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saving time

Our dog, Sequoia has epilepsy, for years we managed to keep it under control through diet. Not long ago we had to resort to medication. The first type made her absolutely insane. Switching her medication was not as easy as it sounds because she had to be on her old medication at full dose and at the same time be on her new medication at full dose. At this point not only was she insane dog, she was insane dopey dog. She did not have a lot of muscle control in her back-end and was tripping over her own back legs. Her medication made her incredibly thirsty, her thirst combined with her loss of muscle control meant she could not hold her pee through the night, much to her dismay there were a few nights she couldn’t hold her poop either. It didn’t seem to matter what time I checked on her or how many times I would take her out by morning time I would be cleaning up pee.  In retrospect I think she may have done it on purpose, payback for making her feel like crap.  Unknown to her however I’d rather clean up after her than not have her around and I re-assured myself that there must be a light at the end of the tunnel.   So I’m not sure who had the last laugh.

Finally we were able to stop giving her the original medication and she is doing better, only the occasional accident and has not pooped in her room at all.  And praise the Lord and pass the bourbon she is so much calmer than she was.  Not only that, at the 5:30am walk it was very quick, she wouldn’t even have to poop, she would quickly pee and want back into the house, I would feed her and then take her out again when we left for work, at which time she would finish her business.

A few days ago I started to think about daylight savings.  Would Sequoia be able to handle that extra hour?  I came up with a plan.  I would ease into it over a two-day period.  I usually get up at 5:30am and take her out.  I figured that on Saturday I would get up at 6 and if that went well on Sunday I would get up at the new 5:30.  For those of you who are a little more astute, you may already see the flaw in my plan.  For the rest of us here is the problem.  We were supposed to turn the clocks back on Saturday night not Sunday.  So when I looked at my clock at 5:30am, that’s right it was only 4:30.  I was patient and waited till my clock said 6am and I took her out.  Of course it was only 5am so the reality of the situation was that I was going the wrong way.  You may be thinking, so what? You went to bed at the same time so the amount of hours never changed, no big deal, just start over the following day.  There is yet another twist in the road. 

On the weekends, unless we have something planned I will get up at the usual 5:30am let the dog do her business feed the dog and cats and go back to sleep.  We may not get up again till 10:00am.  Which is exactly what happened this particular time.  The difference was my wife figured out my time mistake when I got back into bed which was at 6:20am which was really 5:20am.  At this time we adjusted the clock to the correct time and went blissfully back to sleep. We finally left the bedroom around 10am.  As I opened the bedroom door I realized my second mistake of the new timezone.  The dog had eaten earlier than usual and we were up later than usual.  I opened up her bedroom door and there sat a very forlorn looking dog who had pooped on the floor.  

I’m thinking she got over her incident as she got to go to Petco today and is currently fast asleep on the sofa.  Having made two mistakes so quickly in the new timezone leaves me a little leary about what the rest of the winter brings.

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Brushin’ Husky

Who would have ever thought that getting a 60 pound wooly coated 10-year-old Husky a bath would be such an ordeal.  For years we had a regular groomer, twice a year Sequoia would go to this groomer at great expense and come back a clean, if not a little hoarse (yes she would howl the entire time).  However, the last time we went to make an appointment her groomer told us she was booked for the year.  Who the heck schedules a dog grooming session a year in advance?  So, it was time to find another solution.  We found another highly recommended groomer, but when we started asking around we heard some stories we didn’t like. Twice we heard that this groomer ended up shaving a dog without the owner’s permission.  Nope, not going there.

We decided we would try the ‘do-it-yourself’ dog wash.  However it was expensive, you were limited to 10 minute intervals and any way you approach it, it was going to be a lot of work.  It takes a groomer a good 3 hours minimum to wash, brush and dry Sequoia.  I dreaded the ordeal.

Nine years ago we took her to Petco where they did a horrible job.  We think they were afraid of her so they cut some corners.  But it had been nine years, and we have heard both good and bad things.  We found ourselves in Petco one Friday without the dog and we decided to check out the grooming service. We  asked our questions and gave them the scoop on Sequoia. We told them straight up what they were up against, a ten-year old, really strong, really dominant husky who was not afraid to get mouthy.   She was rescued from an abusive home and not socialized well and does not get along with other dogs.  She is really sweet but does not like to be fussed over and she cries when we leave her in a strange places (except when we left her with my sisters mother-in-law where she did beautifully, or so we were told). 

We got a goodish vibe, we met the groomer who takes care of the more challenging dogs and she seemed pretty confident.  We an appointment for Sunday at noon.   Saturday evening we decided to get a head start and brush her out as best we could.  Kind of like cleaning your home before the cleaning service people arrive.  And true to form we decided to clip her nails even though it was included in the cost.  We have a fool-proof method of achieving this event, I pin her down while my wife does the deed.  (I am pretty sure my parents will have something to say about this). Soon it was time to leave, I’m sure we were more nervous than Sequoia or the groomer.  When we left her at Petco we looked in the window where they trying to put her in the cage.  The groomer had Sequoia by the collar and Sequoia was doing the stubborn thing, meaning she was twisting around in her collar grabbing at the groomers hand while heading in any direction but the cage.  They got her in, we left the store. 

Three hours later my phone rings:

“Hello this is so-and-so from Petco, Sequoia is ready to go home, please pick her up.”

We got a full report from her groomer who looked a little beat up.  Sequoia it seems, can be quite the handful.  She escaped once and ran around the kennels like a crazy dog.  She took to the bath okay but she really didn’t like to be brushed.  Much to the groomers credit she did her best and told us quite frankly that she just couldn’t brush her out as well as she would have liked.   We assured her this wasn’t a problem, we could brush her out in small periods over time.  It was the bathing that was the problem for us.  I’m guessing Sequoia was not the hooligan she could have been as when we left the groomer gave me a slip of paper with the recommended time to get her groomed again complete with a 10% off coupon with her next visit.

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