Thursday, March 5, 2015
We figured we should share a follow up to the uncrating of Henry. Henry has had one full week of positive experiences with his uncrating. Hooray for Henry! As we suspected, a lot of his issues came from him no longer being comfortable in his crate.
Henry needed the ability to go get a drink of water, go potty, find a new/different place to lay down/settle. Initially he was still having some issues being left home alone. He would howl to call in his pack, bark frantically, nervously pace and just get worked up overall. We struggled to figure out how to make him comfortable. But we knew we were at least on the right track this time. So, we stuck to a Henry friendly routine and we are pleased to announce that it does seem to be working. We are able to make it to work with relative ease now and the lump that sat in our throats and the sickness in our stomach is for the most part gone. There was a comment that indicated that we could be some of the source of Henry's anxiety. And, Sue, to clarify, no offense was taken. We, for sure, were a huge part of the problem! We are not oblivious to that. Ha! We knew that if we did better, so would Henry. We did and so now does he. With that said, Henry started it! HAHAHAHA! (Sound like we are 6 years old?) But seriously, we were a part of the problem. We knew it but struggled to get over it much the way Henry was struggling. This was all new for all of us and if we made a mistake (such as not securing the pool area well enough) then it could have cost us everything.
Now we see Henry's pattern and routine and we have more confidence in him and in ourselves. So, it is really working out to be ok now. Oh, no, we still don't go anywhere but to work and back but at least we should still be able to maintain gainful employment which of course Henry needs us to do so that we can keep him well fed, with a roof over his head and with appropriate medical treatment. He's got the routine down now and we look forward to more good days and more happy times.
#HenryStrong #TeamHenry #HenryIsAGoodBoy #HenryCalm
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Living in Florida has shown that there is a need for more pest control than we were used to having living in Maryland. The creepy crawlies here are not only more in number but also more spine tingling. To be sure that we do our due diligence in keeping these lovely critters at bay we have the Terminix guy come quarterly to treat our home and yard. And of course they inspect annually for termites to be sure we are wood eaters free.
During our last treatment, it became obvious who was who in our household (as though it is not already clear, of course). But Cupid resorted to a cat way of handling things by hiding under the bed. Henry, on the other hand, stayed sleeping on the sofa.
We were actually a little bit surprised by this from Cupid as she is usually as quick to greet a stranger as the pugs would be (and actually more outgoing than Henry these days). We just found this difference between cats and dogs as a bit amusing. Can you imagine if Henry were to try to squeeze under the bed?! Yikes!
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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Monday, March 2, 2015
Even though it is still considered Winter and is chilly here (we know we have no room to complain but for Florida it has been a bit on the nippy side) we took a trip to the beach. (It was the warmest of the cool days.) You could certainly tell that it was the warmest day as the beach was packed. This would be our first trip to the dog beach since Henry has officially been blind.
There were several dogs there and quite a few fisherman, plenty of small children and a fair share of seniors, as well. So, it was an eclectic bunch. We were a little apprehensive that the large crowd may give Henry a bit of unease, but that was probably just us. He can't see, so how does he even know that there are tons of people milling around? Our concern was him navigating and bumping into stuff and getting in people's way or tangled in fishing line. (He has not really mastered the fact that we need to lead him a bit more than him leading us.)
In any event, we made it from the car to the beach with ease. He was one happy camper just trotting along without a care in the world, smelling the sea air and feeling the sand/grass mix beneath his paws. We made it to the actual beach and had full sand under his feet and the waves at his back. We wondered if approaching the waves would now be scary for him since he can't see them coming or if he would manage to adapt some other way. Henry wasted no time. He walked in ankle deep, then knee deep the chest deep! He got nailed by a wave that broke on his chest but he was still enjoying himself! The water was cool for sure and not only was he the dog that was in the water the deepest, he was the ONLY dog in the water. The other dogs there were all being wimpy seeing dogs and were dodging the tides. So, once again, Henry demonstrated his strength and fortitude and that he is pretty much miraculously unbreakable.
Just another day of #HenryStrong, #TeamHenry and #HenryIsAGoodBoy.
Friday, February 27, 2015
This has become Henry's go to position when driving. Shotgun, window down (no matter how cold it is), with his head out the window just far enough for his ear to flap in the breeze.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Whenever we took the pugs to a pet store it was always a nose driven experience. It was always interesting to see what products and treats really drew them in. Shopping with Henry now is an even more nose driven experience. Usually, we end up in some corner of the store with Henry sniffing the door of what always turns out to be the employee break room. He would love nothing more than to join them on their lunch breaks
But, on our last shopping trip, there were packages of cookies on top of a glass display case that really caught his sniffer. He kept returning and returning to this spot, until finally he caught a whiff of something else. He proceeded to walk behind the display case and into the cash register area where he found a stash of the same cookies. They were neatly tucked on a shelf behind the register and on hand to replace any of the boxes on top of the case when they were purchased. Needless to say, he spent the rest of the trip behind the cash register trying to figure out how to score some cookies.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
On Monday we shared that Henry's blood work came back really good! Hooray for Hank! However, on the other paw, Cupid's was not too hot. Boo kitty girl! Cupid, who just turned 17 (I keep saying that because I really still cannot believe it!) has had a history of thyroid and heart issues. We have had a bit of challenge managing her thyroid levels. They are either way up or way down. And this time they were down.
So, we will readjust her meds and going back for a T4 panel in 30 days and see what we've got. In the mean time, we wanted to be sure to give Cupid her kudos for being a super good kitty girl about taking her meds. Cupid gets 2 pills in the morning and another 2 in the evening. Anyone who has ever had to dose a cat probably knows that it ain't all that easy. (We have cats to compare Cupid to....Grammy's cats have needed both pills and liquids as of recent and we are ones who administer these meds.) So, really, serous kitty kudos to QP cat. She takes her meds with comparative ease. #CupidStong,/p>
We will keep you posted next month when we get her blood results back. Don't forget....#CupidISaPUG!,
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