Adventures in Dog-Sitting

When Dad and Keith went to NYC a few years ago, the dogs spent the entire time moping about, being incredibly despondent. So, I’m happy to say they’ve reacted to this trip far better. Yara has been pretty much glued to my side since I arrived, while Eli and Uschi have been tearing up the house in an endless playtime.

Honestly, not much has happened. The shepherds definitely know they outnumber me and seem to have combined their efforts to drag me out of bed as early as possible. So far they’ve forced me to brave the below temps at 4 a.m. two days in a row.

Mealtimes have been delightfully uneventful. Everyone has eaten their respective meals with absolutely zero issue.

The weather unfortunately has still been far too cold to let them have some good outdoor fun, but the weekend is supposed to warm up a bit. So, perhaps we’ll get a chance before we get dumped upon by yet more snow.

Dog-Sitting

Uschi and I are at Dad’s for the next week while he and Keith are in Florida. Given the horrendous cold weather we’re having currently I am more than a little jealous. But for their part the dogs seem thrilled. Yara’s been practically glued to my side since we arrived and Eli and Uschi are playing as hard as ever.

I brought my camera, so hopefully I’ll get some fun photos to share. And if the weather cooperates, perhaps I’ll get some time outside with the dogs. They all certainly enjoy all that white stuff out there.

Happier and Healthier

Uschi lying in the snow, her nose heavily covered with snow and ice crystals

Despite her itchiness, Uschi’s been enjoying all the snow that has been dumped upon us. I think it’s especially awesome for her since I’ve spent the better part of the last three months ridiculously sick. First I had an issue with my eye, then I had the flu, and I’ve only just recently gotten over the pneumonia that plagued me since Christmas.

Anyway, I’ve kind of fallen out of habit of taking photos of the shepherd girl since her eyes were just such a, well, eyesore. And so I haven’t had the chance to get photos of her gallivanting around out back yet, so you’ll just have to do with this oldie from a few years ago. But I promise to get some new ones to share soon enough!

The State of the Shepherd

Uschi’s on Prednisone for a bit to help with the allergy inflammation and it is truly bizarre. She has a lot of the normal side effects, like increased drinking and urination. But for the most part, she’s just been sleepy. My running theory on this is that perhaps she hasn’t been sleeping well because of the itchiness and now she has some relief. Honestly, though, I have no idea.

In any case, she definitely seems to be doing better. The inflammation isn’t gone, but does seem to be steadily clearing up as far as I can tell. Her new vet will be stopping by later this month to check in and reassess so we’ll know more then.

For now, I’m happy to finally have some concrete improvement with these allergies. I’m sure Uschi feels the same.

House Call

Uschi lying on the sofa looking a bit forlorn

Uschi spent most of the morning hiding under my bed. I can only guess this was because she was fully aware of her vet appointment today. She’s been having issues with her eyes again, but this visit was more specifically to get her anal glands expressed.

Unfortunately, last year she’d had this done and it was not a pleasant experience in the least. Uschi has always been strangely aware of her rear end. She doesn’t necessarily mind it being touched, but she always reacts. And I’m sure coupled with the discomfort of having full anal glands, it is not a pleasant experience to have them poked at. I warned the vet about this, and very strongly suggested I accompany her in the back because of this. He wouldn’t let me and when he came back he was cagey about what exactly happened. I don’t know if he was unaccustomed to shepherds and how ridiculously dramatic they can be about everything1 or if he actually hurt her, but she was very freaked by the experience.

Anyway, for this and several other reasons Uschi’s seeing a new vet now. It’s actually really awesome for me because the vet does home visits!2 It was still a rather awful experience for Uschi, but her anal glands are done now and hopefully she’ll be the happier for it. She’s also on new meds for the inflammation around her eyes.

  1. I’m sure she whined and jumped around and was completely uncooperative, much like Yara is with nail cutting.
  2. We were only seeing the other vet because our original vet had moved to a different practice and it is a bit beyond my travel ability.