A Cautionary Crochet Tale

All our dogs, past and present,  have had different predilections for things they liked to chew.  Susie liked hard plastic toys – preferably complete with batteries.  Taz liked rolled up pairs of socks which, miraculously, would pass through him and emerge in the same form at the other end.  Stan used to like soft furnishings to name just three.  One of Stan’s earliest conquests was a cat shaped doorstop which made me realise how much stuffing actually goes into one of these things

I say he ‘used to like’ but bad habits sometimes just lie dormant .

This blanket was over the back of a chair and not draped across the shoulders of one of my antique mannequins where I displayed it for this photo,  which is probably a good thing.

The culprit looked suitably abashed and made a vain attempt to hide although couldn’t resist peeking out to see if we had spotted him.

And just in case you were wondering what had happened to all those ‘Nature’s Walk’ crochet along squares I’m supposed to be joining.

My progress has been somewhat impeded.

Pets.  Who’d have ’em?


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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on December 1, 2019 - 08:08

    Oh dear!

    • #2 by tialys on December 1, 2019 - 10:52


    • #3 by CurlsnSkirls on December 3, 2019 - 12:45


      • #4 by tialys on December 3, 2019 - 15:08

        Del! Have you disabled comments on your blog? I’ve only been able to ‘like’ for several posts now – there doesn’t appear to be any comments box.

      • #5 by CurlsnSkirls on December 3, 2019 - 18:22

        Not intentionally—will look into it right away. Thank you❣️

  2. #6 by Born To Organize on December 1, 2019 - 08:40

    Those rascals! We’re fostering a kitten just as we’ve set up our Christmas tree. Who knows what we’re in for.

    I’m kidding…we know exactly what we are in for. But they’re so darn cute, eh?

    • #7 by tialys on December 1, 2019 - 10:52

      Fostering a kitten? Will you be able to give it up at the end? I look forward to seeing the obligatory photos of it up the tree 🎄

      • #8 by Born To Organize on December 1, 2019 - 16:10

        Ah yes! It’s a huge challenge engaging the wee one yet remaining detached. Frankly, I don’t think that is really possible. She was rescued from abuse (or so the story goes) by one of the homeless women we serve downtown. She lived in the director’s office for a week, while she tried to find a rescue that would take her. I brought her home and kept her seperated from our cats till we could rule out the scary stuff and have her dewormed. Frankly, she gives no indication of any abuse and assumes everyone loves her. We certainly do. This may sound strange, but I’ve just turned 60, so adopting a kitten means I’ll be 80 if she makes it to 20. Tessa was unexpected (trapped in Mike’s car) so she was another unplanned kitten in our life. Good grief, I’ve now written a novel. Anyhow, stay tuned…

      • #9 by tialys on December 2, 2019 - 11:33

        I know what you mean about working out those ages. I have now added ‘kittens and puppies’ to my list of ‘things beyond life expectancy’ which, up until recently, only included fabric and yarn.

  3. #10 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on December 1, 2019 - 09:48

    Little rascals

  4. #12 by claire93 on December 1, 2019 - 11:05

    my worry exactly ^^
    Gibbs had a chew on one of earlier amigurumi toys (he thinks anything with a face is for Gibbs) and the cats will claw at anything lying or draped around. Le Bleu has a naughty habit of destroying paper too (with teeth & claw) so I have to put away any paper patterns ofr he will jump up on work surfaces to rip.
    Good to see your CAL blanket is getting joined though! I haven’t made any progress whatsoever – I’ve been too busy crafting for Christmas.

    • #13 by tialys on December 2, 2019 - 11:35

      I’m a bit worried about Gibbs’ liking for ‘anything with a face’. Have you noticed friends and neighbours have stopped popping round. 🤣

      • #14 by claire93 on December 2, 2019 - 12:21

        lol I’m not joking! whenever I get to the “add eyes” stage on an amigurumi, his big ears perk up and he starts to take an interest. He also gets very excited when he sees any of my dolls.

      • #15 by tialys on December 2, 2019 - 15:03

        Excited or scared? 😉

  5. #16 by nanacathy2 on December 1, 2019 - 12:15

    YOU WOULDN’T BE WITHOUT THEM FOR A SECOND! But they can be thumping nuisances!

    • #17 by tialys on December 2, 2019 - 11:34

      Well maybe a few seconds now and again 😉

  6. #18 by katechiconi on December 1, 2019 - 12:33

    I’ve been fortunate so far; Mouse seems to prefer the contents of the waste paper basket beside my chair since his initial disembowelling of the cushion pad. I can cope with a light frosting of tissues, biscuit wrappers, thread and fabric scraps across my Persian rug, but I’d be pretty cheesed off with teethmarks in my dressmaking or quilting…

    • #19 by tialys on December 2, 2019 - 11:34

      They all seem to have their ‘moments’ from time to time don’t they. At least a wastepaper basket in a sewing room is unlikely to have anything truly messy in it – unlike a kitchen bin as I can testify.

      • #20 by katechiconi on December 2, 2019 - 22:01

        So far, Mouse’s only food-related felony is the banana cupcakes, for the rest, my kitchen is safe. But he does love toys to shake and rip up. Hunting dog instincts…

      • #21 by tialys on December 3, 2019 - 15:19

        Sometimes the temptation of food is too great.
        Nearly every dog I’ve ever had has destroyed all but the most robust of toys with varying degrees of savagery. My big old german shepherd, Phoebe, bless her, destroyed toys with the best of them but took a shine to a rubber chicken (of all things) and carried it gently around in her mouth and slept with it too. When she died, we buried it with her.

