We'll start w/ the youngest:
Arwen - She is actually recovering really well. If it weren't for the cone and shaved legs/belly, you wouldn't know anything had happened. EXCEPT...
She won't go in the yard to potty. The grass is apparently bothering where the dewclaws were taken off. If I try to force the issue, she places herself as far under my chair as she can get, or just sits and refuses to move. This afternoon, I forced her to walk over to the x-pen, so I could secure her while I pooper scooped the yard. When I went to get her, she was whining and trying to crawl into my lap (uh, not suppose to be climbing/jumping...). I finally gave in and picked her up and carried her into the house. Later, she rang the bell to go out. I took her out (she is going out on a leash until the stitches are out). She went down the ramp and got to the end of the driveway. Then she balked, turned and went back up the ramp.
Also, at night, she won't do anything at all except pretty much worry. I think being in a cone amplifies sounds, but also, she can't really see what and where those sounds are coming from, because of the cone. Tonight, as soon as we came in, she squatted and peed.
So, now the oldest...
Misty: is available to a good home... ***grrrrr***
I don't know if I mentioned I was given the opportunity to travel to Myrtle Beach and visit w/ family for a weekend. I took Arwen w/ me, but because she doesn't travel well, left Misty w/ the woman who grooms her. My friends' dogs (5 of them) were also boarding there. Misty knows all 5 dogs and gets along well w/ them. She also likes the groomer. We left on Thursday, but Misty left to board on Wednesday afternoon. Arwen and I returned home on Tuesday evening. Misty was gathered and returned home the next day - the Wednesday after she left to board.
Since returning home, Misty has become a bully towards Arwen. She is snappy w/ her. Lunging at her for nothing Arwen has done (except possibly just exist...) It's worse than when I first brought Arwen home.
One night, she wouldn't get away from Arwen's crate, and kennel herself, so I could feed the zoo. I went to nudge her in the right direction and she got "verbally aggressive" towards me. Once I "hey"d her and she realized it was me and not Arwen, she did get in her crate.
Since Arwen's surgery, Misty has gotten worse. Something happened in the hallway yesterday. I heard a scuffle, but by the time I got there, Arwen was heading towards the living room and Misty was headed the other way. Arwen gave Misty a very wide berth after that. Tonight, I was on the computer, w/ my back to the room. Arwen screamed in pain. By the time I got turned around, she was at the doorway looking scared and Misty was on her bed. Arwen flat out refused to come near me and again, gave Misty an even wider berth. When I was finally able to lay hands on Arwen, I couldn't find any damage.
I KNOW why Misty is acting this way. She thinks I sent her away that week, so Arwen and I were here together. HOW THE HE..DO I FIX THIS????
Arwen and Misty's crates are in the living room. I had been feeding Arwen in her crate, while the cats ate in the kitchen. Once the cats were don, I would feed Misty in the kitchen. So she was sitting in her crate watching Arwen eat. OK, not good for a dog already having jealousy issues.
Now, I fix bowls, feed the cats and then feed the dogs. Misty gets her bowl first, Arwen last. Arwen is on antibiotics (a liquid bubblegum one, blech). I found putting a few bites of bread in her bowl, and letting them soak up the antibiotic, gets the medicine into Arwen w/out me fighting her. So, since she gets bread, I put a few bites of bread in Misty's bowl. Also, I sprinkle a bit of puppy food on top of her adult kibble. So basically, if Arwen gets something at meals(except the meds), Misty gets it too.
When Arwen takes her pain med, I put it in a cat pill pocket. before I give it to her, Misty gets a dog pill pocket.
I have some Essential Oils that it was suggested I try, to help brighten her mood. I plan to diffuse one in the living room (near her crate), and possibly apply to her body. It was suggested behind her ears, not on or in them.
Ladies, I am lost w/ both dogs. I figured we would take a step or 2 back w/ Misty when she got home, but never to this degree (and I am kidding about rehoming her - I think...). And how do I even fix Arwen's problems w/ the grass and her being anxious outside at night? Stitches come out not this Thursday, but the next (9/12), so it's going to be an issue for awhile.
I am off. It's a lot later than I planned to be up. Gotta get up earlier than I usually do, as friends are coming to start pulling up the carpet in my bedroom. It was on the list to do, but a puppy has pulled it from under the metal strip at the door and is trying to consume it. So getting rid of the carpet sooner than later...
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