What did I NOT need last night? A sick dog!!
It was about 11:30 when I went to bed last night. I really am such a chicken when I’m here alone that I have to stay up til I can no longer hold my eyes open and then I fall right to sleep or else I hear every sound this house makes, every sound the wind makes, every sound that isn’t even being made . . and I can literally make myself sick. I will get used to it after a week or so but for now, dark is a scary time for me. I’ve always been afraid of the dark. I can remember as a teen waking my dad up in the middle of the night when I remembered I’d left my keys in the car and he’d have to get up and come watch me walk three steps out to the car, grab my keys, hurry back inside, thankful no one had grabbed me.
1:22 a.m. Rita woke up. She gets so upset with change and I’m sure being separated from Vince isn’t helping. She’s so attached to him and to her, I’m someone she puts up with when he isn’t around. I took her outside – in the dark. It’s very dark here. No street lights. I was wishing I had some big flood lights on at least the front corners of the house but we don’t and we really don’t need them for the few times we’re out with the dog.
She did whatever she had to do, came back in, went back to bed. Less than an hour later, she woke me up again. This went on til about 3:00 when I put puppy pads down in the sunroom. There’s tile floor in there and she seems to know to go in there when she has to. I sat up and knitted to be sure she was ok. About 4:30, she fell asleep on her pillow next to the sunroom so I went to bed, with the alarm set for 6:30 because I fully expected to wake up and find the movers sitting in front of the house. They weren’t. Vince talked to them and they said they should be here by noon. I should be taking a nap and I probably will.
Rita seems ok – a little wimpy but she was happy to eat and so far, she hasn’t thrown up or had excessive trips outside. Vince wants me to take her to the vet. She’s been to the vet (once here, twice in Texas) three times in the last month – same issue. The vet here did all kinds of blood work, poop inspections, and couldn’t find anything wrong. I think it’s just the move and all the craziness going on and today certainly isn’t going to help with the movers arriving and people running around. Maybe after it’s all done, us staying here a little longer, as well as having the familiar smells of home will make her feel better. If not, I’ll have to take her back to the vet tomorrow.
During the night I read a lot about her tummy issues. Both vets say give her chicken, rice and a little yogurt. I read last night to make the rice very liquid so I put it in the Instant Pot this morning. Instead of a ratio of 1:1.5, I did a 1 cup rice to 3 cups water and it was soupy. I also read that unsweetened applesauce was good. I bought a big bag of apples yesterday so I think I may peel some of those and put them in the food processor and add a little of that to her food. I also read that pumpkin is good so maybe I’ll put a little of that in her food (not apples AND pumpkin – though it sounds pretty yummy). I guess today, with all that’s going on, the easiest thing to do will be to open a can of pumpkin.
Otherwise .. tomorrow I’ll take her to the vet and see what they have to say.