We have two dogs. A dachshund (Penny) whose only offenses are barking too much and bad breath, and a pit bull (Gonzo) who is slowly chewing down our house and everything in it. Penny was the dog that I really wanted. She is the best dog I have ever owned. We all love her so! Gonzo is the dog my husband wanted. He insists that I was the one to encourage him to get another dog, but I'm in denial that I would ever let such a beast into our home.
Gonzo is almost two - just a few more days. I've heard that bigger dogs are puppies longer. Ugh! What would take Penny an hour to destroy takes Gonzo two bites. The list is long of things that he has destroyed: paper, pens, pencils, toys, blankets, couch cushions, pillows, chairs, carpet, doors, baseboards, recliners, bed frames, towels, washcloths, clothes, rugs, rags, and QUILTS! Did that get your attention?!
Part of the problem, besides puppyhood, is that he has a lot of energy. Lots! And if he can't find a good outlet for this energy, he takes it out on the house. He's not spiteful, he's just bored. Billy used to walk him twice a day. But in the past months, Billy has been unable to walk him due to pain in his hip. After surgery and with recovery, Billy is still unable to walk him at least for a few more weeks. "How about you walk him?" you ask. Well, sometimes I did, but not faithfully. Usually at the end of a long day, I either didn't have the time or energy to do it.
Cue the heavenly music.
Recently I saw a women riding her bike with her dog on a leash trotting along beside her. Gee! Why didn't I ever think of that! Well, we did a long time ago. But Gonzo promptly stuck is muzzle into the moving wheel spokes and that ended it. I thought it was time to try again. Introducing the bike run! I ride my bike and he runs along beside. We've been going everyday or every other day and we both enjoy it. I like that it only takes a few minutes, and Gonzo is pooped by the time we get home. And I've managed not to fall off the bike, and he has managed not to stick his face in the spokes or get run over by me. He hasn't been so destructive, and I haven't had murderous thoughts about him. A win win situation.
after a bike run (I would like to take a picture of us in action, but that is just asking for an accident!)
I even kinda like him again.