In Trouble? Just look cute!

Troublemaking? It’s a puppy specialty. From gnawing on sandals to wildly pulling on their leash, puppies love to discover just how much we’ll let them get away with. In my case, I like to think the answer to what I let Penny get away with is “not much.” However, I fully admit I do award leniency for cute behavior. 

I was frustrated when Penny refused to walk into the exam room at the vet. Then I saw this face, let out a big “DAWWWW” and scooped her up in my arms

The other morning I discovered Penny gnawed on one of our chairs. I was about to give her a stern talking to until I turned and saw this.

Come on, how could I even attempt to be mad?

Last night I must have been particularly distracted because I failed to notice Penny snuck off the futon behind me. I sprinted out the door expecting to discover Penny had wrought chaos on the apartment. As it turned out, she had. But it was so darn cute! Penny pulled all the blankets out of her crate and off of the couches. Then she did the same with the pillows, and voila:

Penny’s homemade luxury dog bed! When I barged in, Penny nervously looked away and feared the worst

“Sorry, Dad. Please don’t take my bed…”

The textbook says I should have picked up all those blankets/pillows to make it clear they’re not Penny’s to throw around as she pleases. But I did no such thing. Sometimes you just have to let one slide, especially if it’s a cute one! I left Penny to lounge and she happily slept on her comfy throne until it was time to turn in for the night.

One happy, cute, troublemaker

I know I’m not the only sucker out there, so fess up. What do you let your pets get away with?

46 thoughts on “In Trouble? Just look cute!”

  1. Penny may be trying to tell you she “thinks” she’s a big girl now and doesn’t need the cage to sleep in. All she needs is a ton of blankets and pillows and all is well. It’s surely going to take a little more time, but it’s worth it’s weight in pictures just to see her try.
    Have a great summer with the “kids”.

    Dottie and Tuffy-Cat

  2. When I got my new yoga blocks, Banjo was so intrigued by them that I let him check them out. He soon got a little too excited and began to chomp on them and carry them around proudly, so I took them away from him. However, his tooth marks made my blocks distinguishable from everyone else’s in my yoga class, and I also get a little burst of happy whenever I use my blocks and see Banjo’s handiwork.


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