The Coton de Tulear Thief...

by Leslie
(San Tan Valley, AZ, USA)

Got socks?

Got socks?

See that adorable face? It is the face of a thief ... a SOCK thief. I know many dogs enjoy stealing a sock or two here and there, but Zero seriously takes the cake! He got in the laundry room one day and took every single sock he could find out into the yard! I had to go find a pair of socks in the yard so I could leave the house.

This wasn't an isolated incident, mind you. We have all now resorted to hiding socks. If Zero can get a sock, he WILL take it. He will try to take them out of your hands as you try to slip them on your feet! Is anyone else's Coton a sock thief?

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May 23, 2012
Another thief
by: Deede

I got tickled reading all the comments about the thievery of other people's cotons. I can identify with everyone of them. Our Gabry loves to go through a suitcase and pull out clothes and anything else ... piece by piece. He also likes to move rugs from one place to another. I thought I would give him an old towel to play with since he kept stealing things that I didn't want him to have. He promptly ate a good portion of the towel when I wasn't looking so that ended that idea. Love him, though, in spite of his "stealing" ways. And besides, he's such a funny dog.

Oct 14, 2011
Chester Steals Socks off of People's Feet!
by: Donna & Dene

After our house was built, our construction manager was a constant visitor fixing little things. He would always remove his shoes at the front door and then be greeted by Chester (who always brings a toy to the visitor). One day while Jon was on his knees fixing something, Chester decided to pull his socks off. Well, that started the game. Now whenever a contractor (or the cable guy, plumber, electrician, etc.) enters the house without shoes, Chester heads for their socks!

Of course, the laundry basket is a prime hunting ground for socks AND underwear...which routinely get brought into the living room to show our guests!

Feb 17, 2011
Sock Thief....
by: Karey Ann skees

My Ziggy or "Doodles"as we so often call him, is also a sock thief.... he has a "stash" in the bedroom where he hides his stolen sock treasures, as well as anything else he decides he likes, or wants. I have had to go out and honestly just buy all new socks, just to have some to wear. He is so sneaky; but so adorable.

We have a "mix & match" basket, in our laundry room, and it has become his favorite past time when I'm doing laundry. He gets one, & works & works & works, trying to pull a sock through the holes in the basket.

He gets up into my daughters' make up basket, and steals their makeup brushes, and anything else that he can get into his little mouth!
If it fits in his little mouth, it then becomes mobile, and then hidden. In his little "strash", we have found not only socks, but mascara, tubes of lipstick, chapstick, make up brushes, eyelash curlers, combs, treats, cat toys, pencils, and pens... I just love him!

When he gets something that HE knows he's not supposed to have, he sneaks by hiding under my deak, the kitchen table etc, with his head hung low, and those little legs going as fast as they can go so he doesn't get caught. We've caught him red handed, but it's just so funny, you can't get mad. He's like a 2 year old that never grows up! Just always full of life, and silly antics!

Jan 26, 2011
by: Anne

Our recent rescue Molly, loves my socks and other clothes for that matter. Loves to play tug of war and bite at them. She plays with socks more than she plays with her toys. We should have named her Socks. We absolutely are enchanted with this breed. What a well mannered, loving, intelligent, and great all around dog. We don't understand how her previous owner did not claim her.

Jan 10, 2011
sock and shoe thief
by: Norah

My little sofia isabella will take my socks and house and garden shoes only! She will take them to her little bed and sleep with it. She lays her little head on the garden shoe or sock. Sofia will fight for them too! She looks so sweet! I just love my cotons!

Jan 07, 2011
by: simone

we have 2 cotons, they both like to go to both my husband and my laundry basket and steal both socks and underwear. My husband keeps some treats in his jean shorts and the kids (that's what we call our dogs) always steal his shorts to get the treats.
We love the kids so much

Jan 05, 2011
Heathcliff is a thief, too
by: Deb

My Coton is a sock, bra, underwear thief. He will either help me take the undies or socks off before I get in the shower or pull them or the bra off the counter while I'm in the shower then drag them out of the bathroom. He chews on or plays with his prize before abandoning it in the living room. Too cute!

Jan 04, 2011
Alex the Thief!
by: Anita

Our Alex is a thief for all seasons - he's not fussy, anything is fair game. Our laundry basket looks like a strawberry planter as he pulls socks, underwear, small towels...through the ventilation holes!
and once he steals something, the game of 'catch me if you can' is ON! :)

Jan 04, 2011
Another Coton thief
by: Gale

Okay, I have to fess up that Luc is a sock (and sometimes underwear) thief as well. I too have learned to be extra tidy when it's laundry time.

The funny thing is that in one of our Coton dog polls, less than 3% of Coton owners say their Coton is a thief. Interesting....

Jan 04, 2011
Clothes thief
by: Sue

Jazzy steals and shreds underwear (mine or my husbands ....she's an equal opportunity thief!), pajamas, nightgowns, shoes, and jeans! I wouldn't mind if she just stole and hid them, but she shreds them! She is helping me to become more tidy!

Dec 31, 2010
Socks, undies,etc.
by: Sherry

Cinderella is a panty girl too, but if none are available, socks are her 2nd choice. Just yesterday I read what the top 10 things are that dogs have to have surgically removed. They are (no surprise to us all):
1. Socks
2. Underwear
3. Pantyhose
4. Rocks
5. Balls
6. Chew Toys
7. Corn Cobs
8. Bones
9. Hair Ties/Ribbons
10. Sticks
I never thought of them swallowing them. I think coton dogs are too small to swallow a sock, aren't they? Hope so. Keep an eye on those darlings with their chewing fettishes! :-)
Happy New Year!
Sherry & Cindy

Dec 30, 2010
sock helper
by: Iris Miller

Tuffy has been removing my socks (and any family member's who will let him) since he was a tiny puppy. I thought he was a born natural service dog because not only did he help me get my socks off, he also helped pull the pants legs as I took off my slacks. Nowadays he is taking the socks to get attention and play "chase me and try to get your sock back" . I think they like the underwear because it has your scent, ( but I quickly discourage that) so maybe they put it in a place (their bed) that makes them feel secure? It is just more proof that Cotons are a thinking dog.
Tuffy spends a lot of time going through his toy box to pick out toys he knows I like to play with best, and brings them to me. Well, I ask you, who is the person and who is the pet around here? ha ha ha
happy new year everyone!
love and blessings,
Tuffy and mom Iris

Dec 29, 2010
by: Vickie

At least your lovely Coton is a sock thief, My lovely puppy steals my underwear. I would be grateful if he stole my socks. lol But at least he just takes mine. He leaves everyone else's alone and takes my underwear and hides them in his bed under his mattress. lol he is just so funny.

Dec 29, 2010
our cotons are socks thiefs too!
by: Andrea

Gracie & Annie hardly let our socks hit the floor before they snatch them and shimmy down our stairs to their hideout in the basement. The first time they went to visit our friends, Gracie found her way into their laundry basket and decided to snatch up some underwear and prance into the living room where we all were to show off her findings. Embarrasing, but at least everyone got a good laugh out of it!

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