Three weeks ago, I posted that I had to put down my pet of 10 years. Penny, a 13 yr old Chihuahua was the perfect camping buddy. I wasn't going to get another dog, because it was just too hard to say goodbye, but the emptiness and loneliness was just too great to handle. So a 1 1/2 weeks ago I got another dog.
Cinnamon is a 2-3 yr old Chi-wienie [Chihuahua and Dachshund mix]. She has a great personality and not a hyper dog, and not a barker.
I am a member of Good Sams and had to go to Ohio's Summer Samboree, so I really did not have enough time to ease her into my home life and camping life. So with only 4 days to work with before we left, she had several episodes when I tried to get her used to a crate, and she actually turned the crate over and got out several times, so I just let her have the run of the house, when I had to run short errands. So I didn't take a crate with me camping.
Well, the first evening at the fairground, I had to leave for a few minutes....when I got back to my new trailer...and my new dog....I learned a new phrase.....Separation Anxiety. Cinnamon wanted to escape the trailer and be with me....see the pics....later she destroyed the screen over the emergency exit window, and she jumped out of the window and headed off in the direction she last saw me. Fortunately a neighbor recognized her and called me to let me know where she was.
I was devastated and was going to drive the 175 miles back home, but stayed the 5 days figuring it would be good training for her....at the end of the stay the destruction was: 3 screens--1 door and 2 windows......2 sets of curtains and a bent curtain rod......bought a $40 resin dog crate at Walmart, she trashed it in 15 min. when she chewed a hole in the side[ now it would not stay connected] and dislodged the door---3 times and got out.
Since she is such a handful, I wouldn't even think about asking a dog sitter to stay with her....cause I think that would add to her Separation Anxiety and
her Escape Anxiety. And I'm not going to give up camping.
Any and all suggestions will be appreciated. Maybe I should change her name from Cinnamon to Houdini!!!