I have 2 dogs, Sophie and Rosie. Sophie is an 8 year-old Bichon Frise whom I lovingly refer to as the pretty pink princess. She constantly wants to be in my lap with my hand scratching her head or her belly. If my hand is not so engaged, Sophie lifts one paw and scrapes at my hand until I start scratching her. Even though I have distinctly told her many, many times “You can get in my lap but I’m not going to sit here and scratch you!”. Somehow she always gets my hand to cooperate without my brain controlling it. If I manage to control my hand and not scratch her, she starts to whine. You can tell this is going to start by the swelling and contracting of her belly, which is accomplished by the huffing and puffing of her breathing. Then she starts at a soft whine and escalates until my hand succumbs to her bidding. Hence “the princess”, pink-because that’s the color of her belly under her white fur, and pretty, just because she is.
Rosie is a 7 year-old Lhasa Apso. She is my constant companion but not a lap dog. She is very big for her breed – she weighs more than the combined weights of her parents. Rosie’s also taller and longer than normal for her breed. She’s just a big girl. She’s my rosebud, because she is so sweet and tender. Rosie wants everyone in the house to be accounted for. She doesn’t like it when people go away for any amount of time; she likes to be at my grandson’s bedroom door when he gets up in the morning and sometimes I think she doesn’t like it when we are spread around the house. She would prefer to be able to keep an eye on her charges all in one place.
I keep them both in puppy cuts (short hair) even though they don’t shed. Both of my girls are supposedly hypoallergenic (although no dogs really are) but the thing about hypoallergenic dogs is that they tend to have allergies. Sophie has had them basically her whole life, so she is constantly licking or chewing on bits of herself. But Rosie developed them since we moved from New England to NC. Lately with the wet weather we have been having, they both seem to be particularly bothered. I am surrounded by a cacophony of licking and chewing. They go to the vet regularly and get shots or pills, special shampoos and lotions. I’ve changed their diets and cleaned up their environment as best I can for dogs. All these things have helped but none have really been the “silver bullet”. My last resort might be to have a skin test for them but that just seems too over the top.
What do you think? Anyone have any tips for me?
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