I now have four pets. 2 cats and 2 dogs (all “fixed”, except the kitten that is). And, yes, I live in the sticks with a large lot.
Chrystal - 7 yr old, female (mix)
Godzilla - 10-12 week old female (mix)
Both cats were abandoned as kittens. Chrystal hates Godzilla - and I mean HATES. Hisses and growls whenever they get close to each other. However, the vicious swatting has, for the most part, stopped.
Can I assume that, over time, Chrystal will not hate Godzilla as much? I don’t expect bossum buddies but a little less hostility would be nice.
Larry - will be 12 yrs old in December, Male Great Dane-Shepherd mix. Adopted from Humane Society when he was 6 weeks.
Samantha - 10.5 yr old, Female German Shepherd. Added to our family when she was 8 weeks old.
Samantha was added to our family because Larry was not good at being alone (while we were at work he would eat the house). Sam is FUSSY. Unusual for a dog I know, but she dislikes 90% of anything offered to her. Not a bad thing, except that she is alergic to beef, chicken and wheat and suffers from chronic ear infections as a result. We’ve tried everything and nothing seems to work. I’ve tried the Vet’s special food (60 bucks a pop) but she hates the stuff. Not to mention we can’t afford to feed Larry and Samantha won’t eat anything he doesn’t. We’ve tried ointments, creams, steroids, sprays - nothing eases the itching for her.
- Is there anything I can do to for her? Do you know of any ear treatment stuff/routine that I can use to make her more comfortable?
- Any words of advice on how to help Samantha deal with being the only dog? She was pretty much raised by Larry and has spent almost every waking moment with him nearby. We’ve come to accept that he may not see his 13th birthday (he’s suffering from “bad hips”. It takes him 10+ minutes to climb our stairs). Any advise / comments would be appreciated.
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and ideas.