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    Connie Lea
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:39 pm
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    You might be right Sara about her being carried. I don't know that a Kong would work as she has very few teeth. Do you have any ideas on how we can get her to play? We've tried squeaking a toy in front of her and tried to get her to play tug of war with a soft toy. She is the same age as Kate and Kate still plays with toys. Zoey is another story; we aren't out of bed two minutes when she brings her ball to us and continues all day. We would love to see Molly play. We want her to enjoy however many years she has left, hopefully a long time yet.
    Saralaya
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:23 pm
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    Connie Lea wrote:
    You might be right Sara about her being carried. I don't know that a Kong would work as she has very few teeth. Do you have any ideas on how we can get her to play? We've tried squeaking a toy in front of her and tried to get her to play tug of war with a soft toy. She is the same age as Kate and Kate still plays with toys. Zoey is another story; we aren't out of bed two minutes when she brings her ball to us and continues all day. We would love to see Molly play. We want her to enjoy however many years she has left, hopefully a long time yet.


    Hmmmmm Stella had to watch Shadow playing with me for...well.. almost two years before she stopped being afraid and tried her paws at playing..... Will Zoey play with a squeaky toy? Maybe if she hears Zoey having fun and then the same noisy toy is "squeaked" near her she might be willing to try nosing it around.... some cheers, treats and "good girl"s might help. Although,senior cats and I suspect dogs too don't need as much play time as the younger guys..so maybe it's not a issue. She's got your DH to snuggle with and if you can find a way to introduce her to the harness and leash and walking, that might be enough. Will she allow the harness to be put on her? Maybe putting it on and then giving her treats will accustom her to the harness- leave it on a little while, then take it off- so she gets the link between the harness and yummy treats.... and later you can work on the leash and walking idea.

    K9 may have some better suggestions.
    K9 Owned
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:41 pm
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    Nope - those suggestions are good ones. icon_smile.gif
    It might be too scary for her to go outdoors with a leash just yet and as Saralaya said - she may have been carried a lot. I'd have the harness on her and attached a leash - coax he for a single step then say 'YAY ...what a GOOD girl' then try two or three steps cheerleading the whole time. Treats of course can't hurt icon_wink.gif
    Connie Lea
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:01 pm
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    Thanks Saralaya and K9. You are always such a big help. She doesn't have a problem with the harness. Just moving with the leash hooked to it. I'm going to try holding a treat a little ways away and see if she will take a step. I've only tried getting her to walk on a leash in the house. Did I tell you we took them to the dog park Sunday? I thought she would stay right by DH, but she wandered all over and it's a huge area. There was only one little Yorkie there - smaller than Zoey even. I was talking to the other Yorkie's owner and wasn't paying attention to her and she bumped into the fence a few times. It really scared her, but after I got her away from the fence, she still wandered around. She almost never runs into solid objects, but has trouble with fences. Our dog pen is 10x20 (a little bigger than I thought. She must have the size figured out. She goes right up to the fence but stops before she runs into it and doesn't run into the fence around the front door anymore either. Kate and Zoey both love the squeaky toys, play with them a lot, try to take them away from each other but Molly doesn't seem to pay any attention to them. She's just content to lay on DH's lap or in the chair beside him.
    Debbwl
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:20 pm
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    So glad you are giving Molly a safe place to explore and a warm loving home. She is feeling safer if she is trying to fallow Mose icon_biggrin.gif
    Connie Lea
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:18 pm
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    Molly's appointment went well. As we figured she has cataracts but is not a surgical candidate. He gave us some drops to put in her eyes to eliminate the redness and irritation in her eyes. She was fine on the way home, but was freaking out all the way there. Tulsa is about 50 miles from us. She was really excited when we were getting ready to go, jumping up on us after I put her harness on her and we put our coats on, but once in the car, she wouldn't settle down. She kept trying to crawl up on DH's shoulder. I don't know why she was so upset. She goes back in six weeks for a recheck.
    K9 Owned
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:41 pm
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    I wonder if she remembers the last time she took a car ride with her owners. It didn't work out so well for her that time.

    The first time I boarded Madison I was astonished. I thought she'd be fine with it having spent most of her life between the pound and new homes. I thought she was accustomed to kennel environments. Wrong!

    We put her in her 10 x 10 pen and she totally lost it. She was body slamming the chainlink and screaming. I cried the whole way up the driveway when leaving her for 2 flipping days. She got used to it when she knew that we always came back for her.

    Molly could have been a tad traumatized on your outbound trip and fine on the way back because she was still with you guys.

    Hugs to the little lady!
    Saralaya
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:26 pm
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    That's the first thing I thought of... that she thought you were going to leave her wherever she was going.... When Stella (who had been essentially dumped at our vet) first went back for a check up after she was living with us, she FREAKED OUT in the carrier and at the vet when she was removed from her carrier...well, let's just say she was NOT at ALL polite icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif She had lived at the vet's for awhile until I stopped in one day and met her....and she likes the vet and the staff....so I was puzzled until I realized that she must have thought I was going to leave her there!
    Connie Lea
    Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:19 pm
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    I kind of thought that too as Kate went through the same thing when we took a trip seven or eight months after we got her and went through the town she was from. She shook until we were past that town. We've taken Molly in the car several times around our town but had never gone back to Tulsa, which is where we got her. It's just hard to believe dogs have such am amazing sense of where they are.
    Connie Lea
    Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:20 am
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    Miss Molly is not liking the eyedrops much. I've only put them in twice (we have to do it twice a day) and she is already keeping her eyes shut when she knows I'm there to put drops in. Hopefully we will only have to do it the three weeks the doctor prescribed. This morning we started giving her a treat afterwards. I wish there were some way to warm the drop up a little before I put it in her eye. I hate putting drops in my eyes, so the only way I can is put it in the corner of my eye, let it warm a little from my skin and then open my eye. I know I'm a wimp.
    Saralaya
    Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:25 am
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    Connie Lea wrote:
    Miss Molly is not liking the eyedrops much. I've only put them in twice (we have to do it twice a day) and she is already keeping her eyes shut when she knows I'm there to put drops in. Hopefully we will only have to do it the three weeks the doctor prescribed. This morning we started giving her a treat afterwards. I wish there were some way to warm the drop up a little before I put it in her eye. I hate putting drops in my eyes, so the only way I can is put it in the corner of my eye, let it warm a little from my skin and then open my eye. I know I'm a wimp.


    Connie....try rolling the bottle of drops back and forth between your hands for a couple of moments before putting them in her eyes.... the friction should warm them up a teeny bit, or just hold the bottle between your hands for a bit, it should at least make it our our body temp. maybe that will help...plus the treats of course!
    Connie Lea
    Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:29 am
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    Thanks Saralaya. So simple, but I didn't think of it.
    Saralaya
    Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:32 am
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    Connie Lea wrote:
    Thanks Saralaya. So simple, but I didn't think of it.


    If I hadn't done it myself (and for a person, not one of my kitties) I wouldn't have either! I believe a doc or nurse told me to do that....works pretty well, actually!
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