Coverups always involve cycles of shredding

I don't know why, but my dog Coco does not like my nice new document shredder. In fact, she hates it with a passion. Whenever I shred anything, as soon as she hears the noise, she charges in from wherever she is -- apparently in the hope of putting an end to the shredding process. This is the sort of thing which has to be seen to be believed, so I thought I'd try to take some pictures. Bear in mind that the camera's three second delay makes it tough, because the shredder moves fast. And so does Coco.

In this first photo, Coco was quick, but arrived too late to actually stop the shredding, so she bit the edge of the evil machine:


Next, she grabbed a sheet on its way in, violently tearing one piece off, then grabbing at it a second time before it too disappeared into the meanspirited maws of document oblivion:


Finally, a more mellow-looking Coco tries again, this time pulling more gently (without tearing the document), as if she might yet save it from the terrible fate.


I don't know whether Coco is against coverups or actually feels sorry for these documents. I have tried to explain that I'm only trying to keep them away from bad people, but she's not interested in explanations. She's just fanatically anti-shredding, and obviously blinded by her passions.

TECH NOTE: My apologies for Coco's red eyes, but the anti-red-eye feature of the camera is too slow to use in action shots.

posted by Eric on 04.26.05 at 06:14 PM


That is wild! I've known of dogs that will attack a vacuum cleaner, but a SHREDDER? Mine will look up, then go back to whatever they were doing.

Gary and the Samoyeds   ·  April 26, 2005 10:17 PM

Most dogs hate vacuum cleaners, which are not only noisy and intrusive, but disturb settled odors to which they've become accustomed (and to which they've contributed many hours).

As to the shredder, it's occurred to me that Coco may be feeling left out, and is trying to let me know in her own way that she's just as good at shredding paper as that heartless machine!

Eric Scheie   ·  April 27, 2005 8:32 AM

Maybe she's just seen too much about Bergergate?

Seriously, my pit hates not only vacuums, but also my electric shaver. Anything that makes that buzzy noise. I suspect it's just that the paper happens to be the only thing she can see moving that directs her towards it.

She is a pretty girl, isn't she?

Jen   ·  April 27, 2005 11:08 AM

I dunno, I'd say the red eyes add to the image of a berserk hell hound.

Beck   ·  April 27, 2005 12:36 PM

Shhh! Coco might hear that....

Eric Scheie   ·  April 27, 2005 8:36 PM

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