When we walk, he’s a traffic stopper. People gawk. People with unimpaired vision ask if he’s real. Yes, he’s real, he’s mine, he’s a dashing welsh terrier named Ulysses. Our other welshie, Matilda, is equally cute. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Terriers are alert and energetic dogs who enjoy working and playing. The U and Tilly keep us busy without encouragement. But what’s a welshie like who’s under the influence? You’re about to find out.
The other week as we sneezed from prolifically pollinated Mayberry air, we noticed Ulysses scratching his right ear. A quick vet visit revealed an ear infection. The doctor prescribed meds for him, warning us about side effects like increased thirst and urination from the steroid pills. Oh boy.
At home, we started treatment. And experienced the joy of letting the dog out it seemed on the hour every hour. His ear cleared up and he stopped scratching so we beared the excessive peeing. One notable time, within fifteen minutes of doing both businesses outside, he rang the jingle bells on our front door, signaling a need for attention. He leaped out of reach playfully, amped up on his meds. Stockton halfheartedly chased him. It was late and Stockton works hard. As soon as my husband sat on the couch, Ulysses planked it on the living room carpet and unloaded his bladder. How’s he even storing this much liquid? Run for the towels.
Dinnertime with the medicated terriorist brings out another pleasant side. The little man snarfs up his own food then parks it next to Stockton for handouts, barking in hanger. You’d think he was starving. Doggie ‘roid rage. I made the mistake of snapping a photo when his fuzzy self tried to push my arm away with his snout to access my plate. Who ended up getting the last bite of my scrumptous, grilled with Lawry’s seasoning burger? Not me.
Ulysses finishes treatment soon. It’s a tough doggie life he leads in Mayberry. It must be exhausting, even when you’re on steroids, to be adorable.
Have your pets been on steroids? Do they do well at the vet? Are you a pet whisperer with perfectly trained animals? Tell me about it.