This is another TMI post. Probably. But it is also one that is where I'm at.
Willow is a girl dog. My first EVER. I have had dogs, but only ever boys. Boys, you either fix or you don't. And unless there are nubile girl dogs around, it really doesn't matter much. Especially if your dog gets car sick or you keep them at home.
Our vet wanted Willow to go through one heat before her spay. (Which was not even a discussion, if Willow is going out with us into the community, she MUST be fixed.) Something about it being healthier...which I never could figure out why, something about all her hormones being happy systemically. Whatever. They are the experts.
I didn't really give it much thought. I somehow thought it would be a few days kind of thing, tops. SO wrong. It's more like 2 weeks in larger dogs. Yay.
Also, it looks like the dog is having a period. No lie. Yuck. She's also all PMS-y and wants snacks and to nap. So yeah.
Elise is still all over her and wants to drag her around all over the house, so I bought her some reusable diapers that you put maxi pads in. Elise thinks this is great. She's all about the diapers. She likes to choose the color and helps me stick the velcro on. I never would have thought that she would have noticed or cared. But apparently, if it involves her "Lillow", nothing is outside of her interest.
The bizarre part of this icky story, is that Elise has no comprehension that she may "become a woman" in the next year or so. I've told her sisters, because they ask All The Questions, All The Time. But if Elise were to start menstruating, it would be a completely blind-sided attack that would cause her to completely panic. And the depressing part, is that I can do nothing to prevent that. She has no concept of abstract ideas that don't fit into her interests. The beauty of this whole Willow-in-heat fiasco, is that Elise is up close and personal. It has suddenly become in her realm of interests and is noticed. I cannot explain it the way I have with her sisters, but at least she will recognize it and it will not be frightening. She will have an aquaintance with maxi pads and the idea behind them. And so Willow has unexpectedly smoothed the way for the next giant hurdle in life. I swear, I cannot thank this dog enough.