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Steph wrote at 2009-05-18 03:41:24
This is interesting because I have a Jack Russell-beagle Mix who will be 2 in July. She has a similar issue. Goes to her bed and she just keeps the blanket in her mouth almost like a pacifier, but never drags the blanket anywhere. Only when she is in her bed. I have begun to worry lately, but she doesn't socially withdraw herself so i'm hoping its just her puppy stage as you said.

Josie wrote at 2009-09-06 02:26:19
My 2 year old puggle does this as well. He'll either drag his pillow or blanket everywhere. When we go away for the weekend, I make sure to bring his blanket. It calms him down and he gnaws on it until he falls asleep with it still in his mouth.

Justin wrote at 2012-07-28 01:34:34
I have a jack russel and he has a bit of carpet that he ripped out of the bottom of his kennel , he lies in the back yard with it in his mouth , like his sucking on it , he really does seem to like this bit of carpet so I haven't taken it of him as I think it might be a comfort thing for him,  but soon as I walk out the back yard he will want to interact with me and not the bit of carpet !  

west333 wrote at 2015-01-31 22:14:56
My dog has done this all his life.  He is 10 now. and still does it.  But he doesn't attach to one particular blanket. He will pick one he likes but if it is gone, he will pick another if he wants to do it.   It is just so cute.  He is a westie.

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