Paper towels are something that we use often in this house.
We use them for a variety of things, but we mostly use them for dog related stuff, such as wiping slobber off the windows, wiping slobber off the table, wiping slobber off the floor, wiping slobber off of guests, and we use them as needed for picking up dog vomit and sometimes even dog diarrhea.
My husband always tells me that I should buy paper towels in bulk because we will always use them, but I insist on ignoring him and I buy a roll or two each time I go shopping. On rare occasions I run out, but this is very rare and I feel that I’m a pretty good judge of our paper towel usage and if or if not we will run out during the week.
The other night Leroy got very sick and I was concerned that he might be bloating.
Before I go any further I will let you know that Leroy did NOT bloat, but we had one very scary night.
So let’s talk about bloat
Bloat is a serious condition that can happen to any dog but it is more commonly seen in large or giant breed dogs that have deep chests, such as the Great Dane, Newfoundland, Boxer, Great Pyrenees, Irish Wolfhound, Irish Setter and several other large deep chested breeds.
Last week I had to try and catch a urine sample from Leroy so that I could take it in to the vet and see if his UTI had cleared up.
I had my suspicions that it had not, so I wanted to catch a sample and get to the vet before the weekend.
I’ve talked before about how catching a urine sample from a dog can be tricky if you’re not quite sure how to go about it, but once you know the rules, it’s easy peasy.
Yeah, well….all that goes out the window when you need to catch a urine sample on your dog in a few feet of snow, especially when that dog is Leroy, who is a bi-urinator.
Since it seems like I seem to have more of Leroy’s attention these days I decided that it’s time for a us to take a little step back and get back to the basics.
One of the things that I truly enjoy doing with both of the boys is taking pictures of them out in the elements. This can sometimes be tricky because each of the boys has their strengths and their flaws when it comes to be photographed.
While Sherman has come a very long way over the last year, Leroy is still by far, the more photogenic dog. The camera loves him and he loves the camera. He has no problem looking right into the lens and giving me some attitude.
This winter sucks. I have nothing nice to say about it and I still have at least a month, probably more, left to deal with this crap.
So in order to make it through without going into a complete depression I have tried to grab my camera a lot more and capture some of the things that makes me keep smiling this winter.
Do you know how to properly put a dog harness on?
I do not.
I have struggled with dog harnesses for years.
When we would have to take a dog harness off of a dog that came into the vet for a variety of reasons, many of the techs, including me, would struggle for several minutes trying to figure out how the hell to get the harness back on the dog.
Here we would be getting a heart rate, drawing blood, or giving injections to a dog, all procedures that take some skill, but yet we could not get a simple harness to go back on a dog the way that it came off.
Because a dog harness is a foreign object to someone who does not regularly use one.
Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against dog harnesses, I think they are great product and protect dog’s from certain injuries, but they are just foreign to me because I don’t currently use one on Sherman and Leroy and I struggle getting them on other people’s dogs.
Your leg goes through here and your head goes through here.
No, no. That’s wrong.
Your head goes here and your leg goes here.
That’s not right either.
Just forget it.
I can’t tell you how many times I handed the dog and the harness back to the owner and told them we were done several minutes ago but I couldn’t get the harness back on your dog because I’m harness challenged.
Luckily, our friends over at Kurgo came up with two great infographics for people like me.
Leroy and I have always had a complicated relationship.
It’s weird and it’s fun and there is no doubt that we share a special bond, but over the years I kind of questioned his loyalty to me.
With Sherman, I know 100% that he loves me and needs me.
With Leroy it has always been more like as long as someone is here to let him out and feed him, he’s good. It doesn’t matter who it is, as long as it’s someone.
He never seemed phased if I was home or not.
Since Leroy needs to have a chaperon when he goes outside now I’ve been able to learn a little bit more about both of the dogs over the last several days.
In the past I have let the dogs out to do their business and I thought I knew what that business entailed.
I thought I knew their backyard routine, but it appears that I don’t know it as well as I thought I did.
I consider myself a pretty lucky person because I have special moments with Sherman and Leroy all the time.
There’s just something about being with these guys that make every moment we share together special. It can be the morning kisses they give me when I stagger out of bed, the wiggling butts and barks I’m given when I come home, the belly rubs and massages at night, or just a simple winter walk.
All of these special moments that we share every day makes it hard for me to pin point one special moment that means more than others, but there is one that happened last week with Leroy that is stuck in my mind right now.
It was the day after he came home from the vet after having his surgery and you could tell he was happy to be home but he was not quite feeling up to par. He was confused because I was taking him out in the back yard on a leash and you could tell all he wanted to do was to go sniff around the yard by himself to make sure nothing had changed since he had been away and he did not want to be restricted investigating by being on leash and me hoovering over him.
I felt bad for him but I wasn’t going to let him off leash and risk him taking off running around the backyard and injuring himself, so I stayed strong.
Valentine’s Day is almost here and it’s one of my most favorite days.
Actually, I’m not sure if the actual day that Valentine’s Day falls on is my favorite day but more the fun things that we do in the days that lead up to it.
I love bringing out some of my heart shaped items, decorating Valentine’s Day boxes with the kids, getting their secret cards ready for their secret crushes, helping Gracie fill out her first candy gram, baking heart shaped sugar cookies and of course, baking heart shaped dog treats for Sherman and Leroy.
It’s just fun and I like it………………………. o.k.?
So that’s why today I’m sharing some of the love with you.
Here’s some super fun Valentines Day things that I have seen going on that might tickle your love button.