Penney Gets Traumatized

Poor Penney! We all know she’s a neurotic dog with special needs. Today she had a surprising episode that had us really worried.

I feel better now. Thanks, Lee.

This morning, the dogs were full of energy, so I took them out while I moved horses. I noticed Penney stayed up with Lee, which seemed odd. When I came back in, she was at the top of the stairs, whining. Huh.

Whine, whine!

Pretty soon we realized she wouldn’t come down. We called and called. She wouldn’t come. Visions of pee all over the upstairs passed through my mind. Lee went up to encourage her, with dog help, of course.

What’s the matter, girl?

We wondered if she’d tripped going downstairs in the night. My idea is that she didn’t want to be near Gracie Lou. Gracie, the tough little farm dog, is always dominant over her, but for the most part, I assumed they were playing. Hmmm.

Lee said to wait and see if she’d come down on her own, so we waited a while and she was just standing there whining. Then I went up to encourage her in a very cheerful way. I got her to come down one step. Then dogs came up and she backed up. Sigh.

I’m scared.

Then Lee went up and “encouraged” her to go down. Note that Gracie is on top of her.

I’m trying here!

The poor dear rushed down, and Gracie immediately jumped on her. Much peeing ensued. Poor Penney. I eventually got her outside where she trembled as she pooped. She’s a nervous wreck.

Ready to pounce.

Gracie is gonna spend some time in her room today until we figure out what’s up. I’m sure it can be worked out. Lee still thinks she might have fallen. Poor dear.

You sure never know what’s next with dogs. Send Penney vibes of calming and safety. And hope she’ll come down after she goes back up. And…she’s back up and whining. Stay tuned.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

9 thoughts on “Penney Gets Traumatized”

  1. Poor thing. Our mini dachshund was raised by two minpins and 5 cats. Rest their souls, they’ve all crossed the rainbow bridge and Willy is a lone wolf now, but he’s never forgotten Luna, the oldest alpha female minpin. Her bark was law and she always ate first, not whipper snapper little doxie pups. It’s been 5 yrs since she passed on and Willy still checks to see if anyone is close to the bowl or near the snack hand before he takes a bite.
    I think in some situations that they remember things that worried them and need to be reassued that whatever it was isn’t there anymore. Going to help her down the stairs, whatever the problem is, was a good idea, even if she did get a rowdy escort. Hope Penny is feeling better. 😊

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    1. She’s still afraid of the stairs. She will go if Lee starts her. This is a mystery! And I agree, they do remember stuff a long time.


  2. P.S. They all have special needs, sometimes I have to give some of my mine ,that start to pick on another, a natural calming pill. When
    A bigger dog decides to get even it can be bad. One of our labs turned on a spaniel that had picked on him for years. Saved the spaniel.
    I have a sister and brother now , the sister had trauma and attacks the larger brother, so I make sure brother does not turn on her, and she gets the pill and reassurance but also commands to stop, and the brother gets praise. Sister is improving. Good luck
    Bach flower, lavender,


  3. This is worrisome. Maybe she had a seisure, scared about the fight, getting into another one, scared of some creature , a part of her body hurts? I will keep thinking.


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