Today is one of those days where the harder I try to do the right thing the worse it seems to get. I tried to take some homemade banana bread across the street as a thank you to our neighbors and when I got back the living room was NOT how I left it. A drink was spilled across a table (it was well back from the edge so there was no reason), papers torn, books all over…. so I scolded the dogs and moved on. Later that night I went to take collars off so we could go to bed and Essie yelped. I looked to see why. The base of her right ear has a deep gouge and is bleeding. Not bad but holding it’s own. After I discovered that I sat and cried for a bit. And then Essie began to shake, even when she was asleep. So I gave her one of Moose’s anxiety pills (for when we go to the vet). This seemed to calm her down and get her into a good sleep. I looked Stella over (she is the one that Essie seems to pick at) and she had some crusty spots but nothing major.
I couldn’t leave Stella out on the street when I found her. I couldn’t just dump her back at the shelter. No one would’ve taken her because of her medical problems and she would’ve been put down. But I don’t want her and Essie hating each other. This will be one more thing I worry about on our trip. When I leave the house am I going to have to put her in the kennel again? What about when we are gone? And will a third female (our dog sitter has a female Pitty) staying at the house make things worse?
Moose has been by my side a good portion of the time because he knows that I am upset. Essie has been there as much as she can as well. Stella will cuddle but she seems to be neutral in all this. Dante has been the same. I get so frustrated because I try to do the right thing and it goes bad somehow. Chris has but up with a lot with Stella because she is still a puppy at a little over a year old. She’s mellowed out a lot in the few months we’ve had her. But it hasn’t been easy for him.
So I don’t know what to do. Both girls are behind me sleeping on the loveseat. Essie is a bit more wary around Stella but if Essie wouldn’t antagonize when she gets agitated (I’ve caught her nipping at her brothers when she gets too riled if a dog is going by)… I’m not blaming either girl. They both push each others buttons on purpose. I was just hoping after 6 months things would be a little better than they are between them.
Well atleast the sun has come out…..