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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?

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46 Comments

Well, Jack and Maggie don’t get away with much, but only because they aren’t puppies and don’t try to misbehave…But when we had our pup Sally…I was the same as you, she got away with most everything because I couldn’t resist that little chocolate lab face. The worst was sleeping on the bed…I really tried to make her sleep on her bed, but gave up.

Seriously, how can you be expected to say no to that face??? I have to rather guiltily admit that I sometimes let Oscar stay in the bathroom when I’m having a bath. Cue Oscar dipping his paw into the water every five seconds and each time being absolutely shocked that it comes out wet! Poor form by me, but my god it’s just too funny, how could I not???

I am sorry,but if she made herself a bed with the things around her that smelled of you all, I wouldn’t have been mad either. I do believe you can be to strict and ruin a good spirit. That does not mean letting bad behavior slide, but understanding that not all behavior is “bad”. The Puffs sleep on top of the couch. Would I have EVER allowed this before? No Way! But it seems to be a big comfort for them, harms no one, and in the end gives me two happy little dogs….

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