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Confessions of OCD

Category: Artic Living | Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:49 pm

Hello my name is Balder, and I'm an almost 8 yr old Rottweiller. (My birthday is this month) I have an obsession with licking. I can't help myself. Its something I have to do day or night. The urge just runs rampant thru me, and what ever is within licking distance, gets a good bath. The problem is my obsession drives my mom crazy. She is so patient with me, she never screams, or threats me with what ever might be within grabbing distance. But today I think I might have made her rethink her layed back behavior. I honestly think I seen a hair on her head start to turn grey before my very eyes. It was amazing. Spectacular. I also think she may have a bald spot on the side of her head where she keeps twisting it, to control her anger.

What brought all this on. I don't know, but when I get excited, I have to lick. If I go outside, no matter what the weather is, I come in and just have to bathe from head to toe. I mean, I'm NOT a dirty dog! Besides grass, snow, dirt under my nails just drives ME crazy. Hmmmph, and SHE gets mad. Well I guess I could just track it all thru the house then. Heres what makes me mad! When the compusion comes over me, and my drool gets going, an the tongue is about to lick between my toes, she'll say, Nei Balder, you don't want to have sores on your feet. Yes I do! I love to lick my toes. Then when I start to lick my bed, the walls, my toys, and i can't help it, I really can't, but hair gets caught in my throat an I start to choke. Well SHE gets scared. Hmmmph, like I don't. But i can't just help myself. Then she starts to bake, ahhh the smells, drives me wild, an the drool starts to build, an I have to,,,, well you understand. But will someone make her understand!! She puts this crate around my head, then rubs my ears, an calls me her little buttercup. Hola Cripes Woman!!! I'm 8yrs old an 160 lbs,, little buttercup my,,,patootie. So she will take it off because I have mastered the eyes. Its all in the look. hee hee. I got her fooled alright. So I start to lick my feet again. This time she tells me "Thats it!! Your in the dog house now!" So I get up on her bed, and she puts that,,,dang,,,crate on. When will I ever learn.......its a dog life.

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toni wrote on Tue Feb 05, 2008 2:31 pm:

Poor, misunderstood Balder. Just doin' what a dogs gotta do and gettin' in trouble for it.

Rambo has that form of OCD also. He goes outside then comes in an starts cleaning between his toes. He has hairy paws so it takes a Looooooooong time to get them clean.


dooley wrote on Tue Feb 05, 2008 4:21 pm:

Chance has a chewing compulsion. She does confine it to her blankets. Put a new blanket on her bed and the first thing she does is chew a hole in it. The one we bought her at a yard sale on Friday already has numerous holes in it. She keeps her feet clean, too but not like Balder. dooley


Frank wrote on Tue Feb 05, 2008 4:23 pm:

So I guess Balder is keen on licking then Biita? :) Cute blog entry.


just_a_penguin wrote on Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:05 pm:

I'm Toffee, a 7 year old bunny that is convinced that there's something wonderful and special that my mommy is hiding from me beneath the linoleum in the kitchen. I keep digging, and she keeps picking me up and telling me "no!". Recently, she got these terrible wax things to put over my claws to stop the digging. Lucky for me I've got eyes AND super-cute floppy ears that I can twitch in just the right way to make her feel bad and take them off again!
OC animals unite!


Biita wrote on Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:18 pm:

OC pets unite,,lol.. thats funny. He drives me crazy sometimes. I guess it was just a bad day for him, an me both. but today seemed like he went beyond what he normally does.

thanks Frank, i'm trying different approaches to writing.

Poor Toni,,, i do have ear plugs you can borrow,,,lol.

its better that Chance chews on his blankets thats for sure,, now that is an OC problem i can live with. but not if it was the furniture...


Droopy wrote on Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:18 pm:

:lol: Poor Balder! Glad you've got the eyes then.


Frank wrote on Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:35 pm:

>>> i'm trying different approaches to writing. <<<

You're doing a great job!


Palm Tree wrote on Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:18 pm:

I certainly like the new style of writing. Great reading. Lovely idea.
You know Biita, my dogs do the same, every night they have to clean their paws, between the toes and LP even goes on to clean Snoopy's face. I am sure it is a case of 'Obsessive Compulsive Dogs' unite. I am sure they are in cahoots.


glendann wrote on Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:19 pm:

Love the blog and I also understand Balder can't help himself and neither can Chance or Toffee.Oreo has a compulson of having to take a toy to bed with him .He has favorites that have to be in our bed every night.Thank goodness its a kingsize.


kaseylib wrote on Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:25 am:

Enjoyed hearing Balder's side of the story! We almost got a Rott last time, but I chickened out and didn't want to take a chance that the dog wouldn't be social. We live in an area where all the dogs run around and play together, and everyone I know that has one says they can be difficult with other dogs.

So we got our third Newfoundland instead. I've known some absolutely wonderful Rotts, though, and may go for it the next time around. Do you ever take him on your early morning walks? It would be great if you could post a picture of Balder!


Biita wrote on Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:59 am:

Rotties are great, very social, they love children, play well, are very loyal, and very loving dogs,, Balder thinks he's a lap dog...Its all in how the dog is raised. You have to occasionally put them thru the training just to let them know who the master is,, just like any dog tho, they will try to get away with anything they can. lol.

As far as Balder going on walks,, well he loves it. but not until later in the day. i try to get him up an out, but he loves to sleep past noon. lol. then he gets up, and goes out, an is ready for anything. so i usually take him on a walk then. or i just let him go roam on the farm. I have posted some of him in the pet forum. but i can put another one up sometime.

Thanks everyone for reading an i loved hearing about everone elses OC animals,, makes me feel


kaseylib wrote on Sun Feb 10, 2008 7:50 pm:

I just checked the pet forum. I love big dogs, and Balder's a beaut. He seems to like the snow as much as our two do.

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