Does Your Pet Have A Comfort Object?

As a kid I was just like Linus from Charlie Brown. I would carry my favorite blanket with me wherever I went, so I completely understand the importance of a good comfort object.

But comfort objects are not just for people.  My brother’s dog has a favorite bone he will carry around when he is anxious.  I also recently learned that otters have a favorite rock that they like to keep with them.  While I support comfort objects I also support not having to buy a new pair of sandals every time I leave Eko home.

R.I.P

These used to be my nice sandals

I kept my current pair of sandals in the closet while I was out, but I got lazy and stopped putting them away.  Luckily Eko seemed to be over his sandal kick and they were left untouched.  Or so I thought.

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One day I came home and noticed one sandal was a bit further away from the other.  “Maybe I kicked it off in a rush,” I thought

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Then I would discover one sandal would be very far from the other.  I suspected Eko, but he played innocent.  There were no teeth marks in the sandal to convict him with

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But one day I stealthily discovered it was for sure Eko

And now I’m torn.  I think Eko likes the sandal because it has my scent and I like that it provides him some comfort when I’m out.  I can’t really scold him for eating it because there is not a single tooth mark in it.  I am leaning towards allowing Eko to borrow the sandal while I’m out but there is a part of me that says I’m just asking for him to chew through them one day.

Any suggestions?  Does your pet have a comfort object?  I would definitely like to find Eko an alternative, but I’m not sure what to give him.

 

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Does Eko snuggle with the sandal? Or is he just carrying it around like a toy?

My parents Springer Oliver, will pick up any shoe laying on the floor an bring it to you, like a toy, however if you don’t notice, or take it fast enough, you might never see it again. He Will hide it!

Last winter my Dad lost 2 pairs of slippers. Eventually Oliver gave my Dad the right slipper from 1 pair and the left of the other. He never chews on them just steals them.

Sounds like Eko has adopted that shoe……Sam used to have a comfort object but these days I think I’m his comfort object! He follows me around all day and when I sit he’s in my lap. I can think of WORSE comfort objects (!) but I’m thinking of nicknaming him “Velcro Boy” !

Pam

Your feet have more concentrated sweat glands than anywhere else on your body which is why dogs are drawn to our feet, socks and shoes. I would recommend wearing a pair of socks and then tieing knots in them for Eko and see if he will accept them for comfort instead of your sandals 🙂 My puppy is definitely a sock puppy – he loves carrying them around, rolling on them and sleeping with them.

Aha, now we have the science to back it up! You are the third person to suggest the sock-tie, so I will have to try to pull the switcheroo on Eko. I need some new socks anyways, and I don’t want to have to buy new sandals if Eko sinks his teeth into these ones!

Tonto likes to steal my slipper when we’re out. It has a few bite marks in it, but it’s still wearable. I say let him have it but then keep a spare back-up in the closet just incase!

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