Hello everybody! DeDe here ready to solve all of your problems and make your life filled with love and harmony.
But anyway, I do have a couple of advice questions sent in this week, so I’m going to get right to them.
How can we get a certain neurotic St. Bernard whose name starts with “T” to stop barking over nothing? She’s driving us all nuts and I’m getting a headache listening to her all the time. Since you’re a girl and you’re a bit on the neurotic side yourself, I was thinking that maybe you’d understand how she thinks. Inside her head must be a very scary place indeed. *Shudders*
What have you got against women? I’m thinking that maybe the reason “T” is barking all the time is because you guys are SOOOOO annoying! I say you need to clean up after yourself, share your old socks and be NICE to her once in awhile.
But in all seriousness, I do have some concerns. In the past you’ve mentioned her fear of storms and spending nights downstairs. Your humans might want to discuss your concerns with the vet. There are treatment options.
By the way, did you know dogs can be treated for anxiety with Prozac?
Sincerely, Dear DeDe.
Next we have a question from Sheri:
I need some sound dog advice. We’re a family with four cats, all very strong willed and three of them are over 8 years old, so very set in their ways. Over the years we’ve done our share of dog sitting and though it can occasionally get a little tense, it’s generally a good experience. Except for that time Hercules swatted Guinness on the nose for no reason. There were some hurt feelings that day.
Anyway, DeDe, our daughter, who just turned 16, wants a puppy. A Husky to be exact. She has wanted one for a long time and we keep telling her that we want to wait until there are less cats in the house. Rightly though, Daughter mentioned, BUT WE ALWAYS HAVE THIS MANY!
What I want to know is, what do you think about bringing a puppy into a home with a lot of older and sometimes grouchy kitties? Is it a bad idea or are there ways that we could make it work? I’d love to know all your thoughts on this.
Btw, Daughter is very responsible and would take good care of her dog…we’re absolutely sure about that part.
The fact that you’re rationally considering this instead of just going out and buying a puppy is good! My first questions are: Is daughter planning to go to college, and if so, where will her dog stay? These next few years are going to be filled with change for your daughter and her dog’s care will need to be a part of those plans.
I think the grouchy old cats will resent the pup at first but should come around; cats are social animals and the change will be difficult but I am hopeful they will in time become accepting of a dog. Of course, they’ll accept the pup long before they let YOU know it.
I wouldn’t recommend an older pup or adult unless from an organization that can vouch that the dog is good with cats. Even then, cats that aren’t used to being around dogs may run in fear, and a dog sees an animal running from him as prey. But I’m sure you know that.
Anyway, a dog is a wonderful addition to any family. I say as long as the humans are on board, go for it!
Sincerely, Dear DeDe
PS: I’m sure you know this too, but a reminder to our readers to check rescue organizations or Petfinder.com. Puppies come into rescue also!
And for Carolina:
I don’t think you’re going to convince Fluffy to buy- so pay up and enjoy. And save me a fortune cookie!
Thanks everyone. If you have something to share that can help Loup or Sheri, please do!
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