Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Smart Dogs and Weird Dreams

Poisons and medicine are oftentimes the same substance given with different intents. ~Peter Mere Latham

I dreamed last night that I was running my daughter in agility. There were hurdles and obstacles all around a room, only the hurdles were too high and she kept knocking them over.

Freud would probably have a field day with me.

Tonight is agility night, and we have to go because DD promised to run another woman's dog while she was on vacation. This means I have to leave my dog behind and go to agility without her. I already feel terrible and don't even want to think about the look on her face when we shut the door and drive off without her. It's almost as if we're committing doggie adultery.

Speaking of Dakota, she's on antibiotics and hates the pills. They're pretty small, so I've tried hiding them in bits of food, but last time she had pills she bit into one in the middle of a chunk of meat and now suspects anything I give her. So the last two days, I've just been sticking them down her throat and using a liquid syringe to give her a little water to make her swallow.

The result of that? As soon as I open the cupboard with the pills, she hides. Never mind that I have her food (she gets the pills at her meals), never mind I bought her roast beef, never mind any of that. The cupboard opens, she leaves.

There are days I hate smart dogs.

So, now I'm going to have to remember to get her pills out in the middle of the day... just leave it sitting out somewhere an hour or so before her meals. Though I'm a little afraid she's just going to eventually stop eating.

I had a friend whose dog wouldn't take pills for anything, until her mom accidentally dropped one on the floor and the dog pounced and swallowed before she could pick it up. From the moment on, her mom would pretend to be making some meal at the counter and then "accidentally" drop her meds on the floor. Worked every time.

See -- dumb dogs rock.


You Are Silver

You are down to earth and unpretentious. You don't feel like you need to show off, and you're very secure with your place in the world.

You are understated and elegant. You carry yourself with poise, and you're more known for what you don't do than what you do.

You can fit in anywhere from a country western bar to a black tie gala. You are adaptable and adventurous.

You are blind to social class and background. You see people as who they are ... not as where they came from or how much money they have.

Not sure about the elegant part, but the rest is pretty right on.


Dru said...

Knocking down hurdles means she's growing up and handling it.

Have fun tonight.

re quiz: same as yours and it's mostly accurate except for the elegant part.

Have a good Tuesday.

Maria Zannini said...

Poor Dakota. Iko does the same thing when I have to clean his ears.

If you massage the throat up and down, it'll create the swallowing reflex too.

Peanut butter is my favorite lure. Even when they know it's a trap, they still take it. LOL.

Sarita said...

Poor Dakota.

Our kitty Mimi used to hate to take pills. It took both of us to wrangle them into her, and even though we knew it was for her own good, it was still hard to do.

Hoping the rest of your pill-taking days go more smoothly for all of you.

How's your writing going?

Marianne Arkins said...

Dru, I was thinking maybe my dream meant I was setting goals too high for her. ::shrugs:: Or it could have just been my crazy subconscious misbehaving!

Maria, I might try peanut butter. Re: massaging her throat -- pressure on the trachea actually triggers coughing, so I can't touch her throat right now. It's a catch 22

Sarita, cats are even harder to "pill" than dogs! The writing is going very, very slowly. Wish I had just a few more hours in the day!!

Brandy said...

What about cheese? Though the peanut butter would probably work better. Smart animals are always harder to give meds to. One of our kitties had to take steroids for allergies for a while and wrestling with her was always crazy. AND she started to know the sound of the pill bottle top popping off. *g*

I hope Dakota takes her meds for you more easily today.
Blessings for a good day!

Marianne Arkins said...

Brandy, Dakota is lactose intolerant. Milk products make her really, really "loose". Ugh. LOL...