Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Settling In

It was a little tough today, but we got through it and I think we are starting to settle in.

Last night, I didn't want Luna to be alone downstairs (especially since she gets upset when I leave the room) so I slept on our couch.  Our couch is great for sitting and watching tv...not for sleeping on.  It kills my back.  So at 3:30am Luna started whining and wouldn't stop until 6:30am.  Ugh.  Not only did my back hurt, but I wasn't feeling so well rested.  I'm sure Luna wasn't feeling so great either.

I took the morning off so I could help Luna get comfortable with the new set up.  We had a rocky start to our morning since I couldn't recognize her signals for pain, bathroom, and general neediness.  By noon we had figured things out so we were both comfortably watching tv.
Sock monkeys make it all better.
Later, my dad came over to watch his grandpuppy (his wording, not mine) while I ran to work for a few hours.  He reported that she didn't stop whining until about an hour after I left.  That's a little depressing because I can't be with her all the time and I know it will be annoying for anyone who stays to take care of her.  Hopefully, she'll learn to relax and trust that I'll come back.

So day one went well.  We are learning how to read her signals and she is learning to put up with our inability to read her signals.  She's so good to put up with us.

11 comments:

gyeong said...

Sock Monkey therapy works. First thing we did after we got Stella, our first greyhound, was upgrade our couch, then got a king-size bed. We recently slept on the couch with two people and three greys :)

houndstooth said...

I'm not sure how mobile or immobile she is right now, but maybe it would be easier to just carry her up to your bedroom. That, or get one of those spiffy self-inflating air mattresses! (Okay, I've always wanted an excuse to get one of those!) My bet is that as she gets used to a few certain people being around, she'll settle in and not be so fussy and needy. A DAP might help her some, too.

Hiking Hounds said...

That's the sweetest picture. I've been known to sleep on the floor with sick animals. :-) That's so nice of your dad to watch the grandpuppy. I bet she'll get used to having others stay too. I know this must all be extremely stressful and exhausting for you. Hang in there, she knows you love her.

verobirdie said...

Those times must be so stressful for you and her. She is lucky she has such a loving familly

Sue said...

I hope each day shows an improvement.

What Remains Now said...

Sending good thoughts your way as everyone gets adjusted. I know Luna's going to do better as she gets used to things. I imagine it's kind of like getting a new pup in the house.

Declan said...

Wow she's doing really well! I think that sock monkey will do more good than all the meds and therapy. By the way, I can do a splendid pig nose too Hehe! Deccy x

Anonymous said...

I love the picture. Very cute.

Sam said...

You have an awesome Dad! We will keep her in our prayers.

Sam

Two Greyhound Town said...

I also think a blow up mattress would be a good investment. I should have gotten one when Joey came home from his leg surgery. I think I probably slept on the couch for the first two weeks and it was not fun. My back hurt. It's just not a good sleep and we need our sleep to be good caregivers.

My heart really goes out to you because I know how hard it is to take care of an injured pet. I learned to take it day by day, step by step. I set little goals for us and celebrated when we reached them.

We are really pulling for Luna and hope she is feeling better each day.

HoundDogMom said...

Glad to hear a things are going good for Luna and you are developing a routine for her. I have to second Houndstooth comment, those air mattresses are wonderful and easy to pick up and place away. I know I used when our bloodhound had knee surgery. I just hated the thought of her being in one room by herself at night so we slept on the air mattress together for almost 2 weeks. The things we do for our fur-babies. We continue to fling the drool and keep our paws crossed for a full recovery. Sniffs, The HoundDogs