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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A Pet's Plain Look of Guilt

Sure Zoe looks innocent and sweet. She usually is.

This morning I'm in the kitchen when I hear a door creak open. I assume it's Scooter barging into a bedroom for exploration, but he and Peanut were on the kitchen floor. I walked to the living room and who do I see but Zoe, tip-toeing out of the bathroom with a wad of tissue in her mouth from the garbage can! And the minute she spotted me spotting her, she dropped the tissue and looked at me meekly.

THEY know when they aren't supposed to do something. If I hadn't been there, she'd have lied down with the wad and chewed it up. But when she saw me, she knew she was caught red handed and dropped it.

Dogs DO have facial expressions of all sorts. Scooter, for example, always has his ears perked, waiting for the next adventure. But when I pull out his seizure pill, he KNOWS what it is, and his ears droop and his face gets a certain "no, not this again" look. It's amazing the variety of faces they put on.

Cats don't care if they get caught in the act, but I do notice subtle differences in their expressions too. Catfish, when he is wound up and in the mood to tease Tarzan, he has a little devlish look going on.

So, do you notice these things in your pets? Do they show guilt when they KNOW they've been caught with their paw in the cookie jar?

posted by Sandy at 8/21/2007 05:40:00 PM


Blogger Adrienne said...

UPDATE: Campylobactor is contagious!! Everyone of the dogs now has it and can spread it for up to 7 days while on the antibiotics. I'm investing stock in Bounty Paper Towels and Bissell carpet cleaning solutions.

Talk about facial expressions, you should see the looks I get when I get out all the meds everyone is on. Thank god for hot dogs or I wouldn't get them down without a fight. I'm going through 4 hotdogs a day, that's 8 pills twice a day! I'm in HELL!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 8:23:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Adrienne, you poor thing! I never thought of having to take care of all pets at one time for such a problem! We know kids can all get the same sickness, but with pets its rare! Your poor babies! Keep us posted!

On a side note: we eventually got rid of all our carpeting and went to wood laminate and tile. Easy cleaning! Also, all leather furniture. Easy cleaning!

Hang in there girl!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 12:06:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

Prayers and get well thought s for you and the kids dear! Thank God their is a medication that helps and that you have a good vet that caught it. Wish you were next door so I could help--I'' send ya a case of Bissell.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 10:06:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

Now--on subject--Charlie is the one who gets busted all the time, and he knows he's done something.When I find the dmaage and call him--he heads for his house. He'll hang his head and when you reach out , he''ll cringe alittle. Then after we've had our little talk, he'll slump around for about thirty minutes before giving me the "i Love you DAddy" look and a hopeful smile. His damages are NOTHIN like they were when he was little--but if their is something BIG-I can find Charlie in the middle of it (with Hines by his side)LOL

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 10:11:00 AM  
Blogger dragon said...

Sandy, hold on to your hat because I almost agree with you. I wouldn’t say, “Dogs do have facial expressions of all sorts.” But when they are caught getting into something they know better, they will do what I call the Tuck & Duck. Lucy P eats the cat’s food some times, and when I catch her she will Tuck the tail under, and Duck her head down.

As far as Zoe is concerned I wish I could have been there when she allegedly did the misdeed. I would have taken own the roll of her Spoke Person to help her in this trying time. I would have insisted in her innocents, and look forward in clearing her good name. I then would then imply that her brother (Scooter) took advantage of her good fortune.

Adrienne, Hot Dog with pills. Peanut butter works just as good and is better for them. If I read this correctly, there is a squirting problem. Peanut butter will help ease there pain in that area also. Cheese is even better that peanut butter. I think I already have stock in Procter & Gamble (Bounty and Bissell). Thanks for your support.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 4:56:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Peanut Butter is too messy and cheese is too expensive. Hot dogs sell for $0.60 a pack. The meds has stopped the diapoo for the most part, so things are getting better. I'm glad I can help support your stock options. You should consider sharing the wealth!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 6:06:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

Adrienne, I would love to share my wealth. In order for me to maximize wealth sharing everyone need to buy more. The more everyone buys the more wealth I will have to share. So buy buy buy and buy some more.

Oh, by the way. Has anyone seen the dinner fairy? It's going on seven o’clock, and the dinner fairy hasn’t brought me my dinner yet. I'm getting hungry. Usually I sit in the living room and the dinner fairy shows up with a plate of food. I would go in the kitchen and fix myself something to eat but I don’t know where the kitchen is. Oh is me. What is a Dragon to do? I guess I could go next door and see if little girly girl would feed a poor deprived Dragon.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 7:03:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

We just got devastating news. Aimee, dog princess, has an autoimmune disease that is slowly shutting down her kidneys. The vet says she will be fine for a couple of more months until she goes into kidney failure. The we should bring her back to start her trip over the Rainbow bridge. She isn't suffering at all right now but my heart is breaking. First Trouble and now Aimee. She is still at the vet clinic getting intravenous fluids to help flush out her kidneys. We went to the store to get a few things and when we got home, there should have been an Aimee nose at the living room window. I always look for her little black nose to peek through the vertical blinds when she hears the car pull up. Tonight there was no little black nose. It hurts so much.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 8:29:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Oh Alice, I am so,so,so sorry. No words can help, but just know that you have many friends here who understand what you are going through and will be there for any support you need. Please keep us posted and let us know if there is anything we can do!

