only child syndrome…
Shiner’s been acting strange for about six weeks now. I know this because he’s had the same routine for close to eleven years.
- He sleeps in till about 8 every morning
- He frollicks in the backyard for only 15 minutes at a time, then trots back inside.
- He sleeps most of the day with a snore louder than a stock car engine.
- He takes himself to bed at 8:15 every night like clockwork.
Shiner’s strange behavior includes:
- Begging all the time
- Acting like he’s starved (which is untrue since he weighs 110 pounds)
- His hair was falling out in clumps
- He would whimper (and he never whimpers)
At first I figured his eleven year old body was finally catching up with him. He was just acting stranger than normal… but the behavior was getting worse.
I called Mr. Weekly Bite thinking the worst. I mean the dog is eleven after all. Mr. Weekly Bite said to call the vet immediately. The vet said to bring him in right away.
I packed M up and helped Shiner jump in the back of my jeep. I dropped him off at 9 a.m.
It was 3 p.m. and still no news. I called the vet. They were still running tests.
I finally get a call close to 7 p.m. The vet said they’d like to discuss Shiner’s diagnosis with me.
I drive to the vet’s expecting the worst. Crazy thoughts were racing through my head.
I sit patiently in the waiting room with M on my lap. The vet approaches me and says….
“There’s absolutely nothing wrong with your dog. Shiner’s the healthiest eleven-year-old we’ve ever seen.
Shiner’s problem is sitting on your lap. He’s got ‘only child syndrome’ “
Lesson of the Day: Never neglect your first child 😉