  7. #22 by The Snail of Happiness on December 1, 2019 - 17:22

    Fortunately neither of ours eats knitting or crochet, but Sam loves to chew zips and the rivets in cloth things; as a result she has, over the years, destroyed 2 expensive waterproofs, a Tilley hat, a cap, a backpack, a tote bag, 5 sofa cushions… and probably lots of other things that I have eradicated from my memory. We’ve got better these days at hanging our coats up straight away! The late Max ate watch straps and headphones. The lovely Daisy is not a chewer – hurrah!

    • #23 by tialys on December 2, 2019 - 11:30

      All of us dog owners have chewy tales to tell don’t we? I’m glad to hear that the elegant Miss Daisy doesn’t indulge in such activities.

  8. #24 by thecontentedcrafter on December 1, 2019 - 18:41

    I dread to tempt fate, but since graduating puppyhood Siddy has never destroyed anything. Of course during puppyhood he ate umpteen drawer handles, chewed on various kickboards and strewed my underwear and shoes all about the house…. Orlando likes to press my resting crochet pieces. I think he feels he is helping. You have a house full of ratbags really 🙂

    • #25 by tialys on December 2, 2019 - 11:29

      Juvenile ratbags who don’t want to grow up 🙄

  9. #26 by kathyreeves on December 1, 2019 - 19:14

    We have to put up all the trash cans when we leave Max alone in the house or he will look for a snack….Once he got into the dehydrated potato slices in a bucket because the lid wasn’t quite on….no eating yarn or fabric though!

    • #27 by tialys on December 2, 2019 - 11:28

      I’ve found, with all the dogs I’ve ever had, they all go for different things and not always to do with food.

  10. #28 by magpiesue on December 1, 2019 - 20:04

    We’ve been very fortunate with Miss Luna. She was well beyond the chewing phase of life when we adopted her. I made a point to keep her in chew bones until she lost interest in them as well. Will you be able to repair the damage Stan did to your crochet blanket? Meanwhile, it’s a good thing you’ve got those cats to keep your Nature’s Walk blocks from floating off into space. 😉

    • #29 by tialys on December 2, 2019 - 11:27

      Mine definitely should be beyond the chewing stage and they mostly are but sometimes I think they just forget themselves. I’m hoping I’ll be able to repair that corner but I don’t know when I’ll get round to it as repairs are something I don’t enjoy so they tend to hang around for quite a while.

  11. #30 by Dartmoor Yarns on December 1, 2019 - 20:44

    Do you think maybe you should feed them dog food instead?

  12. #32 by Lynda on December 2, 2019 - 12:18

    Last time Buddy did something like that it was because an egg from the hen house had broken in my pocket… I put it in the laundry basket and when I came back to wash it he had chewed through the pocket. 😦

    Not to forget the kitties “Awwww…!” 😸 I mean, “Naughty bad kitties!”

    • #33 by tialys on December 2, 2019 - 15:02

      Well, I don’t think Buddy can be blamed for that – the temptation must have been tremendous.

      • #34 by Lynda on December 2, 2019 - 15:39

        I am certain you are right. 😉

  13. #35 by sew2pro on December 3, 2019 - 00:21

    While we dined yesterday, I left a sausage in the kitchen, unattended, then like a fool went looking for it later, opening fridge, grill and cupboards in case that’s where I put it.

    The sausage thief didn’t even have the decency to look ashamed.

    Your culprit is so cute.

    • #36 by tialys on December 3, 2019 - 15:13

      It’s a toss up who would get to an abandoned sausage first – one of the dogs or one of the cats. If a cat, there would definitely be no shame involved.

  14. #37 by craftycreeky on December 3, 2019 - 09:52

    We’ve been pretty lucky with our dogs, none of them have been chewers, Lucy raids waste paper bins for tissues and the like, Rosie just covers everything in hair!

    • #38 by tialys on December 3, 2019 - 15:10

      Oh yes! The hair! I have tumbleweed moments in my house where a big, airy, swirl of dog hair will waft across the floor – usually when there’s a visitor present. This can happen even after I’ve only just hoovered.

      • #39 by Jackie B on December 6, 2019 - 00:06

        Oh yes, large clumps of black lab hair seem to lurk under the sideboard no matter how many times I hoover underneath

      • #40 by tialys on December 6, 2019 - 08:41

        I should really only ever let other pet owners into my house – they’re the only ones who really understand 😉

  15. #41 by Laurie Graves on December 3, 2019 - 16:29

    Little buddies! Love the picture of “the culprit” looking around the corner.

    • #42 by tialys on December 5, 2019 - 08:48

      Bless him – he’s such a good dog usually and he always looks so crushed if he gets told off. I think Flo might have led him astray as she is quite naughty.

  16. #44 by A Dreamer's Library on March 18, 2020 - 14:41

    I made a Nature’s Walk blanket too and it is safely out of the way because there is no chance our family pups (both springer spaniels) would leave it alone. I have a couple of crochet projects that went wrong and the older one loved getting his teeth into them when he was teething.

    • #45 by tialys on March 18, 2020 - 14:52

      That border seemed to take me so long I couldn’t bear to see it chewed up 😱 Worth it though – it’s a really lovely blanket isn’t it. Maybe I’ll make another some day.

      • #46 by A Dreamer's Library on March 18, 2020 - 14:56

        I honestly think the border took me longer than it did to make all the squares. Like you say, it was definitely worth it because it is so beautiful. I had some spare yarn left over from the “sweet meadow” colour pack as well and every so often I do make the odd square so I can have another one!

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