All I know at this point is that the vet thinks Meg has arthritis. At my last call--we've been playing phone tag all day--the receptionist told me that he had left and said that he was going to call me on his cell phone. When that will be I don't know. I would really like it to be soon because I'd like to get in touch with the Seeing Eye tomorrow.
Apparently there is medication we can try. How much it will do is anyone's guess. She poked around all day today... We got where we needed to go, but it was about 70 percent my effort and 30 percent hers. If I stopped pushing her so hard, I really think she would just stop. I have an almost constant dialogue going, and I've taken to using a whole lot of "English" because the constant "good girl" and "hup hup" is truly monotonous. "Hup hup" energizes her for about two seconds. "Good girl" is the same. If she hears my voice, she's slightly more perky. I am sure she doesn't really care, but I think she loves people and the sound of happiness; so I blab all the way to campus on the days when I walk. If nothing else, it's a nice emotional outlet for me. But it isn't a normal thing for a person to need to do with a dog. Her attention truly wanders in a follow situation or a busy environment where I've given her a destination like outside and she's barraged with obstacles. So I end up doing "Outside. ... Leave it, outside. ... Leave it, outside. ... Hup hup, outside."
She had three short energy bursts: one after morning relief time, one sometime during the morning on the way to the library (inside an interconnecting walkway), and one a bit later in the day, also inside a building; so there were no animals distracting her. She's not terribly distracted, but I wouldn't say that she's very enthusiastic about where we're going most of the time. She knows and she will get there. It's just not a major priority.
She's always ready to work... Some days it's with gusto and some days it's with quiet willingness. I've always interpreted that as just Meg's moods. But if she's hurting and she's stoic about it... How kind is it to make her work? How much pain is she really in? I shut her tail in the car door the other day accidentally. I only knew because she jerked her head up. She didn't even yelp! I opened the door, she pulled out and put her head down to investigate it. As far as I could tell, only the hairs had gotten caught; but those hairs are sensitive! And my dog never makes a sound to go outside. She just stands there waiting patiently, sometimes for quite a long time. That's why I miss her signals and we struggled with accidents indoors for over a year. Is there such a thing as a dog that is too good?
Bless Inca's heart... She's barely eating. She does this whenever anything is amiss. I'm sure nothing is wrong with her: I just had her at the vet two weeks ago and he said she is in great shape. She has done this before around the same time of year. I put her back on food with water over it. It's a bit more appetizing to her, and usually it helps get her back on track. She has been ravenous for the past few days, but that's tapering off and she's leaving kibble untouched. All she cared about last night was the pumpkin--the vet suggested giving her canned pumpkin to add a bit of fiber to her diet, so I've been adding a teaspoon to her evening food. Tonight she left about a third of the pumpkin untouched. And she will only eat if I'm sitting with her...
She goes to Meghan a lot, and she's been assuming what I call her "thinking posture." She gets my attention, and when I go to the living room she just sits and won't let me touch her. She's not in pain--if I can catch her, she doesn't fight me or protest being handled. She even acted normal later on when I petted her, and she's still jumping on the furniture at random. She has gone through these phases off and on for a couple of years, coinciding with stress. I could possibly blame this on my starting school. It seems to correspond not only to the start of school but to really intense days. She settled down nicely after I wrote the journal about the book situation yesterday, and her loss of appetite has been especially noticeable today (Meghan's bad day). It seems my cat is especially sensitive to Meg's needs. Maybe I need to try listening to her.