House Arrest

This handsome fellow is Bucky. He belongs to my friend Suzi. I took exactly 3 pictures of these dogs together. And look, it's like the dogs are mimicking each other. Isn't it uncanny?!

Cabana has played with Bucky before, but Bucky isn't much of a dog's dog. He's sweet and friendly, but he's a people dog. On past play dates, he would growl at Cabana and refuse to romp with her, no matter how much she tried to incite him.

This time, though, Bucky did not growl. He still found Cabana a bit too high maintenance (I can relate--haha), but he was much more tolerant. Cabana kept playing a game with him that he didn't seem to mind. She'd dart under his body over and over, sliding under his belly and legs, almost sending Bucky toppling over.

On a related note, I took Cabana to work with me last week, where the tiny male Boston Terrier, Leo, was EXTREMELY amorous toward her. I mean, he was like a moth to a flame, the whole time we were there.

Both Bucky and Leo are neutered, so there's no worry about anything happening. However, I mentioned these incidents to my puppy group leader, and in consulting with Celeste, there is a slight possibility that Cabana is having a "silent heat" (being in season but with no bloody show). Cabana's behavior toward Bucky could be a mating ritual, and Leo was WAY more affectionate than ever before.

So, Cabana is on house arrest until we can get an appointment with the Guide Dogs' veterinarian. I called them today and left a message, but I didn't hear back yet. Hopefully, we can go in on Monday, because I don't know how Cabana's going to fare with being cooped up for too many days. She's used to going for walks every day without fail. I think there have only been about 2-3 walk-less days since we got her 10+ months ago. From the start, even if it was just up and down our driveway as a baby pup, we knew it was important to give Cabana an outlet for her energy. We'll need to get creative this weekend!!

Erin and her Dogs  – (October 23, 2009 at 8:23 PM)  

Sounds like she's either in heat or really close!! We knew Midnight was getting close cause all of the sudden all the males wouldn't leave her alone! We watch them very carefully because they can still mount and get...well...shall we say "stuck". *cough* ..TMI i know.

Taelor, Pilaf, and Cartier  – (October 23, 2009 at 9:51 PM)  

Apparently Cabana didn't like that you told all of ther other pups about her un-womanhood through blogger so she decided to pull a fast one on ya! Didn't see that one coming, did you?

Hopefully you can get in contact with GDB soon! =)

Lisa and Ellie  – (October 24, 2009 at 6:44 AM)  

Oh I love Cabana's smile in that first one - it's ear to ear!!

Hope you get an appointment soon.

OSU 98  – (October 26, 2009 at 4:23 AM)  

Cabana has a great dog smile. :) You must understand how hard it is to contain energy, even when close to being in heat.

Thanks for your encouraging words...we really are doing very well all things considered. I had to take some friends to the airport for a 7AM flight, and I did have to leave her with her ecollar on in the crate, which she hates (and therefore mom hates) Hopefully, grandma can be there as early as possible - she had to stay home to receive a service call. Thank god the staples will come out sometime next week....

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