The Dog Ate My Office

Jonathan Dalton, Phoenix Real Estate AgentMore to the point, Morgan ate my cell phone this morning.

Not in whole, mind you. That would have been far too efficient. No, he simply chewed off the leather cover (most of which has not been recovered.) And then he chewed on the outside of the phone (which now features many dents.) And then he cracked the display and destroyed the receiver. Somehow, amazingly, he missed the speaker for the speaker phone. Maybe I should hand him the phone back and see if he can find it.

Morgan’s now eight months old. We keep waiting for the chewing fascination to go away but it doesn’t seem to be happening. An ottoman. A coat hanger (also last night). Assorted power cords. Multiple stuffed animals. And now my phone. He brings to mind the shark that Richard Dreyfuss cut open in Jaws … I have expect to see him cough up a Louisiana license plate on my living room carpet.

In eating the phone, he also ate my office. Fortunately I have most of my numbers saved on my hard drive (which, to date, he has not eaten.) But there’s a convenience factor that just went flying out the window. Will the Sprint store be able to transfer my numbers from my phone in less than 72 hours? Will they even be able to do it without having a display from which to read?

These are the questions we’re about to get answered.

In the interim, if you’re trying to call please be patient. Figuring out how to answer when I can’t see the display and only can hear via speaker phone is more than a little difficult.

Stay tuned … I may be selling Morgan eBay style here later before the wife and kids come home.  Okay, I wouldn’t do that. But it’s very, very, very, very tempting right now.

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at


  • Thomas Johnson 10 years ago

    Our electronic leash is so much more restraining than anything we put on our canines. Just turn it off and change your message and check voice mail from a landline? I feel for you-the separation anxiety from our lifeline is unbearable.

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    I was saved by the speaker, at least until I got to Sprint. Now I have a new phone (and a nifty new 2-year service agreement.)


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  • Clearwater Beach Real Estate 10 years ago

    Jonathan – OGM – we had our dog eat our MLS key – and had to take it in to the Realtor Organization – luckily we had the little mangled thing or they’d have thought we sold it on the open market to real estate nar-do-wells. 🙂 Enjoyed it – Cyndee Haydon

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    You’re not alone … the local SUPRA office has a dog-eaten eKey hanging on the wall. (Mounted on a piece of construction paper in multiple parts.)

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