We got this new patio furniture a few weeks ago and it took us a bit to find the perfect spot for it.
First we had it outside on our deck.
Then we had it outside under our gazebo.
Then we had it just outside.
Finally we decided that it worked best under our patio.
This post is part of the Caring For Critters Round Robin hosted by Jodi from Heart Like A Dog. Each day a different blogger will share a particular experience that their pet has had with a specific injury, illness, disease or condition and how they dealt with it.
Please note that these experiences and treatments should not be taken as medical advice. We consulted with several veterinarians along our journey to get to the place we are today.
Got it? Good. Now let’s get started.
The topic I’ll be writing about today is Sherman’s torn ACL and our conservative approach to his healing.
Sherman is an almost 8 year old intact male Newfoundland. He weighs about 140 pounds and I will never forget the day that he tore his right cruciate ligament.
It was December 17, 2012 around 6:30am and my husband and I were just heading out the door with Leroy to go to a dog show. I let the dogs outside one more time to go potty. When Sherman walked out the door he was fine. When he walked back in he was not bearing any weight on his right rear leg and I knew right then and there that he tore his ACL.
I admit that I’ve been kind of hard on some people who we encounter on our walks.
Maybe not hard to them personally, like to their face, but I’ve poked fun, been totally annoyed and not all that nice in my head to some of them.
Take for instance last week when my husband and I were taking the dogs for a walk and a pizza delivery guy was just finishing up his delivery and he was getting back in his car and said, “Looks like you’re walking 2 bears. Haha.”
Of course I smiled and fake laughed and then I muttered to my husband, ” Like I’ve never heard that one before. Yeah. Cause people always walk bears down the street on a leash.”
I’ve been too hard people.
It’s just a sight to see. I get it, so now I have to come clean.
I’m not a perfect dog walker and I have no room to bitch.
Here’s a few things that I do wrong when out walking the dogs.
I’m sure most of you have heard the news by now and if you haven’t, brace yourself.
Hello Kitty is NOT a cat.
She’s a little girl.
I know, right?
What the hell is up with that?
According to her creators, a Japanese company called Sanrio, she’s a girl.
“Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”
Stop it right now.
Leroy has picky dog syndrome.
It’s not a new condition, it’s a condition that he’s always had.
Picky dog syndrome is a condition where a dog likes his food one day and then the next day he wants nothing to do with it.
It’s the same exact food that it was the day before that they had no problem eating but now….. this food sucks and they’re not touching it.
I hate when Leroy does this.
It’s alright if it’s for a day or two but if goes longer than that I start to get concerned or annoyed.
I get annoyed because I know he’s just being stubborn and he knows that I will eventually give him what he wants.
Things have been quite hectic here with summer winding down, the kids going back to school and me getting a promotion at my current job.
Then we all got the stomach flu.
Then football and soccer season started.
To add to all of that, Leroy is still having ups and downs with his health.
I just can’t seem to get this dog back on track with his health and at this point I’m not sure if I ever will.
Today we’re headed back to the vet for some more testing.
I’ve been looking for some new toys for the boys. Not just regular plush toys but something different.
Something to spice up their life. Something they can use and get some enjoyment out of.
Something that will occupy them for a bit.
So I found this carrot. It’s made by Planet Dog and you can stuff it with treats and let the dogs chew on it to work the treats out.
My guys have never really been into things like this before but I thought I would give it a try and seeing that it’s summer, I thought I would make a nice cool treat to put in it and let them enjoy it.
I was going to buy them each one but then I decided I would just buy one and see how it went.
If it went well I would buy another one, if not, I only wasted a few bucks.
So I whipped up some berries and yogurt, stuffed the carrot with it and put it in the freezer for a few hours.
I could barley contain my excitement while it was freezing.
It’s a face that gives the impression that he is so sweet and innocent.
I’m just laying here looking sad and sweet and this is all I do all day long.
This sad pathetic face finds itself in more mischief than you can imagine.
It’s the kind of mischief that most other dogs don’t find themselves in.
Take Leroy and my alarm clock.
The alarm clock seems to be a source of ongoing mischief for both of my dogs.
It should be a simple electronic device that does nothing more than wake me up in the morning but it’s constantly a source of trouble for me and the dogs.
No matter where I put it or how I rig it, it’s always an issue.
Like the morning Leroy got it wrapped around his tail.
A Proper Burial
Another one of my favorite shoes bit the dust late last week due to a very big and clumsy newfie paw.
The Newfie paw belonged to Leroy.
It’s the same paw that has ruined several slippers because Leroy has an issue with invading my personal space when I’m walking.
In this case I guess you could say that it technically was my fault for wearing flip flops on a walk with a 160 pound dog who has issues of invading personal feet space, but hey, it’s summer and my feet live in flip flops during the summer.
Who would of thought that my dog was going to step on the back of my flip flop as we were crossing the street causing my flip flop to snap in half and me fall flat on my face in front of an undetermined amount of cars stopped at the red light of the street we were crossing?
Not me man. Not me.
Apparently, I need to add flip flops to the list of things I should not wear while going for a walk with Leroy.
No loose pants. No flip flops.
Disclosure-This post is NOT sponsored by Nike. My favorite flip flops are Nike. Period. If Nike wants to partner up, say by sending me a new pair of flip flops, that is fine by me.
Welcome to Monday Mischief – The pet blog hop that wraps up the weekend! This Blog Hop is brought to you by Alfie’s Blog, Snoopy’s Dog Blog, and My Brown Newfies.
Instead of making Leroy a cake for his birthday last week I mentioned that I made some berry popsicles as a special treat.
They were a big hit so I thought I would share the recipe with you in case you are looking for a super simple cool treat for your dog this summer.
You only need 4 ingredients, one of which is a secret ingredient!
- Plain, all natural, nonfat yogurt
- Coconut oil <—Secret ingredient!
Honestly, I didn’t measure it out.
I just threw some plain nonfat yogurt in a bowl with some frozen strawberries and blueberries and mixed it all up. It was probably about 16 oz of yogurt and about a cup of frozen berries. I added about a tablespoon of coconut oil and scooped it into popsicle molds.
Of course you can always use fresh berries, but my strawberry and blueberry plants are not producing any fruits this year so I had to use frozen berries.
Put them in the freezer for a few hours and out comes a super fun and healthy summer treat!
* Word of Caution* If you have a dog like Leroy who has absolutely no manners, you might want to skip using a popsicle mold that has a stick and just freeze some of the mixture in a plastic bowl or you might wind up fighting your dog to a near death for the popsicle stick.