October 27th 2007 3:25 pm
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Paquita and Pups have been here a week! I really want to start keeping daily entries for them from now on. I'm not really ready to recount ALL of the last week, so I'll just start with today and some supporting details.
Today the puppies' diarrhea finally subsided (for the most part) after just one dose of the colitis/giardia medicine from the shelter vet last night. They'll be on it for a couple more days and I'm really pleased that the improvement was so amazing.
I can officially say that NO DOG has worms anymore. At least not tapeworms. Thank dog. But really, you have never seen "nasty" until you've seen a puppy shed the entire tapeworm (not those little rice-sized segments -- the entire worm).
The puppies have not nursed on Paquita since Wednesday. I'm patiently waiting for her to dry up so that I can let her interact with those puppies more. Right now I just hold them for her to give them a quick grooming (which is really sweet to watch). If I let them down, the immediately try to nurse. They have a full set of teeth (well, minus a few big back teeth) and were not eating as much of the dry food as they needed to when they were nursing. Paquita seems totally fine with being separated.
Jasmine and Paquita have been able to go outside together more often. Jasmine is starting to try to convince her to play, and her play pounces and growls scare the bejeebers out of Paquita. She flattens to the ground and tries to appease Jasmine with body language, or she runs to the door. But Jasmine doesn't give up, and I don't want Paquita to snap. I want them to get used to each other slowly. So I've been keeping Jasmine on a leash most of the time.
Socks and Paquita met briefly for the first time today through a gate, and neither of them did a thing. I think, since they both prefer to ignore other dogs, that they will get along OK after all.
Paquita somehow got over the 4-foot gate (it's a corral stretched across the doorway) while I was upstairs getting my jacket so that I could take her out with Jasmine. Jasmine was at the top of the steps. I could see her tail from where I was standing. I kept telling her to "wait" because she was bursting with excitement, but I didn't want her rushing down the stairs just yet. I rounded the corner, and Jasmine was just standing there, but there was Paquita! Sitting on the top step! Her ears were back and her eyes were wide with that "guilty" look. Jasmine flew past her, down the steps, as if she didn't even see her. Paquita didn't really want to come all the way up that last step. It reminded me of how Socks had once been trained to never come up into the kitchen. She'd come as close as possible, which meant that she would often just lay on the very top step, but never touch the landing. I went downstairs and the gate was just how I had left it. I know she can climb up those corrals, but maybe she somehow pushed it aside and squeezed through. She did something. I'm hoping I can get her to do it again, just so that I know how she did it.
Paquita can be a little bit demanding. She'll scratch at my arm or mouth my hand a little bit. Today I gave her her first toy: a rope toy. She's having fun playing with it and chewing on it. I realized she'd appreciate a toy when she stole a washcloth off of the couch and pranced off with it. I'm still waiting for the puppies to stop having diarrhea before I give them any toys. Until then, they have fun dragging their blankets around in the crate and wrestling with each other.
Ta Ta Fur Now!
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