Tino Mischief: Episode 476

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If you follow SlimDoggy, you know the stories of our dogs, particularly Tino who we rescued in the late 90’s. Tino was quite a character and turned into a great family pet, but when he first came to us he was not a ‘domesticated’ dog. He tolerated us being around, caring for him and his brother Bernie, but there wasn’t much interaction. They both had distemper at the time and were very sick. Bernie eventually passed due to the disease and I worried Tino would not adjust to life without him, but he was fine.
Since we had Sally at the time and couldn’t expose her to Tino & Bernie, they slept in our breezeway and had free reign of the backyard. I’ve often said that Tino preferred the open space to being indoors, but eventually the weather got cold (as cold as it gets here in SoCal) and I didn’t want to leave him outside. We fixed up a spot right inside the door and he started sleeping in the vestibule. We put up a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs so he couldn’t go up to the main living area during the night and he settled into the new sleeping arrangements.


During the day he was outside, occasionally he would come upstairs to the main living area and say hello, but mostly he kept to himself and his mischief, while renowned for it’s creativity, was pretty subdued.
About a year after we got Tino, Sally had to have elbow surgery – she had elbow dysplasia. It was a pretty serious surgery, big full incision and some heavy duty pain killers. About the 3rd night after we brought her home, the vet had instructed us to take her Fentanyl patch off. Shortly after we did, she started acting very weird. First she threw-up, then she started acting almost like she was drunk, very wobbly and spacey, wouldn’t focus on us, couldn’t walk…it was really scary.
Steve picked her up, we ran out the front door and off to the Emergency Vet. Everything turned out fine with Sally, it was just a bad reaction to the removal of the patch and the medication and we returned home a few hours later.
We were a little nervous about having left Tino alone for so long, but it was the middle of the night and we figured he would just sleep. We were pleased to see that other than his bed being in disarray as if he scratched at it to make a little nest, all was well.

Tino was pretty goofy.

Tino was pretty goofy.

That is until about a month later I noticed the top of the half-wall that served as the ‘bannister’ to go up to the main level of the house. The top was totally scratched and gouged. I don’t know how I didn’t see it before, but the paint hadn’t been scratched, just deep gouges in the wood. The only thing I could imagine happening is when we left in our crazed state the night Sally was sick, Tino must have become a bit frantic himself and decided he need to get upstairs and was trying to get up around the baby gate by jumping up onto the half-wall.
Why he wanted upstairs, I don’t know as he rarely came up there – maybe he thought we weren’t coming back and he was going to check out the food situation.
The poor thing must have had a time of it.  He didn’t make it over the gate, and he seemed fine when we got home, but that must have been a scary time for him and a sight to see.
Shortly after that, we took the baby gate down and over the years Tino worked his way up from the vestibule into the living room, into our bedroom and eventually up onto the bed alongside Sally.
How about you – your dogs get into mischief that you don’t even find for days or weeks?



We are joining up with the Monday Mischief Blog Hop, hosted by Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog and My Brown Newfies



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  1. I love the picture with the hat!!! That in itself has a mischievous flavor!

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  2. Tino’s got such a great story! And of course, all good stories involve some mischief.
    I can’t think off-hand of any mischief noticed much later – unless drool in weird places counts (walls, ceiling, shelves…). But our pets aren’t very stealthy – to our benefit!
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    • Drool in weird places is certainly a mischievous surprise.
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  3. Yet again, Tynan and Tino sound like brothers from another mother! Tynan was the chief of mystery mischief! He has been gone for almost four years now but sometimes I still expect to find something not quite right when I go into a room the house I haven’t been in for a few days…
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    • LOL…I love that “something not quite right”…I know that feeling.
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  4. Mom always was pleased with Katie because she had only ruined one pair of shoes as a puppy and was not chewing things around the house. When they moved, Katie was about 1 1/2, they moved the dining room table and discovered that she had seriously chewed all four table legs towards the bottom. It was something you would only notice if you really got down on the floor to look as it was light wood, it wasn’t something noticeable. That table was given away shortly after that.
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    • LOVE to hear about Katie mischief. Seniors always seem so boring, but it’s good to remember back to the puppy days!
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  5. That photo of Tino in the hat is adorable! Our current dogs engage in very little mischief (and I am not complaining!) However, I wish I’d had the ability years ago to have a web cam of my dog Bennie. He chewed off the thumb of the left hand glove – all the pairs of gloves – of my then boyfriend. Only the left glove thumbs. Only the thumbs. Every pair of his gloves – never mine. I’d have loved to be able to see him select the “correct” digit to remove.
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    • That’s so weird…I wonder what was behind that. Must have been the positioning or something. Funny.
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  6. He must have been worried. Love the hat too, what a cutie.

