It should come as a surprise to you that Shiva’s Thanksgiving antler is still alive and well. Sure and it’s larger than her head but she has defeated much stronger foes in less time. The longevity of this gigantic chew is completely unprecedented. In fact, when I purchased it I even told the seller how much I doubted it would last out the week.
It hurts being wrong.
You’ll notice that while Shiva has done an excellent job of grinding down the one end, the antler is still going strong. Compared with all of the other bones and chews we have given her, at two weeks, this one has lasted the longest. It should be at least half this size at this point. When I purchased it, I even told the seller that I bet my dog would demolish the thing within a week. Shiva has made a liar out of me.
Do you think this means her days of massive destruction are over? Can the world’s supply of stuffie toys now breathe a final sigh of relief? I am giving you the chance to decide. Inspired by Wild Dingo’s Dansko shoe betting pool, I have decided to set up something similar to motivate Shiva’s chewing instincts.
On this 24th day of October 2011, I am announcing Rescued Insanity’s Ultimate Antler Contest!
Here is how it will work:
The house (meaning myself) bets that Shiva’s antler will still be kicking around by December 31st. If it doesn’t make it until then, the individual with the number closest to the day I am forced to toss the antler will be the winner! The official prize has yet to be determined, but I assure you it will be awesome. It won’t just be an autographed photo of the Shivster this time, I promise.
The official rules:
1. You can only bet once and, once made, this bet can’t be changed.
2. To play, enter your guess in the comments below. The comments will be open until October 31st, so you will have exactly one week to decide on your number.
3. You cannot guess for a date after December 31st. If the antler does magically last that long, the house wins and Shiva’s reign as Ultimate Destructo Dog will end.
4. The antler is currently about 7 and a half inches long. I normally decide an antler is officially destroyed when it is small enough for Shiva to choke on. So, about two inches long. When I think the antler is done, I will measure it and post the photo here as proof. Here is what it looks like this morning:
Does this sound fair? Shiva’s antler is available to her almost twenty-four hours a day and I promise not to play with the odds by restricting this access. She will have every opportunity to chew to her heart’s content. It could be all over within a few days or it could last months. It’s hard to say at this point. But remember, Shiva’s last antler was split in half by Day Two.
Good luck and thanks for playing!