Saturday, February 13, 2016

Snow Days! (and a few other things)

Casey and Poly go berserk over snow and we had nearly 3 feet a couple of weekends ago.  Casey loves to romp in it, especially when it's so high.  He is basically forced to romp since it was above his chest.  He sure didn't seem to mind, though.  Poly barks at it.  A lot.  She will follow the flakes as they come down and then attempt to find them on the ground.  When it's early in the storm, she'll bark at them all.  When there is any accumulation at all, she'll bark and then stick her little nose in the snow trying to find the flake she was following and comes up with snow on her nose.  It's super cute, especially since she'll jump up and flip herself 180 degrees before landing.  She really is adorable!

On the flip side, Poly will dig as soon as she can get to the ground.  With the snow (obviously) being white, it's obviously how far she tosses it when she digs.  Man, this girl can DIG!  It's to the point where she has created crevices which freeze over to an ice rink when there is melted snow in there.  Ok, well, a one person ice rink, but you get the idea.

Forgive me if I'm repeating myself, but Casey has begun sleeping in bed with us.  He was opening the gates anyway (he's quite tenacious) and we didn't want him to get hurt.  Poly sleeps downstairs, but she's been a good girl, especially since Grandmom got sofa covers.  Poly does, however, enjoy digging away at the sofa and getting them out of her way (she did it with the blankets we had covering the sofas, too).

Ok, back to Casey upstairs with us.  I promise this is related - Casey has been on Prozac for anxiety because he was consistently licking his paws until there were spots raw and bleeding.  Well, Mr. Stubborn began refusing the pills in cheese, salami, and finally Pill Pockets.  Don't get me wrong, these things have been amazing for nearly a year, but Casey is a stubborn dog.  We were giving them to him before he ate and at first he loved his pre-dinner "treat" - it has such a strong scent and presumably a strong flavor, covering up the pill scent and taste.  He began making that difficult and I would have to keep him from spitting it out.  Then we started putting it in with his dinner, which worked for a bit, but our dear pup started eating that in his first bite, proceeding to throw it up.  We gave in and stopped giving it to him.

So, back to upstairs.... in a minute.  Since he stopped the prozac, he has returned to the dog we know and love.  He had been lethargic, not wanting to run or play with his sister.  He wasn't eating both meals every day.  Well, he now has a voracious appetite.  We have to keep guard on Poly's food when she decides she wants to eat it and we don't bother even putting it down until she's ready.  Alright, now that Casey is upstairs with us *and is able to open gates* he will open the gate to the kitty's room, which we have gated, he will break in there and eat THEIR food!  There is no stopping this guy.  He is supposed to be losing weight and now we can't stop him from eating.

As far as sleeping in the bed with us, we try to beat him to the bed or whoever comes upstairs last will have no place to sleep.  He gives no consideration to the fact that his people need space, too.  Sadly, this also means that Bert doesn't get unlimited attention once the first of us climbs into bed.  Don't get me wrong...the kitties have adapted to Casey being there.  He and Tori can walk by each other without a glance.  Bert still hisses sometimes, but both have been on the bed at the same time with no attempts to scratch out eyes or eat the other.

Well, that's the latest with our pups and the rest of our family.

How do your dogs do with the snow, be it large or small?  Do your dogs sleep with you?