Dogs Want Their Trash and Play Time

One of the reasons dog people love their furkids is because dogs are honest. They are so basic with their emotions you know where you stand with them.

Jake takes his job seriously as watchdog. Each Tuesday morning he is incensed when the trash and recycling are picked up. That is his turf. His stuff. And he wants to make sure we know he is angry.

Of course I want Jake to be on guard. He is judicious in his barking. He ignores birds, blowing leaves. But humans could be a threat, so he lets us know.

Max has been with us for two months. A few weeks ago we started “floor time” to help bonding with Max. My husband, Jake, Windy, Max and I get on the carpeted bedroom floor with some toys and play. We will sit or lie down with the furkids, and they love it.

A few nights ago I was grading papers, and my husband started floor time. I yelled I would be there as soon as I finished the paper I was working on. After a minute, Jake, Windy and Max marched into the living room as sat at my feet. Jake kept looking toward the bedroom. Windy started a barking nag.

I took the hint. Play is important. My dogs do know how to live.

Windy and Max enjoy the afternoon winter sun.

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Diabetes Can Be Managed in Dogs

Max never has behaved like he has a chronic illness.

Max is doing well. He gets seven units of Humulin N insulin every 12 hours.

This insulin, which humans also use, must be given after breakfast. At night he gets a few tidbits and then his shot. You must give insulin with food.

Max has learned shots are good. Treats come before and after. The shot is subcutaneous, thank goodness. I doubt I could find a vein. You pull up some skin, making like a little tent, and insert the fine needle. Most of the time he doesn’t react.

Should Max act drunk or lapse unconscious, we have been instructed to give him corn syrup and get him to the vet. This has not happened.

Yes, Max does need some testing, and I will be addressing that next.

Just remember, you can have a good life with a diabetic dog. Max is sweet, kind and loving. It would have been a crime to have put him down because his pancreas didn’t work properly.

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Dog Shows, Diabetes and Duties

Windy practices for world domination by overpowering a toy as large as she is.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Please forgive my silence. I have been sick and recovering from an injury, but I am about 90 percent now and will be back to blogging.

We watched the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last night. We were pleased the wire-haired dachshund won the hound group. Westminster has not had many dachshund winners, so we will be cheering him on tonight.

Jake loves to nap in the winter sun.

However, when the terrier group is up we must root for the miniature schnauzer.

Max is doing well taking his insulin shots. He gets seven units morning and night. He knows he gets a treat before and after each shot, so he waits patiently. Alas, Jake and Windy also know about tidbits and must get theirs as well.

Caring for a diabetic dog is not as complicated as you might think. This week I will devote more toward how we handle Max.

Now, if you haven’t bought your furkids anything for Valentine’s Day, you still have time.

Max is a sweet boy and a perfect addition to the pack.

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Dr. Dog Celebrates Birthday

Jake is not ready for his pre-bedtime nap.

 

Jake is 14 today.

Yes, he is an old man but often doesn’t act like it. He enjoys toys, treats and laps. He must bark at squirrels and other dogs. He takes security seriously and checks the backyard perimeter and keeps watch out the bay window.

Jake enjoys scratching his back after destroying a toy.

Other times, though, you can tell he is old. He wants to go to bed early, and he doesn’t want to play rough with Max.

I have a bad cold now and am recovering from an injury. Jake is at my side. My little dachshund doctor will lick my arm or hand and snuggle to make me feel better.

So, happy birthday to my little man. You will get a steak for dinner.

 

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Three Dogs Mean Three Personalities

Max learns a comfy bed is a quiet place.

Max is fitting in well. He is eager to please, exuberant, loving and needy.

Jake is calm, independent, astute and loving.

Jake is a bit greedy when it comes to toys.

Windy is assertive, egocentric, manipulative and loving.

Somehow all this is working so far.

People learn about dogs needing a pack leader. Jake fulfills that role, and Windy makes sure Max knows he is number three. However, no dog bullies the other.

Max shows off his new haircut.

People could learn a great deal from this.

Windy trains for the Olympic Sleeping Team.

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Routine Becomes Normal For Our Dogs

Max is fitting in. Slowly learning Jake is number 1 and Windy is number 2, he is finding his place by not being aggressive.

Windy enjoys watching for squirrels on her window spot.

Managing his diabetes has not been difficult. The insulin shots are given subcutaneously. Thank goodness I don’t have to find a vein. He gets a treat before and after the shot.

Jake and Windy have gotten wise to the shots and comes when Max comes for his. Of course, they want treats too.

At the rate the treats are going, I hope I don’t have to put my wiener dogs on skateboards for their walks when spring arrives.

Jake shows his authority by hoarding toys.

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New Dog For A New Year

Max is a sweet, pure-bred miniature schnauzer who loves laps.

We welcomed Max to the family less than 48 hours ago.

Max is a four-year-old miniature schnauzer. He is well behaved and a cuddler. He is also recently diagnosed as diabetic.

Max’s elderly owners, who have chronic health problems of their own, knew it would be best for someone else to care for him. They had Max well trained, and he lived with another schnauzer, so they did a good job of giving us a well-adjusted dog.

We had a sweet dachshund-terrier mix, angel dog Alex, who developed diabetes. We took care of him for five years before he could not get over pneumonia.  We know how to handle insulin shots, diet, behavior, etc. Our regular vet knew this too and knew how hard it was to lose Hope.

In my head I first felt it was too soon after losing Hope, but God doesn’t have to hit me over the head with a baseball bat. In my heart I knew it made sense.

As for Jake and Windy, the jury is still out. Max accidently stepped on Windy, and she growled and snapped. He was frightened, so Windy is continuing on her conquest of the world.

In spite of getting annoyed with him, Windy thinks Max is acceptable to share the couch.

Jake, on the other hand, is watchful and noncommittal. Max is genial and wants to get along with everyone.

Please be happy for us. And have a Happy New Year.

Max meets us in our veterinarian's office.

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