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    Unhappy Dog Eating Chocolate

    Hi guys,

    So we had a major fight with 2 of our best friends lastnight (who are also our house mates for the past 3 weeks) and I will explain what happened.

    One of them, let's say her name is Lauren, is a vet nurse and she left a block of Cadbury Peppermint chocolate sitting on her bedside table with the bedroom door open. My little 2 year old Pomeranian sniffed out the chocolate, jumped on her bed, took the chocolate and ate ALL of it. A while later, Lauren found the empty wrapper and flipped because she knows how bad chocolate is for dogs. She explained what happened in a pissed off way. We told her she shouldn't keep chocolate in her bedroom but if she insists, then keep your bedroom door closed so the dogs can't get in. Simple as that! She knew when she moved in with us that we had 2 small dogs and that we needed to be careful with leaving doors open so they didn't escape. My Pom ended up vomiting through the house and was acting very lethargic. We rushed her to the emergency vet and she was left on a drip overnight and is now home and back to normal. However, we had a massive argument with Lauren and her boyfriend. She argued that it's their room and they can have chocolate in their room if they want and leave the door open if they want and that our dog should be trained to not steal chocolate. Our argument was that we will try to train her the best we can, but to please leave the door shut to avoid it ever happening again. They don't agree with having to leave their door shut. This also happened last week when Lauren left a box of chocolate coated cookies on her bedside table. Same thing happened - our Pom got into it but luckily only had a few and was fine. You think Lauren would learn from that and shut the door and not keep food in the room and yet she does it again!

    Anyway, I just want to know what you guys think? Are they right by saying that our dog should be trained well enough to not eat food when it is right in front of them? Or are we right by saying to just keep the door shut (when it's our rental house to begin with and they are paying us rent to share the house so we should have a right to say to keep the door shut if we want).

    Thoughts??

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    Oh yeah and she never said sorry either even though she's a vet nurse and should know better to not leave chocolate in dogs' reach. She just blamed us for not training our Pomeranian to not eat food left in people's bedrooms!

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    I know very few dogs - no matter how well trained they are - who could resist eating food that is left out when they know no one is watching. My old dog would not even look at food on low tables when we were at home, even when we were in another room. But if she was home alone, anything was fair game. (Even more so when she got older)

    I think you are well within your right to demand that they keep their door shut if they insist on leaving food out - especially food that can land your dog at the emergency vet. FFS, it's not a big ask!

    If I were you, I'd ask them to pay the vet bill. They knew there were certain conditions relating to the dog when they moved in. They did not live up to these and they should take responsibility for their actions. They sound bloddy immature, if you ask me.

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    I know its off subject but.. I have two kiddies and a roomate, who has no kids. I try to make as much effort as I can to not put him out in regards to toys everywhere, cartoons always on etc The way I see it is he shouldnt suffer because I chose to have children.

    I think thats the same case here, your roomie has a right to live comfortably in their home without having to be constantly put out because of your animals.

    But...

    My Roomie also knows to hide lighters, no violent shows or games while the kids are up and no smoking around them etc Because when you move in with people with kiddies, pets, old people.. There are certain things that you have to change in your lifestyle to when you were living alone.

    So I think what happened was a bad situation that could of been alot worse, but i dont think its anyones fault per say. She obviously didnt mean to poison the dog with gross peppermint chocolate but she could of taken more care!

    I think its a matter of you changing for the health of your dogs, if this has happened once before there may be another time where she slips up and leaves choccie on the bed while she runs out to get something..

    My Kids ate a few smoke butts when they were little before my roomie got used to getting rid of them straight away, It happens! Its gross but it happens!

    Maybe you can try baby gates accross her doorway or where you can section your dogs off.
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    I think if these people moved in after you had moved in and you had set the laws down to them by telling them to keep the doors shut, then they are at fault.
    And one main thing that is a stand out is the fact that she is a vet nurse she knows what dogs are about.
    She or both of them need to pull their heads out of their ars# and comply with the rules of the house.
    Tell them the next time this happens you will give them the vet bill due to their lack of care.

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    Dogs counter surf, your friend as a Vet Nurse should be more responsible. even worse now is that your dog got rewarded (got to eat chocolate) for counter surfing and your dog will continue to counter surf, it is very difficult to train our of a dog once they have been rewarded for the behaviour.. And your dog won't be put off because she was sick, she won't associate the eating the choc with being sick.

    I can't believe she didn't say sorry. I would be pissed, I would be making them pay for my vet bills. It isn't that hard to close a darn bedroom door to keep the dogs and their chocolate safe.

    Food doesn't get left around my house FULL STOP because the dogs will eat it if they are not being watched. I am looking for a housemate at the moment and there will be really strict rules revolving around the dogs and an agreement (in writing) in place that states if the dogs get sick or injured because of any negligence they show that they will pay vet bills for it.

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    Your roomie sounds like one of those people who would allow a child to take responsibility to, rather than acknowledge that they are the adult and the one who can control the situation.

    Mistakes happen and we live and learn, but I would be angry with her attitude.

    She may have been firing off illogical arguments because she was upset and [urely because of the heat of the moment. When things settle, speak to her about it calmly and how you expect that she will ensure it doesn't happen again.
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    Its not hard to shut a door. I bet if your dog tore up her favourite shoes or dress she would shut the door every time. When i was a young bloke i moved in with a couple of really good mates, it was great for 3 weeks, pizza and beer everynight !! After that it was a nightmare dealing with each others bad habits and lifestyles. The best thing i ever did was move out and it saved a friendship. If your names on the lease you should be the top dog and they should respect your house rules. Her attitude sounds really poor but i hope you guys can work it out.

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    Thanks for your feedback guys. It makes me feel a bit more sane knowing that how my husband and I think about the situation isn't wrong! I forgot to mention that the vet bill cost $511 (not that you can put a price on your pet's health but we weren't exactly happy about that!) and they didn't offer to cover the cost at all. Lauren also has her own dog - a 6 year old Samoyed X Labrador or Retriever so quite a big dog that is pretty well trained and I feel like she's always looking down on our 2 little ones because they are only puppies and aren't as well trained as hers. On top of that, our first dog that we bought back in 2007 which was a Pom X Silky Terrier (Hershey) escaped from our back yard at 2 years old after our lawn mower man accidentally let him out. He was missing all day then he was hit by a car that night and died. Taking my Pom to the vet lastnight was the same vet we said goodbye to Hershey in when someone had brought him in and he was laying dead on the table so not only was I histeric because of being back there with our new dog but I find out the vet's dog apparently looked exactly the same as our sick Pom and was also named Hershey. Talk about making me feel better! Lauren and her bf have been the best of friends to us in the past 5-6 years that we've known them, but it's just odd that the last thing you would expect to be arguing with a vet nurse about would be leaving chocolate around in our dogs' reach!! We're dreading having another conversation with them about it but it can't happen again!
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    It sounds like they may have some underlying issues relating to your dog that may have prompted this irrational reaction. But that is still no excuse for such an immature and irresponsible response.

    If she has a problem with your dogs' behaviour, she should talk to you about it like an adult, and in a constructive way.

    Sorry to hear that the trip to the vet was such an emotionally draining (and expensive) affair. I'm very glad your dog is fine though.

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