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    Well, things got more complicated with Bitsy. We are not keeping her.

    She came into rescue with GI tract problems, diagnosed with xrays as cat litter in her colon. She has had diarrhea off and of while in her foster home. The first 4 days she was here, her stools were soft but normal for her.

    BUT—she eats EVERTHING while out in our yard: all plants. Fruits on the ground. Sticks. And at the moment we have apricots and apples, will have apples into the fall on the ground. Eating all of these things has caused her diarrhea to return.

    I will not police her eating. I want a dog who I can leave out in our fenced yard, unsupervised. I will not take her out on a leash multiple times a day for years uNtil she grows out of this.

    It is not the plants I mind being chewed on because that is just normal dog destruction and I am used to having some plants destroyed by dogs every year, just part of the dog ownership game. It is my own time and attention that will be required to potty her 5-6 times a day that I mind, and then, for her, if she manages to gulp down two apples That could could throw her system off whack again.

    This whole thing is funny/ironic because this is the perfect (happy, confident, healthy, typey) puppy (what everyone wants) in the size we have specified we like (small.) And this is not our dog! Doh!

    so, we are keeping her for the week to settle down her tummy. Will be leash pottying her for 2 days, and then we will go to
    hermann where her potty yard is tiny and has nothing to chew on other than grass. I want to get her stomach settled before we hand her off to someone else.

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    That's too bad, Iris. I had a dog like that that ate EVERYTHING. She even ate money that she found falling out of a pocket on the clothesline. We had to take the half money to the bank and they replaced it, luckily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tybee View Post
    That's too bad, Iris. I had a dog like that that ate EVERYTHING. She even ate money that she found falling out of a pocket on the clothesline. We had to take the half money to the bank and they replaced it, luckily.
    The maddening thing is with Bitsy she is good in the house! She does vacuum up,with her mouth, anything on the floor, but I keep our floors swept. She does not chew furniture or rugs or her bedding or etc.

    She will make someone a perfect apartment dog. She doesn’t bark.

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    Well, now Bitsy can go to the right home for her with the information you can provide. It's nice of you to keep her until her tummy issues are resolved. And someone will be very grateful to get her.

    Now to find your wonderful older dog! The fun begins.

    Over here, Lucy aka Cupcake is doing great. She did very well last night despite some loud fireworks and this morning she's a spunky playful little thing. Yesterday I didn't walk them, it was too hot by the time we were up and about, and I noticed she coughed and hacked more than usual. I'm going to see if exercise helps with her heart issues. I'm just amazed at what a sweet little thing she is and how well she's blended into our dog pack. They love to curl up together and sunbathe.

    Have I thanked you guys for all your help and wisdom?

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    Geila, I am glad it worked out. I have found with dogs no matter how great your home is the fit is not always right for a dog. A different home will have a better outcome. Good to know your limitations too. I used to take too many dogs because I couldn’t say no. When I had 4 old dogs I resented spending so much money on medications, vets, etc. Plus the time. Now 2 is perfect for me.

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    You're right, TT.

    Now that Lucy's part of the family, it looks like my foray into fostering is done for a while. Two weeks! That's how long I lasted. I'm going to focus on giving the little Cupcake as much love and cuddles as possible and taking care of her in her old age. Hopefully the rest of the furbabies will be robust and healthy for a long time. And with any luck, the aging/decline process will be spread out among them, rather than all at once.

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