It turns out I have a little bit of storm anxiety this past week. My foster families saw some sensitivity before to loud unexpected noises like trucks, but I am getting better with that. This last round of storms with all of the wind and lightning had me a bit more nervous. I also did not like it when there was a chainsaw working in the backyard taking down a tree.
My foster families are going to try a Thundershirt on me for the next thunderstorm. Plus they will be very attentive when it comes time for fireworks. The plan is to hang out downstairs with the TV on so the booms are not so obvious. My foster sisters are not bothered by storms, so it helps to stay around them.
I also have not been deemed fully housebroken yet, or at least for a long period of time. When I first got there, I would go every 60-90 minutes and would have accidents. Foster Mom thought it was some typical puppy stuff as I didn't learn that early in life my first six months since I did not have to hold it. As time went on, I made some small improvement, but not what I should have.
So, RAGOM put me through a bunch of tests like checking for urinary tract infection, blood tests for all sorts of stuff, an ultrasound to check my kidneys, and a cystoscopy to check for any issues in my urinary tract.
The blood tests revealed a few higher-than-normal readings and the cystoscopy saw some inflammation. I was put on a course of some meds to target the inflammation. That helped, and I made some improvements. I can hold it for about 4 hours. The exception is if I am running hard and drink a lot of water, I will have to go again by 2 hours or so.
My Foster Mom generally has me stop drinking water about two hours before bedtime. That works well, and I can sleep all night in my crate without issue, around 7 to 8 hours. The great news is that we have ruled out every possible medical issue the docs can think of!
I am still looking for my forever home with a playful playmate. Here is a little video of me having some fun with a tennis ball. I am really good at amusing myself, too!
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