Thursday, February 15, 2007


Does anyone know why our new dog Charlie (thank you, LOST) won't leave our den? It is the first room that we brought him in, and he has been out of it once. Don't get me wrong-he goes outside (see pics here and here!), but he won't come into the rest of the house.

The one time he did come over to the dark side (actually, the rest of the house is a lot cleaner than the den because we are always in the den...), it took me about 5 minutes of my cajoling and his whimpering the whole time. He was over for about 5 minutes, and he seemed to enjoy it.

Right now, everyone is asleep, and I am in the library. Actually, it is the dining room, but we have no table and a lot (A LOT) of books, so we made it into our library instead. Reading is so much more important than sustenance anyway. OH. Back to the subject... I'm in the library. Charlie is lying in the doorway between the den and the kitchen, whining. The kitchen is about 5 feet wide, and I am just on the other side. Why won't he come? He obviously wants to.


Kathy T. said...

My brother has a dog who will not cross the threshold into the kitchen... he always stays in the sunroom. I don't understand it at all, but good luck with Charlie! (And boo-hiss if they kill off Charlie in Lost!).

Slackermommy said...

Was Charlie kept in a pen or small quarters before you got him? I had a chow that I bought from a pet store. I was in college and didn't have much money. The chow was $600 which I could not afford but I could not stand him being in that small cage. I worked extra jobs to save up the money. It took me months but I visited him several times a week. He spent 6 months in that cage before I had enough $ to buy him. Do you know he never left my living room except to go outside. It's like he made himself his own invisible cage. That's all he knew. I guess it made him feel safe. Maybe that's what Charlie is doing.

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Kat Coble said...

Isn't reading sustenance?

Mari said...

Why yes, yes it is!

Mari said...

I'm not sure how Charlie was kept before we got him, but I thought he was kept outside. His behavior doesn't really match that, though, since he tears things apart whenever he is left outside! His owner died-that is why we got him. We didn't know the owner, so perhaps he is in mourning?
He doesn't act like he has separation anxiety when he is left alone in the house-just in the backyard.

Mert said...

I think it probably has something to do with his previous owners. maybe he was allowed in a certain room when they allowed him inside.

Maybe you could bribe him with some really yummy wet dog food, just a little. Put it a few feet outside of his comfort zone and gradually (every couple of days) extend how far away from the den it is. I had to do that with my kitty who was really sick and stayed at the vets for a week. he didn't want to come out from under my bed.