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it’s funny that my 4.5 year old dog is living a life of retirement luxury and my 10 month old border collie is working her ass off. first of all, since pickles is a border collie, she actually wants to work her ass off. secondly, i’m hoping cody bear’s retirement is just temporary. so … let’s examine their week, shall we?
the yogurt bear:
my sweet guy is only throwing up twice a month, and his injury seems to be doing better. this dog LOVES school, but has taken all the obedience classes he can. agility was really all that challenged him, but with his injury, he hasn’t been going. i feel horrible about this, since he loves school so much and has to watch pickles leave for class all the time.
now, regarding the yogurt: we’re down to only a couple nutritional supplements, plus the reglan. but food is so important. one side dish at 2 of his 4 meals…yogurt. but you have to add warm water to it because a dog with gastroparesis can’t digest cold food. he sometimes splashes it onto his muzzle. sweet guy with a yogurt muzzle.
meanwhile, the picklebot:
we have puppy agility on tuesday. she’s doing great. wednesdays we have basic obedience with buzzy’s pittbull, maggie; shoe from timbuktu, a nepalese street pup who was rescued by my friend who was a medical volunteer; bella the year old golden, mingo the dalmation mix, and buffy, the very shy beagle.
we felt like jerks (we meaing just me) because picky is farther ahead of everyone. and yes, she ran through the exercises like a pro, not a ten month old puppy. but, here is the deal: all the dogs did great! she just knows more cues because i’ve been trying to keep her busy so she is entertained and not destructive. now, cody bear’s doggie bed begs to differ. but really, it is working a bit. so no one should be all “pickles and goodbear are jerks” or “my dog is a dumb dumb.” so what if it looks like pickles is running through the exercises like a west german athlete during the time of black and white television.
if you were to look closely, she was really having fun.
and the other dogs may not know as many tricks as her…they are probably more calm and less destructive. dogs are like people, with strengths and weaknesses. like her mother, her strengths are boundless charm and the ability to take direction. and like her mom, her weaknesses are being destructive when bored and slightly selfish. no wonder we ended up together!
friday afternoon, me . . . tired. . . just tired, i came home and told the pets it was nap time. for an hour or so the doglets wrestled on the bed while i pretended to sleep. really, i just was loving the cuteness.
loving the cuteness all.
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