I’ve got a bum ouchie!
You see, since I have been getting older, I seem to have been getting more and more bony. I used to always have a nice round, curvy bum but in the past year, my bum seems to have been getting pointier and pointier!
Hsin-Yi thinks that as us ladies get older, we either become round and fat, like Elizabeth Taylor – or thin and haggard, like Teri Hatcher. Well, I guess I’m a Teri Hatcher doggie, then. No matter how much my humans try to feed me up, I just can’t seem to get my curves back. (sigh)
So lately, every time I sit down, the bony part of my bum is rubbing and rubbing on the floor, until all the fur and skin on that part of my bottom has rubbed away! And now I’ve got a sore pink ouchie there!
Well, actually, to be honest, it isn’t really bothering me that much. In fact, I didn’t even know that I had it until Hsin-Yi noticed it!
But she’s worried that if the skin breaks and I get a nastie sickie called an “infection” there, then it will become a big problem because it’ll take forever to get better again, ‘coz it will always be rubbing on the floor every time I sit and never get the chance to heal.
My blog friend, Mango the Mastiff, recently had an ouchie like this but on his back leg and he got the nasty infection sickie which made yucky yellow pus come out of his leg and he had to go to the vet…ugh! I don’t want that to happen to me!
Hsin-Yi is trying to make the ouchie get better by putting some special medicine cream on it. My vet back in Auckland gave my humans this cream because I’m such a rough tomboy when I play that I’m always hurting myself and getting cuts and bruises…so my vet gave my humans a whole tube of this special cream so that they wouldn’t have to keep taking me back to the clinic every time I got a cut or a graze!
So Hsin-Yi has been rubbing some of the special cream on my ouchie…but unfortunately, it’s not working very well so far ‘coz it keeps rubbing off every time I sit or lie down (which is most of the time – my motto is ‘Why stand when you can sit? Why sit when you can lie down?’)
So now Hsin-Yi is just hoping that I might grow some thick scabby skin over that part of my bum, to cover up the ouchie. These ouchies are called “pressure sores” and they happen to us giant doggies a lot.
Most of us giant doggies also have thick scabby skin on our elbows and backs of our legs – called calluses - where we lie or sit down, especially if we’re lying on hard ground. It’s because we’re so heavy. Smaller dogs don’t have this problem – it’s just one of those things that happens to giant doggies, especially if we’re lucky to live many years.
My humans have tried to always have soft things for me to lie on – I even have my own special square of carpet that they put down in the garden every morning, so that I don’t have to lie on the concrete – but even with all their efforts, I still have a little bit of scabby skin under my elbows and at the backs of my legs. But not too much…so I guess I’m not doing badly for a nearly 7-yr old giant doggie!
OK - now, as promised – here is a movie of me at my new Obedience class!
You remember I told you that I’ve started going to a new class at the Metro Dog Obedience Club? It’s ‘coz those Rally-O & Tricks classes at the RSPCA Animal Training Centre finished and Hsin-Yi wanted to find something else that we could do together once a week – so now we’re doing this on Mon nights!
Although Hsin-Yi does lots of training with me all the time – and of course, we do our dancing practice – we haven’t been in a proper Obedience class for a long time, so we weren’t sure how we would do….well, they assessed me on the first day and told Hsin-Yi that I could go straight into the Advanced Class!
So here’s a peek at what I get up to in class – as well as Heeling both on and off-leash past distractions, we also do lots of Down Stays (Yuck! I HATE those!), Sit Stays, Stand Stays and Recall past the other doggies – and they do that touchy-feely thing too where I have to stand while someone comes and gives me a weird massage. Most doggies find that exercise very hard although I don’t mind – hey, who can complain about a free massage, even if it’s a bit weird?
Well, can you believe it – we have only been in the class 3 weeks and this Monday, at the end of class, they told Hsin-Yi that I’m good enough to be promoted out of the class! Since this is already Advanced, the only next level we can go up to is the Instructors’ Class. (GULP). Yikes. I wonder what that’s going to be like.
They were also telling Hsin-Yi that she should do Obedience competitions with me but Hsin-Yi is still thinking about that. She doesn’t care much about getting ribbons and titles – the most important thing for her is that we are having fun, so she says she doesn’t want to make me do something which might be stressy for me, especially as now that I’m supposed to be a “senior doggie” and heading for my retirement. With dancing, the competitions have always been so stressy…but I find this Obedience stuff much easier to do than the dancing. So maybe we’ll give competitions a try…
Anyway, my humans were so proud of me! When I first walked in, all the other people in class looked at me a bit funny and I could tell that they were laughing inside and thinking that a giant doggie could never do much…well, I soon showed them! Hsin-Yi says I was one of the best doggies in class – better even than a lot of the working breed doggies – and I really showed everybody what Great Danes could do!
You can achieve anything if you believe in yourself and work hard!