So when I retired last November, I casually commented to a neighbor with a cute little poodle named Buddy that perhaps I'd get a dog now that I'd be home to care for it. I meant it and kept thinking about it but was busy with rehearsals, disability paperwork, doctor's appointments, and I just never took action. Plus, my friend has been looking for exactly the right dog and I promised I'd help her with whatever dog she got. (It's been more than a year she hasn't found one yet, but that's another story for another day.)
|"Buster" from the flyer photo. 12 lbs. of solid muscle.|
|Chillin' on the blanket.|
|How cute - but his poor belly was suffering.|
One hundred and thirty two dollars later I learned that Bubba was healthy and had no internal parasites. He needs a really good teeth cleaning, plus distemper and Parvo shots which he'll get on his next visit. However, that weird belly rubbing was because he was itchy and he could scratch the largest area with this maneuver; I told you he was brilliant! But why was he itchy? Well, ... wait for it... Bubba seems to be allergic to my wool carpeting! His rubbing was making the allergy worse (so OK, maybe he wasn't as brilliant as I thought), but really, an allergy to wool? Sheesh! Of course, it's only her theory but we've excluded most other things that would cause him to scratch that much. Contact Dermatitis seems to fit. He's on 12 days of medication to stop the itching and so far so good. Dr. Melissa said to keep him off the carpet and since 3/4 of the condo is carpeted, this will be a challenge.
At the moment part of my living room and den is covered with a large blue Fema-type tarp. Another area has some fleece blankets and a pillow. He'll need to be confined to the kitchen overnight or when I'm out, but Bubba seems content to stay within the tarp/blanket area while I'm watching TV or on the computer. But when I get up he follows me around the house. I can't carry him and walk without losing my balance, so I fitted the basket of my rollator walker with a piece of leftover foam board to provide a base.
|Bubba on day 5 in his new home.|
For a rescue pet that I got for free, this will get expensive! But Bubba is worth it. He is a blessing and a joy, and makes me happy every day. I see many more years together and new synthetic burber carpeting in our future.