Tuesday, October 05, 2010

My dog is a slut




Surprise: Poppy, my sweet almost-9 month old puppy, went into heat last week. After being told constantly that we were looking at a late heat because giant breed dogs come into season later, usually between 12-18 months. And ten days shy of 9 months, we were faced with a 100 lb. dog who had all the signs of being a flamboyant slut. When a dog goes into season, they menstruate. They mostly keep themselves clean, but there is a stray drip here and there. To combat that, some people use diapers. Only I cannot find diapers to fit Poppy! They just don't carry them anywhere that are big enough. The manufacturer makes an XXL, but as far as I can tell NO ONE anywhere carries them. (I also would NOT suggest searching for "XL diapers on line. Just trust me. Ok? Really. Just. Don't.) So, as a stop-gap measure, we put her in mens' underwear, just to put her in something. All I can say is thank god we have wood floors! The first few days, she had to go out a lot more, and peed all over the lawn. I cannot walk her, because she is sending "come hither" scents to the male dogs and we don't want any following her home. Leaving little "bread crumbs" for them to follow, we don't want any of the boys serenading our Juilet outside the bedroom window at four in the morning.


When I do take her out, She sashays around and waves her tail to let the boys know she is available. So far, there haven't been any dogs to answer her call, which is good. Her tail shake brings all the boys to the yard... so we are vigilant. In addition to not being able to walk the block, she also cannot go to the dog park. She is feeling a bit cooped up, as am I. We head to the dog park at least three times a week. Once this passes, I will be sure to make that spay appointment. Because trust me when I tell you that dealing with a large dog in heat, with the pacing, the leaking, the constant need to pee and the skittishness is NOT FUN. Still, it is better to spay a giant breed dog after her first heat, due to lower risk of bone cancer. So I will cheerfully deal with all of the annoyances if the result is a healthier pup who will be with us longer.


Makes it all worth it. As long as I can have a drink after the kids go to bed, that is. Tina, who figures life is a joke

1 sent chocolate:

Tony Letts said...

well she IS very attractive :)

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