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[personal profile] gwyn
I am in that fugue state where you have had so little sleep for the past however many days (in my case, since Thursday) that everything seems kind of trippy and weird, and people talk to you and you have no idea what they're saying, and your body aches and you're exhausted yet you can't, paradoxically, sleep.

All of this brought to me by puppies. If I ever try to sign up to foster a puppy litter again, shoot me. Just put me down before I even get close. I am numb with exhaustion, and I keep trying to find time to just write or do something other than clean up shit and pee, but it never happens. A lot of it is because the mama is not housetrained, and she will use potty pads but she misses more often than not, or tries to poop in strange places like she's upset and doesn't know what else to do. Always at the wee hours of the morning, too, and then first thing when I get up I'm cleaning poo off the little kiddie pool the puppies reside in, and I'm cleaning up her poo and puddles of pee, and oh my god, it hasn't been a week and already I am at the end of my rope. The laundry is never ending, because they pee and poop on the blankets of course, they're babies, and now that they're eating mush they are pooping real poo.

And then they're super cute and mouth on my fingers and lick my arms and hands and get all excited when they hear my voice and I'm like "oooooo" and almost all is forgiven. Mama will go outside during the day, but she has to eat pretty much all day long to nurse the pups so she poops constantly and that means at night, when I can't take her out all the time--or at least, I take her out at night, but she often just wanders around and doesn't do anything--I end up having to clean it up, and let me tell you, for a tiny, skinny, undernourished little 10 pound doggo, she poops for a dog about six times her size. And of course, there is, to me, no worse smell in the world than dog crap.

The babies also seem to love being active at night, and they whine and wail because Mum has taken to hanging out in her crate away from them as she gets closer to weaning, and they're like "whyyyyy have you forsaken us?" So far one of them--I think it's Kara Danvers, or it could be Winn Schott--has escaped the pool and I've had to go rescue them, you'd have thought they were being murdered. And Blues is hostile, of course, to Mum and so she's in a constant state of terror about coming out to the living room or office and she's already super, super timid and afraid, but when he's gone after her there hasn't been any contact though from the screaming you'd have thought he had cut her throat. I am just stressed the fuck out.

[profile] blackbird777 came down on Saturday and actually stayed with them all for an hour so I could go out and run some errands. It's tough to be away for long, what with all the problems and the fucking drama. Tomorrow I'll probably have to move them into a pen, which will be harder for the mother to get into and out of, meaning I'll have to be standing by a lot more. Ugh.

They are cute as hell and funny and their personalities are coming out, but wow, is this killing me. I'm trying to post at least a pic a day, if not video, on Tumblr and Instagram. Hopefully if I'm ever stupid enough to try this again, I'll look at my feed and remember this.

Date: 2017-01-24 01:04 am (UTC)
kass: white cat; "kass" (Default)
From: [personal profile] kass
omg you are amazing to do that, and omg that sounds hard. Infant creatures are hell. I remember feeling that way about my one infant human when I had one; i can't imagine being responsible for a whole pack of them, even if they are adorable puppies omg.

Date: 2017-01-24 01:13 am (UTC)
dorinda: Cary Grant, in "Bringing Up Baby," clutches his head beneath the letters "OMG WTF". (WTF_CaryGrant)
From: [personal profile] dorinda
Aw, poor thing...sounds like once was definitely too much! I hope the time passes very quickly, and if you ever get the strange urge to do it again, make sure to have this entry bookmarked. :-/

Date: 2017-01-24 02:55 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
Oh, man, such hard work, you sound exhausted. I know it's good that the puppies are getting care, but I hope you get a break or things level out soon.

Date: 2017-01-24 03:02 am (UTC)
saraht: "...legwork" (Default)
From: [personal profile] saraht
YOU ARE SAVING THE LIVES OF PUPPIES.

Date: 2017-01-24 12:54 pm (UTC)
sperrywink: (CM Hotch grumpy by swithers)
From: [personal profile] sperrywink
That sounds so hard! Go you for doing it, even if it is better that you never do it again!

Date: 2017-01-25 02:51 am (UTC)
raine: (Default)
From: [personal profile] raine
Puppies! ((hugs)) I admire your strength and willingness to be a foster dog parent; I couldn't do it.

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