Sunday, May 16, 2010
The Heat Is On!
No, we don't mean the Kansas heat. We don't mean the furnace either. Ciara pulled a fast one yesterday. She is in HEAT - huh??? She is only five months old. Mom found the telltale evidence on the laundry room floor right outside her crate yesterday afternoon. The vet had Mom bring her up right away because it was just 20 minutes from closing time. She wanted to be sure it wasn't some other issue going on. But nope, little Miss Puppypants has outgrown her pants. Those of you who suggested this might be coming on when Phantom was licking her mouth all over may have been on to something.
Ciara was scheduled to be spayed on May 27th, but now that will have to wait a couple of months. So let the fun begin. Both Phantom and Thunder are neutered and so far have not shown much interest other than a bit of sniffing. But the Momster is keeping close tabs on them to be sure they don't start any male wars here. She is well aware of the need to keep her on leash when she is outside. We sure don't need to see her in a family way at this young age.
The Momster has a couple of questions for those of you who are more experienced with this dilemma. So we will let her take over for this post.
OP Pack Mom here. I purchased a pair of protection pants last night but they might be a bit small. So I am going to return them for the next size today. But the little dickens figured out how to get them off. I can keep her confined to the kitchen area where there is only hardwood flooring and just keep washing it. But I would really prefer to have her in some pants. Any suggestions for what worked best for you if you have ever dealt with a female in heat? This is a very new experience for me.
Secondly, Ciara just started her obedience class training last Wednesday. It was the first of a six week program. I have emailed the trainer to let her know what is going on. There are six dogs in total in the class, one other five month old, and the others are all adult dogs. However, I do not know if they are male or female, neutered or not. My feeling is to stop taking her to the class so that she doesn't disrupt the class. The trainer said it is up to me, that distractions will always be there and it is her job to help the others keep their dog focused. In my opinion, if I were one of the others, I would not be too happy if Ciara were in the class. Any thoughts? I can re-enroll her in the next session or get my money back. It would most likely be at least late July before we could start classes again.
So yes, the heat is on. In addition to some incredibly busy times here, I so did not need this. Wish us luck.
Woos, the OP Pack and Mom