Dispatches from The Swamp – the ‘dog update’ edition

Well, it’s November again. The rains have begun in earnest. It is also National Blog Posting Month[1] and I am going to try to blog every day for the whole month. I am not holding out much hope this will actually happen but a woman can dream.  Hopefully you will all be treated to my unique, critical-thinking take on the world as I discuss politics (Obama good, Harper bad), feminism, music and of course, dogs. So here we go with the first post of the month on, you guessed it, dogs!

First up is Jesse. When he first arrived we thought we were going to have a challenge integrating him. He had pain issues, he had never really lived with other dogs, he had severe separation anxiety and stunk to high heaven. After a couple of months with good pain management[2] he has fit in like a dream. Things are still a little foreign to him at our house but he is learning some key lessons. He now seems to understand that we go out and we come home. He is not screaming as much when he has to go into his crate which means hopefully the neighbours won’t call the police thinking someone/something is dying or actively being killed. He seems to really enjoy the softness at our house; the soft petting and caressing, the soft beds, the soft couch and the soft touch of Sawyer’s tongue on his face. You can just see him relax and lean into it a little bit more. It does seem though that some things cannot be unlearned. He does not really like raw at all so we do have to feed him a combination of commercial dog food and some home-cooked. He will pretty much eat anything as long as it is not raw.

When Gracie first arrived we thought she had weathered the chaos of her previous lives well. We were wrong. Gracie seems to be a dog who never had much stimulation so she began to chew on herself as a way to deal with this. At our house she has lots of stimulation playing with Sawyer and getting attention from us. However, when we seem to be winding down for the day like watching tv and/or getting ready for bed she begins her self-stimulating behavior. She has been to the vet, done 2 rounds of antibiotics[3] and a medication that allowed her skin to heal and stopped her from scratching. We are now trying rescue remedy to see if that will settle her down a bit. She is truly one of the nicest dogs we have ever had.

Everyone else is doing well. Mostly. We are having some issues with the girls. Zoe, who is old and intolerant, is bitchy, Gracie wants to play and is relentless. She does not pick up on Zoe’s not so subtle cues that she doesn’t want to play. So they snarl a little and then Piper inserts herself, determined to finish whatever is going on. It has been mostly noise, however I did notice that Zoe had a little puncture above one of her eyes. Oh, and it would be useful if Zoe realized that she really doesn’t have enough teeth to be snarling at younger dogs. Meanwhile, they boys snuggle with each other and get along fine. Who knows?


[1] Or NaBloPoMo for the cool kids.

[2] His pain is controlled by tramadol. He is not needing the metacam now which is great news for his kidneys.

[3] We now have the lovely task of putting Surolan on her vulva because she is obsessed with her vulva.

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  1. i love your dog stories!

  2. Hi! Enjoying your blog particularly your doggie stories. Hope you manage one a day as that would be a lot of fun for your readers!

    We have had a continuing problem with our blue heeler and licking too. We call Reo our OCD ACD!

    Reo’s started about two years ago, and it has been a struggle to deal with – allergies or anxieties? Diet overhaul, melatonin, Rescue Remedy, antibiotics, antihistimines, medicated cream, gauze and wrapping tape, and he never got completely better. In desperation we bought a muzzle, and that gave us the first ray of hope.

    He is wearing his second one now as he bashed the first one enough to be able to get his tongue through. The newest was modified by my husband, and it is working. Reo wears it when I am not around to monitor him. His spots are clearing, and he is able to go for longer periods of time muzzle free. Hooray!

    Under consideration if the behaviour escalates: a Thundershirt and doggy prozac. Sigh…

    (Unfortunately, we couldn’t let him run much as he had back leg problems plus surgery. Exercise occupies him and tires him, but does not stop his licking. 😞)

    Best wishes for Gracie’s complete recovery!

    Cheers!

    • Dealing with these kinds of issues takes lots of time and patience for sure! Good luck.


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