the sheltiechick blog


I got the game in a trade on swaptree. So now I have two little Nintendog shelties (one is named Happy and the other is Rocky but that is neither here nor there.)

The problem is that I’m trying to teach these boogers tricks, which means you have to talk at the mic on the DS. And Auggie HATES it. He’ll be laying across the room chewing on a bone or something and I’ll be sitting there with my DS going “over!” … “over!” … “over!” or whatever… and Auggie is like “WHAT??? Seriously! I’m over here! I’m laying down! What do you WANT?” When I first got the game and was teaching sit he actually came over to me and sat and stared and was really confused. And I felt awful. I was like “no not YOU… the FAKE dog!”

Anyway, this is how I’m coping with my terrible urge to have another dog to work with. Training a fake dog on my DS. And obviously one wasn’t enough so I also got a second fake dog on my DS.
Well, I’m also still working on teaching “cop-cop” to Auggie, but that doesn’t drive him crazy, so it’s not really as interesting to share.

Goopy Eye Continued

The first day of Coneheadness was a hard day, but I tried to take the cone off so Auggie could sleep without it on and he immediately started to paw his eye again, so it unfortunately had to go back on. I took it off at about 4PM the second day and he left his eye alone, so we were able to keep it off after that, much to Auggie’s relief. It’s hard to be a conehead.
At first his eye seemed to be getting much better right away. The green mucus discharge went away within a couple days and the redness got much much better, but he still kept putting out a lot of clear mucus, far more than usual. We went to Louisville for agility the following week, and his breeder told me she thought it might be a clogged tearduct and I should take him back to the vet. The vet said yup… clogged tearduct. The bad news was, he wanted to put him under to unclog it… and figured while Auggie was under we should do a dental too.

Well, I called around and found a vet that would fix it without putting him under, but it was going to cost over $200. Auggie’s teeth really aren’t in need of a dental and I don’t want to put him under, but I didn’t want to pay over $200 either. I decided I would think about it for a while and figure out what I wanted to do. A clogged tearduct isn’t harmful and it can’t turn into anything worse, and was probably caused by the eye infection, so all it was going to mean was a lot more discharge than normal. Not exactly fun for Auggie or for me, so I DID want to fix it… I just wasn’t sure which the best course of action was.

That weekend, I went to the yuppie grocery store in town. I actually went looking for some stuff for my face that I’d read about on the internet, but couldn’t find it. However, they have a tiny little pet section, and in that pet section I found Halo Cloud Nine herbal eye wash. I had read about it online while reading about clogged tearducts and was sort of delighted to see it there. It was $20, all natural, and it claimed to open clogged tearducts and was mentioned a few places online. I figured, well, $20 was a lot cheaper than $200, and if it didn’t work, at least I’d tried a cheaper, natural solution first, right?
The wash comes with two different solution concentrates that you mix up in an eye dropper. You do three days of drop one, three days of drop two, then repeat drops one and drops two for a full cycle. The notes that came with the drops said “You may notice a swallowing motion right after putting the drops in. This means the tear ducts are clear. This may not happen right away.” When I first began putting the eye drops in, I didn’t really see him swallowing. The third day of the first round of drop one, I THOUGHT I saw him swallow after I put the drops in the eye with the clogged tear duct. The first morning of the first round of drop two, I definitely saw him swallow after I put the drops in his clogged eye. He also already had a lot less mucus coming from that eye than he had since he first got the eye infection. The second drops are to clear out the bacteria that clogs the tearducts to sort of “finish the job,” and I suppose you repeat the round to just make sure you’ve gotten everything.

Well, I am REALLY thrilled to say that these drops worked for Auggie. I didn’t have to fork over tons of money for the vet to put him under and unclog it, nor did I have to fork over tons of money for the specialist to unclog it without putting him under! All I did was pay $20 and it was ALL NATURAL to boot. Whoo-hoo!

I’m a mean mommy

So I picked up a few things at the store tonight and came home, sat on the floor, and was taking stuff out of packaging. While doing this Auggie came in to see what I was doing, we played a bit, gave kisses, then he was just hanging out watching me.
I was taking the sticker off a bottle and asked him if he wanted a sticker. Then I reached over and stuck it on his forehead and snickered and he wagged his tail and it was funny.

Then I checked my e-mail, put some stuff away, la la la, decided to take my shower… when I got out of the shower and I hear my mom outside the door going “DID YOU PUT A STICKER ON YOUR POOR DOG’S HEAD?!”

OMG! I totally forgot about the sticker and left it there. And he was running around with it on his forehead for AN HOUR.

And then I took a picture of it.

(He’s not really as sad as he looks, he was just looking at the floor because I had the flash on. But it’s funny that he looks so sad because it totally goes with the story.)