Mason's Accomplishments

Our dog Mason is still quite the puppy. The dog loves to play, it his sole purpose in life. My wife says it’s my fault, she says he only misbehaves when I'm around.

I scoffed at this until I came home from work one day to find Mason curled up on the couch beside her. Looking up, he let out a big yawn. He was calm and seemed completely content.

Is he not feeling well? I asked.

This is how he acts when you’re gone.

Oh.

Apparently, to my dog I am viewed as a large playmate, kind of like Richard Pryor in The Toy. I have only myself to blame I suppose, because I like to play too.

But Mason's behavior is improving, at almost a year and a half now we have seen signs of maturity, albeit faint signs, but signs nonetheless. For instance, my wife has been able to teach him some commands, and he’s gotten much better at obeying us…..for the most part.

Mason’s Accomplishments

750 Treats Eaten

268 (Approximate) Bones eaten

89 Water bottles chewed

76 Sticks eaten

62 Toys destroyed

15 Second grader's homework assignments eaten.

7 Pillows destroyed

6 Pairs of shoes eaten

5 Blankets eaten

4 Walls chewed

3 Window screens ruined

3 Ink pens eaten

3 hats chewed

2 Chair legs eaten

2 pairs of jeans chewed

2 Rugs ruined

1 Weed Eater attacked

1 Cat's patience exhausted

1 Couch eaten

1 Electrical cord (unplugged)

1 Trophy for Best looking rescue dog

We've had Mason for over a year now and he finally seems to have realized he's going to be sticking around. For a dog who went through four homes before us, this has been huge, and we have started to see progress...slowly.

Most of the chewing issues have been resolved, but Mason is a dog full of energy and it is my job to make sure he is a tired/happy dog.

Luckily we are able to make sure he is good and tired out before bedtime, because I cannot imagine this dog without his daily runs!

Mason has plenty of quirks, but his arch enemy is the weed eater. His battles with this machine have become legendary. From time to time he can be found in the basement barking at his sleeping nemesis, I don't think there will be a truce anytime soon.

Now for all of you dog disciplinarians out there, I know that its my fault that Mason misbehaves and I've been trying to be just a bit more stern with him, for his own good of course. But I'm sure we can still squeeze in some play time.

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mknelson2012 4 years ago

I loved this! Mason is beautiful and has some accomplished so much. Thank you so much for sharing this.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Oh thank you! I didn't mean to publish this one yet!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

lol @ weestro. He is a beautiful pup and sounds like he has the makings of a fabulous companion. :) Voted up and more.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks TToombs, he's getting there!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Sounds like he is a lot of fun and has/had a serious chewing problem. Wonderful, humor filled hub about your puppy. Seriously, FOUR homes. Some people don't have a clue about training a dog.

I have only had one that had a chewing problem. He liked bra straps and female undies. He didn't even care if they were clean or dirty. He just liked to chew elastic. My daughter finally learned to pick hers up and put it in a safe place. Drawers or hamper with lid worked. She went through a lot of them before I got her trained and he outgrew it. Hope you have many more happy years with him.


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Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

I don't even know Mason and I just love that dog already.


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Bukarella 4 years ago

I really enjoyed your story about Mason. I have Rottweiler, still pretty young, just like your Mason, and it makes me very happy to read happy dog stories. You two are very lucky to have each other (and sounds like your wife is doing a good job keeping both in check! hehe)


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Yes Becky, major chewing problems....we're hoping he outgrows it like yours did!! Yeah, one couple just kept him in a crate all of the time...sigh! Thanks for reading as always!

He's a goofball efficient, it's hard not to like him!

Thanks Bukarella, good luck with your Rottweller, hopefully once you're out of the puppy stage it will be smooth sailing!


shiningirisheyes 4 years ago

THIS WAS GREAT!! I really enjoyed this. I laughed when reading, then I read it to my sister. I have a puppy too and her name is Bella. I so get where this is coming from, and the love for Mason even thought he eats everything in sight.

I really enjoyed this and am voting up across the board. Please come back to this subject from time to time. I'd love to know how Mason is doing.

Just great


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Nature by Dawn 4 years ago

My dogs too see each family member in different roles. I pretty much cover all roles from disciplinarian to playmate while everyone else seems to only have a specific role such as playing or cuddle-mate. Mason's breed looks like an energetic one so it is probably good that he has someone he sees as a playmate. I'm sure he will grow out of the chewing phase. Most of the dogs I have had in my life stopped chewing after around age 2.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

It defintely take patience at times....I hope for your sake that Bella isn't chewing as much as Mason! I will be writing more about him for sure, he's always into something! Thanks for reading and commenting!

You're right about that Dawn, being a mix of husky and terrier, Mason is high high energy! I hope 2 is the magic number, Thanks!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Loved reading this and it brought back smiles of us "so called" training our dogs. Oh well, we needed to buy a new sofa, replace the wallpaper in the kitchen, buy new shoes, etc. Little did we know that our dogs had an inner desire to see things refurbished and changed in our house! Little interior decorators they were! Sounds like Mason has a bit of that desire in him also! :)

With our last rescue dog Trudy we finally got smart and got a cage to put her in while we were gone. She learned to love it and even after we removed it because she was well beyond her chewing stage, she would to to the same spot in the kitchen if she even thought that we were leaving.

We now have my mother's dog Skippy since she is now up in heaven watching over us.

Voted up and funny.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Interior decorators, yes that is exactly what they are Peggy! We have just recently purchased a new couch....I'll keep you updated! Trudy sounds like she got the hang of it...that gives me hope. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

What an achiever.... a great friend you there bro...

Great hub


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Mason is a good looking dog, one you want to pet and play with, easy to see why you want to play with him.

You just have to "keep on preaching" and sooner or later he'll get the lesson and stop chewing. He's still a puppy and that's what they do. I have a 2 year old Min Pin that will be a puppy for at least two more years!

This was a nice hub to read as you made it interesting. Good luck with Mason and keep us posted.

Voted up, funny, and interesting.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks tillsontitan, we are seeing progress, slow as it may be! I'm sure I will be posting more about his exploits as everday is an adventure!


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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

This really put a smile on my face. I love dogs and they love me. Dogs really become a part of the family had outstanding personality especially between one or more owners. I am very happy to hear that Mason is doing well and that he has improved behavior wise. Really nice and relaxed Hub and enjoyable to read, always a pleasure. ;)

-Aubrey.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks Rahul, he's great, hyper but great!

Thanks Crazed, I think Mason has realized he's part of the family and that has made all the difference...he makes us laugh everyday.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Cute dog. If your anything like my husband you like to play with the dog then wonder why he's jumping. We walk in the door and he's all over my husband but he doesn't jump on me. I have told him from the beginning not to jump. That doesn't mean I've stopped him from jumping on other people just on me. Enjoyed your hub. Voted Up.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia Author

That sounds about right moonlake....he will bite me and lick my wife! Thanks for reading and voting!

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