I think Walter and Greta’s relationship has taken a turn.  When Greta first came to us from the rescue, she and Walter had a rough start.  She wanted his food, he bit her ear, she wouldn’t back down, he bit her in other places, she bit him.  There was a lot of bloodshed and a couple of stitches.  We won’t even talk about the little notch Walter created at the tip of her ear.  I had no idea an ear wound could be that bloody, but, let’s just suffice it to say it was bad.  It really was a pretty serious thing to the point where I was seriously thinking of returning her.  Experts told us that it would never get better and they could harm each other or us seriously.  I was devastated.

I did call the rescue to see if they had any ideas and when I mentioned that it might not work out, it was a problem because they had no foster home for a dog as big as Greta is.  Maybe that was fortunate because things have been getting better.  I can give them treats at the same time!  There was one snarl recently when Greta dared enter Walter’s eating palace, otherwise known as the pantry.  He snarled for about two seconds and then they just sat there looking at each other.  No bloodshed. Progress!

Those of you who have been around for a while have heard my tales of the crazy things Walter has eaten.  I think the SOS pad was his most impressive meal, but there were others that were right up there.  No matter what he chose to devour, there was never any real animosity involved.  Walter just ate whatever was available in his ‘zone.’  If something wasn’t seven feet off the floor, it wasn’t safe…and even then it might be in peril.  So he basically trolled the area and ‘tasted’ this and that.  I figured that Greta would be that same type of indiscriminate grazer.  Tonight I realized just how wrong I was.  Greta has an agenda.

This is only a hypothesis at this point, but I think she knew what she was doing when she ate Gumby.  Gumby was Walter’s very first toy when he came to us when he was 8 weeks old.  He never mutilated Gumby like he did so many other toys.  Gumby was untouchable…until Greta joined the fold.


It was only a few days ago that I realized Gumby had been decapitated.  That elicited a frown from me, but I really felt bad for Walter.  It was as if a bit of his puppyhood had been desecrated.  I really didn’t think any more about it until tonight.  Tonight Greta regurgitated Gumby’s dead limp body right in front of Walter.  It looked like one big soggy mess of spite.  Was it a hate crime?  A crime of passion?   Perhaps she is just feeling stifled in her desire to physically hurt Walter and has taken on a more nuanced approach.  Whatever it is, Gumby is dead and Walter is not happy.


Greta, on the other hand, may look like she just can’t be bothered but under that sweet face is the mind of a devious schemer.  Greta definitely has an agenda.


























38 thoughts on “Gumby Is Dead

  1. I know I shouldn’t laugh out of respect for Walter s loss but I can’t and while reading I was just visualizing the past accident and Greta viciously plotting her revenge.😂Poor Walter but at least now he has the proof that women always had it their way……female dogs at least🤷🏻‍♀️

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    1. Walter deserved it, but poor Gumby didn’t. Collateral damage, I suppose. I’m going to get another one and see if she seeks that particular toy to destroy. Of course, original Gumby will never be replaced completely, but it will be a good test!!

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      1. Then if she does it again it might be just all on Gumby and nothing personal on walter🤷🏻‍♀️women can be so complicated and I’m afraid Gumby and Walter learned it the hard way😳

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    1. Me, too! Tonight they shared a favorite snack…left over cat food! I went to let Walter have a bit and then Greta and before I knew it they both had their tongues in the same tiny bowl. I was over the moon! I never knew left over cat food could make me so happy. Oh, the SOS pad was a treat. The only way I knew it happened was because he’d snagged some chocolate and I made him throw up. Instead of coming up chocolatey color, it came up blue and sudsy! I never know what he’ll do next!

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            1. I never realized that Scooby Doo had a nephew. I love that they are both Great Danes…along with Marmaduke and Astro. You’ll like this… I have a bumper sticker that says “What would Scooby Doo?”


  2. I don’t know… maybe it was more of a Walter the vecious schemer? A scream of an older brother: “Choke on that!”
    Using his favourite toy would release him from any suspicions…

    Ahh! Schemers or not, I love these two! ❤

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    1. Haha! I never thought about it that way! Hmmmm…. Walter is a sick boy at the moment. He ate a plant that made him very ill. When he feels better he has TWO Gumbys waiting for him and an Underdog for good measure. I love Hugo, too. ❤️💕❤️💕❤️


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