Woke up this morning to poor Ruby whining. That dreadful smell was back:(
Yep, two piles of slightly formed diarrhea, all over her bed and her - poor thing. It started yesterday after she had sprats. No vomit just very loose, smelly poo out on our walk.
There we were, outside at 07:30 with a temperature of -5C, wanting to hose her down. We had protected the outside tap but forgotten to empty the hose and it was frozen solid. We tipped the ice out of her water bowl and started washing her like that. Not much good.
Anyhow, we persevered and rubbed her with shampoo. All the time she was looking very upset, probably thinking we were mad with her. In the end we started laughing at the silliness of it all. Still didn't help reassure her though! It reminds us when it happens, of the days of very dirty nappies:)
Eventually, we gave up and got a bucket of warm water and a jug to rinse her. She still smelled slightly but by then we were both freezing. Bedding was dragged outside and left for a while.
Bits and bobs attached to the carpet, door and walls were cleaned up before we ate breakfast - hey ho!
For a change, she wasn't interested in food but we boiled rice for later on if she feels like it. We have decided to stop giving her sprats - forever. She loves pilchards, which just for a change I didn't add to the meals prepared yesterday as we have loads of sprats! She also eats tinned tuna and tinned mackeral in water, so they will be okay as substitutes.
The washing machine will be working full tilt today. Two dog mattresses (can only wash one at a time), two covers, two towels. All will be washed in powdered bleach.
We shall give her another hose down later on as she is still going to the loo, or trying to and still smells slightly. Onwards and upwards.
New Years Eve. We find it difficult to stay up now but have to for Ruby due to midnight fireworks. Seeing as she doesn't feel great, she will probably be fast asleep.