November 1st 2013 10:19 am
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Aw, thank you, everyone, for the wonderful, spooky gifts you sent me for Halloween. I am sorry I don't have the chance to thank you each individually, but we are going through a super busy time at the moment. Know that I love and appreciate each frightening gift! Geordie
October 8th 2013 12:07 pm
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Although it started out easy, this year's Fall allergy season is turning out to be a rough one for Geordie. I know he is itchy despite me trying to soothe his skin and feed him healthy supplements, but I am reluctant to take him to the vet. I don't think I can handle the expense of allergy shots, and I worry about them recommending steroids for him. I keep hoping that whatever plant is bothering him would just die already.
For now, I feel like I have lost my little boy. Normally, Geordie is opinionated and loves to do tricks for food. He gets the zoomies at night and runs and barks indoors. He loves long walks where he can pee on weeds....but the Geordie I have now is nothing like that. He wants his Benedryl so that he gets some itching relief. However, whenever he takes it, it makes him sleepy. He won't do tricks. Often he skips meals. All he wants to do is sleep or have me scratch his back. I can't blame him, but I do miss my lively little boy. Soon enough, he will be a senior dog, and I will expect these sorts of things. Now, while he is still young, I wish I had my boy back.
September 14th 2013 3:29 pm
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Ugh. I feel so bad over this.
For the past week or two, poor Geordie has been having a really rough time with his allergies. For whatever reason, he seems to find the most comfort sleeping under my bed. I don't mind it, and it is kind of nice to have my little guy nearby.
He has been so itchy lately that I ended up finishing his bottle of hot spot spray, so I picked up a new one at the store. This one is thicker than the last and has kind of an oily texture to it. On top of using hot spot spray for him, I also started using an ointment the vet gave me to use if he has a skin infection of irritation. It, too, has an oily texture to it. Due to all the stuff Geordie has on his fur now, I decided that I really didn't want him scooting around under the bed. The clearance is so low that I wouldn't be able to scrub the carpet. Instead, I asked him to sleep in a different room (like he does the other 50 weeks of the year).
Last night, after I walked him for the last time, I could hear Geordie calling me to go to the bedroom and open the door for him. I pretended not to hear him and got busy working in the kitchen. He sat there and called for 51 minutes before he finally gave up and went to sleep. After I had finished in the kitchen, I headed toward the bedroom. Geordie had been waiting for me, and came running when he saw me. I pretended not to notice, and went to the bedroom by myself.
He sat outside that door forever, calling, squeaking, knocking for me. But, I kept thinking of all those Super Nanny episodes I've seen where you don't give in to children who whine when you try to get them to sleep by themselves. I was determined not to give in and teach my boy that persistent crying would help him get his way.
Finally, I could take it no more, and I left the room, pretending to need something from the kitchen again. My little boy shadowed me and kept bugging me. I reached down to give him a hug and a pet to assure him that I still loved him...and what did I find? He had managed to get a twig twisted in his fur, and it had shifted around so that it was poking him in the privates. Ach! I felt soooo bad!! My little boy wasn't whining to go to bed, he was telling me he was hurt, and I ignored him for over an hour! I am definitely not getting Mommy of the year this year. :(
(On the plus side, he forgave me and gave me wags and kisses in the morning!)