nasty things inside my house!”

Oh… yes,  you would.  You would even pay hundreds of dollars for one, to prevent slowly being eaten alive by a large puppy (with little pointy teeth, mind you!).  I know you think I’m exaggerating, as I have been known to do – occasionally. I’m not.

Remember the “Oh, it’s just a little bunny” that lived in a cave, on Monty Python and the Holy Grail?  The one with the “little pointy teeth“?

That, my friends, is Evil Ziva without her cow-hoof.

15-pound terror
15-pound terror



10 thoughts on “Where’s An Exorcist When You Need One?

  1. your puppy is gorgeous i am a real fan of dogs and i love your puppy you can never have enough of puppy love. I have my two spaniels one smudge who is nine yrs old and poppy who is now two yrs old plus mumpo our cat who is also two yrs old. they all get on really well and fall asleep one on top of the other. My dogs havent been soo bad with chewing but my last dog buttons who was a chocolate labrador chewed lots and lots. We came downstairs one morning to find he had chewed an exact circle out of the middle of the carpet! now how could he of managed that. He also chewed the leg of the dining room table which was really thick pine but eventually my husband had to make another makeshift one. We loved buttons though and was heartbroken when he died two yrs ago aged twelve yrs old. Have fun with Ziva they give a trillion times love backxxxx thx for lovely postxx


  2. You might want to consider getting her other items as well to chew on, I have something here that might help. Puppies get bored with the same old thing after awhile and for them to know they have some variety of items that does not include your stuff works well. Gaby never chewed on anything that was not hers, neither did Daphne, Cinda or Samantha. But we always say whatever is in puppy territory is up for grabs by the pup. Maybe my girls will help teach her good puppy habits! We’ll see, hang in there, it’s worth it!


  3. Just put it perspective, children take two YEARS to potty train. As dad and granddad to little fuzzy dogs, the crate works but we actually used diapers with a hole cut in the appropriate spot for the tail to prevent blobs and puddles. You still have to take the diaper off and take the pup out every two hours but it saves on paper towels and the awful smell that never really comes off your hands.


      1. Only as puppies for the time it takes to train them. Ours are little fuzzy dogs (Shih Tzu mixes) and they had no problem with the diapers as pups. You might consider duct tape for devil dog, on the diaper.


  4. Oh how I remember those days… furniture, all my black shoes (??), carpet, the bottom of the blinds in the living room, our hands! Yes, they NEED something to chew on, and those little teeth are sharp!!! You’ve got your work cut out for you, but it always passes. Happy Birthday to Ziva! BTW: It’s kind of funny that your head hit “kkkkkkkkkkkk….”… that’s how my Brazilian friends say “hahahaha” like Americans. Irony! 🙂


  5. Puppies need things to chew on. I’m with you. If you don’t give her something to chew on (hoof) she’ll chew on other things – clothes and curtains. I hope you find peace soon.


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