April 2nd 2013 10:39 am
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For all of my adult life, I've raised, trained, showed, competed in conformation, obedience, and other working & performance activities & events with German Shepherd Dogs and to a lesser extent, rough Collies, as well as teaching GSDs to do such things as pull wagons. I've worked with other people's dogs of various breeds as well. I've raised many puppies over the years. Yet in all the years I've had dogs and even though German Shepherd Dogs are a breed that likes to chew things throughout their lifetime, the single most destructive chewer I've ever owned has not been canine.
The single most destructive chewer I've ever owned weighs barely four pounds, has only one eye, and is the smallest FELINE in the house. Although Uno is her name, she's now acquired the nickname "Chomper" because when it comes to cords and cables, she's like a T-Rex. Being close to two years old now, she long ago finished with teething. Yet she has a penchant for chewing cables and cords unlike that of any dog (or cat) I've ever known.
Three days ago with one swift "CHOMP!", Uno instantly rendered my laptop charging cord dead (and equally swiftly fled the scene of the crime!) She's killed several ethernet cables now, a few cellphone charger cords, & among others, a few USB cables. Naturally her USB cable chewing preference is for the newer style of USB cables with mini-port plugs for cellphones & external hard drives that are difficult to find replacements for, rather than the old style USB cables that are easy to replace.
Laptop manufacturers enjoy making sure their battery charger caables are not only incompatible with all other laptop manufacturers charger cables, they make sure they're incompatible with the cables for prior models of their own laptops. My current laptop is a Toshiba. The plug that inserts into my current Toshiba laptop is a different size than those of any of my three old Toshiba laptops. Thankfully, I was able to order a replacement charger cable from Amazon for a reasonable price although of course, it will take a few days for it to arrive.
My son Russ, whose birthday is April 6, has been staying at my house for a few days. As usual he brought along his X-Box and some games to play. He also brought along a wired X-Box controller that his girlfriend bought him two months ago. Last night he started up his X-Box and proceeded to begin playing his game when suddenly "CHOMP!!!!" That was all it took, his game was over just as it was getting started. This time, weirdly, instead of instantly fleeing the scene of the crime, the culprit looked Russ in the eye before fleeing the room. Russ swears Uno winked at him when she looked him in the eye.
Russ was understandably upset that Uno had destroyed his controller cord. To fix the situation, I offered to immediately go get him a replacement for it. Uno's timing was impeccable. K-Mart was still open for another 30 minutes. Russ and I rushed over to K-Mart. The store had only one wired controller and one wireless controller left. Of course the wireless controller is most expensive of the two. However, since Russ's birthday is coming up and since we agreed that wireless is the best most logical safest option when you have a little feline T-Rex killing cords with one chomp, we bought the wireless controller.
On the way home from the store, Russ told me he had been wanting a wireless controller. I remarked that it's almost like Uno planned the whole event, the cord chomp barely 30 minutes before K-Mart closed and us arriving at the store in the nick of time to get the only wireless controller left in the store, just so she could buy Russ a birthday present!
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Wow, what a holy terror! I like to chew on windowsills, silk clothing, tape, and mom's fingers.