I mentioned last week that we got a new dog from the shelter. She is a super sweet dog now that we got her all fixed up. You see, she came to us from the shelter with parvovirus, fleas, ear mites, and maybe kennel cough (she has that now but it may have come from the vet). So, first thing, I am pretty disgusted that the Kanawha/Charleston shelter doesn’t deal with it’s ickiness better. A few months ago, they had to put down masses of animals because of disease. I have talked to several people who got dogs from there that had parvo and died. Apparently it is a common problem for that shelter, but I think it is unacceptable. I get that it’s a big and busy shelter, but gee whiz, it is what they are all about. Parvo kills a lot of dogs, especially puppies, so not treating/testing/quarantining animals effectively makes them a high-rate kill-shelter depending on how you look at it.
Ok, sorry, I have strayed a bit. So, Ginny came to us and within 2 days she was obviously very sick. Many hundred dollars later and we are fortunate to have a mostly healthy dog. But I wonder…you see, she has taken to eating poop from the yard. We have some less-than-prize neighbors who let their dogs run and poop all over the neighborhood, but that only provides Ginny access, not inclination. We walk Ginny on a leash every day and she has started searching out and eating other dogs’ poop! Did something happen to her brain when she was sick? I am not positive about this, but I suspect that poop doesn’t taste all that good (especially compared to the food she seems to like) so I cannot come up with an explanation why my sweet Ginny would eat every pile of deuce she comes upon. “It’s number 2 Ginny…run away!” Nope, not my dog.
It’s been a long time since I had a dog so maybe this is the new trendy thing that all of the young and hip dogs are doing nowadays…surely not. No, I can definitely say that eating poop is a bad thing. Come to think of it, I may have a new alternative saying for my kids. No longer will I have to say, “Would you jump off a bridge if all of your friends were doing it?” I can now say, “Would you eat poop just because all of your friends are doing it?”
Maybe I am being over-reactive. She’s a puppy and I know puppies are crazy. I hate to say it, but I would prefer she would chew on my shoes rather than the biohazards in the yard. I guess we will have to work on her manners some. The first trick I am going to teach her is “shake”. You see, I can shake her paw without hesitation, but she is definitely not getting kisses from me!