The life and times of an English Airedale Terrier puppy

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Dead Bed

Do you notice anything missing from where it usually is in this photo? Nope, no points for guessing my "boy bits"!

As you can probably tell from this photo, I'd been having a fun old time getting most of my toys out of my toybox. Exhausting stuff all that playing I can tell you! Well, this toy box is normally out of my reach & mum & dad choose a few different toys for me out of it each day...

I'll give you another clue...

Yes siree, I am now officially a grown up boy as my crate is gone, gone gone! My toy box normally lives on top of it as dad has this crazy idea that he should rotate what toys I get to play with so I don't get bored of them. As if! It was on the floor for a few days while I had bed changeover, but now it has gone away again, sigh.

I know I told you quite a while ago that I now longer went in my crate if mum & dad were out during the day, but I've been quite attached to going in it for night time snoozies. This was fine while I was a wee pup, but as you know, I am now a big, big boy & it was getting pretty cramped in there. Especially as I liked to have the door shut. I would cry & wander around downstairs if the door was left open & bark for mum or dad to come & shut me in. Yeah, I know I'm weird.

Well, mum & dad decided it was time to get me used to sleeping without my crate as we have a few trips to visit people planned where I might not be able to take my crate, plus they're definitely going to have to buy me a bigger one if I keep on growing.

For the last week or so they have been gradually weaning me off my crate. At first they left the door closed but not locked, then started leaving it more & more ajar. Next they moved the crate out of my usual corner, & finally just put my bed where my crate used to be. And it worked! I have now had 3 nights of sleeping right through the night just on my bed with not a whimper. I have even stayed sat on it until mum came down to get me up, which she finds most amusing!

There is only one small problem...you see this stripy cushion? Well, this is the middle bit of my bed. It fits inside a brown squishy square with sides to make a nice comfy bed. or should I say did...

...The bed is dead! It had a plastic liner base with the brown squishy sides. The base was just so tempting to tear that I've been working on it for quite a while & I finally killed it! As you can see, there is now no base & I can loop the remains of the bed around my body, hehehe. Mum & dad weren't very impressed as I have already destroyed one bed. I had a donut bed as a puppy but the zipper broke & I kept taking all the innards out. Not as unimpressed as me though as they have now taken this brown section away meaning I only have the little central cushion to sleep on, humph! They said it's my own fault.

I suggested that I get to sleep on the spare sofa, but they said no to that too. Meanies. They'll be the ones with the big vet bill when I have a bad back.

Does anyone know any good Airedale-proof beds?

I couldn't stay mad at mum & dad for long though as look what I got for breakfast for being such a grown up boy? A HUGE lamb shank all for meeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Yummy! Sorry for breaking my bed mum & dad (even though it was fun!).

We do still have my crate, but dad says it's going in the attic for now. Hey, maybe that means I'll get a little sister someday, like Maggie & Sunshade's little brothers!!


Licks
Oscar x

28 comments:

Suki said...

Congratulations, Oscar! Wow, you are growing up so fast :) I wonder when my crate will be put away? I like to scratch at the door to my mommy and daddy's room if I'm loose and they're in there, so it probably won't be anytime soon.

How nice of you to stay put all night till mommy's up! You're very smart.

Puggy kisses
Suki
*Oh, and that lamb shank looks INCREDIBLE!

Faya said...

J'imagine que tu dois être content...je ne sais pas quoi te dire je n'ai jamais eu de cage... Par contre j'ai déjà testé tous les canapés et autres lits de la maison et c'est quand même le mien le meilleur....Bisous mon bel Oscar

jaffeboy said...

Lamb shanks!!!!!!! To die for!!!!! I hvn't had one in a long time... I gotta tell MaMa to get me some this weekend.

Marvin The Dog said...

Well done Oscar! Welcome to the grown up Dog World!

oooooh and dribbbbbble, droooool, and another dribble and droooool, the lamb shank looked delcious...mmmmmm!

love and licks Marv xxxx

Toby said...

That Lamb shank looks stunning Oscar! yum yum.....

Congrats on entering the world of the big doggies! Unlike you I have never been overly fond of my crate...so when mine went away when I turned seven months I wasn't too bothered. It must have been so much more difficult for you - well done!

Licks,
Tobster

Boo said...

wow! oscar is a big big boy now no need crate anymore. :-)

glad you have graduated from the crate. do you really need a bed? can you sleep on cushion? not sure about airedale proof but... i'm telling your mom this now: try spraying bitter apple to stop oscar from biting. :-)

wet wet licks

Boo

Bogart said...

