September 4, 2012

White Dog is still favoring her leg and is not jumping so she asked to be helped up to the bed. When Puff put her feet on the edge and peeked up, WD growled. "That is not nice," I reprimanded. "She just wanted to see where you went." Nuka came in and went out of her way to hip check Still Another White Dog and then rudely yip in her face. SAWD hung her head and started to slink away.

I called her over and pet her profusely as I questioned her sisters about this meanness. "She stinks!" Another White Dog complained. "She thinks she is ALL that," WD added as Oso stopped on his way outside to sniff Puff. "She makes everybody all edgey...look at how goofy YoYoMa has been around her," White Dog added.

I picked Puff up into my arms and took a peek. The beginning signs were there. With her heart and lung issues as well as her age, Puff remains an intact female. Our little girl (who is actually 87 in human years) is going into a heat cycle.

"You know," I said to the entire White Dog Army who was now all gathered and intensely interested in the attention Puff was receiving, "Puff probably does not like this hormone, scent, and behavior changing body chemistry any more than any of you do. It is not her fault and you are all very lucky to be spared. For the next 4 weeks or so, poor Puff is going to miss out on all of the fun. She can't go to the Park. Dad is going to have to be VERY careful about where and when she goes on Walks. And it is a fact that she is not going to be able to Walk to End Cancer."

At that last, the WDA looked shocked. "We can't not have the ENTIRE Army Walk," WD howled. "What would it look like?" "Let me think about options," I said, knowing we were already trying to figure out how to make it possible for Quinn to do the Walk. "Maybe we can get a stroller or something, I will have to figure it out. In the meantime I expect a LOT MORE sympathy and understanding and a LOT LESS meanness and  pushy games! I MEAN IT!"

"Yes, momma," was the reply as each of the WDA suddenly realized that a WDA without Puff was incomplete. Puff looked up and licked my cheek.


Jeanne Pursell said...

That is definitely a dilemma...sure hope that you all come up with an answer!! Good luck!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

KB said...

I hope that Puff can participate, right along with Quinn! I've never experienced having a dog in heat but it must take some major planning to avoid a litter of puppies!

Agnes B Bullock said...

we got our strollers on eBay and they are a God send- Puff will be safe in one and will be high enough off the ground to avoid "temptation"

GOOSE said...

Sure hope the whole Army can do the walk. Just would not be the same without everydog.

Brian said...

I know you all will come up with just the right answer. Hugs to sweet Puff!

Jo's World said...

Here is to a good solution for Ms Puff! All that staying home alone stuff is no fun at all.


Random Felines said...

Poor Puff - we hope the Army comes up with a good solution and she gets a little peace.

Amber DaWeenie said...

Awwwww, Puff! I'm so sorry. Yes, maybe Momma can figure something out so you won't miss all the fun. Or maybe you'd rather just stay home and take it easy. Grab a nice quiet nap.

24 Paws of Love said...

Thank you for your beautiful and kind words. They touched my heart.

meowmeowmans said...

Poor Puff! We know that the WDA will figure out the perfect solution. 'Cause you always seem to! :)


Kari in Vegas said...

We hope Puff is able to walk

Stop on by for a visit

Tweedles -- that's me said...

sending love