Speck Update

Thanks to all who have asked about Speck.  He’s doing so good.  Short of keeping him in the crate, I can’t keep him from running and jumping.  As long as I’m sitting in the chair knitting, he will sit with me; or if I’m downstairs quilting, he’ll sleep on his pillow next to me but otherwise . . he’s back to being a wild dog.  His pain pills were to be given “as needed” and I stopped those by the end of last week.  I thought maybe if he hurt just a little, he’d slow down a bit but apparently he isn’t hurting at all.  The anti-inflammatory meds were causing his tummy problems so I asked the vet about them and he said I could stop giving them to him and if he seems to be having problems, I can give him half of one once a day for 4 or 5 days.  So, he’s on no meds and he’s acting normal.

Remember my big Amazon box . . he figured out how to move it!  Tuesday Speck was sleeping upstairs so when I went down to quilt, I just left him upstairs.  No one was home but he and I so I figured he’d just keep sleeping.  After a while I heard him whining and I thought . . he’s loud!  So I went to the stairs and there he was . . at the bottom of the stairs waiting for me to open the gate and let him in the basement.  We’ll have to come up with a new plan to keep him from going down the stairs.

But, I’m so happy he’s doing good and I’m really trying to keep him from jumping and running around too much.


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    Toni in TN says

    Have a cabinetmaker make a gate to match your banister. It will blend right in and be easy to open and close. Make sure Speck can’t get through the uprights. Can’t remember what those things are called.

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    I used to use baby gates when I had smaller dogs. Now Mike’s made custom gates that match our decor, but would be too big of spaces and Speck could get through.

    Bonus on baby gates, they don’t have to mar the wood like a permanent gate would do.

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    Sue in Scottsdale, AZ says

    Judy, how about a gate that is attached to the banisters with pressure. We have several of these gates in our house to keep our dogs out of rooms they are not allowed. They are easy to remove if you no longer want them up and they are easy for me to open and close, but the dogs can’t move them or get through the slats (except for my friends 3 lb. puppy). My 7 lb. dachshund can’t get through it. The latch can even be latched if you have young children around (which I know you don’t but it is a great safety mechanism. Here is a link to the gates at Petsmart http://www.petsmart.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2767147&sr=1&origkw=gates. I think the ones we have are the second one (with the cat going through the cat door).

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    Alicia says

    What good news, happy for you and Speck. We used baby gates, the kind mentioned, with the spring and they are adjustable when my dog had orthopedic surgery and she wasn’t allowed to be active.

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    lw says

    Good news about Speck!! I agree with the folks who think it would be a good idea to have a gate at the top and bottom of the stairs. Esspecially since it may only be a few short years until you need to keep the grandbabies from falling down the stairs.

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    Good news about Speck. He sure is a smart little booger.

    I can have a baby gate leaning against the wall and my 125 lb doofus boy Dutch won’t cross it. Pepsi would laugh at anything under 6 feet and without razor wire!


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    I’m glad Speck is better. Isn’t it amazing how smart those little weiner dogs are? My Lily is always doing things that totally amaze me. (And she is our 4th weiner dog, I was raised with them since birth.)

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    So glad to hear that Speck is doing well. We use a baby gate for Casey when we are at work. . . but she has scratched through it.

    We are thinking of getting the type that has a plastic mesh since having the see through plastic one didn’t last very long.

    Good luck!

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    Denise ~ justquiltin says

    You know those electric chairs hooked to stair railings — well Speck just needs a little platform along the same line that he can hop on and ride up and down the stairs on. 🙂

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    Lynne says

    I am so glad he is doing well, and I am glad I am not the only one that stores quilts on the stair banisters

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    carol c says

    Freecycle or Walmart, they have baby gates

    I wish I still had one of mine that is used for cats, i would send it to you