Category Archives: Dogs

Cute Dogs Alert

Well, my foster dog has gone back to the SPCA.  She has shown some glimpses of being able to be affectionate and interact with humans, and really, she needs someone to adopt her that is willing to work with her for the better part of 6 months to a year.  We, unfortunately, can’t adopt her, but I know her family is out there somewhere.  And, since she isn’t too panicked in the shelter, it will be easier for her family to find her if she is on the adoption floor.  I will miss her face, most definitely!

So, this brings our canine count back down to two in our house.  And I love my pups so much, I thought I would share some adorable pictures I’ve taken of them.

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Teddy is settling into the family.  He is fascinated by human talk.  It’s as if he is trying to figure out what we are saying.

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Here, she is fighting to stay awake…and failing.

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He loves when I pull out the blanket to the backyard to read.  He just snuggles right up.

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She follows me everywhere, and when I get home, she’s usually peeking through the door.

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I love catching them cuddled together.  They act like they want nothing to do with each other, but I know better.  I catch them playing all the time.

I love my pups.  I’m so thankful to have them in my life and a part of my family.

 

Another Sorta Small SPCA Update

We have had so many adoptions at the SPCA this year.  It’s been pretty amazing to see such fast turnover.  I don’t get to know many of the dogs before they are already set to be adopted.  Last week’s adoption of Captain Hook was so much fun.  I would like to share with you another special SPCA adoption story.

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Meet Teddy.  Teddy came in with a lot of other dogs from a hoarding situation.  Most of the dogs were fairly socialized with one or two behavioral exceptions.  For Ted, that exception is the leash and he gets frightened quite easily.  Working with Ted on the leash usually means walking him with other dogs, which makes the task easy, since he loves being around other dogs.  A lot of his fellow hoarding buddies were being adopted last week, most of them small, but Ted got his day of adoption on Saturday.

Because we adopted him!

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Ted is a blue heeler mix.  He’s very smart.  He learned the doggie door within the first ten minutes of being home (which is a record among all of the dogs who have been in this house, even Jerzee).  He has also already learned sit, as long as there is a treat involved.  I love his ‘sit.’  He plops down, it’s so cute.

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Because of his past, he is unsure around anyone, but he will follow me around all day, falling asleep wherever I am.  We’ve taken him on two walks, and he’s unpredictable.  The first time, he was just fine for the most part. But the second time, something spooked him and he laid down in the road.  Luckily, he’s small enough that I could pick him up!

We are loving our new addition to our family.  I think it’s perfect that he’s here for Valentine’s Day.  He is definitely a sweetheart!

In honor of Loco

I usually do a video or photograph recap of the weekend, but this weekend was mostly spent dealing with some hard stuff.  So…that means we didn’t get out very much.  I went to Walmart for my monthly household supplies if that counts?

Also, this weekend I organized a lot of footage to find some snippets of Loco.  I film or photograph a lot of our life, but I’ve only begun to actually get it in some semblance of an order.  I took some of the clips that I found and created a small video to honor our dog.  I know that I have more somewhere, and we have loads of pictures so I might make a longer one for just Michael and me, once I go through everything.

Anyway, here’s the video, honoring our sweet pup-a-lup, Loco.

I just can’t today, and I’m sorry

black-and-white-person-woman-girlI’ve been working on some posts, but they need a little bit more time to simmer, so I’m going to leave that to next week if you don’t mind.

This weekend has been hard for multiple reasons.  Reasons, unfortunately, I can’t completely express.  But the one thing I can share is that we said goodbye to our Loco yesterday.  We spent the whole evening before with him, holding him and loving him.  And all morning until his appointment.  It was a check up on his kidney numbers, but we knew that it wasn’t looking good.

Thank you for all the sweet comments and prayers for our lovable buddy.  He was a good dog, and he will be missed.

But that wasn’t the only sadness I experienced this weekend.  I don’t know if it was losing our dog or whatever else was going on in our lives, but Saturday morning, I had a panic attack.  I used to have them a lot in college, but they hadn’t happened for a while now. This one was full force, couldn’t breathe, I felt like I was underwater and drowning.

Funnily, my dog Jerzee had no idea what to do, but she definitely tried everything.  She barked in my face with her high, worried bark, and licked the tears off my face until I was calm again.  She hasn’t left my side since.

Thank you, everyone, for reading and commenting and being such good friends. Tomorrow will be a better.

The Other Dog

I don’t know if I mentioned this in a blog before, but we actually have two dogs.  Most of the time, on my Instagram or my blog, you will see this adorable face.

