How Could You Leave Me?

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The look Jake gave me when I left with Windy the other day still haunts me. His feelings were hurt.

I must bring a little something home for Jake and Max.

Windy, though amazes me. She’s constantly alert. The air conditioner kicks on, she barks. A car door slams, she barks. The landline or my cell phone rings, she barks. She does not, however, wear her barker out.

Jake probably is pleased.

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Windy Travels

Windy and I hit the road to visit her grandma.đźš—

Windy is the perfect traveler. Quiet and well-behaved, you wouldn’t know she was in the car.

Of course at grandma’s she is getting spoiled. Rough life.

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Dogs, Obesity and Diabetes

Jake, left, makes a new friend.

My Mother’s Day presents from the furkids: 50 percent accuracy on the piddle pad, half of my lunch knocked of the ottoman and eaten, and slurps and snuggles. It balanced out.

Max’s blood work last week indicated we needed to increase his insulin. At least he didn’t have a urinary track infection. He is good with his shots, so we are fortunate. Food bribes and a small needle make administering his medicine easy.

Max takes a break from his toy.

Shocking statistics on obesity were published this week. By 2030, 42 percent of adults could be obese. http://bit.ly/JqrY2C

Obesity leads to diabetes not only in humans but also in dogs. Max is not overweight, so his condition is not related to a past weight gain.  However, it is important to keep your dog at a proper weight.

Jake and Windy are at proper weights. Dachshunds being overweight is hard on their backs. I have seen too many fat wiener dogs, some almost needing to ride a skateboard to get around. Max, being the youngest, likes to be active, and that causes Jake and Windy, seniors, to be more active. We also walk everyone when the weather is good.

So, if your furkid is overweight, please work on that. Dogs are around for too short a time, and you don’t want to lose them early because of obesity.

Windy, doing what she does best, dreams of world domination.

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Diabetic Dogs Must Be Watched

Windy and Max like to work on their tans.

Max is having a busy day.

Having a diabetic dog means you must be vigilant. If a normal dog vomits or urinates more than usual for a day, typically you don’t have to worry. But if a diabetic dog does, it is a problem.

Not happy with being poked at the vet.

Yesterday I came home to a lake of pee. Thankfully, I have hardwood floors. I was gone only for five hours, and the piddle pads were history. I suspected Max had a urinary track infection.

At the veterinarian this morning his urine showed no problem. The vet took blood, and we are waiting for the result.

I needed to run to work, and Max is in my office. Of course he is getting attention and loves every minute of it. I think every day should be Take Your Dog to Work Day.

 

Max is ready to leave the vet’s office without paying.

 

 

 

Max gets plenty of attention at his mom’s office.

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Rainy Days, Dog Food Recall

Max, Jake and Windy prefer days like this.

A rainy day can be a challenge for housetraining, so I watch everyone go out and praise them lavishly when they take care of their business.

A soaking, overnight rain means the creek behind the house rushes loudly. When Jake, Windy and Max hear that, they think it is pouring and don’t want to go out. I persuade them otherwise. When it is raining, I know I won’t get them out.

Windy went down the ramp, took a couple steps and pooped. I told her she was wonderful then I went to do something else. I assumed she would pee. Silly me.

After breakfast I found a soaked piddle pad by the back door. I knew it was Windy’s because I saw Jake and Max pee. So the wet backyard was perfect to poop in but not pee in.

I apologize for neglecting the blog. I got consumed with work details and let writer’s block win. No major life problems, just priorities out of whack.

Also, please be aware of a dog food recall. Check here to see if you use any of these brands  http://bit.ly/KJW6Rj.

Windy demands perfect bathroom conditions.

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And the Most Popular Dog Is …

Windy would rather nap than win a popularity contest.

The American Kennel Club does not list dachshunds or miniature schnauzers in its top five most popular dogs from 2011. But the dachshunds did come in at number nine, slipping from number eight in 2010.

Is pink Jake's color?

The miniature schnauzer came in at number 12.

The number-one dog for the last decade is the Labrador retriever. I’ve never owned a lab, but my husband would like to have one some day. The German shepherd, beagle, golden retriever and yorkie round out the top five. You can get more information at http://www.akc.org/reg/dogreg_stats.cfm.

It seems like I see yorkies and labs everywhere, especially in my neighborhood. It is not unusual to see folks have a big dog and a little dog. My neighborhood has a huge dog population, and people are good not to let them roam free. But picking up after walking them…that is not so good.

Max takes a break from his toy.

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Dogs Need Regular Vet Care

Jake is less than thrilled to be on the table at the vet's office.

My crew went to the veterinarian the other day. Crazy as it seems, it is easier to take all three at once even though Max didn’t need anything.

Windy needed a Parvo booster, a Proheart injection (for heartworm) and an exam. Jake needed his Bordatella (needed for going to the groomer and if he needed boarded), his annual vaccine,  a Proheart injection, a geriatric exam and yearly blood work. Whew!

Windy tolerates attention from the vet and vet tech.

Max was glad to watch.

Yes, care gets expensive, but this preventative care keeps them healthy and heads off problems. We learned Jake has a low thyroid function, but not dangerously low. It is at the bottom of normal. We will watch for any signs of weight gain that may indicate he would need medication

Later that day everyone got a walk. We had some tired, quiet furkids that evening.

Jake, Windy and Max keep watch for evil cats and squirrels.

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