Saturday Night Special: The Weathervane

April 9th, 2011

Saturday Night Special: The Weathervane - Pets

“Bennie, we are sure, grows thumbs when we leave him. He has separation anxiety and he hates being left alone so he managed to push open a window on the second floor and scale up to the peak of the third floor. He was looking for his “people!”

(submitted by Cathie)

41 Responses to “Saturday Night Special: The Weathervane”

  1. Otis McGee says:

    …. or, this is what happens when your dog finds your stash of cocaine.

  2. cbear43 says:

    I have been rescuing dogs for over 40 years; I take in dogs who are risking euthenasia and dogs who have ‘problems’, and when they get to my house they are here for life. The easiest problem to solve is separation anxiety. That nasty condition never rears its head once the dog arrives here … merely, simply because there are other dogs to entertain the afflicted one, and he is never experiencing ‘separation’ again. Such a simple solution, and when you think about it, another dog or two is MUCH cheaper than replacing your home every couple months! Try it, it never fails, and the people at the Humane Society will love you.

  3. Naomi says:

    Ana: Yes! These are called Thundershirts!

    Now, I haven’t personally tried them, but I am under the impression that they are very effective for some dogs (just as weighted blankets are effective for some people with autism). From experience, though, I can say that firm pressure does seem to work on my dog. He’s a terrier x chihuahua and is terrified of thunderstorms. Every time there is a thunderstorm at night, he burrows under the covers, and calms down significantly if we cuddle him.

  4. Ana says:

    There are these somewhat new ‘coats’ that you can put on nervous animals. They work kind of like enveloping the dog with a big tight hug all the time. It’s technique has been proven to reduce anxiety in both humans (especially autistic children) and animals with SA, and even dogs that are frightened by things like thunder storms. I would ask your vet about the pro’s and cons of using this on your Houdini.

  5. Andreas says:

    My small town neighbours know that I’m disabled and home all day unless my car is gone. So when my friendly rescued field spaniel was heard doing sad wolf howling that was audible for blocks, they thought the worst and called the police who called the fire department who all stood by ready to remove my (obvious) dead body. I arrived at the same time as my landlord with his key. The dog came out to greet everyone oblivious to what she had set in motion, and then ignored me for the rest of the day. Drama Queen. 😉

  6. help the dog! says:

    As funny as this picture is, it is downright cruel to leave this poor fellow alone! I cannot believe you can sit and tell the stories of this poor dog destroying kennel after kennel because of his separation anxiety and yet you keep leaving him home alone! Separation anxiety in dogs is no laughing matter. Can you even imagine what is going through his mind while you are gone at work or running errands? I have heard of dogs jumping out of 8 story buildings and being killed because the stress of SA! You need to get him some help, leaving him to suffer like this is the same as beating the hell out of him everyday. You obviously love your dog, so do him a favor and help him out!

  7. Sarah says:

    My rottweiler did the same thing but luckily we only lived in a two-story house. We had just moved in, and ran down the road to a yard sale. We dropped Sheba off at the nearly-empty house and opened some windows for some air. We spent like 15 minutes at the yard sale and as we drove back by our new house, I looked over and saw Sheba on our roof! I screamed bloody murder and was so worried when we got out of the car she’d get excited and jump. But she just crawled back in the open window, which didn’t have a screen. She never did it again. She was just lonely in the new place and looking for us! Crazy rotties 🙂

  8. Mannah says:

    I used toi have three Rotties, and over the years they caused 10,000 in damage but I still love em. I am down to one rottie and a mini foxy x. We had to buy the foxy x because the remaining rotty was getting anxious and depressed, now she has the bestest buddy evar!

  9. Skooby says:

    I thought my old Shepard was bad. He never ate his crate or climbed out windows.

  10. Pickles says:

    I agree with the comment above that a doggie companion can ease seperation anxiety. I have 3 issues (knock wood) but have friends that had a dog similar to this…the husband found the dog on the back deck, limping, when he got home from work. She had been locked in the spare bedroom – opened the window – and lept out through the screen to the deck below in the backyard……

  11. M3 says:

    Agree!!! Rotties are the cutest gentle giants! I adopted a overweight Momma rottie and she’s like a big Teddy bear. I walk her a lot and she’s lost 10 lbs. In 5 months. She LOVES people and animals, and any lovin attention that comes her way (especially belly rubs !!! 🙂

  12. Leah says:

    We’ve had a rescue Rottie that had separation anxiety, she was taken from the Momma dog way too young. That dog yowled for months!!! Once the yowling stopped the chewing began. She started chewing on the wooden frame for our sliding door so we put Tabasco on it to discourage her & she started liking Tabasco! She ended up being my Mom’s favorite in the end.
    As a rottie owner & lover, you have my sympathy & my deep appreciation!!! =D

    Rotties are the best!!!! <3 Thanks for the pictures!

  13. Bzaaaaah says:

    Looks like a case for the Dog Whisperer.

  14. Rattrap007 says:

    This is just hilarious. Gotta love crazy dogs..

  15. Birdie says:

    “I’m the King of the World!!”

  16. cate says:

    I wasn’t there but my 17 year old daughter, after calling the police and fire dept. (who both laughed at her), climbed out the same window and dragged him in.

    @ Scout….trust me that is why I said he grows thumbs and he was secured btw…there is NO securing this dog. He has destroyed every crate we have bought for him. He has chewed through window mullions and crashed through them. He unlocks windows, pushes them up. Three families gave him up before we got him from the shelter….and we love him but….he has been a challenge, to say the least.

