I Love Our Vet!

Yes, I know I’ve said before that I love our vet, but I’m saying it again. I Love Our Vet! 

Not just because he has always taken good care of our pets; but also because he has always been honest and forthright on all fronts.

Not just because he let me do my externship (for my vet assistant course) at his hospital; but also because he has always been there for us (just a call or text away) from the time Ducky started presenting IBD symptoms, throughout Callie’s lymphoma journey, and every day since.

You might recall in my last post, Happy 13th Birthday, Shadow, I mentioned that thanks to her little sister Shadow had taken a tumble a couple of weeks ago. Thanks to the hemp oil gel caps and elixir drops and daily walks on the treadmill, the tumble didn’t seem to bother her then.

Still, over the last 10 days, she seemed to be struggling more to stand up and stay up. And she hasn’t been eating as well or as much, plus her reflux seems to bother her more often again. So, I brought Shadow back to Dr. Steve for his professional opinion on Tuesday morning. I mentioned that with her increased struggling of late I was worried that maybe she was in more pain than she let on. He put my mind at ease. “No injury. Just her arthritis flaring a little.”

I sent Doc a video of Shadow walking on the treadmill yesterday morning; and when he called in the afternoon with the lab results he commented on the video. “She looks great. She walks like an older dog with some arthritis. Her range of motion isn’t what it used to be, but it’s pretty good for an old lady.” As for the blood work and urinalysis, everything is close to or at normal levels, which means the Denamarin is working. We talked about some other minor concerns; but all’s well. The Gabapentin, hemp oil, and treadmill – and outdoor playtime – is keeping her arthritis manageable. So, we’re sticking with what works.

Now it’s time to get back to working on my final exam. It’s due back to my program manager on the 30th, so I probably won’t publish another post before Halloween.

Happy Thankful Thursday!!!

Happy 13th Birthday, Shadow!

My sweet girl is 13. Where have the years gone?! Seems like only yesterday we brought her home to be Callie’s little sister.

I love this girl with my whole heart. She gives us her heart unconditionally. She loves Ducky in spite of the little brat’s attitude. 

Shadow has been my rock since Callie got her angel wings. She has taken over Callie’s role as my furry confidant, my furry shoulder to lean on in tough times. Callie was an excellent teacher; Shadow was a star pupil. 

Shadow has had her own challenges these last two years, but she has overcome them with great spirit.  We’ve been dealing with some arthritis issues, but the Treatibles CBD oil supplements, plus walking on the treadmill every day (in addition to play time), is helping a lot. She does have some difficulty walking/standing on the kitchen (linoleum) floor at times. The floor mats I bought to help her aren’t any good because they slide all over the place. And I just haven’t been able to get back to Target to exchange them.   Yet, despite her issues, she’s still a happy pup. She misses Callie, naturally; but as long as we give her lots of love and attention, she’s content.  And I hope she’ll be happy and healthy for at least another few years. 

Shadow is – and always has been – my good, sweet girl. She doesn’t dole out kisses the way Callie used to and Ducky does, but she is a very loving girl. She doesn’t like hugs, but will tolerate mine (so I try to limit them to those times when I really need them). She loves all of us but she’s always been my dog…I’m her special person, especially since Callie got her angel wings.

Happy Thirteenth Birthday my sweet girl!! I love you and – like your sisters – you will always be in my ❤️. 

 

Sunny Saturday

After several days of overcast skies and thunderstorm-filled late nights, we finally have a most-welcome visitor: Mr. Sun! And he’s supposed to stick around for the whole weekend.

Anyway, not one to miss an opportunity to spend time outdoors, I brought the girls back out in the yard – along with their yard toys – so the three of us can enjoy the sunshine. 

The girls are watching our neighbor mow his back lawn. They were barking at the lawn mower for a little while but have both settled down.

I’m just sitting here soaking up the sun and fresh air while I can. Once mid May rolls around it’ll probably be too hot and muggy to stay out here all day.
 

Free At Last!!!

Ducky is free at last of the Buster collar the vet put around her neck after her surgery two weeks ago.


The vet said “she healed beautifully and it looks great back there. She should have a lot fewer UTIs and irritations.”

She is happier than a ____ in _____ (you can fill in the blanks however you want). And Shadow, Dog-Daddy and I are happy for her. 

Dog-Daddy and I are happy for ourselves, too. No more having to clip her leash to her collar every time we take her outside, even to play. And Shadow’s happy to be able to get a little more attention now, too.

When we got home – and I’d taken her harness off of her – she had a GIANT case of the barking zoomies around the living room. She barely stopped long enough to say hello to the dog-daddy. 😂

So I took her and Shadow outside, along with their favorite toys; and this is what ensued….

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Playtime Challenges

It’s not easy playing with your favorite outdoor toy when you have the cone around your neck. And a leash clipped to your collar.

Will Ducky figure it out? Watch the video all the way to the end and you’ll find out.

No cheating. I know the answer. Did you guess correctly?

Finally Some Sun!!

