Peri is having some mental health issues. Yesterday we went for our walk, and then I swapped Harki and Peri for Lorelai Gilmore the puppy and we went for a walk. When I came home, Peri was strange. Her ears were down, she was dragging her back legs, seemed distant and distracted and just poorly. She kept hiding and lying under bushes in the garden and was really anti-social.
At the hospital she saw Dr Marion and was thoroughly checked out: no ticks, no infection (oh the indignity of the thermometer) no ear problems, no arthritis or joint problems, eyes and heart all fine too. And she was her normal happy self, jumping about, being all wriggly and making little woofy happy noises. She even wagged her tail when she was vaccinated. Dr Marion wondered of she had been bitten by an insect, but thought it more likely that 'something had happened'. Something human beings mightn't understand, but that is very traumatic for a Labrador. When we got home her happiness evaporated and she has been unhappy again. Not so much, but definitely unhappy.
Just now, when Harki is barking at the window, she is very upset, so I wonder if Harki growled at her??? I know that she is upset when Harki growls at Lorelai Gilmore. If she is not better next week she may have to go back and be prescribed some tablets to make her carefree and less anxious.
Harki is happy. Dr Marion said that she is amazed Harki is so well and very glad she is still enjoying life. She's been in the paddle pool, and then the dirt, making mud.
So of course I am very worried and trying too hard to make Peri feel happy. I had to have a little Georgette Heyer decline and take to my bed yesterday. It is cooler today so I am coping a little better. I have been outside with them this morning, sweeping up the remnants of a week's worth of playing with cups and sticks. Peri is up and about, but still upset.