Saturday May 25, 2019
I woke this morning around 7:30 and was surprised. Lena was not staring at me. She was fast asleep! I was freaked. I tried to sleep again but my restless neurosis tripped me up. I tip toed past her and heard her breathing. I was relieved and thought that maybe she is feeling safe and doesn’t have the need to monitor me. This is her nature and the instinctive nature of poodles. I have read that they were used for duck hunting and for retrieving fowl from the water. At some point “poodle” came from “puddle” because of their swimming ability. I have also read that they have been bred and trained as herders and can get special licensing in Canada. Yes, I can see that Lena is a herder. This gives me better insight into her neurotic behavior and more fuel for my developing neurotic condition. http://www.poodlehistory.org/PHERD.HTM
Since the water squirting episode, she has not let me go near her eyes. However, she continues herding me and staying at my side. I called her previous caregiver. She was very helpful. She told me to give the eye care a rest, and that Lena would get over it.
She did eat her kibble and a chicken neck. I tried to pretend that it didn’t phase me, but I was greatly relieved. I have become my sister.