This was written on Tuesday 12th April
Our baby was not well in the early hours of Tuesday morning, and was persistent in getting us up to let her out. She is notorious for picking up stones, despite our efforts to remove them from her mouth before it’s too late. So far she has been passing them, but this time she was really poorly with diarrhea but there were no accidents in the house, bless her.
First thing Tuesday morning saw me up at 5.30 cooking chicken and rice for her meals for the day and we gave her no biscuit treats, though she had a little yogurt instead.
At 8.45 I was in the car on my way to the local timber merchants to purchase post mix, batten and gravel boards so that Hubby could concrete in the stoned areas round the house to stop her dining on them. I was taking Kela’s owner to the surgery today, so he was working outside and used it as an opportunity to leave her in the house by herself for ten minute periods, gradually progressing to half an hour. There were no howls, whining or barking, so it’s a start on separation that won’t stress her out.
The concreting has worked to an extent and he has left a narrow gully to allow for drainage. There are still likely to be some loose stones, but we can sweep those away and all being well it should be enough to deter her.
However, we have several doggy autographs in the cement, so she has left her mark.
Walking her on the choker and longer lead has worked very well and when we got back from our walk in the evening, it was straight into the garden for a wee and the first poo of the day after the previous night. All looked well and normal. Chicken will be her menu on Wednesday as well to give her tummy a rest.
Update Thursday 14th:
All is well and things are back to normal. The concrete has set although there are a few loose stones that she can still get her mouth round. Saying that though, it seems to have worked.