Friday, April 16, 2010

Ziggy's Fan Club

A friend of mine recently suggested that if I really want to find my foster dog Ziggy a home, I should probably talk a little bit nicer about him on my blog. Well, I really do want to find him a home, but I just can't keep the Ziggy stories to myself.  He's a menace, I tell you.  Well, maybe not a menace.  But definitely a challenge.  And he's too entertaining to not talk about.  Plus his new adopters, if he ever gets any, will quickly find that out for themselves.  So I have to be honest and make sure they know what they're getting into. 

Several people on here have mentioned that they like Ziggy - a lot - so I thought maybe if I start his own fan club, he'd be the only foster dog in the area with a fan club of his own.  Surely THAT would make up for some of my Ziggy stories... wouldn't it?  Before you answer that, I have to tell you my latest Ziggy story.

The other day, instead of putting Ziggy in his crate while I was at work, I left him in an exercise pen.  It's kind of like an indoor big wire kennel without a top, and it gives him more room to move around.  However, the door was bent and while I was gone, Ziggy made his escape.  And did this to the blinds.

Yeah, I'm not sure a fan club is going to help make up for that.  But somehow sharing all the damages that my fosters do with you makes me feel better. He also got into the cats' room and ate all of their food and most of their toys. 

Ziggy doesn't mean to cause harm to anyone or anything - he just likes to chew.  Everything.  Yesterday I snapped this picture of my stepdaughter Rachael with Ziggy. 
Look closely and you can see he is chewing on her hand.  I didn't notice at the time or I would have stopped him.  I am finally starting to make some progress on teaching him that people are not for chewing (we've only been working on it for four months - he's very tenacious!)  Sigh.  Please check out Ziggy's Fan Page and leave a comment if you'd like to become a fan.  I promise not to let him visit. 


Frankie Furter said...

Oh dear. Not the drapes????

Madi and Mom said...

Ziggy is a chewing machine....oh my word. Years ago my daughter was dog sitting for a chocolate lab 9 mo. old. She was told to leave him in the fenced yard during the day and in the house in the gated kitchen at night. She arrived bright an early to feed him on his first morning alone. They lived 3 houses from us. Our phone rang within in 5 minutes she said one word HELP!!! When I arrived I found the kitchen in shambles. He had chewed one chair leg down to nearly nothing, he had started to chew parts of the baseboard, somehow candles that had been on the bar were on the floor and it appeared he had digested them. I don't think I have ever seen such destruction. Thankfully the owners were only going to be away for one more night. I didn't think there was much more damage he could do, WRONG, during that day he started eating the lattice around the deck.This was before owners started kenneling dogs at night. I expect this lab is why night kenneling was invented. Good luck with Ziggy.
Madi and Mom

hero said...

Phew... for a moment I thought Ziggy was going to chew on the cats. I'm a big fan of alcoholic Ziggy.

Licks, hero

Remington said...

Are you CERTAIN he did that? Maybe the chewing monster came during the night and made it look like he did it -- they are sneaky!

the booker man said...

oh, zigster! you gotta learn that you can only chew on your toys...otherwise mama will get the grouchies! trust me, i know.
the booker man

JackDaddy said...

If you figure out how to stop the chewing, please let me know! :) And hurry! :)

Kari in WeHo said...

he would be more than welcome to visit!

SwSmartie said...

just when you start to trust the little sucker!

i'm sorry for the loss of your blinds..

Calsidyrose said...

We have damage like what Ziggy did to your blinds on almost all the blinds near the floor or above a bed in our house. The culprit? Our 17-pound Miniature Pinscher (a rescue dog himself) who furiously attacks the blinds when he can't get to whatever "prey" he sees beyond the window. We have wooden slats that have been broken in two by him. He has very powerful jaws.

My husband ordered replacement blinds (you can't just buy the slats) at several hundred dollars total, and some of those have already been mangled! The attacks have occurred when we're home, so it's not a matter of putting him in his "happy place while we're gone.

AND this is the dog I've spent the last month nursing back to health--not mention the money!--from a run-in with a squirrel carcass.

You can read more about Taco on my blog! But I can sure identify with your problem with Ziggy's chewing!

3 doxies said...

Ummmm Ziggy I knows we don't looks alike but are we related? I likes to keep my mum on her toes too, i'm only looking out for her to makes sure she don't get old and decrepid. I will definately be using your techniques in da future.
I so hopes you find your forever home...but not anytime soon...I would miss your crazy antics.

Schwang said...

We still like hearing the stories and seeing his adorable face.

JackDaddy said...

Yea, DFM. I just read your comment about rescuing a "Jack". Thank you for all your work and I hope he finds a good home really really soon!!

Pamela said...

Well, I'm a Ziggy fan. And I think it's great that you share the damages. That's one way to be sure potential adopters know that it isn't always fun!

My first puppies destroyed the bindings on my cookbooks. Not the cheap church cookbooks or the 365 ways to make chicken books. Just the $60 Julie Child cookbook with lots of color pictures.

They had very good taste.

laura said...

I'm a housecleaner and one of the houses I went to had an 85 lb pit bull. He greeted me by taking my whole arm in his mouth.
I just loved him!
Ziggy is a nut! Someone out there has to appreciate this!!!

Lorenza said...

Hi, DFM!
Thanks for coming to visit my blog!
Ziggy is adorable! Sure he has a "chewing thing"!
My auntie has a dog who is deaf too. And I think he is a happy dog.
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Raising Addie said...

Ziggy, don't worry. Addie did the same thing when she was a puppy. Addie didn't have other pups in the house to play with so she found things to get into. But she grew out of it and we know that you will too.

You sure are gorgeous Ziggy! we know the perfect forever home is waiting for you out there.

Chasing my tale...
Addie, Lucie and Hailey

The Two Country Poodles said...

If you stop telling Ziggy stories...What would you post about? BOL We love hearing the stories from the Ziggy files!

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo & Uncle Puppy by proxy

Anonymous said...

I had found a white husky running around on a main road so i brought her home for a day. I grew up with huskies and should have known better, but I let the dog free range of the apartment. She ate everything from the couch to the fish food. I think she had a problem with the color of our decor or something and wanted to make sure we remodelled before she went on to terrorize her new owners. It worked.

havetailwillwag said...

i love you zigs!!!!