Again, thanks for all your help. I have read everyone’s comments, advise and good wishes, and then I took all of the common advise and have been applying it to Rusty’s training. He is actually doing a lot better. Once we figured out not to be feeding him every hour, his bowels have settled down, and a few times he has even gone to the door to go out to piddle. Of course we are raving over him when he does this, and gets a small treat for doing it outside. When he goes in here, we tell him a very firm NO, and sit him outside. I think in a few weeks he will catch on. He is so tiny yet. We neither one think he is going to make it to 40 lbs. He has tiny little feet, and as my Dad used to say, “they grow up to match their feet'”, so we are thinking he will be smaller than they are saying.
We went Rusty shopping again yesterday. We had bought him some chew toys the day we got him, but it only took him one day to chew right through these. Tennis balls didn’t work either. He can rip into those real easily, and I am afraid he will choke on the nylon or whatever they are made of. The big knotted rope is working, and the Bully toy is still in one piece, so right now we are going with those. We did get some poopy bags, dog shampoo, treats for when he is a good boy, and a very nice bed to sleep on. Of course he thinks his bed is a new chew toy, so we are watching closely when he is in it. I also got some Resolve cleaner, and am very satisfied with it.
Yesterday we gave him a bath when we got up and were afraid that the shampoo we used would be too strong, so we bought the citrus smelling flea and tick shampoo. He does have a slight odor, so we are hoping this will help take care of this. He had a flea treatment at the Vets, but he is scratching, so it may be the shampoo that we used, and I will check with the Vet. again to see if he needs more flea meds.
I am getting caught up with laundry again today. We have used a lot of extra towels and so forth on the new baby, so need to keep those all clean.
I don’t know what is going on with me. I haven’t been sleeping, and it is wearing me out. It was 3:00 am this morning, the last time I looked at the clock, and I was up at 7:00am, so I am thinking I got somewhere between 3 or 4 hours. That doesn’t work for me. I have always been an 8 hour person, and I am afraid my mood reflects this. Poor Donnie; he has been staying outside a lot today, and who can blame him.
The Park Christmas Party is tonight, but we have opted out. I don’t want to sound all Bah Humbug, but I am just not in the mood for a party yet. I think after the first of the year we will get back in to the swing of things around here. There are usually a lot of Pot Lucks, and game nights, and that is more what we think we will be ready for. When I talked to my daughter last Sunday, she said she wasn’t going to her work Christmas Party either. I guess it will just take us a while to get back in gear.
Sorry, no pictures today. I am going to get off of here and get all of our lunches ready. He eats before us, so we can then take him walking after he is through. It is working pretty well for us, so this is the routine we are in. Stay safe.