Gracie took this picture of Leroy and I last week.
I didn’t know she came outside let alone know that she was taking pictures but I’m glad she did because this is as real as it gets.
Leroy hadn’t been feeling well and right before this picture was taken he had puked.
I was cleaning up the puke when I noticed him walking around the yard and then he sat down. This is what he does when he’s going to be sick. He wanders, sits and then pukes.
Right as he sat down I walked over and knelt beside him.
If your dog is coming up shy of consuming the amount of water that his body needs, there’s probably no need to worry. Unless they have a serious medical condition most likely they are still staying hydrated.
Dogs become dehydrated when they are losing more water than they are taking in. This can often be due to long bouts with diarrhea or vomiting, overheating and diseases such as kidney disease, cancer and unregulated diabetic dogs.
A dog doesn’t just lose water when they are dehydrated they also lose electrolytes which include minerals such as sodium, chloride and potassium.
If you suspect that your dog is dehydrated here’s 4 easy and quick ways to check:
When Leroy was sick I ran into many obstacles that I wasn’t prepared for with a giant breed dog. It’s not that I never thought about it but I just wasn’t prepared to have a debilitated dog as soon as I did.
Helping him up was nearly impossible and getting him into the car proved to be impossible for me alone. It was scary and frustrating and a huge wake up call.
We got a ramp. We got a sling. We made alterations to our home.
Of course by the time we had all those items at our disposal, Leroy was on his way to recovery and our need for them wasn’t as dire but I know they will be needed again in the future.
Before our sling arrived in the mail we used a towel to help Leroy up. It worked in a pinch but it certainly wasn’t ideal. A towel is hard to grip on the sides when your lifting a 130 pound dog. A small towel won’t do because it doesn’t fit around a big dog. A towel puts a lot of pressure under the belly, an area that was already sensitive in Leroy’s case, when your lifting. Not to mention the tension it put on my back.
But what other options do I have when I need a dog sling in a pinch?
A few weeks ago I walked into the front room to see the sight above. Both boys laying next to each. Paws touching.
It warmed my heart.
There was a time that I never thought I would see something so sweet but I’m starting to see it more and more as they get older.
I have to say, I’m pretty proud of that.
Sure dogs do this all the time with other dogs that share a living space but these are 2 intact male dogs. In some cases intact male dogs can’t even be in the same house.
6 years ago Sherman and Leroy were trying to bite each other’s heads off. It got so bad and I became so upset and nervous that I thought I would have to find another home for Leroy.
When I attended the BlogPaws conference back in May in Nashville I was invited to attend a private lunch with a few other bloggers hosted by PetSafe.
PetSafe was a company I was slightly familiar with as I already had a few of their products so I was excited to learn to more about the company.
At the luncheon we were able to watch a short video highlighting some of PetSafe’s amazing products including their fences, dog training collars, harnesses, doors, treats, toys and my absolute favorite, fountains.
At the end of the luncheon we were given a nice array of Petsafe products and a voucher to use on products that we would like to try.
I’ll tell you what, there was a ton of products that I wanted to try out but the most important one was the fountain. I also selected a few toys that I’ve been eyeing at our local pet store.
Instead of using the whole voucher on products for us I doubled up on each thing I chose and thought I would split it with you.
Sherman snores. Loudly.
He’s been snoring since he was a wee little puppy but the older he gets the louder his snores get. Sometimes his snores shake the house.
I can hear him snoring when he’s in the basement and I’m upstairs.
When he sleeps outside of our bedroom at night his snores keep me a wake until all hours of the night.
One night when Gracie was little and she was taking up space in our bed due to a nightmare, Sherman and my husband were snoring together.
There was absolutely no silence in between snores.
It’s like they were tag teaming snores.
It was a snore-a-thon.
This month we’ve been talking about how important water is to your dog’s health.
Most of a dog’s body is comprised of water. Adequate water ingestion and hydration is important for them to maintain proper circulation, as well as the health of organs and tissues, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, lung, intestines and pancreas.
A lot of people believe that dog’s drink what they need but in fact they drink what they are given and sometimes they’re aren’t big fans of what we give them!
Here’s 9 Tips On How To Help Your Dog Drink More Water To Keep Their Body Functioning Properly
I’m finding myself missing baseball.
We haven’t had a summer without baseball games since Bobby was 5. I thought I would be excited to have a summer free but it turns out I’m missing going to the games and sitting there for hours listening to parents yell at their children and umpires and coaches.
When I put it that wait, I’m not missing it.
I am missing taking the boys up to games. They always enjoyed going to the ballpark and hanging out for a few hours and getting some extra attention.
I was feeling desperate last week and I almost took Leroy to Bobby’s girlfriends game. For all of you that have been reading this blog since Bobby was 7, I’ll give you time to take that in.
So I dropped Bobby off at the game and told him maybe I would be up later to watch some of it. Bobby’s response was:
With Sherman coming up on 9 years old and Leroy having a past with urinary issues it’s more important than ever that they are getting the water that they need to keep their bodies in top condition.
As I discussed in Tuesday’s post they should be drinking at 160 ounces on an average day. More when they are active or when it’s super hot outside.
I’m going to be 100% honest with you. I don’t know if they really are drinking 160 ounces of water a day. We have various size water bowls that range from 2 quarts to 4 quarts and they are always being used. I fill them several times. Sometimes one is empty, one is near being empty, one has slobber or chucks in it or one has been drank out of once.
I don’t measure them out. That would be way too much math for me and my head would explode. Just from observation I would say that Leroy is getting the correct amount of water that he needs but Sherman could be coming up short.
Sherman spends a lot of time down in the basement in the summer months but for some reason he doesn’t drink from the water bowl that is down there even though it’s the same bowl like he has upstairs.
I get a lot of people who ask how often I bathe Sherman and Leroy and seeing as they both just got a bath I thought this would be the perfect time to make a public statement about that.
On average people say dogs should be bathed 1-2 times a year but I would assume that’s for a dog who doesn’t slobber all over themselves, roll in stinky rabbit shit, had a bout with diarrhea that dripped all down their leg, have urinary issues or just went swimming in the grossest lake ever.
Some of us have dogs that do this on a regular basis and some of us do not.
Because of that I’m sticking with my normal answer to general questions like this.
It really depends on the dog
Every dog is different and some dogs are dirtier than others.