Luna and Kaia Go Home Tomorrow...
Their owner was not able to get them the 5 day quarentine, but he decided to move back to the states while they did their quarentine here. I have to admit i'm kind of relieved. I always wanted a Great Dane, and now having had the oppurtunity to own one(two!) I can safely say I am not a dog person. Or rather, i'm not a dog owning type person, I still love dogs.
After Kaia's accident in the park, and us spending the money for fixing up the house on her instead, I had to go back to work, not that I minded I like working. After I went back to work the dogs didn't get near enough attention and started being destructive, they chewed everything up but the furniture, for which I am thankful was left untouched. Having run out of funds for the house we also hadn't landscaped the backyard yet, which has no grass only dirt. When it rained (which it did frequently this year) they tracked mud into the house, their paws caused our newly refinished wood floors to need to be refinished again as soon as they leave. They slobbered on our couch so now it needs professional cleaning. They had their own giant water dish but they still used the cats' fountain and they broke the motor for it because they drank it dry one too many times. They bark at anyone driving by in the middle of the night. The other night they let Envy out, they were outside and decided they wanted to come in so they rammed the door (they do this instead of barking, I have no idea why) and it burst open, letting them in and Envy out. There are deep claw gouges in our door from when we made the mistake of taking only Kaia to the vets for her checkup and Luna decided she didn't like being left alone, it was a brand new stained glass insert real wood door =/. They tore up the outside screens for the door, part of their "ramming" process, we had just installed it , another $100 down the drain. We had to buy baby gates to keep them out of the rooms with the litter boxes in them, otherwise they ate the poo, they knocked over the original $30 baby gates so we had to buy the expensive $80 ones. It got pretty cold so we got them matching fleece jackets to keep them warm on our walks outside, we also had to buy them gentle leaders as they pulled like mad on the leash. We let them out before going to work and when they came back in they would rub their muddy faces on our clothing, we have since learned to don large plastic bag aprons when letting them in. Kaia went into heat (the owner sore she wouldn't any time within the next 5 months) she got into our bedroom and slept on the bed, ruining our down comforter, she also bled all over the house and all over her dog beds, they were too big to be washed so I had to hand scrub them...which was hard since they were fiberfill. I have never seen so much shedding in my entire life, oh and after their newly bathed freshness wore off they started to STINK. Its too cold to wash them outside, and neither would allow me to wash them in the tub, the groomers were too expensive(especially for a weekly-basis sort of thing for two dogs!).
In short (hehe) they are well behaved dogs, we loved them well while they were here, but we are more than ready for the peace and quiet of just having cats again. I think my expectations were pretty high looking back now, but I guess I just thought they would be like my Beau, who even as a puppy his favorite thing to do was lay on my feet and just be near me. Mostly I just felt bad because after I went back to work it was wake up, feed dogs, let dogs outside, let dogs in, go to work, get home, let dogs out, feed/water dogs, take dogs on short walk around the neighborhood, go to bed. On the weekends and our days off there hasn't been a time we weren't busy with obligations, at best they would get half an hour at the park once a week. I know theyre unhappy, i'm unhappy, Pats unhappy. We are glad we were able to "test drive" the dogs though, its worked out much better than if we had adopted a great dane and then had to deal with all of this.