THERE comes a point when a dog becomes inseparable from a favourite toy, and sometimes the most placid, happy go lucky dog will turn into a staunch defender of a small piece of plastic, bearing teeth and growling in earnest to keep the toy in their possession. They take it with them everywhere.
Meet Chloe. A six year old dog with a friendly open demeanour perfect for a household with young children. When the family go on holiday they would take her to a pet nanny who kept Chloe in her own home with other dogs in her care. Chloe would arrive with her ball and bed. In this new environment she became very possessive over her things. At home she was an only dog and it could take over a week for her to relax.
The first few days she would carry her ball with her, to her feeding bowl, out to play in the garden, and even to her bed at night. It’s hers, and no one should mess with her ball. The calm passive pet would bark and snarling, keeping strangers at bay.
After returning from a recent holiday to find she had lost her voice they decided to try ‘house-sitting,’ having someone come to their home so Chloe’s routine remained constant, minimising disruption.
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