09.22.2021 What a start to Autumn.

Life with a dog isn’t always fun and games.

Bentley does not like being left alone but he is sort of okay with it the first time you leave the house.  So when Mary Beth goes to her osteoporosis exercise class in the early afternoon he doesn’t do much.

Often when I come home he is in the window looking for me once I slam my car door.

But yesterday after I returned from work, took him for a walk, and let him roam in the backyard on his run I got a call from Mary Beth. She lost her car keys and was stranded in a CVS parking lot.  So I left Bentley alone and went to help her. As I was arriving my phone rang and she had found them in the store so I turned around to head back. As I walked into the house I noticed a plastic bottle cap on the floor, slightly chewed, and no dog greeting me as I came in. Upon further searching I found a capless canola oil bottle that was partially full.  Mary Beth had packed it for our trip to Acadia this weekend and in his fit of pique at being left alone he pulled it out of the bag and apparently managed to remove the cap and drink some, without spilling any amazingly.  Fortunately canola oil is not toxic to dogs…but…it can make one sick when too much is ingested.  He kept me up off and on all night vomiting it up on various carpets and did not feel well at all.

This morning when we still arose at our usual 3 a.m. despite the lack of sleep…he does have his schedule to keep…Bentley seems fine. I on the other hand, not so much. I am going back to bed for a few hours.  I had intended to catch up on my responses to all your comments but will be a bit delayed in that. I sometimes do fall behind responding but this morning have a reasonably good excuse.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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21 Responses to 09.22.2021 What a start to Autumn.

  1. Poor dog and poor you. Hope you get caught up on sleep.

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    • I did sleep better last night although Bentley and I were still on our 3 a.m. schedule. I am getting better at returning to bed for a little now. As for Bentley, I don’t think he even remembers what happened. 🙂 Thanks!

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  2. Poor Bentley and poor Steve.

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  3. Todd Henson says:

    Ouch! He was looking for attention, and he got it, just maybe not quite the kind he (or you) was hoping for. Glad all’s well. 🙂

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    • Yes he was. Bentley started his life in another home where he was left alone for 12 hours daily. You’d think he could adjust to just a few, but no, he gets bent out of shape and lets us know we shouldn’t do it again. We are both doing much better. Thanks, Todd!

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  4. Wow! Glad Bentley is feeling ok after that!

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, bother! Not a great thing to come home to. Hope you catch up on your sleep!

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  6. Tina says:

    Dogs. So charming, so annoying. He’s a real cutey, though probably not when he’s puking and keeping you up all night.

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    • Yes, he is cute and even when he’s done something we’d rather he did not we still adore him and his cuteness prevails. It was a real beagle pukefest and we hope there is never a repeat. But he is a chow hound if ever there was one so it just may. Thanks, Tina!

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  7. Oh dear not fun at all, glad though it wasn’t drain cleaner or something. But definitely not a fun way to kick off Fall.

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    • Yes, we are totally happy it wasn’t anything too harmful. We’ve been there. Early on he got ahold of two large Ghirardelli dark chocolate bars and had to visit the emergency vet clinic.The hoped for cure for that was regurgitation which fortunately worked. Another time he gobbled a fairly full bottle of Vit. D, also toxic and regurgitation helped there too. No opposable thumbs but has figured out bottle caps.There have been many other less challenging devourments including, sob, prunes which I paid a heavy price for. He’s a challenge.

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  8. Jane Lurie says:

    Oh, Bentley… and poor Steve. 😔

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  9. He looks rather sheepish in some of those photos and now we know why! Hope he feels better, and you too.

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  10. shoreacres says:

    I’m a little late to this, but now I’m wondering: did you take him with you on your trip? If not, will you have a house left when you get home? I suspect a boarding kennel wouldn’t suit him at all. Dogs are more complicated than cats. I always just had a pet sitter come in when I left Dixie Rose. She never did anything dangerous or damaging, but she did get furious at me if I was gone more than a couple of days. Her preferred way of getting back at me was to hide, or to refuse to allow me back into my bed. Faced with a snarling, hissing, claws-out cat, it’s best to sleep on the sofa.

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    • He would be a problem traveling with his need for constant outdoor visits and barking. The kennel he stays at treats him well, lots of treats, affection time, and time outside, that he often is in no hurry to leave.
      We did have a friend stay with our first, Cassie, but all have fared better in the kennel. When it works, which isn’t the case currently, our kennel has CCATV so we can check in on him.

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