Am I a Mother?
To My Watson,
We have seen a minor change in the cuddling situation over the past few days, and both hubby and I are beyond excited about that! I know that might sound silly, but cuddling is so important to me, and the whole reason I wanted a dog was to have a reason to sit and “do nothing” as such, just sit and stroke them and cuddle on them. However, Watson has never been interested till now. Its not a massive change, just small little head on legs for a few minutes type scenarios, but it gives us hope. Friends have told us they believe that dogs become more cuddly after the age of 2 anyway.
In addition to the cuddling change, there is some settling down. He is definitely sleeping a bit more during the day, and when awake is more happy to lie and chill, and not paw at me constantly for attention. We changed the times of his dog walker to 12pm and that is working out fabulously. Kev takes him 6.30am to 7.30am and then one of us takes him in the evening, and with those 3 spread out walks and more of a routine, he seems to be thriving.
I’m applying for jobs now and it will break my heart to not see my boy as much, but the up side is that I think he’ll love going to daycare every day, even if it does break the bank for us lol.
His health has been ok for just under a week, which doesn’t sound like much but in our world, that really is quite good. No bum troubles, no incidents, and he’s eating his kibble. Miracles do happen!
Ok, not great having poop in the title I know, but I feel like its all hubby and I have talked about since getting Watson! I have never been so happy to see a firm poop. As you know, Watson has had many health issues since we got him – allergies for which he’s on Immunotherapy, Anxiety, Chronic Colitis, and many other ailments. The vet basically told us it was up to us to find a food that worked for his colitis.
That has been an epic challenge, as Watson bear is SUPER fussy. I ordered approximately 20 samples of food from the internet from various places, and also bought many different types from pets at home. Watson wouldn’t go near any of them. The only thing he’d eat is Royal Canin adult. We decided that we’d continue to give him that, and concentrate on trying to fix his allergies, as we wondered if that was maybe causing his tummy problems as well as itching (though we did do a rule out 6 week diet of only pork & potatoes so its not a food allergy as such). We did figure out long ago that he has a sensitivity to chicken.
Chatting to my friend Jenni about her dog and one of Watson’s girlfriends Lola, she told me she was on “Royal Canin” for neutered dogs. I’d never heard of it, strange since Watson is neutered. She offered to give me some to see if he would eat it, but we didn’t hold out much hope. Hubby and I stood stunned as Watson gobbled it all up! At that point we said, “Imagine if tomorrow he has a firm poop”. Living the dream then lol. That’s exactly what happened!
Now, things have still been up and down but we know now its the immunotherapy – he’s had 3 injections and each time its really upset his tummy. He got antibiotics last week and they did nothing, and then further probiotics but they made it worse. We then finally got our order of that RC Neutered food and gave him some and things are on the up again. I can’t believe we finally finally have some hope :0)
The immunotherapy doesn’t seem to have caused as much itching this week as it did with the previous 2 injections, so there goes that theory lol. I can’t tell you how happy I am with this food situation though. I just want my little guy to have a shot at life being healthy!
Can you cope with how cute he is in this cap?! Hubby wasn’t amused lol.
Two weeks have passed since Watson’s first injection, and he had his second immunotherapy injection last week. Whist at the vet we explained that his itching had got much worse, as had his bum situation. They said they thought it was unrelated and sent us away with probiotics.
Me being me, I didn’t believe it, and emailed the specialist that he sees about his allergies, who said that it was definitely related. Typical! Anyway, the probiotics did bugger all for his bowels my poor baby. We were going to book him into the vet this morning, when voila, perfect poop lol. Anyhow, we’ve booked him in for tomorrow.
In other news, Kev now has a new job starting next week, which means a change of daycare is most likely required. This is a huge upheaval for my heart and nerves let me tell you. I want him home with me, I really do, but he needs other dogs company and more walking than I can imagine. The spreadsheet has already begun on options, and I’ve got my list of questions for the potential carers!
I love this photo of my little guy, but then again, I love pretty much all photos of him don’t I lol. Today is his first immunotherapy injection, and Kev is going to ask the vet to teach him how to do it ourselves at home. I know I’m not brave enough to do it myself, but if Kev learns and I watch him a few times, I might try. It saves us going to the vet surgery every fortnight for 8 months!
Apparently some dogs show an improvement immediately but others take a few months, but if there is no improvement by 8 months, then it simply doesn’t work for him. I’ve done pretty much everything I can for him in the house in terms of protecting against dust mites etc. The only thing left would be to put wooden floors down, get a leather suite, replace curtains etc, which is not financially on the cards just now.
