So, how to stop the scratching so we could ALL get a night of rest?
I remembered the Calming Coat I'd bought for Rico
(which didn't do a thing for calming him; made him worse)
and I put that on Sadee, along with diapers, so she could not reach
the itchy places and make them bleed even more, poor thing.
Pretty in Pink . . . and Purple. HEY. Pink is MY color!
Then I also remembered the Xanax I had for Rico
(which just made him even weirder than he already is, so I don't use it).
SweeTea sez: DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT GRABBING MY BLUE ELLIE!
At the moment, Sadee as NO INTEREST in toys, just scratching those damned itchies, poor thing.
Shortly after I gave her a dose, she went to sleep, snoring up a storm.
I soon went to bed; as per usual, SweeTea
& Daisy2Legs came to my room with me,
and Sadee slowly followed. Came up on the bed, with SweeTea's permission,
and we all slept the entire night thru.
Despite the amount of water she is drinking, due to the steroid,
she was dry all night and in the morning, went right outside.
At this point the diaper serves more as a scratch deterrent
than keeping the floors dry; she is VERY housetrained
(gee, maybe she can teach The Skrenninger Quartet about housetraining!)
She waited nicely for her food, and ate it all except the pumpkin;
she'll grow to like that, too. I added a fish oil capsule to her regimen;
she ate that, but I had quite the struggle to get her pills in her.
I persisted, and I won. Added a dose of Xanax.
I have to continually clean her left eye. The vet and I had decided
to not treat the ears until other issues have been dealt with,
so she walks with her head tilted to the left.
After some time of trying to scratch her back on the couch . . .
BACK . . .
. . . AND FORTH
. . . she walked to the dog bed closest to me and went to sleep.
She joined me on the couch for a short nap this morning,
and then lay down next to the couch and slept some more.
When I got up, she asked to go outside and she did. Go, that is.
So that's where we are right now; I cannot get up for anything
without her following me, half asleep. I plan to go for lunch soon,
with Service Dog SweeTea; I hope when I'm gone,
she'll just go back to sleep. Sleep is good for the healing process;
I wonder how long it's been since she's had a really good sleep?
This is such a gut-wrenching story.
How could people continue to live with her in such dire medical condition?
I am very glad she is at your home with the support of everyone there.
Hope the scratching and infections become less with treatment and your TLC.
Poor little one . . . .
Thank YOU for helping this poor little girlie . . . so sad and how awful
she got to this point. But, thankful she was surrendered and now in your care.
That poor, poor baby. I've had only one come into my home in bad skin shape,
It's so great when you see me them getting better.
Kiss her for me and big hugs to you. Thank you!
Thank you for giving the wee soul the chance to be a happy dog.
I just read poor little Sadee's story & it seems she's in a sorry state at present so it's best that she found her way into your [and CRUSA's] care. I'm sure that in your hands she'll find good health again & be comfortable too (ooh, I can just imagine the need to SCRATCH, the poor creature. Sending lots o' Zen & positive thoughts for healing Sadee's way!
Ahhh! What a story! I can't believe what horrible condition Sadee is in now. I'm always amazed at how quickly the new intakes take to you, as if they know they are safe with you and all will be better soon. I guess you never know how bad an intake is until you get your hands on it. Seems as if you're meant to have a second dog in your bed.
My heart breaks for her; what possesses people to neglect a life like that? Healing energy for that poor baby. I'll be here to help get her to her new home when she's ready!