For those of you playing along at home, this is the State of the Pets at the Taylor Ranch:
1. Bailey, the 13-year-old beagle, has incontinence. This happens while she sleeps, usually once a day.
2. Ron, the 3-year-old cat, recently had a UTI and has crystals in his urine, which makes him want to go everywhere BUT the litter box.
3. Homer, the blind Boston, has pretty much mastered housetraining.
Can you guess which pet is my favorite this week?
Homer continues to make great progress with his eye. When I wave my hand in front of his face, he reacts! We have also learned that Homer knows “sit” and “speak,” so he’s not a total savage. He returns to the eye specialist on Wednesday, and hopefully he will be all done with the eye drops and eye ointments at that time.
Homer’s favorite thing on earth continues to be his stuffed “crab.” Well, maybe “former crab,” as Homer has ripped off its eyes and most of its appendages. It’s like a small stuffed football at this point.
This is what Homer does with it:
He’ll nurse on the crab for HOURS, if we let him. See the pink thing under the crab’s sad smile? That’s Homer’s tongue. When he finally takes a break, he smacks his lips and looks around wildly, as if to say, “WHY IS MY MOUTH SO DRY?”
Homer is also starting to enjoy affection, which is something he did not do when we brought him home. He’ll wedge in next to me in a chair, or sit with me on the couch, or snuggle with Tyler on his bed.
Of course, he usually expresses his contentment by snoring loudly and farting, but whatever. He’s a Boston. It’s what they do.