    • justme says:

      Oooh ok sorry I didn’t read this before I responded to Scout, seconding the crate idea……hmmm well in that case I dunno! But you have a big heart to give him a loving home despite his mischief.

    • Dalee says:

      Cate, we need to have a family of separation-anxiety- excape-artist-dogs support group. My dog has has not had any 2nd story incidents, but he has destroyed his crate and pushed out a window and ran to the McDonald’s down the street for some chicken nuggets and McLoving from the workers. We’re on our 2nd couch, but what are you going to do? You can’t give up on them. At least he made it in safe and sound. Kudos to your daughter!

      • pratt says:

        Hit me up for the support group my 9yr old lab/shepard has broken our crates and has ripped off 2 toe nails in the process glad we made it home in time to take him to the vet. And, we are in a double wide he is on a perimeter collar the only thing to keep him at the house he has eaten sub-woofers and the tread off the treadmill who knows what else. had to get the perimeter collar so he would quit getting into the neighbors houses.

    • In my opinion.... says:

      There’s a special comfy seat in heaven for people who adopt difficult animals from shelters and give them a home. And when you get to that comfy seat, there’s a pet bed right next to it. God bless you for taking in such a difficult (but adorable) dog.

      • justme says:

        Best dog I ever had was a poorly housebroken 5 year old, overweight beagle with double ear infections. When I adopted her they told me they were thrilled to see her go. She had belonged to an older couple who loved her so dearly, but after the wife died the husband became homeless and gave her to a neighbor to take care of. When he came to check up on her he realized the neighbor had been abusing her and took her to the humane society in tears. She was so adorable and lovable and full of personality. After a few years I sent in some pictures and asked them to pass them along to the old man if they found him. They said they would check local homeless shelters and sure enough, the next time I got a news flyer from them there he was holding the pics on the front page, tickled pink that his fat, beloved baby was living out in the country happy as a clam.

        • justme says:

          d’oh….they told me they were thrilled to see her go because the abusive neighbor had called earlier in the day to say he was coming to take her “home” and they didn’t want her going with him!

        • Skooby says:

          justme, you are, in no simple words, an amazing human to have taken in that dear little beagle. As someone who has come close to having to give up my babies (thankfully it never happened), I can sympathize with this poor old gentleman’s heartbreak. To first loose hos beloved wife and then to loose their baby. I am sure we can all agree that you are a wonderful human being. There is a special place in heaven for you and I am sure this old couple will greet you.

        • Ana says:

          Justme….you are fabulous, not only to take the beagle, but then to work to make sure that his other ‘person’ could be at peace with the knowledge that his baby was finally safe, and happy again. I’ll say a little prayer for you, your beagle, and the gentleman who had to give him up…..hopefully he will get back on his feet again, and maybe enjoy the love of a fur friend again someday.

      • cate says:

        ….and that big comfy seat will probably have the stuffing pulled out of it.

    • Boo says:

      My ex died in a car accident and I have his dog now. He is the same way and gets out of everything. He even eats drywall and window sills to get out. Been this way since the day my ex brought him home. He has chewed through my chain link fence in several places. These dogs are nuts but you have to love them anyway.

    • Melissa says:

      Err.. Yeah crating is not the best way to go. If you like I can give you a bunch of tips to help you with your dog, and it’s separation anxiety problems?

  17. Rick D says:

    How’d you get him down?

  18. Harry says:

    And … how did he get down?

    You left out the best part!

  19. ScoutC says:

    Oh, and I meant to make an obligatory “photoshopped” comment, too. Why not? At least ten others will.

    • justme says:

      Yes, yes thank you. My daily visits to AFP would not be the same without the cries of “photoshopped” and “not awkward” or even “photoshopped AND not awkward”


      • Billy says:

        Hear ya. My earlier photo submission is a good case to reference…. No photoshop, and also might not be the most “awkward” photo to be submitted. However, it proves the power and cleverness of photo title and caption…just a thought. I do love this site. Cheers to all who participate!

    • Billy says:

      Word up. Thank you.

  20. ScoutC says:

    Up on the housetop, woof! woof! woof! I hope the poor guy got down okay! And I hope you learned to secure the windows or crate him when leaving him alone.

    • justme says:

      Oh great now I’m gonna have THAT stuck in my head all day!! 🙂

      I agree with Scout on the crating, might make him feel more secure too, to be in his “cave”.

      • Cam says:

        I’m the daughter that got him down, and he was in a crate, he’s been in many crates but they haven’t survived him. The way he completely twisted and mauled the wiring and steel bars of the cage they were were of a ball of steel, that was more dangerous to him then not being in one at all. Cage after cage, one the next step higher in reinforced steel, he all tore apart. The dog was in a steel bar cage, the bars as thick as a jail cell, with metal oven grates to reinforce them,with a padlock on the door, as well as safely chained inside for his own protection. We would put him in their every morning before we went to school, and by the time we came home we’d open up the garage door to find the refrigerator door open with some half eaten frozen salmon my dad had shipped back from Alaska, and the window wide open, if we were lucky Bennie hadn’t decided to go on an adventure in the neighborhood…If you think we were being inhuman or abusive I’d love for somebody to take this dog on, Marley’s got nothing on Bennie. : )

        • justme says:

          Mmmm well I don’t think anyone was accusing you of being inhumane, we were just making friendly suggestions and if you look below, I explained that I hadn’t read about the crate yet.

        • Sherry says:

          He needs a buddy to hang out with when his people are not home.

      • UrbanD says:

        With rotties you want to put their kennel/crate away from the wall, b/c they are watch dogs they get very anxious if they cannot see everything around them. Just a tip 🙂

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