First, let me be clear, I won’t be blogging every time he blinks or farts or twitches a muscle. BUT, this is important. ELGIN POO-ED.
When we brought him home yesterday we let him check out the house and yard and worried later that we’d let him overexert himself. We’d walked him around, holding him by his harness and the sheet under his abdomen supporting him too, but we worried anyway. The night was a little restless for him and I slept on the couch nearby. Good thing, too, because he clearly wanted to climb up and sleep there, in his usual spot.
This morning we took him out to potty, and he really seemed sore and very hesitant to move foreward. We were dismayed that we let him do so much yesterday. So very, very slowly we made our way to the potty area. He peed, then just stood there on trembling legs, looking around. Finally we decided to drop the harness and take the sheet away and see what he wanted to do. Kicked him outta the nest, so to speak. He looked around and hopped off at a decent speed, and POO-ED! He strained a bit, and it was pretty hard in consistency, but he did a respectable amount, twice! Taught us that we were feeling way more sorry for him than we should have. We are still going to try and limit his activities, but it seems he needs to do things more on his own, with out us hovering like a helicopter.
We have left the harness on since he came home, in case we need to grab it in a hurry. I think we’ll leave it on for a little while yet, as he’s still a bit shakey and staggers into things. His aim is a little off when he goes to lay down, and usually gets just his front half on the bed.
He is eating ok, and so we did add pumpkin to his food this morning, hoping to soften up the stools. We are letting him eat and drink in the house. This is a pretty big deal. Dogues tend to amass about a gallon of liquid and debris in their lips so that when they shake their heads they get maximum coverage on the walls. I’m not too tickled about the upcoming “slobber patrol” I’ll be doing.
There have been such nice comments from everyone, and the helpful hints are much appreciated.
Elgin is clearly more comfortable at home, and lord knows we are happier having him back home with us. I know you all know THAT feeling!