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But I have another pup too, named Loco, and if you are one of my new followers, you might not know about him.

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The reason he hasn’t graced the posts of my blog lately is that he is very sick.  Last summer, he was diagnosed with cataracts and some arthritis.  Being a 13-year-old Boxer mix, this wasn’t really any cause for alarm.  But over the rest of the year, he started to decline.  He stumbled more and took a tumble on the stairs (he was fine), but after that, we decided it would be better for him to stay on the first floor.  He would have all access to the doggie door, plus his food and water, and a nice bed (or even the couch if he wanted).

But then he started to decline even more.  At the beginning of the holiday season, he started having accidents in the house.  And then they became more and more frequent.  We sequestered him to an oversized crate while inside and then would put him outside during the day.  We even moved the food and water outside, and a large bed for him to use.

And then he started losing weight.  We added a can of wet food to his dry food every morning, but it wasn’t helping.  Finally, this month, we took him to the vet.  In addition to being blind, he is also now deaf, and his arthritis is worse.  The biggest issue is that his kidneys are not doing well.  And right now, he’s on special food and taking medicine every day.  He’s going back to the vet this weekend, and if his numbers are still declining, it may be time to say goodbye to our lovable boxer.

I don’t know what I wish for in this situation.  Of course, I would love to have my buddy around forever, but I don’t want him to suffer or be in pain.  He’s lived a long life and been such a good dog, not only to me and Michael but to his previous owners as well.  But I’m so tired of dealing with death, in any context.  Loco is a part of our family, and we have had to say goodbye to family so many times over the last couple of years – both of our daughters and my grandpa.  It’s a hard position to be in, but I know that God will give us peace with whatever is about to come next.

So, if you are the praying type, please pray for our Loco.  And pray for us.  Pray that we can do the best for this wonderful dog.

Have you ever lost a dog?  Have you had to take care of an elderly sick dog?

Happy Birthday, Loco!

Today is this one’s birthday.

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Loco is a champion.  When we adopted him, he had heartworms, and we couldn’t afford the surgery, so we had to put him on Heartguard and hope for the best.  This is a very risky way to treat heartworms, but he managed to beat heartworms last July!

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Also, he is a boxer.  Well, a boxer mix, but that breed has a life expectancy of at most 12.  He turned 13 today!  He beat another set of odds in his life!  We celebrate every day that we get to spend with this pup, but this day is super special.  I can’t wait to spend some time with him after work!

How do you celebrate doggie birthdays?

Have you ever had a dog that beat the odds in something?

A Little Dog-related Update

Nothing really major has been happening of late in my doggie world, so I thought I would just update all the little random tid-bits.

  • My SPCA volunteering has gone down for the time being due to renovations being made at their shelter site.  All of the dogs have been moved to another SPCA site that is on the other side of the metroplex, making it hard for me to get there easily.
  • I was going to foster a dog with the SPCA starting last week, but the best thing happened.  He got adopted!  I actually wrote about him in an SPCA post (his name was Chico)
  • I continue to pet sit this year more than last year, and I’m loving it.  Right now I’m petsitting but I usually wait until after the family has returned from their vacation to write about it.  So, that may be a future post!
  • My dogs are as crazy as ever.  It’s been raining all week, and while they have a doggie door to give them the freedom to go outside, they prefer to spend most of their time inside when it’s raining.  It’s suppose to rain for the rest of the week as well, so I’m hoping to take them out for a nice long walk once the rain as cleared!

I’m really blessed to be able to do these kinds of things, the kinds of things I love doing.  I’ve always loved dogs and always had them in my life, but now my life is just so amazing, being able to take care of rescues and care for dogs that are part of a family.  It really makes my heart happy.  But best of all, I love my two furry pups who love to snuggle with me on a bad day, help me with my fosters, and follow me on all my adventures.

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Do you love dogs?  What is your favorite animal (pet or wild)?  

8 Things I Do When I’m Sick

About once or twice a year, my sinuses attack the rest of my body leaving me sick for a few days.  And when I get sick, it’s pretty horrible.  My sick hurts when touched, my throat, ears and head throb, and my nose struggles to breathe.  I swing between fatigue and dizziness.

Usually it is due to crazy changes in the weather, and truth be told, not really taking care of myself.  I stay up way past my bed time.  I let healthy eating slide to the wayside.  That plus a myriad of other people in my life who have gotten sick in the past week has created a perfect recipe for disaster.

So, this week I’ve been sick.

