It’s been a while that I wrote an update and that has a good reason. I had my hands full taking care of my white monster and by the time I got home I was completely whiped out and went about my evening routines in an automated fashion. It’s been a steep learning curve coupled with lots of laughs and quite a few worries. The biggest of which is the consistent poo-related issue that His Majesty seems to have. So now we’re switching to nutrients number 3, lamb & rice, as a plan to get those bowels to settle down. I had high hopes this morning when his poo came out normal but two hours later there was the running tap again. So fingers crossed that he can finally beat this thing.
So, what did we do the last two weeks. Lots and lots!
The week before last I went to the office part-time to get Mulan accustomed to being in the bench for quite some time (all be it not alone, since he’s in my office). That went without a glitch, though he does protest still to going in to the bench despite luring him with treats and toys and making the bench as pleasant as I possibly can. At home he does go in his bench occasionally out of his own, so I’m hopeful this will improve over time and he won’t see it as a punishment which I’m very careful to avoid and only associate good things with his benches.
This last week I went back to work fulltime and we started the week off nicely with an evacuation drill. You’d think that the alarmbells would cause some sort of reaction in the little monster, but nope. He looked at me quite annoyed, demanding if it was really necessary for him to get up. As you can see in the above picture, he was resting quite comfortably. But yep, we really had to get out! Especially since I’m the one in charge making sure everyone’s out. So, a reluctant and widely yawning pup hopped next to me out the door and promptly decided he had to give the imaginary firemen a hand and pee’d right there and then in front of the building entrance, looking around arrogantly at anyone that dared to defy him. Lives were at stake people! No time to be squeemish!
As it was my birthday Monday I went to lunch with my colleague and he spent the hour alone in the office. A bit of whining but that was all and he went back to sleep after playing a bit with his favorite jeans toy made by the lovely daughter of one of my colleague guest families. On Tuesday I treated my workers to a pack of Dutch Doughnuts (or Oliebollen, cfr. Wikipedia ). As it was great socialisation skills for Mulan, I took him to the stand straight through the fair with lots of noises, smells, excited people and tons of different impressions.
Mulan got a new toilet in the second week. Instead of just newspapers on the ground on top of a hard cardboard underground, he got an actual box covered in plastic and newspaper. We are working on his ability to go outside and for the most part it goes very well. At work he asks nicely to go outside though I do have to catch him at the exact second he asks or it’s in the hallway. At home the inside toilet is used only at night or right after playtime because I don’t get the time to put on my shoes and take him out, he has to go immediately then. But he is completely clean in his bench which is a great plus.
Last weekend we went to play at Wendy’s, a niece of mine who has two dogs of her own and often acts as fosterhome for shelterdogs to help re-socialize them to make them adoptable again. She also has several cats and is an overall animal person extraordinaire! Mulan spent 4 hours non-stop playing with her little black mini-shephard and we had to force him in a bench to make him rest a little. That little upskirt has energy enough for 10 dogs. Pictures of this adventure will come when I get them from Wendy, I had forgotten my camera. A thing that seems to happen a lot and I need to get used to taking it with me all the time.
We’re off to visit Wendy again today (Sunday, 6 April) so more fun is in store for the little monsters.
Yesterday we went to the carwash that was being organized to raise cash for a surgery of one of the older Hachiko dogs to undo a blockage due to eating everything he sees.
Mulan is also a living vacuum cleaner and it is cause for many worrying moments. Only yesterday we spent the afternoon and evening with another niece of mine and she has a very nice back yard, part is laid with pebbles and the rest with very nicely cut grass. Obviously His Majesty had to constantly put pebbles in his mouth to the point where he put one in that had such sharp edges that it hurt his mouth. Screamfest for the entire neighbourhood, my heart jumping out my throat and my brother finding the pebbles which Mulan had hidden under his tongue…. Two seconds later, he was back to eating pebbles! Honestly…..
I have a new found respect for mothers….. and fathers. You have got to have nerves of steel!
On Monday evening last week we went to visit another niece of mine (yes, I have a lot of nieces and nephews). Maddy has the adult version of Mulan and the two took to each other immediately. For once Mulan was being dominated instead of the one doing the dominating and that was really good. Maddy’s dog Heiko was both protective and corrective to the little one though we had to keep a sharp eye out for his digging endeavors. He even managed to crawl under some machinery to an area behind a shed that had been fenced off so the big dog couldn’t get there as he too had a digging problem lol.
Mulan had a nice encounter with the domestic sheep, which seemed quite curious about this little white thunderbolt and it even followed Mulan around running just as fast as the dog did. At some point Mulan came a little too close and the sheep headbutted him though he mostly got the fence. Mulan then knew not to stick his head through the fence and try to snap at the sheep.
Unfortunately I can’t upload the video as it seems to be too big for wordpress to allow it. But here as some pictures.
I got him a few new toys since playing with the same thing is boring after a while and I made sure to pick things that didn’t have a squeecky thing in them since that drives him absolutely bonkers.
Yup…. the squeecky thing wasn’t in the middle. There were 6 squeeky thingies in each of the points…. So now he only gets that toy when he’s in his bench while I’m out for practice of shopping.
We had a few accidents with peeing and biting inappropriately but only a very few. Overall I have a very well behaved pup with a high spirit, tons of energy and a personality to munch on! He’s fun, loving, smart, curious, gorgeous and the best pup in the world! 😀 😀
I’ll leave you with a few more pictures that speak for themselves. 🙂