Light Sleeper

When I was a teenager and ‘out on the razz’, my Mum would never sleep until she knew I was safely home. This went for my sister too, and although both of my parents never minded us bringing the boyfriends in for a late coffee, they respected our privacy (as we did our home) and would then settle down for the night.
Not actually having my own kids, and I’d left the relationship before the boys got into girlfriends, with my foster kids I could never settle until I knew they were in.

Similarly, if one of us were ill, Mum would be there with the hot drinks, vapour rub and cough medicine in the middle of the night until we drifted off.
Same with me when I had kids to care for.

Maggie hasn’t been well these past two days insomuch as diarrhea, though she has been brilliant and not had an accident indoors. We’ve left the door and back gate open, and when she’s felt the urge, has trotted outside. I’ve had to wash it away and the rain overnight which is due to continue throughout the day will sort out the bits I missed.
Poor love.
We’ve noticed she hasn’t been able to tolerate several of the usual treats we give her, so we’ll have to restrict her biscuits and the ice cream stick is now off limits.

We got onto the internet yesterday to see what we could do to help her tummy other than boiled chicken and plain rice.
Several sites suggested natural or greek yoghurt, so order of the day was to get some.
We got a big pot of natural ‘fat free’ greek yoghurt for £1.36, and Hubby put some in a dish as soon as we got home. Then he sorted some out for Maggie. (OK, it was the other way round, dog first then him, but he likes it too and as his tummy was playing up yesterday, it made sense).
Her head was straight in, so she’ll be having a small amount over the next couple of days to help replace the happy and good bacteria in her digestive system. She’s drinking well and we’re making sure the water is always fresh.
I’m doing a chicken curry today, smaller portions, and Maggie will have her chicken put to one side as usual before I add anything else. I took an extra breast out of the freezer last night so that I could cook some for her for more than one meal.

Last night I was awake every time she moved, but she didn’t get me up to let her out, and I got up just after 7 am. I let her out and she did a relieving wee, but nothing else.
No doggy dinner today, just basic bland and white. Hopefully we should see an improvement tomorrow and over the weekend. If not, we’ll take her to the vet just to make sure everything’s OK.
Photo: one of the last on the boat in April 2017

Many of the shops and cafes here leave water bowls outside for dogs. Maggie can be a little fussy as she likes ‘bubbles’ rather than something that has been sitting there for a few hours, but there have been a couple of occasions when she’s taken a drink. With so many dogs visiting the town, she may well have picked something up from one of those. She’s also sniffing the ground a lot, so there’s another possibility. 


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to Light Sleeper

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    The extreme heat you’ve been having could have upset her tummy too. BTW, my mother was the same as yours. She never fell asleep until I was home either and was up taking care of me (and my dad) no matter what the time.

  2. colonialist says:

    I would wait up for much younger sister-in-law, Then one night I placed a seated figure in the hallway consisting of jacket, hat, and waders. She screamed blue murder, but still didn’t get the point.
    We had a cat vet visit today to prevent kitten production. She came back completely frisky.

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