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Monday, October 10, 2011

Bye Bye Toffee

I seriously didn't know that two dogs would be so much like two toddlers. It was reliving my children's childhood all over again. I remember how miserable The Daughter was, and how she much resented Little Boy.

Milo bit Toffee FOUR times (that we know about). He probably bit her more times than that (which we weren't around to see). Her left ear tip bled. The base of her right ear bled too. And then Milo chomped on her snout and put a hole just behind her nose. Unfortunately, it was at that exact moment when her tongue was hanging out, and that chomp on the snout impaled Toffee's tongue on her own teeth. She screamed so piteously that we all took turns to yell at Milo, and then we brought Toffee into the safety of the house.

To be sure, Milo looked sorry. I don't think he meant to bite so hard but he did, and he tried to do it quite a few times more... except that I barked a short warning to warn him off just in time. Toffee began to fear him. And Milo began to look depressed for being scolded so often. You could tell from his eyes that he thought we didn't love him anymore. Milo has been quiet and withdrawn, eyes looking pleadingly at me, begging to know if we loved Toffee more or him still. He was so jealous that once, when I was dangling Toffee's chew toy by my side about to hand it to Toffee, Milo came and gently but deftly took it away. I looked in his eyes and saw an uncertainty that made my heart ache.

Milo's jealousy threw a pall over our entire home. Every time I stepped into the yard. I had to kiss his nose and say something nice to him... and then Toffee would come running to be petted too. And when I examined Milo's neck, there were uncountable scratches from Toffee's baby teeth. Toffee wasn't an angel herself.

So, we decided to rehome Toffee. After all, we're everything to Milo, and he is too old to bond with anyone else. Milo loves us and only us. Toffee at 3 months will forget us soon enough. The Daughter put up an advert on the SPCA website and in one day, a Police Officer from the K-9 unit called up and asked for her. I drove to his flat to check him out. I know he will be a good owner because he explained to me how to cook for dogs. Dogs need to eat vegetables and fruits too, you know. Kibbles alone is not a balanced diet, said he.

When Milo realised that Toffee was gone, he turned frisky again. He came with his ball to invite us to play and he ran circles all around the yard. And he smiled again. You know how a dog smiles? With mouth slightly open and tongue hanging out a bit? He smiled again. It's good to have Milo happy again. Whatever might be said of Toffee and how charming she is, we still love our big wimpy dog more.

12 comments:

Open Kitchen Concept said...

oh.. I will miss Toffee! But I think it's a good decision...

Fresh Fry aka 福星 said...

very sad, but at least she went to a nice place and peace prevails again. u all done your best.

i was expecting happy stories of 2 dogs but happy stories of 1 is more impt than unhappy stories and/or monster stories of 2!

get a cat next time? hehehe....=P

petunialee said...

OKC - We miss her too. She was a gentle and affectionate thing with a lotta spunk. She left many marks on Milo, a dog 5 times larger than she.

petunialee said...

Fry - Haha! A cat? I think we will spare Milo that. We wanted to get Milo a friend but now know that he is happiest when he has only us.

Theanne and Baron said...

yes dogs can be like small children...I agree you made the right decision for everyone especially beautiful Milo

Wen-ai said...

Oh... all the best to Toffee! She went to a good home and I'm sure she will be very happy with her new owner. Guess Milo enjoys his independence.

petunialee said...

Theanne - Thank you for your encouragement. Milo is definitely happier now. For the first time in 10 days, Milo sat next to me whilst I had breakfast and shared.

petunialee said...

Wen-Ai: Yup! The Daughter prayed very hard that Toffee would find a good home. It isn't everyday that one comes across a man who made it his life to work with dogs in need of a pet. We have 2 happy dogs again.

Blur Ting said...

Lucky Toffee. She'll be well taken care of by the police officer. Such a pity the two dogs can't get along. We've had many dogs in the past and they all seemed to work things out amongst themselves.

petunialee said...

Ting - Yup! I think so too. Toffee irritated Milo because she was always trying to bite his neck. I suppose that he came to the end of his tether and bit back.

petunialee said...

Ting - I rather think that if Toffee had stuck around, they would have come to an uneasy truce... much like siblings who hate each other. The Daughter commented that if she had known it was an option to get rid of the younger one, she would have asked that I get rid of Little Boy.

Malar said...

Finally a happy ending! It's not so easy to handle 2 dogs.....