Day seven – “eleven days with lena”

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.

 

 

 

 

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