February 15th 2011 7:58 pm
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Pepper Power In.
This is a public service announcement on a topic I have to live with every day of my dog life. While it is hard for those of us without this awful condition to understand, the reality is that many dogs out there are in fact hoarders.
If sad tails make your eyes leak, you may want to change the channel. The facts I am about to let you in on will tear at heartstrings.
Dogs that hoard, it's a more common happenstance than one would even begin to think. Let me walk you through the 3 study cases I am in contact with on a daily basis.
A Boy and His Food.
First the sad story of Scooter who looking a round as a Pooh Bear is still afraid his supply of SNACKS will run out. Therefore he must savor and hoard them thus forcing all the other dogs into the "Vulture role" waiting for him to finally move so the quickest pup can swoop in for his used food (Mom says we're supposed to call them leftovers, but it really is used food). Scooter will lick his SNACKS and then just plain fall asleep on them all day long. You don't look for belly button lint on Scooter - you sniff around for SNACKS. BOL!! If you give him a Greenie he will smack his gums and slobber on it for a while, but then sometimes he just sits there all smug looking as he proves he has some still left. Sad, sad story.
Let's move onto the next case study I have to work with.
A Boy and his Sock. (hee hee, think about it BOL)
This is a story about Cutter and his obsession with socks. Not healthy clean socks, dirty stinky Mom sweated in gym socks. The stinkier the happier he runs through the house with his "score". He will lay there and lick the stink out of the socks if you give him the chance. Not happy unless he has bakers dozen in socks with him in bed by the end of the week. He will steal them out of the hamper and bring them back to bed and make a nest out of them. Marking his territory as no other dog wants to lay in that sock stench. If he finds himself in a room that has been "horror of horrors" been "picked up" and divested of socks, he will raid his secret stash and bring one out for comfort. We can only be thankful that this is not a pantie hoarder as it would make for a very red face for Mom at times. BOL.
The final case study is the most heart wrenching. Please turn away if you cannot stand a sad tail.
A Bitch and her Bones.
Queen Misty is a bone hider. Like an alcoholic hiding her stash, Queen Misty hides her bones. Sure, she makes a show of chewing that bone you give her, but as soon as she can hide it under her dog bed, the pillows on Mom's bed, or her favorite place is outside in the summer. In the summer Queen Misty will move it around 3 or 4 times depending on finding a better spot to hide it in or even worse, another dog spots her hiding it. Often after hiding her bone Queen Misty will run in and sneak one away from either Cutter or Scooter. Faking like she is interested she will then hide that bone either inside or outside depending on weather and access. Always a different spot. Queen Misty will then pull her best Risk game moves by guarding her bone placement spots. Once the bones have been hidden, they need to be re-hidden many, many times during the life of that dog bone. Sad, so sad to have to hide things that bring you pleasure and not take any enjoyment out of it.
There my pup pals, if you are still on the PPB (Pepper Power Barkcasting) channel, is the info I have compiled to date on this tragic issue we as canines have to deal with. I am unwilling to publish my statics that support 75% of all dogs hoard based on the 4 of us living here. If others would like to send in support to help me with my study and facts it would be appreciated.
Pepper Power Out.
PS. are there any toy hoarders, stick hoarders, etc out there.
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BOL! I am a toy hoarder. My favorite place to hoard them is under the kitchen table. When my momma cleaned this weekend, there were 11 toys under there. And this is a small table that seats 2. I am a hoarder.
I too am a toy hoarder - sort of. I always have a toy of the day or week that I play with and carry around until I loose intrest in it and then go choose a different toy to carry/play with. One can never have too many toys - BOL
Coco is a snack hoarder. She will not share snacks with anyone and gets down right nasty about it. Sometimes she even hoards food.
Haha this diary is fun to read! I hoarder mom's socks. wish I had more bigger house so I could hoarder more stuff at different spot.
I's a food & treat hoarder & proud of it!