Well yesterday was Ruby’s birthday. She’s 7 now. It’s so hard to believe it was that long ago that we got her.
Several of you have asked about Ruby. You asked if things have been different with her since Kramer passed on June 2nd.
Things have changed in some ways.. If it’s at all possible I think Ruby is more attached to me than ever. She’s gotten so she has a little more separation anxiety than she used to. I’m trying not to do anything different to make it any worse than it already is. She’s much quicker to bark and warn me of “terrible dangers” like a squirrel.
We’re in a new routine now. She sleeps with me. When Kramer was around he would get up and go to work at 5am and then once he left, Ruby would jump into bed with me. Now she sleeps with me all the time. She’s really careful to make sure it’s okay that she’s on the bed. She doesn’t jump into my bed until I pat the bed three times. Then up she comes.
Once in bed, she was a pain as she would crowd me or get me with her nails in the middle of the night so I ended up buying a new dog bed for the living room and took the old one and put it on my bed. Most of the time, she sleeps there…I do wake with her under the covers from time to time. I’m sure once winter is her she’ll be under the cover more often.
About three weeks ago, Ruby started in on itching and scratching. UGH. I checked her for fleas…nope. That lead me to believe that her allergies kicked in. I started back up with allergy meds.
Then I noticed that she had a sore spot on her ear as she was itching so much. Then I noticed a sore spot on her tail that came from itching.
That means it’s time for a vet appointment. Here’s what we found out….She ended up having ear infection in both ears…and the rest was allergies. There is a new allergy med that came out that’s pretty expensive but it supposed to be much better so we’re giving that a try. Our vet said she’ll need it until it freezes. At least she doesn’t need to be on it all the time.
Kelli was good enough to take to her to the vet for me. It’s so hard for me to get away during the week to take her myself. Then Kelli kept her overnight to save a back and forth trip as Kelli had to come here the next day anyway.
Here’s Ruby at her sleepover with Puppycat.
Kelli is so good to me.
Ruby has been more precious to me than ever. Without her here at the house, the house would seem pretty empty. I had kind of thought if something happens to Ruby, I didn’t know if I’d get another dog. Now with Kramer gone, I know I’d get another dog. When a person doesn’t have a human companion, a dog is about the best substitute. Ruby is definitely worth her weight in vet bills.