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I knew Plummy was a faithful loyal companion but it wasn't until the other day I realized just how good of a dog she really is.
Poor Plum has been having a bad allergy flare and is so uncomfortable that she licks chews and gnaws on her feet until they bleed and she has been using her sharp claws to scratch her head so much that she has little sores near her eye that are all red and inflamed.
I feel so bad because I know she has that "crawling out of her own skin" feeling and there is not much I can do to relieve her in these times of flaring. It's a long process to change up meds and her diet to identify and remove the possible allergy triggers. And in the meantime I have to watch her dig into herself until she bleeds. It's torturous for us both.
But then something happened that really touched me. The other night she was sitting next to me on the couch really going at her paws, totally obsessed and unstoppable licking, biting, and gnawing at them.
After not being able to take it anymore I lifted up my finger and pointed it in her face, indicating a "Stop!" hand signal.. Miraculously she just stopped and then very gingerly crawled closer to me, let out a little sigh, and rested her head on my arm.
She didn't want to. I could tell how incredibly hard it was for her. But she did. In that moment I realized just what a very good girl she is.
I recognized that it must have taken all of her willpower to resist and despite the intense physical action that every part of her body from the inside / out was compelling her to take....her urge to obey me was greater.
People talk about having super-human "mind over matter" like abilities. But Plummy demonstrated heart over matter.
She didn't itch at all for the rest of the night.