By summer 2017, all of Jamie’s issues were winding down. The daily “poop fest” was a rarity, his barking was close to average for any dog, the circles had disappeared!!!! Yeah!!!! Some nights he was sleeping all night, ………………Mama got zzzzzzz! Then something new happened.
Jamie, like clockwork, would wake at 2 am and cry to go out. I would get up and take him out, only for him to walk to the farthest part of the yard and sit down. His nose would reach up to the sky and he would just sit and smell the crisp air. He actually was beautiful and he so very much enjoyed it. Only problem was, it was 2 am and I needed to sleep. It was a simple pleasure for him. I let it go on for awhile, but realized it needed to stop, I needed sleep to get through my day. So, every night when he did this, I would march across the yard and bring him in not letting him stay even one minute.
I am now “allowed” to sleep 7 hours. James, aka: Jamie, wakes up after 7 hours. If I go to bed at 11 pm, he wakes me at 6 am. If I go to bed at 11:30 pm, he wakes me at 6:30 am. I really have no clue how he knows………….
More about the precious lad next time.
April 21, 2017 was Jamie’s first birthday. He had been with me 3.5 months and SOME things were coming together. He was doing fewer circles and barking was down by more than a half. He was still waking me at night to go potty, but even that was down to once a night.
Then he started waking me many times a night again. When it hit 7 times in one night, and I was a walking zombie, I took him to the vet again. Another urine sample and culture, but no UTI this time. I could not live like this and obviously something was wrong with James. I asked for a blood test to be done. The next day we had it, Jamie had an infection. We started on a 3 week course of antibiotics. Finally, we got to the root of the problem. Sleep, heavenly, sleep!!!!!
Tomorrow……………….the moon and stars.
If life were a card game, you might say Jamie was dealt a bad hand. There are some positive things here because many dogs like Jamie are destroyed before they are weaned. Jamie is a handsome guy and because of that, he was destined to be a stud. Fortunately for Jamie, he got sick so was given up for rescue which allowed him to be treated for his illness and adopted.
Jamie is a double merle (MM), also called homozygous double merle, meaning both his parents possessed the merle gene. Twenty five percent or one in four dogs born of double merle parents will have hearing and or eye issues. They range from, slight to totally deaf and blind.
Jamie has microphthalmia or small eye. You can see one of his eyes, it is about the size of the tip of a ball point pen. He moves it about, often appearing that he is following me. The other eye just appears to be tissue. I think Jamie may see some light and darkness, but I can not be sure. He has congenital hearing loss. He can hear a few sounds. I have four other dogs, he can hear one bark. Jamie can hear a train whistle, he cocks his head when it blows.
Until tomorrow…….from his book, Jamie’s Journey, on Amazon.
The last thing that Jamie did in the beginning, and will do it when super excited, is nip at your legs. When I would come home after being out, Jamie would be so excited he would be jumping all over the place and try to pull at my clothes. Instead, it was a little nip. Not break the skin nip, but pinch nip so my upper legs were black and blue. He would get you on your inner leg and we all know how that hurts. Remember, he for all practical purposes, was a puppy and puppies tend to be mouthy. Of course, the only senses he can use are feel and smell.
How did I break that? Every time he did it, I would stop and gently hold his mouth closed and push him away. Gradually he figured it out. First, he would try to move his mouth away from my hand, then I knew he understood. It did not take long and for the most part he has stopped. During times of super excitement he will do it, and I remind him. Other than the above, Jamie is the most gentle guy. His kisses are so soft and he barely touches you when taking food out of your hand.
Tomorrow, the hand life dealt him.
The third Jamie issue, that led to him being returned from his first adopter, was his incessant barking. Morning, noon and all night, Jamie barked. He barked for days on end. He barked so much he gave himself laryngitis. He would open his mouth and NOTHING came out!!!! I felt guilty because I was in heaven, peace, heavenly, peace!
I was not sure which was worse, the poop, the circles or the barking. A perfect trifecta!!!! Like giving birth, I can’t remember how long it took for all three of them to go away, but they did.
Jamie has such a sweet personality. He is very loving. There was one more issue to work on. Until tomorrow, Jamie fans.
Round and round he goes, where he stops no one knows. Jamie had a form of OCD. He did circles all day long. I was told my many, how bad this was and that Jamie needed prozac. I did not believe any of it. Jamie spent the first 8 months of his life confined. While he was walked and socialized at North Shore, that only accounted for the last 2 months. The first 6 months of his life, his world was a tiny cage. Jamie could hear or see nothing out of this small box. If he wanted exercise or was bored, he could only move within the confines of his cage. As far as he was concerned, nothing existed outside of the area he could touch.
How did I get him to stop, you ask? I redirected his energy. I played with him, petted him, gave him things to chew every time I saw him going in a circle. Gradually, he recognized a world outside a 3 foot radius and began to explore. Check out his circle video below.
Tomorrow, the third reason he was returned the first time.
There was a “surprise” for me every morning. Some mornings I was luckier than others. Once in a while, he would pile the poop in a corner, so, the “daily bath” wasn’t as hard. Other times, it was caught between his toes and I had to scrub every nail.
At this point, I had started documenting his surprises, on his Jamie’s Journey FB page, with a little humor or I would have cried. He had a fan club that kept hoping I would have a day of no poop. Eventually, it started to happen.
I owe it to his UTI. For some reason, he would howl at night if he had to pee. Usually, that was about 1 am, 3 am and 5 am. Since, I was waking up to take him out, he started pooping outside too.
But……there were other issues, OCD type issues. Stayed tuned for the continuing saga……of As the James Turns.