Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Very Unhappy Mitch

A couple of days ago, Mitch started acting funny.  He stopped sleeping on his beds both upstairs and downstairs and even out in dad's workshop. 
He eats fine and he pees and poos just fine and mom and dad are pretty sure it's not a medical issue.    Naturally they were very concerned. 
Don't laugh too hard but the hoomans think that Mitch is whigged out by static electricity and getting pokes? So far this is the only explanation they can come up with!

Mitch walks around with his tail down, which is a sure sign that this Dale is most unhappy.
Mom flipped the blankies thinking that the fuzzy side might be giving him pokes?
 She even changed his collar thinking that the chrome spots/studs on his collar might be the cause?  Mitch didn't have this collar last year.  This problem is new and it started as our temperatures got much colder. 
Doesn't he took just so pathetic?
 He is very clingy and loves for mom and dad to kiss him and hug him all day long if they'll play his game. 
He finally settled but he avoids his bed like it's his enemy!

 Static electricity doesn't bother me a bit!  I wear coats in the winter for walkies when it's below 20 degrees out and when mom takes them off in the house they snap crackle and pop but who cares?  I was warm!

Yes, you can see where my blankie has been chewed down at the right hand corner. Mitch did that while mom was in Florida.    Dad had a meeting that night and he was mad that dad left him home. 
Do you think my brother is crazy?  Do any of you have this same issue? 
I'm getting sick and tired of Mitch getting too much of mom and dad's attention! What about me?!

On a very sad note - our friends the Thuglets have lost their Aire-girl, Dorcus
Our hearts just ache for her family.  Dorcus was only five years old.
Run free sweet girl! 

So until next time.............

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch


Niamh said...

We are shocked to hear that the beds have turned static and are causing Mitch to be afraid of them. We have not had this problem but maybe your mom could rub dryer sheets on the beds to get rid of the static.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Penny and Patches said...

We have that same problem here! It doesn't seem to bother the girls, but our mom hates it! She gets shocked every time she touches Patches. It started right after her latest Aire-cut, last week. Our beds have tops that feel like cotton and we don't seem to get shocked in them. Maybe you could wrap a sheet or something around the beds. Good luck Mitch! We hate to see you so sad!
It's really sad that the Thuglets have lost Dorcus! Another one of their Aire-kids just went to the bridge in Oct.!

Penny & Patches

Gus said...

wow...we hate to see Mitchy looking so unhappy. We think the Static cling thing might work, or you could try rubbing Mitch with an unscented one, (or two) along with the sheet thingy. It is interesting, but Teka has more of a snap,krackle,pop problem than I do..she often makes lots of crackles when muzzer takes off her pink bone printed fleecy jumper.


AFSS said...

We have no clue why Mitch is unhappy.

Bocci said...

First, we are so sad for the loss of your good friend, Dorcas-at only 5! That is a hearbreaker.

We will continue to ponder why Mitch is unhappy...??

Your buddy,

Reilly and Bree said...

I wonder if Mitch got upset with his mom being away. He might of been looking for her when she was gone and now associates his bed with worry.

Remington said...

First off, let me say how sorry I am to hear of the loss of you friend. That is so sad!
About Mitch, I think he is worried that Santa Paws might not get his letter. I know that look and I think THAT is the problem. Tell him not to worry -- I am certain that Santa will be there on Christmas Eve....

Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

Oh yea Bobo does the same things. Brothers are so silly! They can be such big babies.

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

Sue said...

YES, we had the very same problem with Monty when he was alive. He stopped eating and dragged around. He seemed to think he was being punished when he got a zap on the nose. We worked really hard to touch something else before touching him and we kept a humidifier running and used extra fabric softener on his blankets and toys. Monty was very sensitive to noise and any little change in his environment.

Fabrizio said...

Hi Maggie,

...I've never heard about static and electriciticitiriti. What's that? :-) My dads say I shock them often enough...I hope it's got nothing to do with me!!!

Give Mitch a big hug and kiss from me!

Love you lots,

Sherry said...

I'd try a new bed to be sure--a terrycloth bath mat or something. Or wash the bed covers and dry with unscented anti-static sheets. There's probably more static in winter because the air is drier. Poor Mitch!

