I don’t know what to say

sweetsamSad but necessary truth: Sam usually stays in the other half of the house when Ringo is awake with one of us in the kitchen/dining room. We are hoping this is a temporary situation, and even though Sam looks sad in this picture he’s much happier not having to worry about a bitey puppy right now, and he gets so much extra love and attention when Ringo is napping. We hope we can get his “situation” figured out, that he isn’t getting worse as we worry he is, that we can uncover a reason that is treatable, but no matter what happens he is so loved, has the best possible life we can give him. Sweet, sweet Sam.

ringobluebeaverRingo is a working dog. Somehow I’d managed to forget that in the frustration, exhaustion of having a new puppy. Today, when I was trying to unload the dishwasher and he kept getting in the way, into everything, and when I was most frustrated, something shifted and I remembered: he might be a baby, but he already wants to work. So, I gave him something to do. He would get up and stand on the open door of the dishwasher (this is only possible because he’s not much more than 10 pounds right now), and I would get a treat, motion to the floor and say “off.” He loved it.

7 thoughts on “I don’t know what to say

  1. Sharon

    I guess grown up dogs find puppies as exhausting as we do. He’ll be more forgiving when the little ankle biter is a bit more grown up and a lot less irritating. My pup drove my grown up dog crazy but now they are firm friends.

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      Thank you for reminding me of this, Sharon. I’ve done this two other times, got a puppy and had to help them establish a relationship with an older dog, but when you are in it, you forget, and it can feel like it’s going to be like this forever. (Sam’s current health issues aren’t making it any easier).

  2. Misty

    It definitely takes some time. Good for you for remembering Ringo is a working breed – sooo important to keep that brain of his busy.
    That pic of sweet Sam touches my heart. I have a dog who randomly seizes once or twice per year with no rhyme or reason as to trigger, so I totally understand the instinct to protect, and to work to keep her life as stable as possible.
    You are doing a wonderful job of taking good care of Sam and Ringo. Hang in there!

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      Misty, thank you so much for this. The support and encouragement means so much to me, is so helpful. Last night during Ringo’s first puppy class, he was more interested in riding the skateboard the teacher warned they might be afraid of than playing with the other dogs. Might have to consider agility work with this little dude.

      As for Sam, we’ve decided to do an MRI after all, just to be sure we aren’t missing anything. That not knowing piece is so hard when it’s happening to our pups — Sweet Annye. ♥

      1. Misty

        So glad you decided to go through with the MRI. I totally agree that the not knowing often becomes the hardest thing to mentally wrestle with. Sending good thoughts your way for an easy MRI for Sam and an easily treatable condition, if conclusive results are found.
        Agility sounds like a great fit for Ringo! I had to laugh that he was more interested in the equipment than the other dogs around him – that tells me that brain of his is always going! Lol In full disclosure, we had 2 Australian Shepherds from puppy to old age, and now have a BC, an Aussie/BC mix and an BC/Eskimo mix – so yeah, I understand herding breeds! 🙂

      2. jillsalahub Post author

        Yup, Misty, we’ve had four dogs — one husky mix, one cattle dog mix, one b/c mix, and now a full cattle dog. WORK of the best kind. ♥

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