A Word of Advice about Canines and Cars

As you know, I love dogs.  They have been in my life for as long as I can remember.  I volunteer with the SPCA as both an adoption counselor (bringing dogs and their families together) and a behavior foster (rehabilitating dogs for their future homes).  I also have two dogs of my own, Teddy that we adopted recently and Jerzee, my canine bestie.

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Jerzee has seen me through so much.  My engagement, wedding, moving to Dallas, and she’s been by my side through every pregnancy loss.  When I used to work from home, one day a week we would go on errands.  Checking mail.  Picking up lunch.  And when I would arrive at the post office, I would leave her in the car for a quick in and out.

That’s right.  The dog lover would leave her dog in the car.

I didn’t realize the danger that this would be.  And the trips were usually under 5 minutes.  I never did it when it was triple digits outside.  And I usually parked in the shade.  But once I realized how dangerous this could be, I started doing these trips alone.  I never take my dog out with me unless I know I can take her into the store.

I have started to notice a lot of information being shared about this hot topic (pun definitely intended).  I recently saw this video about how hot it can get in your car.

If that doesn’t convince you, there is this great infographic from Global Tint UK Global Tint UK that really summarizes everything.  Even if you see a dog in a parked car and what to do.

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I used to do this.  I know how fun it is to have your canine bestie riding shotgun as you run errands or take long commutes.  But the risk is not worth it to leave them in that car.  I know better now, so I do better now.  Please share with your friends, family and any other dog lovers you know!

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Teddy’s First Visit to the Vet

We adopted Teddy in February from the SPCA.  He was still under vet care at the SPCA for the first couple of months after his adoption.  But we knew we would eventually want him to go to our favorite vet at the Chase Oaks Animal Clinic in Plano, TX.  Dr. Sanders has taken care of our pups since we first moved here, and we love all of the staff there.

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Jerzee is not so much a fan.  Granted, the majority of her visits involve someone sticking her with a needle.  I don’t blame her.  But she is a good sport, though she does end up being in Michael’s arms by the end of the check up.

Ted was unsure but warmed up as soon as the treats came out.   The vet loved him. He is quite the handsome dog.  And it helped that his check up didn’t involve any needles or anything invasive.  His opinion may change when it comes time to update his vaccinations.

We’ve tried a few other pet clinics here in Dallas, but we always seem to come back here. The important factors of a vet clinic to us are how willing they are to explain any procedure or diagnosis, how patient and calm they are with our dogs, how familiar they are with our dogs (especially after seeing Jerzee for years) and how knowledgeable they are with the latest pet care trends (whether they really are helpful or not). This post isn’t sponsored by them, I just like them that much.  It’s our little pet family, and I would recommend them to anyone!

The Dog Days of Summer

I’m still recovering from whatever Sunday night did to me this week, and of course, on top of that, I’m dealing with my cycle as well.

Side note: Each month is a huge disappointment.  We truly thought we would be pregnant again by now.  And on top of it all, each cycle is extremely painful.  I’ve been tested for everything and I have nothing wrong with me.  It just is what it is.

But enough of that, today I wanted to share a few pics from this week of one of my favorite summer activities.

So on bright summer days, which there are many of in Texas, the dogs and I go out in the backyard, lay out a blanket and sit in the shade of our tree.  I read books and they, usually, fall asleep.

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Jerzee hates to sit in the grass or walk in the grass unless there is a blanket to lay on.  Her paws are pretty sensitive, so I think the grass just makes them very itchy.  That, or she’s a prissy princess.

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Teddy doesn’t mind the grass.  In fact, if we stayed outside all day, he would be the happiest pup.  He likes being with us, but he likes being outside as well.  Luckily we have a doggie door that accommodates his indecision.

In fact, I think a little sun might be good for me today.  I think I’m going to head out back and soak up some rays with the pups!  Hope you are having a great week!

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.