Tuesday, 30 November 2010


Suzie is turning out to be a very clever little thing - as if you couldn't tell by looking at those photos!

At night we are putting her into Custard's crate which has a bed, food, water and milk bowls and a pad for her to pee and poop on.

She likes this and sleeps very well in there.

However, on the first morning we went down stairs to find that she had escaped from the crate.  The bars at the bottom are wider than the rest of them are, and she had squeezed through one of the gaps on the front.

After suitable modification (a strip of metal and some zip-locks) we felt that things were secure.

Last night, we heard Custard making a strange worried sound.

Mrs RC went to investigate.

Suzie had squeezed through the bars on the side of the cage, getting into the area where Custard has his bed!

I was oblivious to this, but Mrs RC added another strip of metal held in place with more zip-locks before coming back to bed.

This morning, as I was getting ready for work I saw Suzie embarking on the next part of her plan.  She was chewing at the zip-locks!

Custard never had this sort of cunning.  He never escaped from his cage.  In fact, most of the time we didn't even have to lock the door we just pushed it shut, making him think he was locked in!

I think Agg79 is right - she will be teaching Custard all sorts of new things!


Cinner said...

sorry but it makes me laugh, they all have their own personalities. good luck. take care.

terri said...

She's a smart one, that's for sure! I forgot how much work puppies can be.

Rock Chef said...

Cinner - Glad you enjoyed it. I my experience, dogs are as different as people.

Terri - She really isn't that much work - she eats, pees, poops, plays a bit, then sleeps for 2-3 hours - longer at night. No crying or begging for attention. She is great.

agg79 said...

Ah, sounds like Suzie is already teaching you guys some new tricks. In spite of some misperceptions, dogs can be sneaky/smart. What works for one dog does not always work for the next one. The trick is trying to learn what works before the new dog runs (or ruins) the house. Ahh, the joys of puppyhood. Good luck.

TechnoBabe said...

This is fun hearing about the adjustment to this sweet Suzie. She is pretty smart. You are in for lots of fun.

Sandra said...

My husband is going to be cursing you and your Suzie Pickle post....that puppy is the cutest thing...I want a puppy now too!

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

A cunning dog makes a good pet. It thinks ways to get the job done.

I read about this once :)

And why the pickle?

Kiki said...

I'm kind of in love with Suzie Pickle.....and I'm not really a dog person-she is super cute!!!