The case of the floating bread crust

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Registered: 11-01-1999
The case of the floating bread crust
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Thu, 07-25-2013 - 2:56pm

There are five animals occupying my house with me right now.  My two pugs, Roo Ben the permanent foster, my daughter's little pug Pre, and Dylan the cat.  Bedtime gets complicated.  Anya and Jabaar sleep on my bed, and Roo Ben sleeps on a little dog bed on the floor right alongside of the bed.  The cat usually comes in and joins us when he hears Jabaar snore, because they don't like each other.  Dylan has figured out that once Jabaar is asleep, he is oblivious to anything including thunderstorms, so he comes in and nibbles my ear, licks my nose, purrs, and goes to sleep with his little kitty head on my shoulder. 

When Pre is at home, he has a dog bed, but when he is with me, I give him a toy and let him sleep on the bed, too, at the foot of it.  Pre is young, has perfect sight and hearing, and he chases Dylan.  So Dylan comes in and out of the bedroom, on and off the bed, yells at me (he is a Siamese), and keeps waking me up.  Desperate for a full night's sleep, I put Dylan in the spare (his) room and shut the door. (He screamed in protest for at least a half hour, and woke me at daybreak screaming again.)

Somepuggy threw up on the bottom of the bed last night.  I was so tired and/or sleep deprived, I didn't hear it happen.  Somepuggy yakked on the cheap fleece throw I put down there for Pre to lie on, and of course it soaked through the fleece onto the sheets.  I discovered a strange wet spot with my foot when I rolled over this morning.  Because of its location on the bed, I assume it was Pre.  I dumped the solids into the toilet but did not flush immediately.  I put the throw into the washer, made coffee, went back and stripped the bed.  When I went into the bathroom, there was an undigested piece of bread crust floating in the toilet.  I have NO IDEA where Pre, or any other animal for that matter, got a bread crust!

I had a paranoid fit that maybe someone was putting tainted food in my back yard.  But everyone around me has dogs, and mine don't stay outside long, and they don't bark and annoy the neighbors, so there is no reason.  I'm watching everybody, and they all seem fine.  Everyone ate breakfast and kept it down.

 

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Registered: 11-04-1999
Fri, 07-26-2013 - 4:31am

Wow Gaye,  I can barely handle 1 dog, let alone 5.  But hope no one is tossing tainted bread crusts out there.  Rudi was so restless last night, and when a gentle voice: go to sleep didn't do the trick, I was raising my voice at her.  In Rudi's defense, the neighbor that keeps their dog penned up outside 24.7 even in Ohio winters, he was kicking his 10 gallon bucket so that had Rudi wound up.  I just need my sleep and some nights, even 1 dog in the bed, and that doesn't happen.   Gaye:  I hope all animals are healthy today. 

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Registered: 11-01-1999
Fri, 07-26-2013 - 10:00am

I don't usually go fishing around in the toilet (LOL), but the floating thing didn't flush the first time, and when I looked at it again, it appears to be a partially-digested piece of a treat stick.  I did give all four dogs a piece of treat stick about 9 PM the night before.  So that makes sense.

Pretaine Brock goes home tomorrow.  That leaves Anya, Jabaar and Roo Ben.

But a friend and I saved a chug (chihuahua/pug) and his Pekingese companion from the euthanasia list at our city shelter on Wednesday, and life is getting complicated again.  The chug is about 10 years old and heartworm positive.  The peke is only about three years old, healthy and probably purebred.  They came in to the shelter together as strays, were kenneled together, and we thought they were a bonded pair.  Well, no, not so much.  They were neutered yesterday, and my friend picked them up at 4 PM, and they started scrapping with each other.  So perhaps Archie the chug will come here on Sunday for awhile. 

My friend is a dog trainer.  That's how I know her.  ^Moe^ was in her class at PetSmart when he was a pup.  She quit PetSmart and has not been training for a couple of years, but she wants to get back into doing it.  She needs an example dog.  ^Beavis^ died several months ago, and her other dogs are old.  If the peke proves to be intelligent, she might keep him to use as a working dog.

We are looking to hook up with a rescue group to get heartworm treatment at the rescue rate, and help in placing one or both of the dogs in a forever home.  I can keep Archie on crate rest here during treatment, if need  be, but I am not adopting him.

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Registered: 03-20-2001
Mon, 07-29-2013 - 10:29am
Oh my, you will need to move to a much larger place real soon Gaye. You have such a big heart. I should have read this post first, as I've asked you in the other trhead with th photos if they are pugs as I got thrown off with the long hair. ;O)