7/1/13 Progress

I’ve been on my medication for three days now, and I’ve seen an enormous amount of progress.  For one thing, the deep, irritating, painful, unable-to-be-scratched itch that covered my entire body is gone.  That is just such a huge relief, I cannot express it in words.  I suppose the best way to describe it would be to imagine that the ends of every hair had a tiny needle/feather combination poking into my skin, prickling and tickling at the same time, all over my body.  My tail is not a source of constant irritation, either, and I haven’t chased and bit it in days.  Since I am not in constant pain, my attitude is way better and I have calmed down a lot.

Mom feels horrible that I have these allergies, and blames herself that she didn’t figure out that I was suffering from them sooner.  I’m just glad that she checked me and found that hot spot (where your human armpit would be) – otherwise, I don’t know what I’d do.  I was literally going crazy.

Mom and Dad are still going to send me to obedience school so that I stop jumping on visitors.  That’s a big deal and I understand that.  But I’m really happy that Mom and Dad realize that I don’t have an attitude problem.  I’m kind of looking forward to school now, because Mom read a magazine article saying that if you have a Pitbull with nice manners, take them out and socialize them, to help reduce the stigma associated with our breed.  So, I think I will get out a lot more if Mom and Dad aren’t worried about me jumping.  I believe this will be a “win” situation for me.  Plus, I’m smart (if I can brag), and I think I will ace school.

Also, Mom bought me a “Thundershirt” and I should have it by tomorrow.  It is a compression shirt meant to relieve anxiety in dogs.  When you put it on your dog, they feel like they are being hugged and it lessens their anxiety.  At least, that’s what they say at the Thundershirt place.  I’m glad Mom ordered it and had it sent “express” so I’d have it for the 4th of July.  I’m not all that excited about the fireworks.  They tend to make me bark.

Other that that, Hotchi, the dog next door, and the neighbors, moved away.  We have new neighbors now and they don’t have a dog.  However, the new neighbors are very nice.  They have three children who love to come by the fence and give me a pat.  I’m always happy to see them.  I’m very people-oriented.

So that is the news update, and my progress.  Things are a lot better and I go back to see Dr. W. in a month.  Until then, it’s medicine every day and oatmeal baths every week.  I’m feeling so much better.  Thank you for sticking with me.

Love, Maggie


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