This dog, she has nine lives.

I haven't posted much about our newest dog, Misha. She was a rescue dog that we adopted last December. She and 19 other dogs had been saved from being put down at a shelter in Ohio by some folks in Wisconsin who found foster homes for them. Smokey found her on Petfinders a year ago when she was placed in a foster home about 100 miles from here. 

Keesha 5This is the photo that Smokey fell in love with. Misha, then known as Keesha, is the one in front. 

She had spent the first six months of her life in a cage and never properly socialized. We couldn't touch her for the first 4 or 5 month we had her, but eventually she came around and is now a playful, happy, affectionate dog.

She is a chewer, however, when she gets bored. You may remember some of these:


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Clockwise from upper left: tv remote; yarn that should have been out of reach… but wasn't; 
carved wooden box that my grandparents brought me from Norway when I was
about 9 (sob); random power adaptor; row counter; lint roller.

Apparently I didn't take a photo of the chewed up cell phone . Or all the gnawed-upon shoes. Or the corner of the comforter. Or… well, you get the idea. 

We have learned not to leave shoes on the floor. And she has gotten somewhat less inclined to chew, although there are always a few bits of ripped envelopes or food wrappers stolen from the trash scattered across the carpet.

This morning, however, took the cake. We have no idea where she found this. But she chewed at least a tablespoon of the pest control substance off the end of the bar.


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She spent the rest of the day napping, dashing about, wagging her tail, asking for tummy rubs, and generally acting like the happy, healthy dog she is.

One life down, eight to go

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Who, me?

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0 Responses to This dog, she has nine lives.

  1. Amy says:

    What a beautiful girl!

  2. Chris says:

    Yikes! O.o Glad she was ok.
    Between what Chaos likes to shred and what Mayhem likes to chew… Yeah.

  3. bullwinkle says:

    a) she should be settling down a bit 😉 and b) holy SH!T – have you called poison control or your vet? I can’t read the active ingredient – some of the toxins shut down the kidneys or compromise the liver. Which may not be immediately apparent. Please check for me!

  4. Heather says:

    Gak! Glad she’s okay!

  5. Orli says:

    You should really get her checked out by your vet–those rodenticides act like super blood thinners and can cause a lot of problems even a few days or weeks later. Even though she seems fine now, she can develop a dangerous coagulopathy from what she ingested. I also recommend taking the box with you so they can make sure what kind of toxin she got into, as it helps determine the treatment (if any is necessary at this point).

  6. Vicki says:

    Oh my. Good thing she’s a big girl and not a tiny teacup variety! I’m pretty sure it was rat poison (or the like) that claimed our beagle, Mickey.

  7. tammy says:

    Yoiks!!! Dog is crazy lucky!

  8. Erika says:

    Ugh, my nightmare – I know those bait blocks well, I use them in my car. Dogs do seem very interested in them, I assume whatever is put in to attract mice is attractive to dogs as well.
    Lucky Misha indeed!

  9. Kym says:

    Oh, no! Hope all is well. You’ve had more than your share of medical “scenes” this year. (And that is One Lucky Dog . . . to have landed in such a loving, patient home!)

  10. quiltyknitwit says:

    Worse than a toddler! (And the chewed up yarn made ME sob.)

  11. Carleen says:

    Our local humane society in Amery has a 66% kill rate for cats. I don’t know what it is for dogs. Someone should rescue those animals too.

  12. Lisa says:

    She is so beautiful!

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