I told you earlier this week that things with Rosie were getting a little better and then took a turn for the worse. She started having accidents again.
I ended up taking a urine sample in and Rosie again has crystals in her urine. She is back on a special expensive dog food for it. After a conversation with our vet, we wondered if Rosie will just need to stay on the food for life. Before we made that decision, our vet called the dog food company ( Royal Canin) to get an opinion from them. The food can stunt growth. Was Rosie big enough at this point, that it would be okay for her to be on the food for life? How old did dogs need to be before they were considered “adult sized”.
At this point, Rosie is almost 10 months old.
The decision was made that she’ll be staying on the food. She’s already as tall as a smaller beagle so all should be well. Although not common, this isn’t uncommon. I’m so glad that we are addressing the situation and hopefully this is the solution I’ve been looking for.
I want to quick address a comment that was left after I gave you all the Rosie report earlier this week. A reader wrote:“Yikes, I don’t know how you put up with Rosie….I don’t care how cute she is. She’d have been gone down the road a long time ago if she was my pet. You really have the patience of Job!”
Rosie is a handful and I think in Rosie’s case, it might appear that I do have the patience of Job….but really it’s more than that.
When I was deciding on whether to get a new dog after Ruby died I really struggled with the decision. My health isn’t fabulous with my thyroid cancer acting up again. Would I die and leave a dog with no home? I told the kids I really didn’t know if I should get another dog. Kelli piped up and said if something happened to me, she’d make sure the dog I got had a good home. That was the turning point that made me decide to get another dog.
I loved Rosie the moment we even contemplated bringing her into our lives. I loved her before I knew which dog I was getting and what her name would be. Rosie is part of our family- bad behaviors, accidents, vet bills, and all the problems she brings my way. Family doesn’t dismiss someone when they have accidents. Family helps find out why the accidents are happening. Family troubleshoots problems and works to find solutions. Family doesn’t just blame the dog but also looks at their own behavior to see if there is something they are doing that could change and make the situation better.
I debated for a long time…do I get a rescue dog, do I not? I talked with my vet and at the time I was doing childcare plus had the grandchildren. She suggested a pup. No beagles were available at the time via rescue so I opted to get a dog from a breeder. Kelli talked with me a long time saying, “Mom, this pup won’t be going to a shelter anytime in its life so it’s okay to not get a rescue dog.”
I will not send Rosie or any dog “down the road” even if she is a pain in the butt from time to time. I’m sure she thinks I’m a pain in the butt just as often. I’m sure she was trying to send my signs that something healthwise with her “just isn’t right”….and I was missing the clues. To everyone who reads my blog posts and listens to the stories I tell about Rosie likely does think I’m Job…Rosie knows better. She knows I am not perfect. She knows I do yell from time to time. She knows I have gotten frustrated over peeing accidents…and you know what, she loves me anyway. Rosie, although a not so perfect pup and only 10 months old, knows what unconditional love is.
She loves me unconditionally…and I love her just the same, problems and all.