when canine hijinks cause property values to drop

I can admit it – I’m ridiculous when it comes to these dogs.  I mean, Gracie eats anything that’s not nailed down and Phoebe can be as jealous as a toddler.  In the end, though, it doesn’t matter what havoc these guys wreck.  I’m like a cult member who’s drunk the Kool Aid.  Dogs Rule.

And yet, when I look around this house and see the damage they’ve done…well, there are days it’s a miracle I haven’t thrown them out the front door and said good riddance.

The inside of our front doors are all scratched up from dogs madly greeting people on the porch.  It looks like a starving blind man has been trying to claw his way out of the house.  If CSI ever dropped by they’d be swabbing gouges for blood residue and searching for secret torture chambers.

The outside of the back door is even worse.  Phoebe has a delightful habit of pawing the wood wildly if we don’t let her into the house at lightning speed.  And if that doesn’t do it?  Well, then she begins bouncing off the door.  Literally throwing her body against it, rattling the panes, until we open up.  Because heaven forbid the dog actually bark if she needs something.

The list goes on and on.  Gracie’s puppy gnawing at the base of a column.  Dirty baseboards from dusty dogs brushing against them.  Muddy paw prints tracked across carpets, floorboards, and bathroom tile.  Even wet dog smell after Gracie does an upside down shimmy across the carpet on a rainy day.

Everywhere I look there are scratches, dirt, mud, and gouges galore, plus the hair.  Always the hair, covering every surface, getting into every crevice, gracing every square inch of this house.  I could vacuum every hour on the hour and I’d still find dog hair on my stove burners.

We thought the kids were hard on this place, but really it’s the dogs that are taking it down day by day.

21 thoughts on “when canine hijinks cause property values to drop

    • Well, that thought hadn’t occurred to me…but we did go to this really beautiful house for a get together Sunday night…and I was commenting on how much I loved her kitchen…


  1. I have one of those door frames – one that I’ve sanded and painted a couple of times, but have decided to ignore the scratched surface with wood showing through the white paint for now. Although, the creator of that artwork, Shasta, has stopped jumping on the door and clawing to get it opened when someone is in “her” driveway or at “her” door – now she barks frantically and bounces back and forth between the door and me, urging me to get there faster, mom, faster! She does bark to come in – and I’ve learned to get the door open as quickly as possible. And the dog hair – I have a black girl (lab/border collie mix) and a white/tan girl, lab – that would be Shasta. She sheds constantly. When buying clothes I now avoid things like knits, although I love their comfort, because they’re a magnet for her hair. I look for fabrics that shed like she does. They are an integral part of my life, they are my family, so all of this is tolerated. As you said.

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  2. Those faces are pretty powerful though. 🙂 I’ve heard damp rubber gloves work great for getting dog hair of clothing and furniture, haven’t tried it yet. We only have grandpuppies, a Golden Retriever and a Doberman. Maybe need that chrome checker board stuff on doors, like they use on tool boxes and trailer fronts. 🙂

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    • I’ll have to try the damp gloves, I hadn’t heard of that one. Someone really ought to put some patents into dog proof home construction — I bet there’s enough of us out here to make it worthwhile. Unscratchable doors, at least. 🙂

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  3. Amen, amen and amen. Our house is not ours. It belongs to the dogs and cats. I’m just the person who lets the dogs in and out to see what’s on the other side of the door. All day long…

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