Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ziggy Redecorates

I had such good intentions.  Ziggy spends most of his time in his crate, because he can't be trusted alone with other pets.  I can't leave him alone in the house even when there are no other pets, because he has a history of chewing boxes, breaking glass, counter surfing, and helping with chores.  Since Ziggy does not like to be outside alone, I decided to give him his own room in the house.  A room that had been stripped of all decorations, furniture, and even most of the baseboards.  Surely this would be a safe place for Ziggy to hang out and have a little bit more room.  I originally had used the room for foster cats, so my husband had put down a vinyl floor for easy cleaning, and I'd filled the room with cat trees, toys, litter boxes, and everything a cat could want.  Except it wasn't everything a cat could want.  I currently have four cats living in my house, and all four have migrated from the cat room into my bedroom.  No matter how many times I put them back in the cat room, they insist on jumping the baby gate and immediately returning to my bedroom.  I finally gave up and moved their stuff to the small office next to my bedroom so they no longer had to run the gauntlet of dogs in the living room/kitchen area each time I tried to relocate them.  This meant the old cat room was available to become Ziggy's room.  And to be on the safe side, I put in toys, chew bones, and even a cow hoof, one of Ziggy's favorite items to chew.  I left his crate door open and settled down in the living room with one ear tuned to any suspicious sounds coming from the room.  It didn't take long for him to finish the food in his Kong Wobbler, and soon the noises of him playing with the dog toy changed.  It took me a few minutes to realize it and go investigate.
Oh, hi mom!

I've been doing some redecorating. 

Do you like it?
I'll be finished up in just another hour or two.

At that point I had to intervene and tell Ziggy that as proud as he was of his redecorating.. and even though I DID tell him it was his very own room... he still was not allowed to tear out the entire floor and remove the remaining baseboards.  So Ziggy is back to living in his crate and hoping to be adopted by someone who will appreciate his redecorating talents.




16 comments:

brooke said...

Oh Ziggy. While it is entertaining, Im sure your fostermom isn't thrilled. But look how happy you are! hehehe

Amanda said...

Oh my! My jaw was hanging open the entire time I read this post. Wow! Bless your heart a thousand times over Laurie. And thank your lucky stars Mr. Ziggy you landed in a patient foster who can appreciate your...uh...yes, decorating talents. All one can do at times is laugh, right?! Whew....

Barbara said...

Oh poor guy! He's bored! He needs to learn to like other dogs! Poor Mr. Ziggy.

Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

If only we could have actual conversations (both ways) with our fosters. There is nothing more frustrating than the situation you are in with Ziggy. Kudos to you for remaining rock solid for him. I will be sending extra good thoughts your way that Ziggy finds his perfect home sooner rather than later.

Kari in Vegas said...

If only we REALLY knew what they were thinking.

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Frankie Furter said...

OMD OMD OMD you MUST send a couple of these pics in to the Blogville ISMS activity. It would be sooooo perfect. you can go to my blog to find out where to email the picture... a PERFECT one... to show how Peeps see things SOOOOO differently from how WE see them...

Cupcake said...

So, we can't trust Ziggy with a floor. I guess we have to add that to the list. Well, he had fun and gave you another great post.

Bev said...

Has Zig thought about demolition work?

Stefanie said...

It's a good thing he's so darn cute! I bet if we put my foster Destructo (not her real name) and Ziggy together in that room - they could really get to work on redecorating!

I just can't get over how he looks - is that defiance or pride over his work? He is one of a kind!

mayziegal said...

Oh, Ziggy! I thinks you should add this to the list of families you would be pawfect for. I'm sure there's plenty of family-owned demolition and remodeling companies. You have SO many talents. I just can't believes you haven't been snatched up yet by somebuddy.

I also noticed that you do a real good froggie pose. Have you heard abouts the calendar the Road Dogs are putting together? If not, you should get your mom to check it out at http://pitbullfrogs.blogspot.com/.

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

meowmeowmans said...

Wow, Ziggy. Maybe you could get a job doing demolition work!

Corbin said...

Gee, Ziggy... as much as we like to redecorate... our humans really don't appreciate our work!
-Corbin

Hanna at Dog Products said...

Laurie,

When it comes to decorating, people tend to consult with friends, relatives, significant others, neighbors, professionals, etc. However, do we ever consult with the pets whom we claim to love? No, we never do! And that must be why they redecorate every chance they get.

I have a couple of Shih Tzu boys who continually dragged a certain pillow off my living room coach. This went on for so long that the pillow suffered irreparable rips and needed to be replaced. As soon as I brought the new pillow and placed it on the same coach, the dogs stopped their misbehavior and left it alone.

What did all that mean? It meant that they simply didn’t like the previous pillow while they approve of the new one.

Good job, Ziggy. You’re a fine decorator.

By the way, I love your blog and I visit it frequently. I have also incorporated your link within my DogProducts.org site as a valuable resource for my visitors. Would you be willing to return the favor by placing my link right here on your blog?

Hanna

Erin and Co. said...

OMGEE!!!!! Ziggy!!

Kristine said...

Oh, Ziggy. I haven't been able to come by your blog for a little while and I hoped to find out he'd been adopted by now. Instead, I see he is still up to his old incorrigible habits... *sigh*

I agree with the others above. You have the patience of a saint. But whan can you do when he looks at you like that? He puts my destructo dog to shame.

havetailwillwag said...

oh noooooo ziggs!! you naughty naughty incorrigible pooch you!!! i love you and you're my favorite blog dog but even i'd be upset if you redecorated my home like that!