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Monday, November 17, 2014

Broken Toe Update

We've been busy this week keeping an eye on Harlow and trying to make sure she rests her paw.  We had an appointment on Tuesday with our regular vet.  We knew Harlow was uncomfortable with her paw.  Her uncharacteristic sad face was telling us everything we needed to know.
Dis my rarely seen "Sad Face"...
Our vet took an x-ray and confirmed that her toe was broken.
They kept her for the day, and when I picked her up in the evening, Harlow was sporting a rather large bandage.  Since she is leaving it alone for the most part, I've put a sock over it to keep her from nibbling on the ends of the tape.  This is also keeping her out of a cone collar.
The smile returns!
The vet estimates possibly 4-6 weeks of healing time, as long as nothing causes further issues.  Please keep paws crossed that she recovers quickly - she's a hard pup to keep still!
I iz bored, Momma,bored!
We've been trying to keep her occupied with toys and attention.  Her beloved toe massages have been reduced to a three paw toe massage and a chest rub...
Dis iz good stuff.
Endless supplies of tennis balls...
Puppacino's....
Harlow's Starbuck's addiction may be getting out of hand.
She's been a real champ about taking her medicine.  We don't want Monty feeling left out, so he has been getting treats from this month's chewy.com review of Blue Wilderness Salmon Biscuits while Harlow gets her medicine.
They are very stinky and Monty absolutely adores them. Per chewy.com:

If you're looking for the perfect reward for your furry friend, BLUE has the healthy treats guaranteed to have them howling for more. They use only the tastiest natural ingredients in their truly drool-worthy crunchy baked biscuits, meaty morsels, dental chews and more. They're the treats they love in healthy formulas you'll feel great about feeding.



Most Blue Buffalo Wilderness treats:
·         Contain no Chicken or poultry by-product meal
·         Made with no artificial flavors or colors
·         And most are grain-free
Available in Crunchy Trail treats, Chewy Jerky and more! 

One of the big bonuses to this treat is that they are made in the USA!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."  U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, November 11, 1919
“I believe it is the nature of people to be heroes, given the chance.” – James A. Autry
"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." --Cynthia Ozic
All images via social media.
 Thank you to all who have served.  We will always remember.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Bump and Toes, Vets and Woes

Yesterday morning we had a vet appointment for our Monty.  We discovered a bump on Monty's ribs and wanted to have it checked out.
Name, rank and serial number...  Dat's all dey'll get from me
After much examination, some nail trimming and a very wild getaway attempt, it was determined that Monty's bump would have to be removed.
Dey tried to bribe me with cookies...
Monty is scheduled for December 2nd to go under the knife.  Keep paws crossed that his bump is nothing to worry about!

Now, I wish I could say that was the end of our day and we were able to tell you about some exciting adventure we were able to take the pups on, but that isn't how the day turned out.

Aaron and I had just returned from grocery shopping when Harlow, in a bout of pure happiness, caught her toe in the edge of her crate and twisted it.  She yelped and immediately started limping. I inspected her paw and felt something that wasn't right - her toe felt loose.  After a frenzied phone call we put her in the car and rushed her to the vet.
Hurry, Momma.  Da paw is not well!
The vet confirmed what we were thinking - her toe was broken.  There wasn't a lot they could do and sent her home with pain medicine and instructions to keep quiet.
Momma gave me dis pink bandage.
Trying to keep Harlow quiet is sort of like trying to cage smoke - it isn't possible.  We are keeping her on a leash and keeping a close eye on her, but she's still managing to use her paw more than we would like.  I went ahead and wrapped her paw very loosely this morning to remind her not to jump on it.
Da paw isn't working right.
Since we didn't see our normal vet yesterday, I fully plan to bring her to our normal vet this week just to make sure there isn't anything we can do to help make her feel more comfortable.   

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The problem with fleas...

It's finally happened.  Our pups have fleas.  We discovered them a couple of days ago, but after proper introductions we decided they weren't too bad.
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Wait, what?
Watcha talkin' about, Momma?
Well, let me introduce you to our Fleas.  They really are quite nice, once you get to know them.  We'll start with Harlow...
Feel free to inspect my fuzzy being...
This is Mr. and Mrs. Flea.  They are a really nice couple - they've invited me to their place for tea.
This is little Bobby Flea.  It looks like he decided to explore Harlow's paw today.
Hi there, little Bobby Flea!
Wait, wait.  We are missing little Suzy Flea?  Where did she go?  Monty!
I'm being paid for dis appearance...
Oh there they are, little Suzy is visiting Grandma Flea!
Isn't little Suzy a cutie?
These little Fleas are welcome in our house anytime!
BOL!