Things hadn’t been going very well with my beagle pup Rosie. If I perfectly honest I would say I was at whit’s end with her. She was too much. With the childcare kids she was too much. She still wasn’t house trained.
I got to the point I just kept my mouth shut about it because everytime I ever said anything, people would say, “Remember she’s just a puppy.” Trust me…I knew she was a puppy. Every action she did reinforced the point that she was a puppy. She took childcare toys. She mouthed me all the time. If the grandkids and childcare kids were here she had to be kenneled a lot. She was way to rough with them. She needed to get out of the kennel but her behaviour was too much. She had accidents on a regular basis. She started peeing in the kennel. This was all more than..”she’s just a puppy”.
I didn’t get encouraging words. I just got, “Remember she’s a puppy.” Or I would get a long explanation about how to train a puppy telling me the very basics that we had been doing since day one. HELLO?! I’ve trained puppies before. Ruby was a puppy and she had did okay. So I quit saying anything about Rosie and the troubles I was having with her as the things people said to me were more frustrating than helpful. I felt like a failure with Rosie…a big failure.
Last week was the last straw….I ended up so upset and wondering why I ever got her. I know that sounds terrible but that’s where I was at. I wasn’t going to “get rid” of her. But in the moment all I could think was how dumb I was to sign myself up for this. She was more work than a childcare kid. She was WAY more work than play. It was a bad day and hey…I have them and I admit it. This was a really bad day.
In the middle of childcare she peed in her kennel THREE times. I put a new bed in each time. Yes I ended up buying multiple beds as it was typical that she would pee on one…I’d have to wash it and she needed something in the kennel. I was doing more laundry than ever. I started wondering if she was doing it out of spite. I went to the bathroom later that day. She had just been outside. I went into the bathroom and shut the door with her other side and she peed on the floor outside the door. Seriously, she had just been outside. It was too much. I would have to do some training…something, I didn’t know what had to happen. This couldn’t be typical of puppies, or seriously, no one would ever get a puppy. Yes, it really was bad. But…did I say anything. No. I didn’t want to deal with comments from people on top of the problems I was having.
I decided before I could get angry about it, I needed to have a urine sample ran on her to see if she had a UTI. I really didn’t expect her to have a UTI…but I needed to eliminate that as a reason for the accidents. I can’t begin to tell you how frustrated I was. I didn’t think it was a UTI as the majority of days, she would go overnight with no accidents. Obviously, she had the ability to “hold it”…but-during the day…there was no consistent holding happening. UGH.
So under MUCH stress and hardship we finally got 2 tablespoons of urine. It took three tries peeing to get that much. Urine collection was a whole ‘nother story but I won’t get into. Let’s just say by the time Kalissa left with the urine sample to deliver to the vet, I was in tears. I was sure she didn’t have a UTI and I didn’t know what I was going to do if she didn’t….I just couldn’t handle this anymore. It was WAY more than remembering “she was just a puppy”.
A couple hours later I called the vet…and….Rosie not only had a UTI but she had crystals in her urine too. Now I felt a new frustration. Why didn’t I take her sooner?? Why didn’t I realize this was a UTI? AH!!! If only I would have taken her in sooner. Oh my word. How stupid could I have been? How stupid? What kind of pet owner am I? UGH.
So Miss Rosie has had a shot. She’s on special dog food and she is a new dog. Just like that so many things have changed. Pee isn’t an issue like it was anymore.
Her attitude and manners have improved too. She isn’t mouthing as much. If I correct her for it, she listens. She’s been able to be out of her kennel for an hour in the morning and the afternoon with the childcare kids. I’m so happy.
She settles down in a reasonable amount of time if I want to cross stitch….
Remember when I made my list of things I was looking for in a dog? I wanted a female, to be the smaller sized and copper colored. In my haste, I forgot to add healthy. I can’t believe how much I’ve already spent at the vet with her and I’ve only had her just over 2 months. Oh my…but I’m not going to complain. I’d take a vet bill and a dog able to be house trained anyday.
What can I say…we’re best buds again.
I’m so sorry that I didn’t get a urine sample in sooner. I sure should have. Hopefully we’re on the right track. It’s been five days since the meds and I’ve seen very noticeable improvement but not perfect. At least now I feel like the “remember she’s just a puppy” statement is actually true. I still feel terrible for not taking her sooner. Thankfully she’s a dog and forgives so easily.