If I could tame a wild animal
I signed up at Plinky and have been using the prompts, though I am not necessarily very good at simply answering the question. I'm not going to pick a wild animal to keep as a pet today, but will make it a MaggieMae update. She has her wild moments, but at 13 years, she does show some signs of aging. She can't jump very high, needs help to get in the car, and apparently her bladder has become weaker. She was developing the bad habit of peeing on the carpet during the night, and I was about ready to buy dog diapers. I have a nice carpet cleaner, but got tired of using it 3 times a week, so I did some research and found dog diapers and medications. The diapers would be another expense, but I would do that if I really had to. The medications, I found, can be deadly. And my friend who belongs to dog-lover groups said that there are actually people who "put down" their dogs when this happens. Not something I could imagine doing. This dog is a family member, and like a child.
I decided a couple of weeks ago to experiment with limiting her water intake, since she likes to drink it at night. At the same time, I wanted her to drink enough before the cut-off point, so I give her her FreshPet Select treat between 4:30 and 5:30 pm, which makes her thirsty. I pull the water at 6 pm. Last call for going outside is 10 pm. Then there was the problem that she was becoming accustomed to getting out of her bed in the bedroom at 2 am or so, going into the living room and peeing. I could hear her get out of bed, so I'd yell at her to get back into the bedroom lest she be put in the "den" - which is her airline carrier. She listened, obeyed and we've killed the habit. This combination has worked! Hooray! Sleeping in the den was an option as well, but I would rather not restrict her unnecessarily. So all's well once again, and if the carpet is wet it is because I just shampooed it.