Luckily, I have a completely understanding work family who let me stay at home to sleep most of the illness off.  Plus, I have an amazing husband who will bring home my sickness necessities.  So, I thought I would share with you the 8 things I do when I am sick.

  1. Sleep.  Sleep is the body’s way of rebooting, so I try to sleep throughout the day, although spending the entire day in bed doesn’t help either.
  2. Take a hot bath or shower.  One of my friends recommended this.  It’s taking the hottest bath you can stand while drinking the hottest tea you can stand.  It does help clear the sinuses a bit.
  3. Drink Sleepytime Tea.  It’s an actual brand of tea that advertises as a sinus soother.  It really works for me.
  4. Eat Soup.  Hot and sour soup from a local takeout Chinese restaurant is most preferred.
  5. Open the windows.  I usually do this the second or third day of illness.  There is just something so important about getting fresh air circulating through the rooms of my house.
  6. Vitamins and allergy pills.  On a normal day I take these, but when I’m off my schedule due to being sick, it’s so important to not forget them on these days too.
  7. Drink OJ.  Or really anything with extra vitamin C.
  8. Snuggle with Nurse Jerzee.  My puppy who never leaves my side during any illness or recuperation.  She really knows how to remind me to take it slow, especially when I’m close to feeling better. I’ll leave you with a picture of her during her latest nurse duties.

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What are some things you do when you are sick?

My Sweet Anxious Puppy

This is my dog, Loco.

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He is a sweet dog, but soon after we adopted him, we found out that he has storm anxiety.  It’s mostly the flashing light that freaks him out, but the loud noise doesn’t help either.  He would get up in the middle of the night, sit by us as we slept, shaking the entire bed until we woke up.  My husband would take him into the master closet and stay with him the rest of the night, away from the scary lightning.  Eventually, we had to incorporate a thunder shirt and our vet prescribed medication to help our sweet pup calm down.

New Year’s Eve is tomorrow night, a night when people will be setting off fireworks.  Dogs, especially like Loco, don’t really understand what fireworks are all about.  To them, it’s incredibly loud noise and flashing lights.  To them, the world must be ending.

As you know, I’m a big fan of the infographic, and I found this great one by thatpetplace.com that gives some great tips on how to take care of our pups during these kind of celebrations, especially if they have a tendency towards anxiety.

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One thing to add, if you do go out, be careful driving through neighborhoods.  Dogs that have freaked out and escaped from their homes may be roaming the neighborhood.

There are different schools of thought about what to do if you find a lost dog.  Some will say to call animal control and to not approach the dog who may be aggressive in its high anxiety state.  Animal control will have the skills and equipment to be able to get the dog home.  Others will say that if the dog approaches you, you should take it in and find the owners on your own.  If you are able to safely catch the lost dog, you can bring it to a 24 hour vet emergency clinic or a local shelter to check for a microchip.  Also, there are Facebook groups dedicated to lost pets, as well as checking your neighborhood group for posts about lost pets as well.

Tomorrow night, we are staying in and having some neighbors over.  Loco will be outfitted in his thunder shirt before the festivities begin, probably with a treat to distract him.  If all else fails, we have the meds to help calm him down, but we try to use those as a last resort.  Hopefully, this will help Loco have a great evening, and help all of us have a great start to the new year.

Have you had to deal with doggie anxiety in your pup?  What measures do you have to take with them?

Have you ever found a lost dog?  Were you able to connect them back to their family?  Any tips or tricks that worked for you?

 

Happy Birthday, Jerzee!

So, this week we celebrated this precious pup.

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She is eleven years old!  Can you believe it?  She was my Christmas present nine years ago.  We went to a local humane society to adopt her.  Michael paid the adoption fee as my gift, and this was before he proposed!  That guy knew the way to my heart!

So every year, on our pup’s birthday, we take her to Petco to pick out a toy and get a treat.  It includes most of her favorite things – a walk, car ride, toy, and cookie.  Of course her other favorite thing is to snuggle, which we did the rest of the evening.  Here’s our trip to Petco!

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Sniffing around before we go into the store.

Looking at all the toys.  She especially likes the squeaky ones.

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Headed home with our choice.  I know this toy won’t last long, but she just got a new kong toy for Christmas from my parents, so we didn’t spend big money on this trip.

The cashier asked to give her the cookie.  At Petco, the dogs can get one free cookie from the front bins.  Jerzee ate it pretty quickly.  We had a great time!  I love celebrating this amazingly sweet and adorable dog!

Do you celebrate your pet’s birthdays or adoption days?

Do you have any traditions with your pets?