Watson still has the same energy levels he always had, but I’m seeing glimmers of hope that as he ages he may slow down a little. The biggest challenge is the inconsistency. By that I mean that one day he can be sleepy and sleep for 3 hours after a walk, then chill out for an hour. Other days he is awake all day long, and the two days could be alike in so far as how much exercise and play time he gets.
I did do a doggy ADHD test on him which I think showed that he isn’t ADHD, but is just super active. My friends tell me that when he hits 2 years old he’ll start to slow down. Either that or my hair will start to go grey!
As some of you will know, my Puppy Watson suffered with separation anxiety, and as a result I was stressed out to the max! This video talks through my experience, what worked and didn’t work, and how we finally got to the happy place we are now :0)
I was pleasantly surprised to receive the January Pawsome Dog Box for review yesterday. You may remember I reviewed the Xmas box on my You Tube channel. Pawsome Xmas Box Review
Lets have a look at the goodies:
This is a hard crunchy bar which would be great for dogs teeth. It is beef flavoured rawhide and a nice touch is that it has a built in gift tag on the back.
These are a 100% winner with my Watson. The ones in the bag are by an Italian company but exactly the same as the ones in the picture. I keep these in my walking bag and even a rustle of the packet brings Watson back to me. There is no rawhide in them, but they do have added sugar.
The rope toy included in the box is really large, and I have to say that I think its a little too big for my Watson – I think that as I specified him as a small dog, this isn’t particularly suitable, but a big dog would love it!
A great little bag of treats combining chicken and carrots, along with rice. No added sugar.
I can guarantee Watson is going to love this toy – its got a long flexible neck and is the perfect soft toy for him to destroy :0)
This is really interesting to me – lots of great ingredients, probiotics, Amino acids etc. I like to add something to Watson’s food that gives him a little extra – sometimes its an omega oil, sometimes probiotic, I mix it up so he gets a hit of different things. The only question will be, if he likes this in his food!
Another great box from Pawsome, I’m really impressed how much they can pack in for the money. You can get 25% off your first box with this code- blg9qxbk
Can you believe our Watson has been with us a year now?! Its crazy how time passes by so quickly. Its been a difficult year for my little guy with his health, but I feel like we are edging towards the end of that journey and finally have some answers.
He had his second lot of allergy tests which confirmed that he is very allergic to dust mites, storage mites, and yeast. We got a stronger shampoo to use weekly, and a spray for in between times. He starts his immunology in 2 weeks, so hopefully that will work. Even if it doesn’t though, we are managing things and making it bearable for him I believe, he is no longer making his paws or bum bleed or inflamed.
I really do want to replace the carpets with wooden floors, and change the sofas to leather ones, but until at least Kev has a job, we can’t consider spending that kind of money. It would all help with Watson’s allergies though and also with the amount of time I spend cleaning lol.
I can’t tell you how in love with him I am. I honestly believe I couldn’t love a child more, and he is a child to me in the absence of real ones lol. He is slowly but surely teaching me how to be calm. When the phone rings, or the door goes, I have to walk slowly to it so he doesn’t run after me (I used to run myself!). Me being calm = him being calm and my plan for 2016 is to improve my zen like behaviour lol.
Here is my handsome little guy in the robe I made for him :0) I’m going to try and make and sell some, so if you are interested in one for your dog or as a present for a friend, get in touch and let me know what colour and we’ll talk sizes and prices and I’ll get on it!
Kev & I decided that what would help Watson greatly was a routine, as much as we could manage. I really do think that is helping him – it can’t always be exactly to the hour that things happen, but we are giving him 3 walks a day – 7am, 10am, and 5pm, and after each walk he gets a meal and then is expected to settle in his bed for at least an hour. Then at 2pm we give him a bone or a pizzle to play with and at 3pm we entertain him somehow – either training, playing, or grooming. This really does seem to have calmed him down a little bit and having Kev at home has helped dramatically. Kev doesn’t have that same guilt that I do when Kev is giving me that “Entertain me Mum I’m bored” look!
He is still itching but only mildly – we’ve managed to avoid giving him any medication for it for a while now. He gnaws slightly when he wakes up, but then seems to forget about it after his walks. His tummy is still up and down, but mostly ok. We have introduced a wet food in the evening because he was constantly digging holes in the mud and eating mud – someone told us that was because of missing nutrients and they asked if he was on kibble which he was. Apparently a little bit of wet food helps with that and it seems to be working, plus he loves it! Its the Natures menu pouch of food and we just mix half a pouch in with his adult Royal Canin. He still gets the puppy kibble in the morning and we are weighing him regularly to make sure he doesn’t get chubby lol.
He has his 6 monthly vet check up tomorrow and I’m pretty sure we’ll get a good report back :0)