When we brought first Eddie home and banished him to his room for a month of R&R, he was freshly neutered and loved to mark everything.
Outside, inside, plant, animal, or human.
Thankfully, after a week in the crate, he was housebroken. After a few weeks, he stopped having to mark everything outdoors, although he will gladly do so if given the okay.
As with many dogs, trees are his favorite.
I’m not talking about Eddie’s marking habits for no reason – that would make it even more strange. The point is that when we went to get our Christmas tree, my husband had a big worry: would Eddie try to claim this indoor tree as his own? More specifically, would this happen the moment we brought the tree inside? I was concerned about the tree getting knocked over since he is a big boy and isn’t always aware of that fact.
Thankfully, our worries were unfounded! Eddie has been a low maintenance boy for the Christmas season. He’s shifted his groundhog viewing spot at the window, and given the tree a grand total of one sniff before ignoring it. Despite his love of spherical toys, he has even ignored the ball shaped ornaments.
Now if only our area had a variety of trees that did well on farms – I’m not a fan of white pines or anything else with weak branches, my husband isn’t a fan of shaped trees that don’t smell like pine, and he likes to do the many cut-your-own deal rather than getting a pre-cut North Carolina Douglas Fir. This leaves us with white pines. Can’t win them all!