I have forgotten to mention in previous posts that, at Margot’s last check-up, Dr. Ellis informed us that she should not be playing with other dogs or going for walks until she is fully vaccinated, because the Parvo virus can live in the ground for up to a year. Therefore, it’s just prudent not to expose young puppies to too many unfamiliar environments or other dogs until they’ve received all of their shots. The sad thing is that Margot won’t be fully vaccinated until she’s 16 weeks-old, which is still six weeks away! So, we haven’t been taking her for walks around the neighborhood like we had been, which I have suspected is part of the reason why she’s been so crazy this week.
Last night, I decided to take Margot over to my friend, Susie’s, house to play because I know for sure that Susie’s house and yard are Parvo-free (Margot has already been over to her house once before and never got sick). I don’t know what it is about Susie’s back yard, but Margot just LOVES to romp and play back there! She especially loves to jump in and out of the thick, grassy plants that line Susie’s gravel walkway. I also knew that Margot and Susie’s cat, Pete, seemed to get along pretty well during our last visit, so I was hoping that Margot would actually have a little playmate for the evening. In addition, I thought Sam and Jocie might appreciate having a few puppy-free hours at the house.
Margot and Susie played in the back yard for a while, then Mandee and Kristy came over, and we all ordered pizza. As we ate our pizza outside on the deck, Margot continued to play and explore on her own for a while. I loved watching her have so much fun. She especially seemed interested in sitting in Mandee’s lap, which I thought was adorable. She could probably smell Mandee’s St. Bernard, Atticus, on her dress, although Mandee does adore Margot and showers her with attention, so I’m not surprised at all that Margot likes her so much.
After a couple of hours outside, we decided to go inside to watch a movie. I crossed my fingers that Margot and Pete would get along as well as they did last time, and to my pleasant surprise, they actually ended up playing the whole time we watched the movie. Well…by “playing” I mean that they would take turns stalking and chasing each other from room to room, but that’s pretty much how one would expect a cat and a dog to play together. At first, I was a little worried that Margot might have just been bothering Pete, but on a couple of occasions Margot took a break from Pete in order to join us girls on the couch, and within minutes Pete would come creeping around the side of the couch to see where Margot had gone. So, it seemed like Pete was enjoying their little game of “Stalk and Chase,” but then again, I’ve never been an expert on cats.