Thursday night we had a huge, long, drawn-out downpour. It was so heavy, fast, and furious that the porch floor flooded and some of the mess came in the house under the inside door. UGH! I’ve had the ceiling fan running non-stop trying to dry out the carpet by the door. It is drying, but it’s taking a while. And it stinks. Like stale, dirty water. I’m going to open the windows a little later to get some fresh air in the room.

Yesterday we had more rain, but thankfully not enough to re-flood the porch quite as bad. Just enough so the girls and I couldn’t get in more than five minutes of playtime outside.

Thankfully the rain stopped overnight and the muddy water on the porch was able to drain out through the holes we made a few years ago.

About ten minutes ago, the sun broke through the clouds and the sky has actually turned a pretty blue again.


Not willing to miss the opportunity to work off some more of Ducky’s pent-up energy – and because Shadow told me she needed to answer a nature call – I quick-like-a-bunny ushered the girls downstairs, out the back door, and into the yard. I threw Ducky’s Kong Bounzer across the yard for her to pounce on and then did a sidearm fastball pitch of Shadow’s ball that Peter Moylan would be proud of. (Peter was, until not long ago, an Atlanta Braves relief pitcher who I really like. Pee on the Braves for trading him AGAIN!)

Well, I have a few errands to run so I need to cut this short. (You’re Welcome! BOL). Have a great Saturday everyone!!

Taking A Break

The girls and I are taking a fresh-air break…


We’ve been inside most of the morning – eating breakfast, having to listen to the news and the dog-daddy cussing at the TV, and me working on my test answers for Stage 2 of my Vet Assistant course.

Oh! I didn’t tell you yet! I got a 95% on my Stage 1 exam. Proud of myself? Hell Yes!!

Anyway, I have more work to do this afternoon on my upcoming test, so decided to get some fresh air first. And Ducky’s been in brat mode this morning. Hopefully the fresh air will settle her down a bit.

It’s chilly out here, like Spring should be! Temps are in the high 50s/low 60s, there’s a strong breeze (more like a “wind”), and the sun is playing peek-a-boo with the puffy, white clouds and gorgeous blue sky.


To think that this time last week I was wearing shorts and short-sleeve t-shirts and spending late afternoons in the air-conditioned house. Crazy weather!

Tomorrow is Shadow’s re-check appointment with Dr. Steve. Hopefully he’ll say the toe sprain has healed enough to be able to lift her playtime restrictions. We both miss our favorite game. And Ducky will be at daycare for a few hours.

We hope y’all will have a great day!!

Shame On Me

Yes, I’m shaming myself. Let me tell you about it…

Yesterday, Ducky and I went over to the little dog park near our house to meet up with Casper and his mama.

As it turned out, the place was crowded – it was a warm, sunny day – and all the strangers around were overwhelming for Ducky’s anxieties. 

When Kayla and her hubby arrived and she got out of the car, Ducky started barking at her. She was wagging her tail tentatively. It was as though she wasn’t sure if this was truly her friend or not. 

Then Kayla got Casper out of the car. And instant recognition. After a super-happy, tail-wagging greeting between the pups, Ducky went to Kayla and put her front paws on Kayla’s knees and was rewarded with a big, loving, hello rub. I could see the joy in Ducky’s greeting.

After the greeting was over with, we decided to come back to my house for the pups to play in the ballfield across the street. But when we got here, the field was drenched in hot sun. 

So, we came around to the shady back yard. I had the hubby come out to get my wallet and keys – and to meet Kayla and her hubby – and then unlock the gate. He brought Shadow out, too. Brad left to go visit his grandmother while we girls chatted and watched the pups play.

Well, Casper played “hard to get” and my girls played. A few times all three of them ran the fence with both neighbors’ dogs. And chased each other along the fence line. Poor Shadow had a hard time keeping up with the youngsters, but she tried her hardest.

The whole time we were out here, both Kayla and I had our phones handy. And here comes the shaming part. Neither one of us thought to take even one picture!  

So, here’s a picture of Shadow and Ducky….

 
 Both girls were wiped out last night. And this morning. I bet Casper was too. Zzzzzz

That’s okay. Hopefully, the pups will have more play dates in the near future. (Kayla no longer works at Ducky’s daycare.) And we two hu-moms will be able to take pictures of our furry children playing together. 🙂

And She’s Off!

Ducky’s favorite game here at home is “Chase Me!”  Doesn’t matter if we’re inside or out. 

So, every day that she’s not at daycare, we play multiple games of chase with her. (Well, I do anyway. I have yet to be able to convince the hubby that the exercise – especially outside – would be good for him.)

Anyway, I decided that it’s been too long since my last Fit Dog Friday blog hop post. And I needed a decent video of Ducky at play. Crazy dog! ❤️

  
We don’t have a lot of options here for exercise; so since she loves this game so much, I play it with her – in the back yard – as much as I can. And in between, I play a modified version of fetch with Shadow. (More on that some other time.)

  
For more fun ways to exercise with your pups, click on the links below. Thank yous going out to our Fit Dog Friday Blog Hop hosts, SlimDoggy, My GBGV Life, and To Dog With Love.

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