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Pita the milk-jug dog.

Posted Thursday, December 24, 2009, at 11:37 AM

Pita having one too many. Milk jugs that is.
Pita is our latest stray who forced me to take her home on Thanksgiving day. I alluded to her strong arm tactics in a previous post.

We originally named her "no-no" for reasons very obvious if you were around her. She's an energetic puppy so we try to understand, but her name has probably become Pita which came from an acronym we developed that describes her activities.

Anyway, this morning I came back from carrying food to our cat brood down the road and put the cut-out milk jug back on the shelf.

Temptation was too much for Pita and about 30 minutes later I found her stumbling around the driveway looking like the picture below. I have to admit, it was tempting to have some peace by leaving it on, but after recording it for posterity, I helped her out.

Now all I do is pick up the milk jug and she drops her head and slinks away. Maybe I won't have to use the rolled paper anymore. Sorry T-G, the paper has always worked well.

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Pita quickly figured out how to get the treats out of the bottle. My mother-in-law suggested I put the screw top back on, but Pita had already changed its' shape.

I tied one of her rope toys to it and she carries it around, in and out, but gets bored quickly. It think I will get a new bottle and try Mommies idea. It may get frustrating to her (Pita) but if she keeps trying, it may save something else.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 30, 2009, at 3:18 PM

This sounds fantastic! In fact, I will get a bottle as soon as I post this.

It sure beats pulling synthetic carpet strands out of her butt from carpets she has "recycled" or waking up each morning to expectantly peak out the door to see what she has torn up next.

If this works folks.............well I will just be besides myself and Pita may just live to see another Christmas, or at least the New Year!

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 30, 2009, at 9:36 AM

That's a good idea.

We haven't put out jugs for our brood in a while but we have enough water,green tea,juice and milk containers for our critters and then some.

A little kibble or tiny treats amuses them and helps insure that everyone gets a fair share of snacks rather than a few Greedy Guts stealing it all for themselves.

When we put out more jugs than pets,the critters each have a bottle to entertain them and "time release" the food.

It doesn't fall prey to weather or visiting birds as much and the selfish ones concentrate on their own toy or one of the extras rather than taking off with another's bottle.

(That's just too much like work.)

We've taken an "Easter Egg" approach to placing toys,treats and even food out for our babies.

We let them know what's fair game.

(Pet cookie? yes. Mama and Daddy's stuff? NO.)

Letting them "forage" provides exercise and entertainment,lets them have treats during the day but doesn't require our leaving out "free-feeding" meals to go bad or overfeed them.

Except for those in the jugs,etc. edibles are available for about twenty minutes twice a day.

Our vet reccommended that and it's helped the critters be sleek and sassy instead of fat and lazy.

(Hmmm,I wonder if I could put some boubon balls,olive cheese nuggets,pecans,etc. in a milk jug for us humans.)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Dec 29, 2009, at 2:13 PM

Take a plastic water or coke bottle and leave the lid and the little ring around the top OFF. Put some little treats in the bottle she will play with it trying to get the treats out and the bottle makes noise. They do this at BCAC for toys.

-- Posted by Thatsmystory on Tue, Dec 29, 2009, at 10:44 AM

I think her intention was to destroy but since we carry the cat food in it, she probably wanted to check out the smell first.

The opening was large enough to force on but the plastic acted as a trap and she would have had to plant her feet in the handle to get enough leverage to pull it off.

Luckily, she could not go very far, and the closest road is about 1/4 mile away so she was in to immediate danger. In fact, I might put it back on her to keep her out of trouble.

Just kidding folks, but......

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Dec 25, 2009, at 9:35 AM

My lab loves empty milk jugs and two liter plastic bottles. He totally destroys them.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Thu, Dec 24, 2009, at 11:56 PM

A little less than 750, but if you count the birds, mice, deer, raccoons, opossums, etc. it could be getting close. The budget sure feels like it. Wit a minute, what budget?

Official pet-type animals it comes to 16 right now. 3 intentional dogs, six intentional cats, one dog by default and six cats down the road.

By the way, I counted mice because I catch and release and try to get our cats to do the same. Just a few minutes ago Kit Kat was playing with a mouse in the driveway and I asked him to let it go for Christmas.

When I got to him the mouse was on its' back with arms outstretched as if saying, Come on, pleeeease?" The mouse was safe, at least for another night.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 24, 2009, at 6:39 PM

ha that is so cute. Animals are a such a joy. My cats just came in from the sanctuary griping about the rain.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Thu, Dec 24, 2009, at 5:08 PM

So, Steve, how many cats, dogs, and other critters does that make now that you take care of? About 750??

-- Posted by welkindance on Thu, Dec 24, 2009, at 2:38 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.