Kasey is a unique dog. Many dogs like trash, of course. Kasey does, too. But Kasey especially craves a certain kind of trash — used Kleenex from the bathroom wastebasket.
If you leave the bathroom door open and the wastebasket on the floor within Kasey’s reach, it’s just a matter of time before you hear a bang and clatter and then see old Kasey shuffling by, munching on a mouthful of tissue and guarding it zealously when you try to get it away from her.
Disgusting, you say? Sure! But dogs do a lot of disgusting things, from appalling tongue swabs of their nether regions to up-close-and-personal sniffs of assorted animal droppings to hearty bites of flyblown roadkill. By comparison, chowing down on used Kleenex is a minor transgression in the canine health and sanitation area.
The mysterious question, however, is: why used Kleenex? As I’ve mentioned before, there’s a lot that we don’t know about Kasey’s history, given her Erie County Humane Society past. Did she once have to survive on Kleenex to fill her belly? Is eating used Kleenex the canine equivalent of nose-picking? Does the Kleenex remind her of something pleasant from her past? Are her senses of smell and taste so acute that she can identify the human who used the tissue?
Kasey will never tell. I’d ask her, but she’s working on a mouthful of Kleenex right now.