May 21, 2011

White Dog and I talked while the rest of the White Dog Army went on hiking practice with Steve. She has just started her homeopathic medication and Dr. Julia wants to go a couple of weeks to see if it will help alleviate the pain of what she believes is either a pinched nerve or inflamed nerve sheath or spinal neuralgia. At that point we will Xray again and make an assessment. Meantime, WD has times where she feels fine and others when she refuses too much activity. I try to remain positive and not let my fluffy white daemon know just how worried I am.

We spoke, as the others walked in the bright clear morning, of how well the Army seems to be coming together...despite the curve of Puff's heat...and it is becoming more obvious as she eases out of the cycle. Yesterday, YoYoMa was leashed to my side as I worked in the office at my computer. He crawled into Puff's empty crate and went to sleep. A short while later, SAWD timidly joined us. She watched her brother snoozing in her crate; I could see her thinking through the options. Finally she crept in next to him and stretched out at his side. There was no scandalous intent...and in two minutes she slumbered at his side and the two remained that way for over an hour. It was heartwarming and touching and innocent.

White Dog hasn't quite decided if she likes the new trend but now four of the five WDA members sleep in our room. Of course, only White Dog sleeps on the bed, but Puff is still being crated (5 more days of her heat) with us so we can hear her needs, Nuka now sleeps against my side of the bed, and YAWD takes the position between Sawd's crate and the dog door. Quinn still prefers the space that has been his forever in the office down the hall.

Finally, I put my arms around my little queen, the leader of this pack, and told her that she, too, was starting to show solidarity with her brothers and sisters. I complimented an incident from breakfast where she took charge of her Army and kept fairness and order. AWD has been a bit off her eating the past few days. Steve was sitting with her and her bowl on the floor and hand feeding her. She had just begun to tentatively eat on her own when Puff came charging over (her own breakfast chowed down) and tried to push poor Nuka out of the way. Steve grabbed SAWD and held her while AWD nervously continued to eat. Puff had a temper tantrum of food aggressiveness and began growling to demand the food. White Dog came out from behind her napping chair and sat in front of Puff. WD looked the littlest one in the eye and gave a gentle but firm deep throated threat. White Dog then turned to Nuka and watched until breakfast was finished. Without another word or action, White Dog returned to her nap.

As the group returned to the van and Pumpkin's door slid open, she and I agreed that we still had a LONG road to travel before everyone is totally settled and at ease but we are making progress. With her brightest smile White Dog then turned to the rest and said, "Cheese danish and iced tea sound ok today, mi familia?"


TwoSpecialWires said...

With Siku and her people at the helm, this family is sure to meld into the most cohesive and complete whole. You've already shown good evidence of that, and it is a delight to watch that happen from our vantage.

Thinking of you so often,
Jake and Fergi and OurMoma and NinaGirl (with a special late- congratulatory wishes for Michael for his gradutation)

Kari in WeHo said...

oh the joys of feeding multiple dogs. Big Carl still has issues in our house but most of them are brought on by him, go figure


rottrover said...

The WDA inspires you to write beautifully :-)

Sagira said...

Sure hope that she feels better soon. Sounds like you had a great heart to heart. Things will settle in, they just take time.

Brian said...

Lots of progress has been made, but that WD Army will make sure all turns out well!

Sam said...

You've got a lot of different personalities, and there may be a squabble or two, but I think with a little time they will definitely become a solid unit!


pam said...

We love hearing about the dynamics of the WDA. Here at Casa Sweet who's in charge is determined by who you ask.

Bobo always is first but Meja is seeming in charge. She is the one who says when an intruder (such as the girls who deigned to jog on her street this morning!) needs speaking to or what leaf needs to be told to be quiet.


Bobo, Meja and Mommy

Teddy Bear said...

Such a beautiful post. We hope you're feeling better, Siku. We love hearing of how everyone is coming together. And the imae of SAWD and YAWD sleeping next to each other just melted our hearts.:)

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Ginger Jasper said...

You are moving in the right direction and that is what counts. I think it wont be long before the white dog army is working at full speed and all pulling together, it seems as though you are almost there now.. Hugs GJ xx

Schnauzer Days said...

Hi, nice to meet you, we just came across your blog and loved reading about you all. We hope you are all feeling happy and healthy today and look forward to reading more about your army, Dexter & Louis x

Bailey Be Good! said...

I've been thinking about you, WD! I hope you're not in much pain, and hope you're back to feeling great in no time.

Happy Sunday woofs & hugs, and some extra puppy prayers!


Tweedles -- that's me said...

I am sending healing thoughts that you continue to get better

Suka said...

hey White Dog Army,

So furry happy to read the continued success of your Pack! I know things can be bumpy, but as in any family, especially human ( :-D ), sibling rivalry will always exist. But the beauty is that Love always exists and despite the rough patches and pain, Love conquers all! It is obvious you all love each other deeply, and that will carry you through all the bad times, and all the good.

Siku Marie, I am so sad to read you are still hurting. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Paws crossed you heal quickly and are back to your healthy self very soon.


meowmeowmans said...

We sure hope the homeopathic meds work for White Dog. We are purring and praying, and sending healing thoughts your way.

How nice that the White Dog Army is really coming together as a pack. We love it!

ForPetsSake said...

A pack leader like WD is invaluable! Strong, confident, fair.

Jacqueline said...

Such a beautiful photo of you and your gorgeous baby, Sue; keeping Siku in our purrs and prayers in hopes her health will improve and she feels better soon...It is heartwarming to hear that the pack is starting to act like family, sharing love and acceptance...There is so much beauty in your world and we are thankful to share in it with you all...xoxo...Calle, Halle, Sukki