I could have and almost did cry earlier thinking what an earth have I done taking on board a puppy with a senior Labrador. I have had five sleepless nights, trying to juggle a baby and a senior with completely different needs is more difficult than I could have ever imagined. Especially because I am literally on my own. I live in the middle of nowhere, family don’t drive and I am too proud to ask for help so I have battled on through the last 5 days completely single handedly.
It may have been easier had I not received a puppy with a tick in his ear bless him. I took Bodhi who is only 8 weeks old to the vets. The vet removed the tick no problem but now inside his ear looks to be a problem and is irritating him which will need another trip to the vets.
The vet prescribed a flea and tick treatment (after me asking is it completely safe and you have had no problems with this medication) that made him violently sick and gave him diarrhoea and I have been so worried about him having no food in his new tiny belly. I have fed him scrambled egg, roasted a chicken and boiled rice to try help his poorly tummy recover and to get this terrible Bravecto vet recommended tablet out of his system.
My senior labs aching joints are getting much worse. I looked at them both today thinking I may be making a trip for two labradors to the vets. I usually gloss over tough times but thought “no” I am now saying the truth, warts and all.
We have just had a moment, my senior lab Flint jumped up off his bed in pain and came to me for reassurance. Bodhi my puppy was fast asleep and he came running over and just laid by Flint’s side so softy, so gently, he knew. It was a moment that is bringing tears to my eyes typing. I knew what I wanted to happen when taking on another dog and that moment said it all. Thankfully it was reassurance to me more than them that I had made the right decision and that my new puppy already loved my senior lab Flint as much as I did.
Dogs are gifts from heaven. I feel so thankful, so tired but most of all, so grateful that I did make the right decision and my two dogs need each other now, even more than I need them.