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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tribble Attack!

If you've followed this blog at all you know that I am a not very closeted Trekkie.   I'm very devoted to my favorite series, sometimes perhaps a bit too much, my dogs are often the recipient of this fandom. 

Recently my Star Trek devotion and my love of dogs collided in another way.

Exhibit A: Weasley


Innocent and cute as he is, Weasley has had a problem since the day he came to us

he has been a slipper attacker.   For nearly a year I walked around the house in the evening with a fawn pug puppy attatched to my slippers.  I tried all the techniques: freezing in place, distracting with a toy, but Weasley was just obsessed with slippers.  Thanfuly as he got older his slipper aggression died down, but we still experience occasional flare ups.  The most recent victims where my Totoro slippers

Oh I hardly new thee. 

Left in the middle of the cold winter with no slippers and an Amazon gift card I received as a Christmas gift, I started looking for slippers and that's where Star Trek came in.  I discovered these Tribble Slippers

For the non-trekkie who has no idea what Tribbles are, they are the center plot point of a very famous 1967  StarTrek episode The Trouble With Tribbles.  Basically Tribbles are furry little animals that make  purring noises and enjoy being held, seemingly the perfect pet, accept that they reproduce endless and one Tribble quickly becomes a thousand.

Now I love Tribbles, the episode was one of my favorites and I was very excited to see an actual Tribble  prop from the episode at the one and only Star Trek convention I ever attended.

Needless to say I was sorely tempted to buy the slippers, they even made Tribble noises!, but I was concerned about how Weasley would react to slippers that  looked like large fuzzy dog toys.  Well I weakened. 

The slippers arrived in one day, thank you Amazon Prime!, and I decided to try them out.  They have a sound box on the top of the toe that can be turned on or off.  I decided to start with the sounds turned off, for obvious reasons.  At first Weasley wasn't interested in the slippers.

Eventually though he moved in for the kill (not pictured).   I decided to try an experiment and turned on the slippers sound box.  Weasley stopped the attack immediately.  He wasn't frightened, which of course I wouldn't have wanted, just surprised.  He began to keep a respectful distance from the slippers.

As seen in this poorly shot video:

Tubby and Ping showed some interest in the Tribble sounds, but basically ignored the slippers (note the café press Star Trek dog tees):

Weasley made peace with them too (but if he decides to attack I can always turn on that sound box).


  1. Slippers and shoes that make weird sounds should be AVOIDED at all costs. They're scary.

    Hope they remain chew free.

  2. I remember that episode. The slippers are cute, but not as cute as Weasley!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  3. Hi Y'all!

    Oh those slippers look so fuzzy and warm! Be sure you keep them WELL out of reach when not wearing them. My Human still makes sure that things I might "think about chewing" are in the closets and the doors shut. I'm a bit insulted 'cause I'll be 9 yrs old in a couple of months and I never really chewed anything up that wasn't a toy.

    Y'all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  4. I LOVED that episode and am old enough to have watched it NOT as a re-run. LOL!

  5. What cute slippers! I love that they make Tribble sound, and how great that feature saves them from being attacked. Weasley is such a cute, innocent slipper attacker...maybe he thinks the slippers are alive and not a toy :-)

  6. Yes, I too consider that one of the best Star Trek episodes. I'm afraid around here the sounds would actually lead to the death of the slippers.
    Terriers have issues with what would appear to be rodents in the living room ;-)

  7. The Tribbles are such funny slippers and the sound is even funnier. Weasley is like WTF?
    Lynne x

  8. Hari OM
    OMD I totally have to have a pair of those ... and I sooooo want that all nighter's shirt.... I am watching Enterprise (Future Tense) right this minute!!! This post may interest you! Hugs, with wags for Weasley, YAM-aunty xxx (Blogville OoWaC)

  9. they are so cute! and man, i understand that star trek obsession. i was never interested until that first jj abbrams movie came out, and now i can't get enough!

  10. I'm a slipper chewer (and Trekkie!) as well
    Mum could certainly do with dog proof slippers!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  11. When I was a kid, our dog Snuffy (Mr. Snuffleupagus), completely decimated a pair of Bert & Ernie slippers. He couldn't get enough of them.

    He also took out 2 Barbies. One of which I then referred to as "Handicapped Barbie" because she was one arm below the elbow and the other hand as well.

  12. Awww, your pups are so darn cute and funny (in a positive way, I mean). Annie leaves my slippers alone at this point so long as I'm wearing them, but any piece of footwear left unattended would be destroyed in seconds (ditto for other types of soft clothing, throw pillows and stuffed animals). I always hoped she would grow out of this, especially considiering how hard we've worked to break her of it, but no dice. Thankfully though by about six months old, she did grow out of chewing everything in sight from walls to furniture. I'll sacrifice a slipper every now and then to save our existing furniture any day of the week! ;)

    ♥ Jessica

  13. We have that problem wif those flipflops my mom likes to wear we try to grab them off her feets so we can chew them up, her winter slippers she has we chew on them also.
    stella rose

  14. We found you through the Lapdogs. We are so very sorry for your loss...

    ... and we have a slipper problem too. Gretchen Greer, the usually perfect, polite doggy, has decided my pull-on fuzzy boot-slippers are grand toys. She hasn't pulled a single bit of furry fluff out, but she will go get one, gallop a bit, and chew on it. My husband thinks it is cute!

  15. Sorry to hear about your Totoro slippers! How awesome were those Totoro slippers!!!?! Almost as awesome as the Tribble slippers. I'm glad you took the chance on these! They seem like the perfect slippers for keeping Weasley from attacking!


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