Sunday, January 4, 2009

How do you solve a problem like Baxter?

Laney and I have been enjoying The Sound of Music in small increments. :o)

How do I solve a problem like Baxter? Am and I have watched a couple of episodes of the Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan and have learned a lot about being the leader of the pack. (Not that it makes us experts or anything.) One episode showed a dog that ate its own feces. I thought to myself, "At least Baxter doesn't do THAT.
Guess what he did in his crate yesterday and then ate it while I was at work? Yup. Poop.

Bax came to us with his mental insecurities/anxieties from rescue. He is a wonderful, gentle, patient dog, and I guess cute. ha ha. He is a velcro boxer. We have consulted trainers and the vets about his separation anxiety. We did acupuncture - which worked, but is expensive to go as often as Bax needs it. Then we tried medication, then we took him off. I just want him to feel better and more secure. I know he is hurting, I wish I could fix it. I wish I knew how I could change my behavior to help him. I feel like we have tried everything. I am writing Cesar.

1 comment:

livnletlrn said...

Oh, ugh, poor Baxter. I know how it makes you just want to hug him tight and make it all right. This from someone just back from the animal hospital, whose 80 lb., 10 y.o. dog is slowly but surely losing control of her back legs (arthritis, spinal stenosis, neuropathy), having difficulty walking and currently needing to be carried down the stairs. And yet we love those furbabies, with all their quirks and challenges, just like our own kids...including the one who must certainly be trying her mama's patience (and bladder) by now. I have to laugh at the baby ticker saying "I should be here by now." Hello, little girl? Do you hear that?! Time for us all to meet you! :-)