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27 December 2013 @ 08:57 pm
Seanie and I are babysitting Jared's dog, Paco, who must be one of the most neurotic dogs out there.  He's a Chihuahua, so greatness cannot be expected of him, but Paco is a weird even beyond the norms of his breed of little dog.

He won't eat unless people are around, so every day one of us has to go over to Jared's house and hang out for an hour or two, nagging Paco to eat his food and drink his water.  Since Seanie's come down with a particularly nasty cold, it's been me hanging out with the dog.

Since Paco loves people, his tail will wag furiously the moment you walk in the door.  Eventually, he calms down and wanders off, but it's an intense few minutes as he sniffs his feet and does his absolute best to get stepped on.  The minute you sit down, he wants to jump into your lap, but this can only be endured for a few minutes because Paco has the worst dog breath I've ever encountered.  His breath is DEATH.  So when I've had as much Paco time as I can stand, I put him down and he wanders off to sleep in his dog bed or stretch in front of the wall heater.

When it's time to go home, I have to pick Paco up and lock him in the kitchen.  He knows that I'm leaving, so he starts wiggling and squirming frantically the moment I have him off the ground.  When I put him down in his kitchen bed, he jumps up and tries to beat me back into the living room so that I can't shut the gate that will trap him in the kitchen.  If I lock the gate before putting him down, he'll follow me through the back entrance via his dog door and try to dash out when I open the gate dividing our properties so that I can't leave him behind.  This morning, Seanie even caught him in Jared's backyard, trying to dig under the fence to get out.

Sometimes Seanie suggests we should bring him over to our house for a while so he won't be so upset, but I won't have it.  Paco is a little sponge who likes to leak, if you get my meaning, and I'm pretty sure his natural nervous state plus a new environment would end with him peeing somewhere in our house.  Not cool.  Also, breath of death!  He is totally banned from our half of the duplex.

Thankfully, we won't have to watch him for the entire time Jared and Erin are gone.  One of their friends will be coming by on the 1st or 2nd to take him to their house for a few days.  
broken: i <3 jack!!liich on January 3rd, 2014 03:27 am (UTC)
hahaha, you're so not a pet person! :D

poor little puppy. all he wants is love and his parents left him.
dog breath is due to bad teeth (he's little, it's difficult to clean teeth properly) and probably bad food.
and it's quite possible that he has to be nagged to eat b/c he doesn't want to b/c his teeth hurt or his tummy hurts.

awww poor guy. at least you're doing your best to spend some time with him.
Suzik00kaburra on January 3rd, 2014 03:38 am (UTC)
It's true. I am sooooo not an animal person!

I wonder if his teeth hurt. I have no idea how frequently he goes to the vet. Also, how often are dog teeth normally cleaned? Is it a daily thing like we do for people?
broken: i <3 jack!!liich on January 3rd, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
it's okay, not everyone needs to be an animal person. just like not everyone's a kid person! :D

tooth cleaning is supposed to be daily, though dogs on raw diets need less cleaning due to natural enzymes in the food (think about wild animals...generally have pretty clean teeth).
the smaller the dog, the more difficult to clean the teeth. little ones are very prone to rotting teeth and usually need to have them cleaned by the vet, often with tooth removal.
chances are, if his breath is that bad, he probably has some serious gingivitis and needs a good cleaning and oral surgery. he's most likely in quite a bit of pain, which would result in his not wanting to eat.

it's a lie of the dog food companies that crunchy dry dog kibble (which is usually pretty poor quality food) helps clean teeth. do you think your teeth would be clean if you ate croutons and biscotti all the time? i don't think so. then, if you add sticky people food to the mix and lack of brushing, you're gonna end up with some nasty teeth. poor litlte guy.

Edited at 2014-01-03 04:40 pm (UTC)
Suzik00kaburra on January 3rd, 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
When Paco's owners get back, I'll mention this. when my brother-in-law was single, Paco didn't always get that much attention, but now that Erin's around I think they'd try to do something to help his teeth. Although, they might also say that he's an old dog and it can't be helped. We'll see! But I'm glad you thought of the connection between not eating and tooth pain - I never would have thought of that on my own.