I wrote a while back about Buddy and some problems he was having with diarrhea. No resolution yet, it comes and goes, so he's back at the vet this week. I appreciate the suggestions people made at the time, have passed them all on...it turns out the vet did check for giardia, and that wasn't it.
Anyway, while Buddy was at the vet a couple of months ago, David found out about another dog who was living at the vet. She'd been brought in for knee surgery (which went fine) but, as we were told the story, her owners, an elderly couple, became very ill and died before picking her up. Neither of the daughters wanted the dog; one flat-out said she'd take it to the pound. No no-kill shelters in that area either, apparently. Her name at the time was Lucky, which was kind of ironic.

David left me a voicemail message which went like this (direct quote): "Dog at the vet, yada yada, going to be put down, yada yada, give me a call." Well, to keep the story from getting any longer, Buddy now has a playmate. David changed her name from Lucky to Maggie.
Maggie is a beagle/dalmation cross. She weighs about 35 pounds (David: "Do you realize she's the same size Buddy was when we first got him, and he looked huge ?"), has a two-tone face (half black, half white) and two different colored eyes, one brown, one blue. She is about a year and a half old and has a lot of energy. She is really sweet and Buddy adores her, and she seems to like him a lot, too they play almost constantly in the evenings.

No rivalries at all (they were sharing a water dish a half hour after Maggie came home, and the both play with the same Nylabone at the same time, taking turns or one working on each end). Maggie is half Buddy's size, but it looks like she's going to be the boss dog. She is much stronger than Buddy even though she's half his size...between the two of them, they've moved chairs around in the living room several times!
Anyway, the problem is this. Here in DC, Maggie has no problems going potty outside, even though she was not originally a city dog. You take the dogs out for a walk, they do their stuff, no problem. But David has them in North Carolina this week, and called to ask me to ask y'all if anybody had any idea why she will NOT poop outside down there, where there is a yard and lots of space. Instead, she'll go upstairs and poop on the carpet. She'll go outside to walk around, and I think she'll pee outside, but nothing else. If it's an adjustment thing (and it could be), we both would have expected it to show up here in DC rather than down there.
She loves it down there otherwise. The entire upstairs of the house is one big room, with almost no furniture in it, so the dogs can run around up there until they tire themselves out. The pooping thing is the only odd thing about her. David's going to ask the vet, too, but we're interested to hear any speculations, or things to look for. Any ideas?
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The pooping thing is the only odd thing about her. David's going to ask the vet, too, but we're interested to hear any speculations, or things to look for. Any ideas?

Maggie sounds like a lovely girl.
as for the pooping thing, some dogs don't like to go off their own territory, and will hold if for days. i would definitely go ahead and talk to the vet, but it's unlikely there's anything wrong. i would probably add some bulk to her diet, like a 2-3 tbls of plain canned pumpkin. that should get things moving along. also, even though there's a yard available, i would take her out for potty breaks on a leash, as that's probably what she's used to. dogs not being the best generalizers around, she may not understand that it's okay to poop when she's not on a leash.

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The pooping thing is the only odd thing about her. ... hear any speculations, or things to look for. Any ideas?

Maggie sounds like a lovely girl. as for the pooping thing, some dogs don't like to go off their own ... being the best generalizers around, she may not understand that it's okay to poop when she's not on a leash.

Thanks, shelly. I'll pass on the pumpkin suggestion. She actually is on a leash out in the yard (there's no fence the previous owners had an invisible fence, and the wiring is still there, but even if they hadn't taken the electronics with them and we liked invisible fences, it covers too much area), and she initially had the opposite problem of not wanting to do anything on leash.

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