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November 13th, 2006


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11:17 am - This just in:
Sugar, the new dog, is terrified of the pellet stove. No, I have no earthly idea why. I just found this out this morning.

See, it's been getting a bit colder here, and so this weekend, during a massive garage and carport cleaning, I decided to haul what was left of the wood pellets inside, clean out the stove, and get it going. Nothing like the nice, toasty heat of a warm fire that is safely ensconced inside a metal stove.

In the morning, things usually go like this: I get up, leave Chewie sleeping (he stays crashed until about noon), and take Sugar outside. I go make or have coffee, depending on whether or not Charlie got up before me and made it. I go outside, smoke a cigarette, then bring Sugar into the office with me.

This morning, though, she got to within about 15 feet of where the pellet stove was, and froze. I tried to call her, but she wasn't budging. I walked toward her and she ran away and hid behind the couch.

Since Sugar is a smaller dog (about 35 pounds), I picked her up and carried her towards my office. When we got near the pellet stove, she started struggling to get away, and when I let her down, she RAN into my office like something was after her.

Hm. Okay, I figured this was a new thing and she's not terribly good with new things, so she'd just have to get used to it. Later, on my way outside, I went to take her with me as usual. She got to the edge of the room with the stove, then turned around and RAN up the stairs to the (closed) door of our bedroom, and huddled there like she could somehow sink through the door and away from the evil fiery fiend below.

So now, I get to carry the dog into and out of the house, or at least, carry her past the pellet stove.

~sigh~

I love this dog, but she is neurotic as all hell.

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From:cookiegirlie
Date:November 13th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
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I wonder if she doesn't like the sounds it makes.

I hope she gets over it. There's nothing like a pellet stove for a heat induced nap.
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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 13th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
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The strange thing is, it was on last night and she ran right by it to get up to the bedroom. Just today it's been freaking her out. It's kind of funny, although I feel bad for laughing. :-)
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From:plklives
Date:November 13th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Aww. Our dog is kind of freaked out by different new stuff too. She wouldn't even eat her food within 3 feet of her new Drinkwell water fountain (yes, I bought my dog a water fountain. I know, I am so pwn'd by this dog), but after a few days, and some slyly applied operant conditioning, she got over it. Your stove thing will probably blend into the background for her after she figures out that it won't jump up and get her.
From:ipuhlot
Date:November 14th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
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Hey, my kitties have that fountain. We're not pwn'd, we just want them to have filtered water. That's it. It's a HEALTH thing...!
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From:plklives
Date:November 14th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
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Yeah! We can't force them to drink water that just sits there, straight out of the tap. That would just be inhuman.
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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
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I guess I shouldn't mention that one of my cats drinks out of the toilet, then...
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From:plklives
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
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Wait, are you saying there are animals that aren't afraid of the bathroom? You are like magic with your training.
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From:sushirob
Date:November 14th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
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She's probably worried about the flames of hell and that she hasnt had a chance to repent for her sins.
From:ipuhlot
Date:November 14th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
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Mebbe when no one was looking she touched her nose to it and now thinks it bites...
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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 15th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
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Naw, she hasn't been near it when it's been on as far as I've seen. Then again, I don't know if the previous owners had a stove. They were kind of assholes and may well have burned her or something. Poor baby.
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From:siliconshaman
Date:November 14th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
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Umm, do you know her history? Because that sounds a lot like she once had reason to be scared of being burnt... situational psychosis induced by abuse.

either that or some little bit of her basic instinctual programming is going "Fire = Bad!"
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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 14th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
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She is a rescue dog, and we believe that she was abused. She's very skittish, although less so since we've had her. (Amazing what a little TLC will do.) I honestly think it's just because it's something new that makes a different noise and is something she doesn't understand. She is not good with changes.

She will, however, follow the other dog past it. It's just that by herself, I have to carry her.

Poor thing.

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