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Hello!

Please let me start off by saying, that I 100% love and adore my new puppy, and wouldn't trade him for the world.

I got him at 7weeks old, a red and white Boston Terrier, and three days later after pick up, he was in the ICU being treated for severe dehydration. After many many vet visits my pup ended up having every worm and parasite a puppy can have, all from unsanitary conditions from the breeders house.

My first week was spent rushing him to the vet or the emergency hospital, and loads and loads of tears and anxiety if my new pup would even make it.

He's somewhat stable and the vet is happy with his recovery, but he has many ups and downs and his symptoms come out of the blue. Which has left me in constant stress and depression. I have had to cut back on work, and have probably only worked 20hrs this whole month because of my new puppy being sick.

Since my pup was sick for the first few weeks being home, I did spoil him by letting him sleep with me, and pick his own schedule. Now that he is doing better, he is somewhat getting used to my schedule I have in place for him. He is usually pretty good throughout the night in his crate, by making a simple whimper to let me know he needs to use the bathroom, and does his business then goes back to bed until around 7am.

The nights aren't what concerns me, it's the day time. Since he's been so sick and it's still a little uncertain whats exactly going on, he hasn't been able to leave my house other than vet appointments. He is missing that crucial socialization with other dogs that I know he desperately needs to become a well mannered dog. I have looked into doggy daycares, but since he is not 10lbs, they will not take him. I am still concerned even putting him in a place with a lot of dogs because of his history of getting sick so easily.

With that being said, I am the main caretaker for my pup, and it has taken a major toll on my life. I get probably around 5 hrs a sleep per night, and then I'm up with him for the remainder of the day before I work my short shift, then back home to take care of him. When he naps during the day, I have to get simple household things done.

Has anyone else felt completely depressed and had "the puppy blues"? I sometimes miss my before-puppy-life but then I remember that he needs me and I took on this responsibility to care for him, and I will stick to that. His health and well being has 100% come before mine, causing me to loose 10lbs within a month span, countless hours of sleep, and endless amount of tears on how I wish I could fix him.

My mother is very ill and is not capable of caring for this pup and help take care of him for me, and my father works long days so it's all on me to be there for him and I feel like I don't have a life anymore, I can't go out of the house to be with friends because I can't leave him alone for too long, and I can barely keep my job because he needs care and attention.

I will never, ever, even think about re-homing him, that is out of the question. I guess I just wanted to see if anyone else has had somewhat of the same situation, and how they got through it? I plan to go see a doctor about my anxiety, but that will only do so much.


Thanks for letting me vent....



-K
 

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Have you asked your vet about socialization - when he'll be healthy enough for it, if there are any safe places to do it, etc?

Typically puppy classes are great for socialization, as would be meeting your friends and your friends' dogs - but with his history, I'd get it approved first.

I do think you need a break for your sanity. Since your parents can't watch him, is there any other friend who could take him for a couple of hours while you take a nap, catch up on chores, or just chill for awhile? They could even come over and watch him while you do things. Most people love playing with puppies, and it would be good socialization!

This poor little guy has had a rough start to life, but that doesn't mean his future is bleak. :) He's clearly found a great home, so just be sure to take care of your mental health and you can have a great future together. :)
 

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This story just broke my heart!! It's so hard to see a little puppy so sick. You are such a good dog mom!

I second the puppy classes idea, when he is well. They are great for socializing! Also, having friends come over and having a "puppy party" is a great way to have your dog socialize with other humans.

I hope you can find someone who can give you a break!! You deserve it! Good luck to you and the puppy!
 
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