Rita’s last drops go in her eyes at 11:00 p.m. She’s already asleep and I have to wake her up to put the drops in. She’s such a sweet dog. There’s never a time that I put those drops in . . two different drops, three times a day, that I don’t think to myself how lucky we all are that we’re not having to do that to Speck. Even though he’s old and grumpy now, I’m not sure there was ever a time in his life that he would have allowed me to do that.
When I’m ready to turn out the lights, she’s sleeping on the sofa, and I tuck her in and tell her goodnight.
And then there’s old Speck on his big pillow . .
He thinks he’s all covered up and I’m not telling him anything different!
The other night Vince went to cover him up and I’m not sure what Speck was thinking but he snapped at Vince. I didn’t see it and I said “Maybe he just wanted you to pet him!” and then he jumped and growled. He is such a grump! It isn’t just because he’s old though . . he’s been a snippy little dog forever but he has gotten worse since he’s gotten older. I guess we all have.
I have a snippy cat like that. Could NEVER give him medicines when he needed them..fortunately he lived without them. And at 16, he still sometimes acts like he’s going to bite but I get something between us as quickly as I can and that usually takes care of the situation. Funny how animal personalities are different just like ours, huh? LOL
LOL, yes, I’m definitely more prone to grumpiness these days. She’s such a little cutie, and seems so sweet. How is Cat? You haven’t mentioned her lately, that I caught.
Rita looks like a little sweetheart. I would spoil her rotten.
Over the years, we have had 5 dogs. Only one was a male, a Doxi. We had to give him up because he bit our then 2 year-old-son son in the face. The Doxie was a grumpy dog that would not tolerate us touching his food, When we got the Doxie he was a couple years old. When we gave him up we advised the Shelter not to place him in a family with small children. All our female dogs which included a German Shepherd/Collie mix, a Cocker Spaniel, Poodle, and our current Yorkie have all been sweet dogs that never even growled at family members nor when we touched their food. We always thought it was because the Doxie was a male that he was so grumpy, but reading about Judy’s dog maybe it’s because of the breed not because of being male animal. I don’t have friends that have had Doxies so have nothing to compare.
Sara S says
Dachshunds were bred to go into holes after badgers. They are originally a hunting dog. They tend to have one person that they are attached to, other family are only tolerated. They really aren’t a “family” dog, and have a difficult time around small children. There are exceptions of course, and training plays a large part in their early development.
Judy, do you think that Speck is in pain? Chronic pain would certainly make him grumpier. I know that you said that he’s lost his hearing, so I imagine he startles easily. Rita is a cutie, I am sorry that she’s had this happen to her.
I think we all reserve the right to get a little grumpy as we age. 🙂 But that picture of Rita is priceless!