Hello big boy!

Congrats on a "no-crate" lifestyle... I've never been a crate boy, mom tried it ages ago but I'm more comfy on the sofa.

I also destroy dog beds, mom finally just got a polar fleece blanket and pillow from IKEA (3.99 and 1.99 thank you very much - mom) and puts those out for me at night. I snuggle there, they're easy to clean, and no destruction!

Mmmmm, lamb shanks....

Love,
Bogart

Toby said...

Congrats Oscar!~ You are officially a big pup now!! And guess what?? Now there's room for an even bigger toy box!! Yay!!!

Luv,
Tobes

Maggie said...

I still have my crate and I'm 8 1/2 years old! I love my crate - more in the summer than winter believe it or not plus my water and food dish hang from it!
A baby sister, huh? hummmmmm I'd think about that long and hard buddy! So far my life has changed completely! Everyone says it'll get better. I hope so!
That lamb shank looks delicious!

Love ya lots,
Maggie

Liberty Doo Dah said...

Way to go Oscar! I still have my crate. I don't sleep in it anymore (well, unless I want too). However, when mum & dad leave me at home, I HAVE to go in the crate! I just HATE it when one or both of them leaves! I claw at the door & whine & cry for them to come back! When I'm in my crate, I feel safe & happy & can just take naps while their away! You ARE grown up!
AireYAY!
Liberty

Joe Stains said...

good work on the bed, true terrier skill!

I won't sleep on any bed except the big king one in the bedroom!

maggie said...

ho oscar , i never sleeped in a crate , although i do have one. at night i sleep with mom in MY bed , and when she leavs me homealone i have full run of the house . luv ya maggie #2

Jasper said...

YAY Oscar...a grown up man!!!
Congrats!!

Chelsea said...

I still go in my crate but, now it's on my own accord! Usually when Mama is singing or being annoying.

I have free run of the house! Woohoo

By the way, tell your dad I have TONS of toys - no joke and I never ever get sick of any of them. I love them all and rotate them by my choosing.


xoxoxoox
Chelsea

Blue said...

Now, you're all grown-up, you've become a lovable raschel, forgive spelling..
Pats & pets

Velvet said...

Loves the lamb shank! *loves it* *loves it* *loves it*!!!!!! yummmmmmm................ ur makin me hungry now Oscar!!!!

Nugget said...

Hi Oscar, Congrats! No more crate. Stewy was a bed destroyer too, he finally out grew it. Maybe you will too? That lamb looked yummmmy!
Peanut butter licks, Nugget

Simba said...

Yer, I ate my bed too. Now I just have a big blanket for when Mummy goes out and a cushion. Which I haven't eaten, but I don't sleep on it either.

Simba xx

Fu Fu said...

Congrates on being a big boy now Oscar. Shucks on the sofa bed. It'll be real comfy. Heee

Is that lamb shank yummy??

~ fufu

Sophie Brador said...

Congrats Oscar! We would never manage the same thing here. Sophie is almost 8 and loves her crate. I suspect it is her everything is all right with the world place. But she still also has her two designer beds and most recently, since the surgery, the foot of my bed. Basically, the whole house is hers.

Sunshade said...

I was gonna tell you about the new bowser donut bed mum got STINKY, but then I saw your yummy Lambie shank and got distracted.....

I love lambie shanks sooooo much you know.... and mine look exactly like yours.

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

Sunshade said...

OH, and I second what Maggie says about a baby sister Oscar. If you want a baby brother, I'm more than happy to send you You-Know-Who..hehe

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

Jackson said...

Blimey, I like the look of your lamb shank.

My grey terrier tunnel bed is from Waggers (http://www.waggers.co.uk/WaggersSite/category/Beds_Pockets%2C+Donuts+%26+Tunnels.htm) and they do one in Airedale size (I know because there's a photo of an Airedale sitting in one). When J1 ordered my bed she didn't measure it and ordered the wrong size. It was HUGE. I wanted to keep it but she wouldn't let me so I ended up with the smaller size. It's very cosy. J x

The Airechicks said...

Oscar:

Congrats on the "CRATELESS" lifestyle you have.....

Shank looked REALLY good....

Sometimes Mum needs help with seeing the trash...so tear away...

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

The lamb shank looks so yummy. And the sofa definitely looks more comfy than the crate.

Love
Boy n Baby

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