She's been out of sorts over the last couple of days. Usually she is my little shadow and sleeps not far from wherever I am, but over the past two days I've had to go looking for her and have found her in the big dog bed in the sitting room reluctant to leave it. The night before last she started howling at 3am, which is most unlike her. She really didn't want to leave the bed in the sitting room when it was time to go in the dogs room for sleeps last night, and when the piteous howling started up again at 3.30am, I suggested to M that we let her sleep in there as that was where she seemed to want to be. So M went down and opened the door and she shot in, ignoring him entirely (completely out of character) and settled down to sleep there with never another murmur.
Today I found her shredding paper into a nest shape behind the big bed in that room, and when I went back to check on her half an hour later she was tucked up inside her newspaper nest fast asleep, curled tightly round a small squashy toy cow that she was keeping warm.
I've not experienced phantom pregnancies in dogs before, but a quick scootle round the internet revealed that's it's fairly common. Two to three months after a season the hormone levels drop in the same way they do when a dog gives birth, so poor little Pops thinks she's had pups in the sitting room and is carrying the squishy moo cow around everywhere with her and running off with it if you get too close.
Our vet is a great believer in medicating for everything. I am not. So it will be an interesting meeting when I take Pops down to get her checked over this afternoon :-)
|Small and sad :-(|
Teddy, meanwhile, is being very solicitous and gentle with her. He hasn't got a clue what's going on (in common with most blokes when it comes to lady hormones :-) ), but he knows something is up and he keeps licking her nose and wagging his tail encouragingly at her. Dear boy.
I have five children really: three human ones and two canine, and I worry about them all in equal measure.
If any of you have any experience with phantom pregnancies in dogs please drop me a line through the comments page and let me know how these things usually progress. I will be keeping a close eye on her.
Quick Update: Just back from the V.E.T and poor old Pop has a full on phantom pregnancy including the production of milk, so she has some hormone medication to help dry that up and balance her out. This is the right decision- a full on PP such as this one can be bad for them psychologically. Hopefully, in a week she should be back to herself.