Just when I thought we had made it through the holidays without any significant damage to report…
Yesterday and today I finally got the ornaments off the Christmas tree and packed them away in the trunk. I left the tree up for Devoted Spouse to dismantle. It’s one of those pre-lit trees and it is quite a pretty thing. I believe this is the third Christmas for this tree. It’s also the final Christmas for this tree.
Devoted Spouse encountered a glitch when taking down the tree the other night. He managed to pry off the top part and gently put that section on the floor of our dining room. The rest of the tree was being stubborn and Devoted Spouse decided to tackle it again at a later time.
This evening we went out to dinner. When we arrived back home I noticed something shiny on the floor of the dining room. EmmaLou, the Golden Destroyer, had chewed off a piece of the tree top, lights, wiring, and assorted little plastic pieces. Fortunately it looked as if she spit it back out on the floor. Hopefully she did not ingest any of the pieces — I found and vacuumed glass from the lights. I’ve inspected this hound from Hades and she exhibits no cuts on paws or mouth. She’s lucky she’s a dog because if she were a cat she would be on her ninth and final life by now!
So this holiday cost me an extra several hundred dollars — that’s what it will cost to replace this tree next Christmas. Maybe I’ll get a live tree; that way, if EmmaLou decides to chew on it, she’ll get nothing but spiky tree limbs and a mouth full of tree sap.
And here I was this evening thinking about adding another dog to our family. Wrong!