March 31, 2011

Post-Op

I guess I didn't really mention on here that Jeb has been gone the last couple of days getting fixed. (Which is such a weird term. It's not like he was broken.)

I was really worried about how Achilles would handle it, since he is by far the higher-strung of the two, and a husky besides, so he needs nearly constant distraction/entertainment. Which is why, if you're getting a husky, I recommend getting him a buddy...especially if you both work during the day. They get bored - and then depressed - really easily.

We spent a lot of time at the dog park, went on extra walks and played more during the day than I usually do, resulting in very little actual work getting accomplished (which I'm frantically trying to make up for now.)

Day 1, he kept looking for Jeb around the house, and when SoldierMan got home, Achilles went and looked in the garage, in case Jeb had come home, too. It was the first time since we've gotten him he didn't want to sit and cuddle on SoldierMan when he came home from work. He missed Jeb too much.

Day 2, he had gotten used to Jeb not being here, but he wasn't happy about it.

Exhibit A. He never snuggles with me like that. Never. He was so bummed.

So, I knew that when Jeb did get home, we'd have a time trying to keep Achilles from playing with him.

What I didn't expect was that Jeb would be even more hyper than Achilles. I figured, it's post-surgery, he's going to be lethargic, sore, maybe a little cranky at having been essentially dumped at the shelter again.

No. Such. Luck.

If he's experiencing any post-op discomfort, he sure is good at hiding it. From the second we took him back, he's been trying to run, jump, wrestle, and generally tear around the house like he woke up from a two-day long nap. Last night was crazy. He just couldn't calm down. I'm pretty sure they gave him a stimulant rather than a sedative for the snip-snip.

So now I (we) have to be "bad cop" for the next couple of weeks (I'm taking Achilles on Tuesday, just how it worked out) and essentially keep them from playing with each other.

Which results in this:

Pouting puppies probably plotting how to lock me in the bathroom next time I go in.

So, if you could pray for some angel dust to fall on these puppies and make them mellow for the next 2 weeks, I'd really appreciate it.

Would it make me a bad puppy parent if I gave them each a bit of a dramamine to help them nap the rest of the day? You know, for their own good.

6 comments:

  1. Aww, they look so pitiful in that picture. Good luck trying to keep them from playing.

    On a side note, my sister has two huskies. They definitely needed each other. The first one was crazy until they got the second one. They play all the time together. It's so cute!

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  2. It sounds like you have a job ahead of you, keeping two puppies from playing with each other. Good Luck!

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  3. aww sad puppies!
    Good luck round two, and I hope things calm down around there!!

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  4. We have two dogs at my parents house, both huge, they are like two more children! They remind me of your pups, there was never a dull moment at our house. It's so funny seeing the personalities of different dog and how they interact with each other.

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  5. Aw!! Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Let them play, but don't let them play HARD. Basically, you don't want them to be running and jumping all over the place. We tried to keep Jasper from being too playful, but it didn't really work out that way. They're puppies! They want to play!

    And I can't believe they kept him overnight. Or maybe our case was...different. The shelter we got Jasper from won't let you take a dog/cat unless it's been "fixed." I picked him up the same day he had it done. In fact, he was still drugged out and asleep when I got him.

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  6. Aww how cute are they! =) We only have one dog but I swear she is sad because she doesnt have someone she can play with every day lol.

    Here is my blog if you want to check it out http://kirstintedrow.blogspot.com/

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