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Yama Bungle went off his food yesterday, and would not eat again this morning.  This is extremely out of character for Yama Bungle, whose normal behaviour is roughly what you might expect of a small, blonde, blue-eyed Velociraptor.  He has been known to launch himself from the ground at a passing plate at  human waist height, and attempt to land on it mouth-first.

Yama has persistent rhinitis and always has a snotty nose, but seemed worse than usual, and he also had a truly epic case of the runs.   So, it was off to vet with philmophlegm for Yama Bungle, for steroid injection, antibiotics and a dose of Bum Firming Goop, after which he managed to muster the energy to eat half a tube of dried-chicken treats.  This is probably a good sign.

I have now cooked a large stew of chicken thighs to tempt the Snotty One's appetite... hurray, he has eaten some!

This week I decided to get some new vetbed for the dogs. (Vetbed is a sort of deep-pile fleece material, originally invented for use in hospitals. It is handy for animals too, being comfy, easy to wash and fast-drying)  I lashed out and bought the super-duper ultra thick vetbed particularly recommended for elderly large breed dogs.

Mollydog made a banana-face at the superduper vet bed (which was on top of her normal duvet, which is on top of a large squishy dog bed). She went and sat on the floor.  Az decided that the vetbed would be greatly improved if he dug at it furiously, causing dark brown tufts to come out and be flung everywhere.    

However, after hours of scowling and disapproval, the hounds finally consented to sit on the new vetbed, and eventually agreed that actually it was really quite tolerable (though, obviously, not as good as the good old Vetbed that you used to get..).

Buoyed by this success, I decided to get Mollydog a new coat.    One thing that everyone tells you about greyhounds is that because they have thin fur and very little body fat, they feel the cold and need to wear coats.   Mollydog disagrees.   She is a nudist greyhound.    Over the years we have negotiated a compromise, however.  The compromise is that Mollydog will wear her thin raincoat if Az is wearing his coat, and if it is really cold.  The definition of really cold is that I am really regretting having forgotten to wear gloves.   Unfortunately, this year I seem to have lost the thin raincoat, and given that Mollydog is now 12, I do feel that she should have some protection from the weather.

So, today Mollydog and I had a girly afternoon out and went clothes shopping. After much trying-on, we found a coat that fit, was lightweight, and went nicely with her collar and her ginger fur.  And while we were there, Mollydog was very tolerant about having coats put on and wandering around in them.

We got home this evening and went out for a walk with Mollydog in The Coat.  We got 10 yards down the road and she decided to do her celebrated impersonation of a greyhound that has been nailed to the ground by all four feet.  She would not walk.  I resolved to wait her out.  She stood there for 10 minutes until her back legs were shaking badly. She still would not walk.  I feared she might actually collapse out of sheer stubbornness.  I gave in.  On the plus side, when I carry The Coat, it makes quite a nice hand-warmer.

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inzilbeth_liz
17th Dec, 2011 19:47 (UTC)
What a worry with hope Yama Bungle but hopefully she'll continue to improve. I completely despair of ever making my dogs comfortable as they either reject or destroy every luxury I buy them. Hope Mollydog comes round eventually.
bunn
18th Dec, 2011 09:42 (UTC)
He's eaten some chicken for breakfast, so I am hopeful all will be well.

I wouldn't bother so much about the hounds if they were better adapted to face the world unassisted, but they are so skinny and bony! Mollydog looks like she SHOULD be cold. Maybe she isn't though...
inzilbeth_liz
18th Dec, 2011 10:34 (UTC)
I know what you mean about looking as if they should wear coats. My neighbour's pack of hounds all dress up in the cold but another neighbour's lurcher who looks as if he's every bit as thin skinned absolutely refuses to wear anything, much to the distress of his owners!
lil_shepherd
17th Dec, 2011 20:00 (UTC)
I hope Yama is okay.

And isn't the coat thing just bloody typical of dogs?
bunn
18th Dec, 2011 09:45 (UTC)
Yama seems to have perked up. I am hopeful that Mollydog may come round to The Coat if I persuade her with sufficient quantities of liver treats.

Possibly I overtaxed Madam Obstinate by expecting her to be well behaved while shopping and then expecting her to be good and wear the results immediately!
puddleshark
17th Dec, 2011 20:16 (UTC)
Molly is a hound of strong opinions, I see.

Maybe she could get together with my brother-in-law... He was refusing to hold the lead of Sinbad the Jack Russell earlier because my sister had bought the dog a little fur-trimmed coat which BIL considered might damage their street cred.
bunn
18th Dec, 2011 09:48 (UTC)
We saw one of those strange little bugeyed squish-faced dogs at the dog coat stall wearing a ridiculous red jumper with bows and knitted holly leaves on it. Mollydog pulled an excellent banana-face at it.

But her coat is a much more practical-looking object! And her legs are literally transparent, you'd think she's appreciate SOME extra warmth... mutter mutter mutter.
ladyofastolat
18th Dec, 2011 10:47 (UTC)
Are you absolutely sure that Molly is Irish, and doesn't really come from Newcastle?

Pellinor goes around in all weathers in just a t-shirt, and only ever wears arms when he's ill. Maybe he has greyhound somewhere in his ancestry.
bunn
18th Dec, 2011 14:46 (UTC)
More likely Molly has hidden Newcastle ancestry : nudism is not a typical greyhound thing!

She has Irish ear tattoos, but for all I know she got them put in by some dodgy tattooist like the ones that tattoo people with rude messages in Chinese...
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