What Finnegan Ate: A Plate of Potato Farls & One Paper Towel
Level of Destruction: 10
Time Elapsed: 40 Seconds
Emotional & Psychological Damage: 5
Dude. What the hell. He ate his leash today, so I can no longer control the speed with which he enters the house after playing fetch outside. I had these gluten free potato farls cooling on the counter on two plates (and paper towels), and in the 40 seconds it took me to remove my boots, he ate one entire plate, including the paper towel. Thankfully, we still had this one for photo opportunities.
Also... the leash. I can't pretend that wasn't a blow. It was my favourite, handmade braided leather that was just reaching the perfect level of destressed gorgeousness. He chewed it right in half.
Three days ago he ate a pair of my underwear during the night. In the morning, I sat up in bed, made eye contact with him, and then he promptly puked up underwear all over the floor. THANKS.
We've been talking about chew toys and things for him to chew on. He has a TON of chew stuff, including a black kong that he is unable to destroy. (Also bones, an antler, a nylabone, occasional sweet potato & duck chews, and a destroyed & unstuffed octopus named Melissa that he likes to drop on my feet). It feels like he gets bored of the indestructible things, though. We just tried rawhide, but I have heard tons of bad (and great) things about it... like it can cause a blockage in their digestive system and kill them? Plus the lower quality rawhide is full of bleach and chemicals (or E-Coli and Salmonella). But then there are tons of people who say that their dogs have eaten rawhide for years and nothing bad has happened. And part of me thinks... if Finn can survive eating a leather leash, logs, eggshells, and bees.... how much can rawhide possibly hurt him? And if he's occupied with rawhide, he's less likely to be eating the more toxic and dangerous things we have in the rest of the house. Does anyone have advice on this? I'm leaning towards trying it, but keeping a close eye on him so he doesn't swallow pieces that are too big, and sticking to the more expensive North American made rawhide that's thicker and less chemical soaked.
Oh man... how do you people do it who have to decide on things like baby formula and teething rings?