PROZAC PUPPY’S PROGRESS 10/27/2006
Today is QB’s 18th day on Prozac. Last night I saw what I could say was the first indication that the Prozac was influencing his outdoors behavior. Normally, when I took QB out at night, he barked ferociously at three trees in the front yard of our building. He did this every time, and the neighbors found his outbursts scary to watch and listen to. Someone even asked me, after seeing QB in action, if he was an attack dog! But last night all that changed.
After I bundled up, I attached QB’s head harness (here is the Halti harness at PetSmart: http://www.petsmart.com/global/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441775200&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302025643), I made sure I had a plastic bag, my gloves, my headlamp (here is a good cheap one at batteries.com: http://www.batteries.com/productprofile.asp?appid=315672 ) for seeing what I’m picking up, and a hat, and we were all set. QB was his usual self in the hall, eager to get into the elevator and outdoors. It was around 6:30 and dark out. I always get nervous that someone will approach us out of the shadows and scare QB. I worry about a confrontation but everyone assures me that that will never happen.
Tree #1 is a large pine tree surrounded by–yep, you got it–pinecones. When QB was a puppy he got a kick out of those very same pinecones and used to play with them and try to pick them up; nowadays he “plays” with the tree by trying to scare the hell out of it. Last night I braced myself for the worst. I took off one glove and grabbed a few treats to “bribe” QB with, should he become unmanageable, but QB totally ignored Tree #1! I let out a deep breath. So we went on to Tree #2, also a pine, but smaller. QB slowed his pace. No barkie! I was beginning to wonder if perhaps QB had something hidden up his little doggie sleeve until I realized that QB doesn’t have sleeves, and we progressed across the circular driveway to Tree #3, a maple near the flagpole that sits in the middle of the driveway.
This had to be some kind of joke. Surely, someone had switched dogs on me. But we sailed past Tree #3 as easily as if it were merely a tuft of grass.
Could it be the Prozac? This morning, again, QB’s behavior amazed me. He was able to quickly recover when a large, aggressive-sounding dog barked at him from behind a fence. I pulled QB along and encouraged him, and very quickly we were on our way.
Perhaps it is too soon to come to any conclusions. In order to have a fair scientific experiment, there should be two QBs, one “control” that takes a placebo (that QB will be anything but in control) and the other that takes the real thing. Neither QB would know what he is taking. They would then be compared. Needless to say, one QB is all I can handle and all I need and want and can afford. God bless the little guy, he’s a handful!