Remember our post last week about long-dong-Jake and our struggle for a diaper solution? Let me just say, we leave no
diaper stone unturned.
I bought 9 pairs of boys training underpants from 3 different sites. All too small. I bought pull-up diapers (human) size 2T (too small) and 5T (long enough but too roomy and they don’t have velcro so they fell off when he started walking).
I bought rubber pants (that people use when they use cloth diapers) — we are the proud owners of 4 of these. I bought disposal belly bands, they didn’t stay on. I bought full on dog diapers that cover his bum but he was so uncomfortable and there is no need for his butt to not feel air. As much as I want to live in a pee free world, Jake’s comfort is paramount.
As you will recall, we got super cute belly bands that couldn’t contain ‘the beast’ and thus couldn’t contain the pee. We easily tried five other belly bands before this one.
We got him a better version, that had potential however the Medium went to 20 inches (circumference) and Jake is 21-22 inches around in that area so it dug into him. The large jumped up to 25 inches so that option was out. The medium is the one we’ve been trying to make work (I cut one of the sides to make it more comfy but of course that one cut is a personal invitation for pee to flow on over to the other side. This version also has the most abusive strip of velcro I have ever encountered. The weight of the velcro weighs him down a little. Dude can’t even stand up most moments so adding pressure to his back is not optimal.
With almost all the belly bands, we use maxi pads inside to keep him dry and help with leakage. You have heard of crazy cat ladies? Well I’m crazy maxi-pad lady. There are packages all over the house. If you need a really good laugh, you should see the look you get from a guy when he sees an open package of maxi-pads in the kitchen. Anyway, if need be, I could have made that belly band work with some doubling-up of products (and some duck tape). And if you are wondering at this point, why the struggle? Jake is only six. He has 20 good years left in him (I aim high). This is the reality and solutions will make it easy, normal, struggle free. Also, Jake is a really big small dog. He is between a med and a large in almost everything.
In the same sense that we leave no rock unturned, we don’t opt for half-ass. So as I sat at my computer looking for even more solutions, a chat window popped up on Facebook. It was Jen from Sirius Republic and she typed in six words that made me squeal, tear up and will ultimately change Jake’s life forever:
“I may be able to help.”
Check back tomorrow to hear how our superhero changed our outlook and made our hearts happy. People, our world has been rocked!!