How old is Aimee and what symptoms did she have, or did they find something during a routine exam?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 9:36:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

Aimee is 14 years old. Not horribly old for a medium sized dog. She is part terrier and who knows what. She started vomiting and losing weight at first but she was still eating well and not showing any other signs of distress. Then I read Adrienne's post about that bird parasite and worried that that may have caused Aimee's problems. I also started giving her "breakfast" and then dinner with the other two dogs, Charlie and Max. That seemed to stop her vomiting. I split her one meal into two so she had something in her tummy all day. But just a couple of days ago I noticed some bloody spots on the floor where she had been sitting and I became really concerned and we made an appointment with Dr. Sykes at Animal House right away. He did some blood tests and her numbers were all bad. The stuff that should have been low was high and the stuff that should have been high was low. She is not in pain, he says, and should be ok for a couple of months. She will be on a special diet that will help keep the accumulating blood toxins lower but eventually, her kidneys will fail and she will begin suffering bad. He said to watch out for vomiting, loss of appetite and blisters around and in her mouth, then it will be time for her to make that walk across the Bridge. At least we have a little more time with her...

I appreciate all of you... I know you all have been here. Thanks.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 2:18:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Pearchart, I am sos so sorry about your bad news for Aimee! No matter how old they are we are never ready to give them up! I will be saying prayers for all of you and Aimee. I know you don't want her to suffer. I have been missing my Samantha so much this week. For some reason she is the one who has been on my mind the most the last few days. This is the worst part of being a animal parent, having to let them go and the grieving.
You will continue to be in my prayers. You know we are all here for you when you need us, hang in there.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 8:46:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Oh Alice, you poor thing you! I am soooo sorry for your news on Aimee dog princess... It is never easy but in your case, just be thankful you are aware of your last precious moments with Aimee. So many people don’t get the chance to say goodbye with a loss, Remember Shannon and Harley… (sorry to bring that sad topic up Shannon) We were able to give our Skeeter a proper goodbye but it still did not make the transition over the Rainbow Bridge any easier for us but I am grateful we were able to hold his little paw and say goodbye as he left us. Love that baby girl and keep her happy as long as you can…You are right when you say we all know what you are going through. I will keep you in my prayers.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 10:57:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

It's never good either way. I lost Penny unexpectedly of a heart attack and while I was glad she didn't suffer and I didn't have to make the decision to put her down and be there with her, to this day I could cry because I never got a chance to say goodbye to her.

With Tramp, I knew her collapse was bad and probably the end, and had a bit of a chance to say goodbye on the way to the vet, but she died in my lap.

I still have yet to have to make the decision to put them to sleep and know I will probably have to at some point in my life.

Aimee princess is a lucky dog to have such a long and happy time with someone who loves her and of course, our spirits--people and animals alike--do live on forever and I really believe we'll be touching those spirtis again when its our turn to join them.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 11:34:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

Alice--dear sweet heart, God love you and little Aimee as you go thru this ordeal. I can't imagine what your going thru--I have been spared so far of losing a baby--but darlin, I'm praying my little heart out for the both of you. I still believe in miracles Alice! Keep your chin up!

Thursday, August 23, 2007 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Alice I wish you all the best in this trying time. Enjoy as much of the time as you can and keep her happy and comfortable.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 8:25:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Just so you all know...Campylobacter is one of the few things Dogs can share with humans. We are all sick! I wish this on NO ONE!!

Thursday, August 23, 2007 8:27:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

When the professor brought Aimee, dog princess, home this morning, he had two prescriptions for her. One was prednisone and the other was an antibiotic. The vet said there is a bacteria which mimics the syptoms of kidney disease so he wanted her to take the antibiotic JUST in case. I am trying not to get too optomistic... I hope and pray that this is what it is, a nasty bug that makes you think it's kidney disease, but I am also trying not to set meyself up for false hope.

Time will tell... I'll let you all know how things progress.

Thanks for all the comforting words and prayers. You all know how this is, one way or another, they are not JUST animals, they are our children.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 10:03:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Hang in there Alice....

Hang in there Adrienne....

My prayers are with you both!

Friday, August 24, 2007 2:12:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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