Vacuum cleaners are a necessity in this house year round.
I have dogs. I have kids. I have messes.
I have a lot of messes.
Which is why I need a vacuum cleaner that I can depend on and trust with my little, and sometimes, very big messes.
Not any old vacuum cleaner will do in this house.
I need a vacuum cleaner that has awesome suction power to get all that dog hair, dog dander, spilled potato chips and cereal bits that have been dropped on the carpet and stepped on a dozen times.
Which is why I was super excited to try out the Eureka AirSpeed Exact Pet.
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I’ve been having a little bit of trouble giving Leroy some of the medication that he’s on.
He can be quite stubborn and smart when it comes to taking pills and it’s normally just a matter of time before he catches onto my sneaky pill disguising ways.
Not to mention the fact that he is extremely picky when it comes to eating something new so I have to be very careful in my pill disguise items of choice or I’m left with a soggy pill that is melting in my hands as I try to cram it down his throat before it disintegrates.
So I decided to try the messiest and tastiest thing I could find to disguise a pill.
When Sherman and Leroy get a bath we have a basic routine.
They get wet.
They get shampooed.
They get rinsed.
They get on the grooming table.
They get dried.
We’ve done it this way since they were puppies and they know the routine well.
As I mentioned in our post on Wednesday Sherman and Leroy are just beginning to blow their winter coats. This isn’t a surprise and it happens twice a year every year and every year, we survive the fur explosion that consumes our house for a few weeks and try to have a little fun with it.
Being a double coated breed it’s super important that Newfoundlands blow their thick winter undercoat so that they can comfortably make it through the summer months and as person who wants their dogs to be comfortable, I do all I can to assist their undercoats to fall out in timely manner.
This year it seems like the boy’s undercoats decided to blow out a little earlier than normal, or maybe it was just the crummy weather that we’ve been having that made it seem that way. Either way, I was glad that I had decided to use the FURminator® deShedding tool this year to help us out.
We’re in the midst of a hairy situation right now and it’s only going to get worse over the next few weeks.
That little nest of hair above is only about 5 minutes of brushing.
This big nest of hair below is about 20 minutes of brushing.
This little dog of fur below, who happens to be named Harry, is going to multiply and have Harry babies all over my house and my yard.
Last week I hit the stores to search out some new toys for Sherman and Leroy.
They’ve been extra good the past month, which is awesome but also a little scary because I feel that maybe this is the calm before the storm., but regardless, I felt they each deserved a new toy.
Buying them toys is pretty easy because they’re both pretty particular when it comes to toys that they will actually play with.
Leroy loves the plush toys that are shaped like bones and have a single squeaker in them.
Super easy and super cheap and they last a long time because he doesn’t try to tear them apart.
So Leroy got a ginormous plush bone.
You’re out for a nice relaxing walk with your dog.
Your dog is sniffing away and your deep in the middle of a pretty awesome idea and then
BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP.
Somebody drives by in a car and honks their horn scaring the crap out of you and your dog.
It takes you a few seconds to make sure that you haven’t went into cardiac arrest and by the time you actually have a chance to look at the person who honked their horn, they’re gone, so you continue walking muttering unkind words under your breath.
This happens to me all the time when I’m out walking Sherman and Leroy and to be honest, I’m surprised that I’m not dead yet. One of these days I’m going to drop dead on the sidewalk and my dog is going to have to walk home by himself all because people use their car horn inappropriately.
I know I’m not alone here so I put together a list of things that people should never do to a person who is out walking their dog.
Three days after Leroy came home from his abdominal surgery he began urinating more than normal and in quite a larger amount. When I took him to see the vet they tested his urine and found that he had a urinary tract infection.
Leroy was put on antibiotics and we rechecked his urine about a week after he finished that course of medication.
From what I was observing with Leroy and his urination patterns I thought that he seemed better, but not totally better. Urine tests at the vet confirmed that the infection had improved but was still present so back on antibiotics Leroy went.
Unfortunately, Leroy had a bad reaction to the antibiotics this time around and we had to take him off of them immediately. The plan was to get Leroy’s stomach issues under control and then discuss what medications might be better for him.
Surprisingly, during that recovery time, Leroy 100% improved and he was not having any issues urinating so the vet told us to keep an eye on him and if anything changed, to bring in another urine sample and they would check it.
So over the past month I’ve been keeping an eye on Leroy and his urinating seems normal but I still would like to have confirmation of that.
Enter in a new product that I just learned about called the PawCheck.
The PawCheck is a at home-testing kit for pets that allows pet owners to easily, quickly and safely check their pet’s urine without leaving the comforts of their home.
My daughter is very into the ” loom rubber band craze.”
She makes everything out of those colorful little rubber bands from bracelets and necklaces to cute little dogs for your key chain and she takes great pride in her work.
She’s very organized when it comes to these little rubber bands and she has them all divided up by colors in plastic cases.
When she runs low on certain color we head to the nearest craft store and stock up.
I was totally going to title this post “Up Close and Personal, Doggie Style” but then I started to think about what the search engines would do with that and I decided to go a different route.
It’s better that way. A lot less people will be confused and I will get a lot less hits from people who are looking for porn.
So now that we have the reason for the title clear, let’s get onto the good stuff.
We got a few more inches of snow the other day and I refuse to go outside in that crap and take pictures anymore this year so I was looking for something new and challenging to do with the camera. As luck would have it, as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I came across a post from my friend Mel over at No Dog About It.
Mel had referenced to a post called “The Secret To Taking Awesome Dog Portraits By Elke Vogelsang.” If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check it out. It’s amazing.