Barbara said...

New cover for the bed!!! Poor Mitchie!!

We were also saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Dorcus. We told his humans so.

You need steam in that there house!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

We are very sorry about the loss of your friend. So young too. Poor Mitch. We have problems with static here...Holly's fur on her ears especially are straight up and everything I touch I get zapped. I mean everything too. It's not comfortable at all so if Mitch is getting the same reaction as I am, I don't blame him for not wanting to get on his bed if that's what is doing it. I've tried everything but something about me seems to get the static electricity going on everything! Lots of love, Holly and mom

♥ Sallie said...

I'd be upset if my bed was shocking me too! :) But don't be sad, Mitch! New beds are expensive but maybe Santa can save up and get you one!


Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Poor Mitch! I would definitely try a new bed cover (or the dryer sheet suggestion) - getting zapped is NO FUN. I don't blame you for being unhappy! I hope you start feeling happier soon!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

Aniemother said...

Aww.. Poor Mitch. No fun getting a slap every time you try to lie down and relax.


Sally said...

oh No! We are very upset that Mitch is unhappy with his beds. the other comments made some good suggestions - can you buy a spray? A friend of D's had a spray she used to stop her skirt sticking to her tights - we hope a solution is found soon. we sure do not like seeing a sad Airedale. lots of licks
Sally and Paddy
We are so sorry to hear about Dorcas

Finni said...

We hope Mitch's problem can be solved, we don't like to see him unhappy.
The thuglet's loss of Dorcus is heart breaking especially as they have only just had to say 'Good bye' to Ellie - very sad.
Big headrubs
Finni xx

doyle and mollie said...

aw mitch we are so sorry to hear you are having an electrifying time but we knows your momma and dad will sort it all out cos they love you so - maybe some icecream will help? - loves and licks xxx

snoopydog said...

Oh dear, poor Mitch! You look so sad. Hope you feeel happier very soon. Ros and Oscar

George the Lad said...

Oh Mitch sorry you are getting the shocks, I know what its like !!! I've had some the last couple of days!! mom says rub your bed down with a damp cloth, might work its works on her work trousers!
It was so sad to hear the news about Dorcas, and have been to there blog, my heart goes out to them.
Jan and George xxx

scotsmad said...

We've never heard of dogs getting static shocks. Hope some of these other ideas help. Mitch looks so sad.

XXXOOO Daisy, kendra & Bella

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We are still sad about Dorcas and so sad fur The Thuglets and their humans...

Poor Mitch - I think lots of Mom huggies will help!

Woo should see what statikh khan do to a fluffy tail!


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Not sure what would help poor Mitch. Perhaps a new blanket that doesn't do the static thing? We love a lot of attention so we don't slight him for that. Maggie you just need to get your attention from Dad when Mitch is getting it from Mom..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Lacy said...

w00fs, it does daddy like that too..he afraid to touch anything..does mama too, but not as ok mitchy, it will only last around 3 more months..

b safe,

Sierra Rose said...

Hi ya pals!
So sad to hear about Dorcus. Only 5...oh no :(
Well...Mitchy...don't know what to beds sometimes get a bit sandy or mucky,and I prefer sleeping elsewheres...but hmmmm. The static sounds like it could be the problem. Keep us posted!!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We are very sad about your friend Dorcas. We know their heart are breaking,.. we will keep them in our thoughts.
I think a Mitch doggy would rather sleep in your bed. Have you tried that?

Asta said...

Dawling Maggie and Mitch
I'm so sowwy to see poow Mitchy unhappy..he's such a happy -go-lucky boy oosually..I hope this getw wesolved soon and maybe the evil bed will stop scawing him
meantime, pleez give him my special healing smoochies to get his tail up again
smoochie kisses

Oskar said...

I'm so sorry that Mitch is sad. I hope that he feels better soon! It's so very sad about Dorcus.

Nubbin wiggles,

Benny and Lily said...

Dosen't momma know if you have a bad dream in your bed you don't want to go back, BOL. Poor baby. You take care of him Maggie. Put a cookie in his bed.
Benny & Lily
LOVE the gifts!! Thank you. We will ost about it very soon

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

The news about Dorcus was so very sad - we sent our condolences to them. Tough to lose one so fast and so young.