  7. Poor Tino. When Pierre was a puppy, he moved in the with us for three months while our daughter found an apartment and job after getting her Masters. It was a few weeks before we discovered that he had made a meal out of the corner of our kitchen windowsill. It is square on one end and gnawed round on the other!

    • My first dog, Maxine did that to my new kitchen cabinets…
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  8. That’s a lot of excitement packed into one evening. Probably for the best you guys didn’t realize until later, you clearly had plenty on your mind.

    • Yeah, I can understand not seeing it that night when we came home, but it was weeks…guess I’m just not very observant.
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  9. I love your Tino stories. I didn’t know that he has distemper:(

    The only mischief that I can think of that I didn’t know happened until a few days later would have to be Leroy and his rock eating!

    • Yeah, the distemper was pretty scary, but sure made him tough as nails. Leroy and the rocks is pretty good mischief – hope he has learned his lesson.
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  10. Poor Tino! He must have been pretty frantic to try to get upstairs that way! Poor banister, too. 😉

    • What was so weird is that he was fine when we got home – no signs of stress…he was a goofy guy.
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      • I suppose he could have looked at it as an opportunity to see what fun he could have upstairs. 🙂

  11. I suppose the most surprising mischief for me was when I discovered my little hound dog had been snatching fledglings and eating them (I saw her make a catch and consume same). Once she was full, she took whatever corpses she had left and stashed them in a shallow hole she dug in the corner of the yard. I didn’t discover this until one day when I was spying on her and saw her kill a bird, take it to the hole, drop it in and proceed to roll about in what I discovered were three rotten (and one fresh) corpses.

  12. We had never met Tino before, it was great getting to know him. Thanks…

    • Tino was a special guy – we have a million stories with him I’ll tell you.
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  13. Love that story.

  14. I enjoyed reading your story. You never really know what goes through their little heads and if they understand you are just trying to keep them safe. I’m glad Tino finally adjusted.

    • You are so right, but sure wish I knew what was going up there sometimes!
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  15. Love the hat picture! So far whenever I have to leave Sadie home alone she is too sad to get into any mischief.

  16. Tino sounds like a really great dog

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  17. Great story. Sounds like a special dog.

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  18. Tino is one smart dog for doing some mischief unnoticed for days. As for me, I haven’t achieve that yet because my humans have hidden eyes and ears in various areas of the house. Any mischief will be discovered within 24 hours. (sigh*) x0x0x Vanilla Bean

    • Too bad…you will have to develop your skills to go unnoticed. Tino had many years of practice.
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  19. Awe poor baby, I love that last picture of him in his blue camo, what a cutie. I pretty much see the mischief right away with the gman, lol. Nellie on the other hand when left home with John while I am out of town manages to get into mischief by pooping in the house and of course John is blind and doesn’t see it so I do when I get home. WTH?

  20. I am really good at not noticing things for quite a while. Luke spends the day in our mud room when we’re at work, and we thought he was doing pretty well at not destroying anything (Sheba and Moses did quite a job on our woodwork in that room when they were puppies). We just noticed recently that he has been scratching and chewing at the closet door. But I don’t know if it’s recent or if he’s been doing it all along!
    Love the photo of Tino in the hat!
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  21. The scratched wall and sickness aside, that is a great story. I bet he was anxious when you left in a rush. 🙂
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  22. Hey Guys

    Poor Tino, he sure must have been a little frantic – I’m impressed at how he eventually made his way onto the bed, I didn’t even start outside and still haven’t managed that – yet!

    Most the time my mischief is immediately discovered, cos I actually like an audience, when I’m left on my own I’m as good as gold, I save my mischief for when it’s just Mum and I – Tee Hee

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂
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