In the past three or four months, I have been the victim of repeated acts of vandalism.
The vandal started by severing the cord on the crockpot, which was stored in the pantry under the stairs. And then there was the zipper on my good dress boot. Followed by a badly mangled Apple Computer cord. And then there was my favorite pair of dress boots. And one of the handles on my teacher bag. The corner of my journal.
Almost every event has resulted in property loss ranging from $25 to $100.
And those are only the large items. There have also been a number of smaller ones. The vandal loves to read, but he doesn’t take very good care of books. He regularly pulls the laces out of my tennis shoes and snow boots. He’ll go to any length to reach a magic marker. Sharpies are his favorite, followed closely by Mr. Sketch, which I special order to make charts for school. He loves cardboard and paper towels.
I know who the vandal is. I have caught him in the act more than once. He’s spent time behind bars, or at least in a kennel, but nothing seems to deter Galaxy, the newest addition to our family. Galaxy is a five month old collie/German Shepherd mix that joined our family in November, after our 14-year-old lab, Star, passed away.
He’s cute and cuddly, frisky and funny, sneaky and sharp-toothed, bouncy, and oh, so very busy.
I’m hoping he will have me trained pretty soon, because man, oh man, his chew toys are definitely not cheap!