Sunday, January 17, 2010

Why does my puppy eat rocks?

Now that's a question I don't think I would have imagined having to ask a few months ago. But since getting a 3 1/2 month old Golden Labrador on New Years Eve, my Internet searches involve Cesar Milan, where to buy gates with small pet doors, obedience classes and, yes, why does my puppy eat rocks.

He's a beautiful boy is my Bailey. Full of fun and playfulness but easily calmed. Well, relatively easily! He's integrating well into the home which already had four cats when he arrived. Two of the four - the biggest ones - have pretty much established their place in the hierarchy. The third is slowly coming around and the littlest guy - the only one with claws - is expressing more interest than fear. Baby steps.

We've had 8 days with only one "puppy accident" - which probably means that I'm the one who's trained rather than Bailey but I'm good with that anyway.

It's been about 5 1/2 years since my last dog died. Raggs died just 6 days after my mom and the idea of getting another dog right away was too much for me. So we got cats. Two HUGE 10 year old cats. We also ended up with two more cats who originally belonged to my sons but who are now part of my menagerie.

Since Bailey arrived I realized just how much I missed having a dog in my life. I wonder why I waited so long. Oh well, the wait is over and I'm thrilled with my boy.

1 comment:

  1. One of my in-laws dogs, Tara, suddenly started to lose weight. She wouldn't eat and when she did, would throw up.
    Before we sent her to the vet, I read up on all of her symptoms, researched every disease and problem and came up with a diagnosis.
    I suggested that Tara had "Rocky Mountain Black Tongue Fever" (or something exotic like that; hey, it was a long time ago and I am old....).
    We took her to the vet and Xrays revealed that she had a great big rock in her intestines.
    He operated. She was fine.
    After that, we didn't let her play with rocks anymore.