November 30th, 2008



I have a question /opinion type thing to ask of the group.   Experiences and stuff.  Pleasd try to keep judgemental comments to a minimum, i don'' forsee there truly being any but it has some potential.

Anyone in the group a night worker?  and if so how does your pupper react to it?  I'm talking about someone that lives alone.   I just want to try to judge whether any difficulties to doing it can be overcome.   I'll be moving again in the spring (or i should be anyway) and I will be somewhere that I can have a dog.   I'm not sure that after losing Skyking I'm quite up to having another BT but i think another small breed might be in my future.  If i can figure out whether any hardships can me easily overcome or are worth overcoming.  Truthfully i need something a little more companionable then a bird (which is all i have now)  and i'm horridly allergic to cats.

Some of this i tried to find online with little luck

Are dogs truly diurnal and will they sleep while their person is gone at night (less worry about the animal being alone, having distructive behaviors and separation anxiety.) or will they match your sleep cycle.

I guess i'm lookign to see how people may have handled house training as well (alhtough i guess it would be the same  as when working a day shift  and what not.)

would a dog be happy basically alone in the house in the middle of the afternoon while its person was sleeping? 



bitter apple

Daisy likes to eat my carpets. Every carpet. Any carpet. She'll chew until they're shredded, and do it so silently she's rarely caught. She finds loose threads, loose corners and PUUULLLS. It's chaos. She's ruined 3 bedroom carpets in as many months.

Today I bought a new carpet because I hate an expanse of cold floor. Our bedroom floor is freezing in the winter. Having no rug is not an option. But I thought ahead. I sprayed the edges all around with bitter apple spray - a "taste deterrent". It stank like rubbing alcohol. I did the whole rim of the rug.

I saw Daisy sniffing at the rug and I thought "ah ha, we shall see." And then nothing. She was lying on the rug sneezing. I thought that would be it. Yucky smell = no chewing.

Then she barfed up everything she ate today. Three times. I guess she really REALLY didn't like the taste.

I don't want to have it on my rug if it is going to make her sick. Already the silly dog is sniffing at the carpet again. She really REALLY loves eating carpets. Is this worth her getting sick over until she learns that eating carpet = sick tummy?


Gambit never vomited after tasting the bitter apple when he chewed stuff as a pup. I wonder if this is an extreme reaction.

Should I be concerned?