We left Sammie out yesterday because she had been cooped up the evening before, and we felt bad for her. I made sure I cleaned the litter box and everything to remove temptation and set her up for success. You see how well that worked for us:

She brought out and chewed up the mat that we put in her kennel that she had been so in love with. She tore up an empty cereal box. She got on the counter and ate a half-full container of basil (she had to chew through a Ziploc bag to get to it).

Our place, as you can see, was an absolute mess. You can also see in the first picture that her toys were within easy reach in the living room, but they were apparently not as interesting as everything else she got into.



  1. colinandray · March 27, 2015

    Shepherds apparently have a tendency to go crazy when stressed through being on their own. It usually shows as constant spinning but can progress to tail mutilation and general self destruction. Sammie was clearly not happy at being left alone but only you guys can work out why. What is her history? etc etc. In our Ray’s case, we cannot currently leave him on his own. End of story. Dealing with his separation issues is a long and tedious process but we will get him there. We haven’t had a life for two years so another one year is not going to be a major issue. We love him and will do whatever it takes to make him more comfortable when left on his own.


  2. Sarah Ferguson · March 27, 2015

    Oh no! At least it’s just a cleanable mess!

    And toys are never the most interesting thing in the room. At least when supervision is not at hand.


    • Saving Sammie · March 27, 2015

      We were very thankful that it was so easy to clean up! The whole situation could have been much worse. But dang! We have to find a way for her to be entertained without getting into trouble…

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  3. Ginene Nagel · March 27, 2015

    You’ve got to watch Cesar Milan. He cures this issue about every 4th show. She is trying to tell you something. Unfortunately, we don’t speak dog!


  4. Ginene Nagel · March 27, 2015

    Make sure that you always drain his energy before you put him in the crate or leave him. For some dogs a vigorous 30-minute walk is sufficient. For others, they may need twice that much and more of a challenge, like carrying a backpack or going to a run instead.

    Read more:

    Note from Ginene: I am worried about Sammie. I found this on Cesar’s website, but it wasn’t written by him, I think the site is written by someone who works for him. He is probably too busy making shows and training dogs to answer emails. The show is really good. I’m using it on my cats, and it isn’t for cats. I learned how to stop my cat, Kaiser, from going to the back door and jumping at the door handle in three minutes. Kaiser has been doing that for two solid years. I was ready to kill her!


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