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End of My Rope

I regret this morning. I regret not catching Clara soon enough. I regret dumping water on my dogs. I regret causing them any discomfort.

I regret ever bringing Nia into this house.

Back in December, Nia decided that she hates Clara. I hoped that it would go away with time, but it hasn’t. Things have escalated to the point that Clara no longer is defensive; she’s offensive; attacking Nia before Nia has a chance to attack her. Most of the time it is nothing serious, but sometimes it is.

This morning wasn’t serious, but it made me wonder. Will I ever have the peaceful house that I used to? Does the fact that I’m no longer on my depression/bipolar medicine have any bearing on my dogs’ behavior? Does Nia have a neurological issue which accounts for her constant pacing?

When Nia came to live with me, I realized that she had a bunch of restless energy. She was possessive of toys (something I’ve since worked with her on), she peed whenever someone wanted to pet her (yet another thing I’ve worked with her on), and she paces, never settling down; never relaxing.

She feels the need to keep moving. She doesn’t like being in laps. Human beings are just creatures that make her life easier. They throw the ball and feed her, but other than that Nia has no use for people. She constantly chews; toys stand no chance against her and if she can’t destroy a toy, she won’t have anything to do with it. She also doesn’t like if anyone else has a toy. She’ll gather all of the toys in one spot and lay on them, keeping everyone away from the toys.

As I write this, I’m beginning to wonder if Nia suffers from OCD. That might explain some of her behavior. That might even explain all of her behavior, except why she doesn’t like Clara, unless Clara did something to Nia.

Sigh.

I don’t want to get rid of Nia. I’m her third home. I know why her second home had to get rid of her, but I’m beginning to wonder if her behavior is why Nia was rehomed the first time. I don’t want to give up on Nia, but I have to ask myself, where do I draw the line? This morning’s fight didn’t even result in anything bad. It was actually more noise than anything else.

New action plan(s). 1) Determine if Nia has OCD or not. If she doesn’t, then we’ll go from there. If she does, determine what needs to be done. 2) Instead of keeping the girls in a rotation (Nia inside, Clara outside and reverse) put them in crates and keep them with me rewarding them when they’re quiet and being nice to each other. 3) Now that the weather is getting warmer, start taking them for walks/runs together. Preferably runs because that would keep them from fighting. 4) Resume Mommy-Puppy time where each dog gets undivided attention from me for about fifteen or twenty minutes.

Let’s see…this is the middle of February, I’ll give this until April 1 to see if there are any positive results. Who knows, maybe it was just a weather related thing and now that we’re having 60, 70, and 80 degree weather things might mellow out on their own. Wish me luck.

Oh, and if you have any suggestions, please let me know. I need all the help I can get. Also, if you’ve had this problem before, tell me about it.

Until next time please lay down…you’re making me nervous.

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Hiatus

It has been awhile since I last wrote. Between work, home, and being sick I haven’t had much time to blog. However, it is my hope that I’m back.

Much has happened in the animal department since I last wrote. Two of my male rats died. They were the tiniest out of the six and somehow ended up on the bottom of the pile on days where the temperatures in the house dropped. One of our cats also died. She was my husband’s favorite, but my least favorite. She and I shared a mutual disliking for each other and tended to try to stay out of each other’s way.

We had a Pit Bull for a short while to see if it would work for Shaffer; it didn’t. The Pit ended up having a grass allergy so he couldn’t be outside. So, we had to take him back. Shaffer is currently with us, but with his latest antics–going through great lengths to get forbidden food–I honestly don’t want to deal with it anymore especially after he jumped on the kitchen table and a few days after that he knocked over the ferret cage allowing our little female to get out (fortunately neither ferret was hurt). It got so stressing at one point that I hated leaving the house because I didn’t know what he’d get into. The last few days, though, he hadn’t gotten into much, but that’s because we don’t leave him unattended anymore or we close him in our bedroom.

We have a new puppy named Clara. She’s a Shih Tzu/Yorkie mix. She is super sweet, super cute, and super bad. Currently I’m trying to break her of her poo-eating habit. She’s learning the command “leave it,” but she’s still not reliable in executing it. Of course she’s just 4 months, so I can’t expect too much from her. She’s a fast learner, though. She has already mastered “Sit,” “Wait,” and “Go eat.”

Molly absolutely adores her and they love to play. Haley plays with her from time to time, but for the most part she ignores her. Of course they don’t interact a whole lot since Clara is being potty-trained and isn’t allowed to roam the house like Haley is. However, in the interactions I have seen, Molly, Clara, and Haley are going to be inseparable in a few months.

I guess that’s all for an update. I have a few things to do before I retire for the night.

Until next time, sweet dreams puppy-dogs.