Two steps forward and one step back!

My sweet Bella.  My sweet Bella with anxiety.  Bella has been on Prozac for 3 full weeks.  Inside my place it is like I have a new dog. My parents were here this weekend and grannie was amazed at her favorite grandchild’s (yes, she has a favorite)  new attitude.  Bella has been what I call a crate dog.  She willingly has put herself in her crate (door open) for 22 hours a day. She has felt safe there, or safer than anywhere else she could find.  Well, now she is out and about and enjoying the living room.

Grandpa came over and she didn’t really run away. She didn’t hide in her crate either.  She did like to have the coffee table between them but then she’d relax and go sniff him to try to figure out what he’s about.  She took some cheese from him too. Cheese is pretty powerful in this house.  LOL

I will admit its kinda weird to now have two dogs laying about watching what I’m doing.  Plus, it’s easier to trip and stumble with two dogs underfoot, but it’s totally worth it to see Bella so relaxed in her own home.

Of course, with good comes bad!  An air conditioner turned on right as we walked by on our walk and Bella freaked and ran into me. As I was off balance she pulled out of her collar.  The last time she got scared and pulled her collar It took almost 2 hours to find her.  This time she darted about 15 feet, tail tucked then stopped to look around.  I got down and started calling her but she was frozen.  Then someone else’s air turned on in front of her so she came back and just puddled near me.  She was fine once I got the collar on and started walking again.  I was happy she just didn’t run away like last time.  Oh, and for those reading she does have a martingale collar.  She’s just extra slippery!

Now I leave you with some hunting pictures, courtesy of grandpa, from this weekend.  Daisy is really teaching Bella the  ins and outs of squirrel hunting.  Daisy just looks so happy and she gets so tired she can’t hold her tongue in anymore!

They.are.right.there!

...trying to figure it out

Happy girl!

We're on it mom!

I wish it weren't Monday

Who gets the ball?

Yesterday the girls and I had a great day.

It started with a meetup at a new dog park.  It was huge!  The benefits of land out in the country I suppose.  We met a couple other dog owners (plus all the dogs that were there anyway).  The girls had sooooo much fun!  They chased each other, they tried to wrestle a bit too.  Of course they tracked all over that place just to see what they could smell.  Then there was the mud pit.  All last week our area had a ton of rain, so in this low spot was a good sized mud/water pit.  Bella loved it!  She ran through it, laid in it, and rolled all over the place.  She and Daisy would be running and Daisy would stop right on the edge.  I think she knew she’d get a bath if she kept running and got dirty.  Bella also met this cute Italian greyhound she kept trying to chase.  If was funny and a bit sad.  There was no way she could keep up but she kept trying!

We were all tired and come home to take a nap when we got home. Our evening dog park run was cut short by rain showers, but the girls did some play time with a couple puppies.  The girls are so good with the young ones.

Then came my busy night. I made my first frosty paws treats, which the girls haven’t tried yet. They are a mixture of unsweetened applesauce, vanilla yogurt, and p-nut butter. I also stuffed a couple kongs for Daisy will wellness core fish. Bella had her chicken boiled, deboned, minced, and mixed with some boiled egg.  Her meds right now have decreased her appetite so it has to be something really good to make her want to eat.

Last night Bella even chewed on a bully stick for a while, just like a real dog! I think that Prozac (Reconcile) is taking over her brain.

Daisy is doing ok in her new alcove instead of her crate. I’ve been putting her there anytime she won’t be left alone too long. When she has a bout of nausea, she tries to eat anything in sight, which is how she ended up with a bowel obstruction and emergency surgery.  Right now during the day, I still put her in her crate.  Plus, the pest control guys came today she she had to be crated no matter what.

This evening we went a little early to the dog park and they had fun. there was a 4 month old cute puppy that just followed them everywhere. It was really cute.  The mosquitoes were horrible, even with it still being hot out. Thank goodness for bug spray.

A video of them “fetching” notice how the ball doesn’t exactly make it back.  LOL

TGIF!

Yesterday the girls had their first half day of doggie daycare.  I was told they had a great time.  Apparently Miss Daisy decided the little dogs had a better party going on and jumped the fence over to where they were.  Apparently she didn’t bother any of them and none of them were bothered by her so they let her hang out a while.  They both came home nice and tired!

Is it wrong to put your children in daycare so you can get work done?  It was great being able to come home and get a whole bunch of chores done while they weren’t here.  Typically they need to go out, be entertained, and by the time they have settled I can breathe a couple minutes.  Then its dog park time and I’m too tired for chores after that.

Sweet Bella is on doggie Prozac.   It was too hard to try and work with her anxiety because her threshold was so low.  Any little noise just about did her in.  Well, its been 2 weeks and I think I’m starting to see some changes.  You see, she even has trouble being comfortable in the house. It’s sad that sometimes in her crate she doesn’t even act like she feels safe.  Well, the last few days she has been spending much more time outside her crate.  After her meals she comes and lays at my feet.  Maybe she has a little dog in her somewhere!  It is exciting to see the changes, even if they are small.

We are trying out a new nighttime sleeping spot for Daisy. I have to be careful because when she has her bouts of nausea she tends to eat anything in an effort to induce vomiting.   Even carpet.  BUT, I’d like her to have a little more room sometimes.  Last night was her first night in the alcove and all was well.  So, we’ll see how things turn out.

Tomorrow morning I am taking them to a human pool. I hope they will play and have a good time.  Daisy thus far hasn’t shown much interest in water but I’m hoping repeated exposure will change her opinion.  I’ll try and get some pictures for y’all!