We all know the story of the man who is "in the doghouse" with his wife and sends her flowers to try and make up. But what if the one in the doghouse is actually the dog? Meet Murphy, an adorable—if troublesome—Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Murphy's mom, Theresa Potratz, was no stranger to training dogs. Her previous pets had all been of the angelic persuasion after she had trained them, so when Murphy came along, she thought it would be a piece of cake.
But Murphy turned out to want to eat that piece of cake—and everything else! The sweet-looking puppy was kin to a goat, eating everything in sight and biting anyone who tried to stop him. “From the moment I brought Murphy home he struggled with food and toy aggression,” Potratz remembers. “He chewed and bit everyone and everything around him.”
Then one day, eating things he shouldn't got him in real trouble. Something he ingested lodged in his intestinal tract and necessitated surgery to save his life. But did that slow him down on eating things that were not food? Not at all. He went right back to his old ways, and more trips to the vet. His mom didn't know what to do. It seemed that Murphy would never change his ways, and she grew discouraged. Her family saw what was happening and knew Potratz was at the end of her rope. She was close to giving up. Then, something wonderful happened.
"The next morning, while I was at work, a florist came in with a beautiful bouquet of flowers,” Potratz said. “I signed for them, and when I read the card, I started to cry.” Her husband, of course, had sent the bouquet to his wife to encourage her. “It was kind of his way of saying we'll get through this,” she said. Surely Murphy would have sent the flowers if he could, and her commitment to making him a model dog strengthened.
Eventually Murphy grew up, and his misbehavior lessened. He still needs to be fed by hand after his first surgery, but Potratz is so happy to have her beloved dog in her life, she doesn't mind. And she'll never forget the day her puppy sent her flowers!
Have you ever had a dog like Murphy? For many dogs, it would have meant being given up to a shelter. Murphy's mom knew that when you take a puppy home, it's for life, and she did what she needed to do to keep that commitment to him. Would you have done the same? We hope so!