I must admit I am a few days late posting this, but it’s (mostly) good news that I bring!
We have had a month full of ups and downs, and we are still learning lessons.
We’ll start with a down: mid month, Wellie started throwing up a lot. During each incident, she’d vomit four times. This kept happening and after the third straight incident (the last being from 3am-4am), I brought her into the vet to see what was up. I was confused because her spirits were high, she was still eating and drinking normally, but she kept throwing up. The vet felt around and concluded that she probably ate something that was blocking her pyloric valve, causing the food to stay in her stomach and ferment, which then was uncomfortable so she would throw it up. He instructed us to keep our same diet (stew + muffins) but water it down to a slop-like consistency as well as give her a papaya supplement and some Nux Vomica for a week. That did the trick! Wellie didn’t throw up once after visiting the vet and we were very relieved that she was ok.
During her time of not feeling well, she had a few accidents. I honestly think these were accidents, and not “i’m-mat-at-you-adents”. Since her diet was all of a sudden really watery, she needed to pee a lot more and one day I forgot to let her out every hour and she had an accident on the floor. The same week she had a poop accident in the living room, but again, I’m chalking this up to her not feeling well.
We did have one true act of defiance last week, which was after she was feeling better and was a flashback to when she was doing it to let us know she was unhappy. I had a wedding consultation for my photography business and Thomas took the dogs into the basement. We do this for every consultation and he’s usually in the office or the basement. I guess Wellie got angry that she couldn’t come see me and peed on the couch RIGHT next to Thomas. From now on, she will be crated during my consultations. I think we got so excited at how well she was doing and let her have too much freedom too soon.
We are going to randomly crate her still to remind her that we are in charge. This week she’s been testing us a bit more so we are crating a bit more. Last night she had a poop and pee accident upstairs before bed so today, while I am photographing a wedding, Thomas will be randomly crating her throughout the day. This may have also had to do with the fact that it’s been quite rainy out and Wellie still hates getting wet.
Wellie has still been sleeping in her crate at night, but we have let her up onto the bed on a few occasions – I find this is when she has her “accidents”. So no bed again for a few weeks and then when she is allowed on the bed, that same day we will also be sure to crate her to remind her.
Jane and Sonnet will be coming to visit in a few weeks and I am looking forward to seeing how the dogs all get along. They love playing together each time they see each other, but Sonnet is growing up and is being quite the teenager these days so we shall see how that pans out.
All in all it’s been a great month. I am so proud of Wellie and each time she asks to go outside to pee, it makes my heart smile.
Read 7 Months with Wellie here | Read 6 Months with Wellie here |Read 5 Months with Wellie here | Read 4 Months with Wellie here | Read 3 Months with Wellie here | Read Week 8 here |Read Week 7 here |Read Week 6 here | Read Week 5 here | Read Week 4 here |Read Week 3 here | Read Week 2 here | Read Week 1 here | Read Welcome to Wellie here.