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Thu Jun 16, 2016, 03:30 PM Jun 2016

Anyone ever get into a "fight" with your dog [View all]

You know not a real fight but a battle of wills

My sweet yet stubborn 15 yr Chessie/Lab mix has had a nasty bout of diarrhea today. So like a good parent, I was trying to give her a pill from the vet to help stem the flow.

Now, she has a mostly pill diet - pills in the morning, snacks and night. She has arthritis and we are trying our best to make sure she is comfortable. She is soooooooo stubborn with meds. Seriously - for a year we tried everything - cheese, pill pockets, crushing it, hot dogs, lunch meat. We finally found a solution - marshmallows.

So I tried to give her a marshmallow pill - nope she smelled it, so she just licked it and would pick it up, walk away and spit it out.

This lasted until the marshmallow was nasty. I rescue the pill, wash hair off it and decide since its one pill, lets just stick it in her mouth and help her swallow it.

5 mins later we are both panting, the pill is intact and we are giving each other death looks. If I put it in the front of her mouth, I'm not kidding or exaggerating - she spits it out like she is at a watermelon seed spitting contest. If I weren't so frustrated, I would have admired the height and distance that pill would go. Ok, try tucking in her cheek - now she just gnawed my hand (not a bite - just chewing on my hand to get me to stop). Fine - Let's see if cheese will work - gave her pill free cheese - she analyzes it like a scientist and picks each piece apart. No way that pill was sneaking in.

At one point I am sure I said "you are going to eat your pill and you are going to like it" This was after sweetly trying to explain to her that the medicine would make her feel better.

Finally got it down. I think (she is really good at faking it and walking away and hiding it).

Now a reasonable person would have stopped, taken a big breath and a break then try again. But nope - the smell of liquid poo must have shut down that part of my brain.

I was fine with washing blankets, throwing out rugs and a dog pillow. I just felt so bad for her - she looked miserable because she couldn't get up fast enough to make it outside. Also she trusted a fart she shouldn't have. I cleaned her up as best I could - she just looked miserable. We have all been there - usually after a night of drinking and/or Taco Bell.

So after taking her outside again, I resumed cleaning, lining the floor with sheets and piddle pads. When I brought her in, she gave me a look "Are you still crazy and mad at me" and walked away from me. I apologized to her and she came back to me and we hugged it out.

We are back to being buds, but man I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to take a time out.

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