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.
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.