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Potty mouth

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

soap in mouthMy grandmother used to complain about people who curse, saying they have a ‘potty mouth.’  I wish our challenge was as easy as threatening a mouth washing with a bar of soap. 

Heck, eating soap would be preferable to what Zoey (and Daisy the Shih Tzu) have taken to feasting on.

My mom calls them ‘tootsie rolls.’   I call it poo.

Apparently this phenomenon of eating the excrement is not uncommon for some breeds.  Guess we are doubly lucky since we have two of them.  To my surprise, there is a preference in this non-approved dining.  One never eats her own, or when it is too fresh.  Guess the steamy ones are better left for later.  Sometimes one tries to bring them in the house for future dining.  All the time this act is met with loud words and water bottle squirting, followed by a not-so-gentle mouth wiping and timeout in a crate.

potty-mouth-coprophagia-treatmentWe have tried the various recommendations from the vet, including mixing frozen spinach in the food or adding small pieces of carrot.  This is supposed to change the acidity of the end product.  We have spent money on a few of the different  coprophagy (poop eating) treatments.  Last night we tried to make it unpalatable (as if eating it is palatable in the first place!)


tobascoWe started with red chili powder, hoping the smell alone would be a deterrent.  Nope.   Then we doused the chili covered nuggets with tobasco.  She still snatched it up as if it was a new treat.

So now what?  The salivating pup did spend some time at the water bowl and licking her muzzle, as if to get the bad taste out.  She didn’t seem too put out by it, so I doubt her spicy encounter will leave a lasting impression.

No Zoey smooches for me thank you very much!


Busy Saturday

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Thankfully I awoke to another clean pen this morning as I hurried the girls out for morning potty time.  After breakfast and more potty time (have I told you that all they do is eat, sleep, potty and repeat?) we were treated today to play time with Rosie our Rat Terrier.  Rosie is warming up to the girls nicely and even let Zoey climb on her and wrestle today.  Video coming soon…

After all that exercise, they slept…

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Later we visited my sister’s house where they got to run around a new back yard.  Lots of play time and fresh air.  Followed by a visit to my mom’s house and introduction to Cookie, her Shih Tzu.  They are not best buds yet, but I predict Cookie will come around after a few more visits.

Must have worn them out.  The drive home was 5 minutes, but obviously enough time to lull them to sleep again…

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I am sure there will be a day soon enough when I look back and wish they were this small and sleepy again.

Tomorrow:  eat, sleep, potty, repeat