Sunday, August 1, 2010


Rupert: It's been a while since we've blogged.

Sasha: Yes, it has.

Rupert: Because of our lazy human.

Sasha: Well, I would usually be inclined to agree with you on that score, but in this case it's not so much that she's been lazy as that she's been sickie.

Rupert: An awful lot of sickie - all that snuffling and snorting all night long. Why can't she learn to snore nicely like us doggies?

Sasha: It's more than just being sickie - you've kept her busy over the last few weeks, what with the midnight (and midday) vomiting all over the place.

Rupert: Yes, that's true, I have been somewhat vomity lately. Partially because my stomach can't take a lot of food since I was all starve-y when I was a stray, so if I eat too much at once I vomit it back up. Preferably on a soft furnishing.

Sasha: But that's not the only reason you've been vomity, is it?

Rupert: No, the vet human said I might have a deep-seated parasite which didn't get killed when the Lost Dogs Home gave me anti-worming medication. I've actually lost weight since I came to live with you!

Rupey (aka Big Head) - super-model or Bratz doll?

Sasha: So you've had a dose of Drontal and then some antibiotics for the last week or so.

Rupert: Those pills our human shoves down my throat twice a day.

Sasha: Yes, it's a pity you're on special food right now - you can't have your tablets wrapped in cheese.

Rupert: Is that what our human gives you every morning and night while we're eating? I never quite see what it is, because my nose is so deep in my bowl.

Sasha: Yes, I've had a urinary tract infection, which means I need to have tablets twice a day, too. I don't mind, because I'm very good at locating and spitting out tablets, so they need to be ensconced in enough cheese that I don't notice them. Mmmm, yummy! She can't just shove them down my throat, because I'm an expert at the "hold and twist-at-the-perfect-moment" technique.

Rupert: Our human's been coming home from work every day at lunchtime to give me an extra meal. Then she goes back to work again. She was muttering about cab fares being very expensive, and not getting a lunch break for weeks on end. Hey, I'm the one with the sore tummy, human, so stop complaining!

Sasha: I think she's getting Upstairs Girl to come and give you lunch next week. And give me treats, so I don't get jealous! You've more or less stopped vomiting now, haven't you?

Rupert: More or less. I still enjoy the odd blurp, just for old times' sake. I'm trying to help her by joining up all the clean spots on the carpet where she's had to scrub. It's a service I like to provide to those I love.

Sasha: And how's your tummy feeling now?

Rupert: Much better! I've noticed I'm getting more food in my bowl, too. She's been increasing each meal by 5g every day. If I vomit, then we go back to the previous day's amount. If I don't, then we keep going. I'm almost up to the full amount I should be having for a doggie of my weight.

Sasha: Then we have to work on making those meals bigger, so you can get to the weight you're supposed to be. And then get rid of lunch!

Rupert: What?? Get rid of lunch?? Nooo...!!

Sasha: You'll still get the same amount of food, just in two meals instead of one. And you can start having normal food as well, the same as me. And then we can start getting other stuff, like home-made chicken and vegies, and chicken necks, and sardines, and things that are too difficult when there's tablets and weighing, and all that other stuff to worry about.

Rupert: Speaking of going to bed ...

Sasha: What? We were talking about vomiting, not bed!

Rupert: Hey, a talented pup like me knows how to combine bed and vomiting - I've been doing it for weeks! Anyway, there's one thing about going to bed I've been curious about.

Sasha: (Sigh) What was that?

Rupert: You know how we're not allowed on our human's bed?

Not on the bed

Sasha: Er... yes...

Rupert: I know we're not allowed on her bed, coz every time I jump on it, our human makes me get off.

Sasha: ... and your question?

Rupert: Well, I have a nice, soft doggie bed with raised edges and a special blankie that our human tucks me into every night. It's on the floor by her bed, and it's very comfy and snuggly.

Sasha: I am familiar with your bed. I often have a relaxing gnaw on your blankie.

Rupert: Well, at bedtime you always go around to the other side of her bed, but there's no soft doggie bed there, just that footstool thing you jump up onto, so I guess that's where you sleep. It's not soft and there's no blankie, so I just wondered if you got cold or uncomfortable at night.

Sasha: ... er... well... um... no, actually, I sleep quite well at night.

Rupert: Well, you must be some kind of super-puppy to be comfortable there during these cold wintry nights. If you want, you can come and share my bed - there's enough room, and you know I quite like snuggling up to you on the couch during the day. It would be a very cozy way to spend the night.

Holding paws

Sasha: ... um... thanks for the offer... but... heh, super-puppy, that's me... heh... I'm quite happy with my current sleeping arrangement, no need to change it at this point... um... er... what do you say to a quick game?

Rupert: Sure!



JD and Max said...

Er, Rupert - were you wearing a jumper in the first two photos?! Oh gosh, is Sasha using you as her very own dolly?!! Hmmm, we're a bit suspicious about the bed situation too. Is it possible that girls can't be trusted?! Oh, say it isn't so!!!

Hope your tummy is completely sorted very soon - it's no good not being able to nom whatever and whenever you want!

Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Sasha said...

Er. Yes.

In the first photo I was wearing my new red jammies, and in the second photo my dashing new red coat.

Because I'm such a skinny malinky, and it's freezing winter here, I get very cold and can't sleep so I have to spend all night noisily chewing on my feet or noisily throwing up all. So I wear jammies and have a special warm fleecy blankie at night.

Before my new red jammies arrived, I was wearing someone else's purple jammies, and I don't want to go into any more detail about that, if you don't mind.

Manly puppy... er... manliness

PS My human keeps muttering something about a photo-shoot. So, no, you can't trust girls.

Nellie, Yuchie, Calvert and Bailey said...

Waitaminute... waitaminute... waitaminute....

How long has it been since we last visited, because we don't recall any Rupert on this blog!!!

Wow, all of you guys have been sick at the same time, no wonder you haven't been able to blog. We hope you're all on the road to recovery, it's really no fun when anyone in the family is sick.

Oh how we wished it were winter in NY, we had a two week heatwave that ended just a few days ago; whew... man oh man it was hot!

We're going to read your old posts to get more info on Rupert, as of now we're really liking him as he looks a lot like Nellie!


Unknown said...

Oh I don't know who to feel more sorry for - Ruper with his wormeys and sickies or your human with her own sickies and having to clean up vomit! And miss her lunchbreaks! Ugh - sounds like a fisaco in your household!

Poor Rupert - how awful to be starved and then now not being able to eat normal-sized meals! But I'm glad to hear that you might be sorting out the reason for his weight loss and it's good that he's eating more already!

Hee! HEe! I had to laugh about your "carpet service"- I provide the same service too! Although I'm the Deluxe Service coz I can cover a LOT more carpet in one go! IN fact, just this morning, I vomited up some yellow bile and bits of wood from a stick I was chewing on the beach yesterday...right on our big cream rug! First thing for Hsin-Yi this morning as soon as she got up - so she had to get on her hands and knees and spend 20mins sponging the carpet as soon as she got out of bed! ;-)

Honey the Great Dane