My former daughter in law has had a tough time with her current husband who is currently on remand. She and my granddaughter are off on holiday for two weeks to get away from it all. DIL said she was desperate to find someone to look after their two dogs as all doggy daycare is fully booked.
I am retired with time on my hands so thought why not. I had a westie several years ago and miss having a dog. The dogs were duly delivered on Monday evening. One is a rescue Bichon Frise male aged 6 whom they've had for a couple of years. The other is a Cavalier King Charles spaniel female pup aged 7 months.
I am in rented accommodation (landlord accepts pets as previous tenants had a dog) with carpets (i am vacating in two months and have to have the carpets professionally cleaned soon anyway) and but unfortunately no garden. The pup is on her first heat. The male has been neutered but still mounts the pup. I have bought sanitary pads and pants but the pup chews them off so there is blood everywhere to compound matters. I have got the right size. I am taking them for four short walks a day at 7.30, 12.00, 5.00 and just before bedtime (11pm ish) in the park across the road. I have them on separate retractable leads but they keep crossing over each other tangling up the leads. Its awkward when one does a poo to pick it up with the other tugging on the lead.
The male is good apart from the humping issue. The pup is very affectionate but despite walks, she poops and wets my carpet. I seem to be forever cleaning up with the Vanish carpet cleaner and with no garden to turf them out to between walks. I was cleaning my teeth last night at midnight (i go to bed late) and when i turned round the pup had pooped and wet my bedroom carpet. I just burst into tears as i have another 2 weeks of this...
They are used to sleeping on DIL and DGD beds at home. My westie always used to so i have no problem with that and once the pair are settled on my bed all is well until 8am when they wake me up.
They have a couple of scoops of dry dog food twice a day morning and evening. I had got them some doggy treats but have stopped that now as they weren't eating their food and the pup had a runny bum.
Has anyone coped in a similar situation. I am beginning to wish i had only taken one now but have to put up with the situation. I have no-one i can share the dogs with to help out.
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