Poor Mitch, we don't have any suggestions, but we hope he feels better soon.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

OMD - our verification word is mitchi:)

the 4 Bs said...

poor Mitchy. we don't know what is bothering you, kiddo. we sure hope it gets better though.

we're sorry to hear about your aire friend. we didn't know Dorcus, but will go visit them and offer our sympathy.


Sonic said...

Poor Mitch! He looks sooooo sad it just melts snow.

I hope he cheers up soon. I got sparked once too... I chewed on Momma's laptop cable and I've been afraid of cables since.

PS I'm sure Dorcus is happy on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge now, with lots of dogs to play with there.


animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Maggie and Mitch,
Mitch does look sad. Poor baby!!
Sorry you lost your friend dale.
xx, Bambi & Fern

Anonymous said...

First I'm sad to hear the news about your friend Dorcus.

Next, I sad looking at Mitch in his pitures.I hope you can narrow down the trouble and help him to feel happy again.

Maybe he thinks Santa Paws won't be coming to bring him goodies this year?

Cheer up sweet Mitch...u r loved very much and that should make you happy!!

And just in case you got them ol' static-cling blues then have your humans rub some dryer sheets on you.

Thanks for stoppin' by my blog. Love Autumn

Jazzi said...

Boy!! He does look so sad. Maybe his bed has the itchies, maybe a new bed. I don have shocks here but they would bug me, maybe steam up the house :-)


Teddy Bear said...

We were very sad to hear about Dorcus.:( We hope Mitch feels better. Static cling can be very weird.:(

Teddy Bear

Kess And Her Mama said...

Oh dear...Hope to see Mitch's tail go up real soon. It's so sad to see a dog with its tail down. Better get to the bottom of the problem before Maggie's tail goes down from lack of attention!

Sally said...

I am very sad to hear that, poor Mitch.
I am very sorry for Dorcus and her family.

Sad woooh

Noah the Airedale said...

Hmmm I wonder what it could be that's upsetting Mitchy Boy. I hope you come up with an answer to the problem.

We are so upset and shocked about poor Dorcus. So sudden.

Rip Dorcus. We will miss you.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Johann The Dog said...

Oh we get that static problem too sometimes! I duck when I think it's comin' Eco-friendly, healthy dryer sheet, yep that should do the tricks, at least you'll know if that it or not!!! Hugs :)

Mango said...

We have a terrible time with the statics in the winter. It seems all of momma's warm clothing is electrified and sparks fly just when she rubs me. I have a regular cotton sheet on my bed which is not as staticy as fleese. I hope that Mitch is OK.


Mack said...

I think you should get back at your bed and de-floof it. That's what I would do! We hope you are feeling better soon!


Wowzer woo look pitiful. I wonder if your bed was made of cheeze and puparoni that would help.
hmm.. nice work getting the folks attention. I may try that.

I heard humidifier may help. That was terribly sad news about Dorcus

Stardust said...

Mitch looked sad but so pitifully cute in that picture. Am glad that the static problem is resolved. I totally get you Mitch! I have these knotty hair ends at the back of my neck thanks to static and sometimes I just feel like giving up on them! At least your problem can be washed and dried!

Am so sorry for young Dorcus. She's so sweet in that picture.

The Thuglets said...

We wanted to say thankyou so much for your very kind words, thoughts & support on our sudden loss of Dorcus.

Time with our dogs is precious time. We have learnt NEVER put off what we can do or say to them today until tomorrow. Sometimes tomorrow doesn't come!

We were so sorry Mitch wasn't himself for a while. We are pleased he is happy again.

Karen& Alan Dorcus's mum & Dad
Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Sunshade said...

OK, stoopid STINKY does the same thing. When he gets off the bed and feels or hears the static, she jumps and looks back at the bed with a head tilt and tail between leggies. It's a good thing he has 3 second memory, so after 3 seconds, he had forgotten about it, until it happens again, but then, it just lasts 3 seconds again.

I'm like you, I'm not wussy!

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade