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And Then This Happened

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The snow came before I had a chance to put the patio furniture away last week and an unfortunate chair took on a little bit of the white stuff.

After a few days all the snow melted in the yard expect for the snow on the chair and Sherman and Leroy decided they would eat the remaining remnants.

I watched from the window as they were doing it and then this happened……

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Leroy decided he could get more snow if he stuck his head under the arm of the chair.

I muttered from the window that I didn’t think that was a good idea and shook my head because I knew his head wasn’t going to come out as easy as it went in.

And I was right.

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What Sherman Is

Besides being the obvious Newfoundland dog, Sherman is also so much more to all of us.

We go way back me and him and these are some of the things that Sherman is to me and some things you might have missed over the years.

Sherman is a loyal friend and protector

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A study partner

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Senior Sherman Needs A Senior Wellness Exam

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Depending on who you ask or what guidelines you go by, Sherman has been a senior for at least a year now. Typically, most dogs are considered a senior when they hit age 7 by veterinarian professionals.

Giant breeds tend to be considered seniors a little younger than that.

I considered Sherman a senior when he turned 6 which is when we put him in the program for senior dogs.

Don’t worry. It’s not a nursing home.

It’s just some extra steps we take to make sure Sherman is staying happy and healthy… like taking him for bi-annual exams at the vet.

Did you know that it’s recommended that senior dogs have bloodwork done once a year?

It is by many veterinarian professionals.

Besides bloodwork, Sherman’s senior wellness exam also consists of a full physical exam, blood pressure and a urinalysis.

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Sherman’s New Pep In His Step.

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Last week the kids and Sherman and I headed to my parents house to help them clean up some leaves.

When Sherman realized that he was going for a ride in the car he was a little excited, as he always is.

Sherman has his routine when he gets in the car.

He waits for me to open up the back, puts his front legs up and waits for me to hoist his lower half in.

He’s had this routine since he was 3.

So imagine my surprise when I went to hoist him up last week and before I could get in position he jumped right into the back.

Actually, it wasn’t even a jump.

He basically just walked in without any hesitation.

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Welcome To Sherman Week. It’s Kind Of Like Shark Week But Cuter and Fluffier

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Welcome to Sherman Week!

It’s kind of like Shark Week but cuter and fluffier!

This week this blog and all of our social media sites will be solely devoted to Sherman because on Friday Mr. Sherman turns 8!

It’s a big birthday for my big boy and since my birthday post for him last year was totally lame I decided I needed to make it up to him and devote a whole week gushing over him.

I don’t know if it’s just me or if every Newfie owner takes a deep breath when their Newf turns 8.

I’ve taken my deep breath and I’m ready to move on and start enjoying senior life with Sherman.

He’s got a little bit of grey on his muzzle, a small limp and he sometimes groans like he’s 125 years old but other than that I’m pretty proud to say that Senior Sherman has a lot of pep left in his step. I would go as far to say that Sherman is actually doing better as he approaches 8 then he was when he was approaching 7.

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All Is Well In Leroyville, Except He’s Trying To Eat It

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Today I take Leroy in for another check of his weight, albumin levels and protein levels.

I’m kind of torn on how he’s doing right now.

Everyday he gives me signs that I’m getting the old Leroy back.

Yesterday he jumped in bed to wake me up which is something he hasn’t been strong enough to do in quite a few for months.

Monday we went for our longest walk that we’ve been on for months and while he seemed to walk a little slower I could tell he loved every second of it.

His appetite is awesome and his poops are normal.

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How I Keep My Dogs From Eating Too Fast

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Getting my dogs to eat slowly has always been a top priority to me since fast eating can lead to conditions such as bloat and choking.

Both of them have always tried to be super speed eaters and act like they’ve never been fed before.

Because apparently, I starve them.

Here are a few tips that have worked for me to keep my dogs from eating too fast over the years:

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The Story Of The Paw Poop

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My backyard is covered in leaves.

Covered.

You can’t even see a hint of green grass.

The day before you could see green grass because I raked up 80,000 leaves.

But a windy night brought 80,000 more leaves.

It’s Fall. There’s gonna be leaves.

I know this.

I also know that underneath those leaves is dog shit.

I know this and it never fails, no matter how hard I try to spot them, I always step in a pile of dog shit and I have shit and leaves stuck on my shoe.

A layer of smashed shit.

Then a layer of leaves.

Smashed in shit.

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This Is The Most Boring Halloween Post, Ever.

Happy Halloween to all you ghost and goblins out there!

This is usually one of my more fun posts of the year but since I took an oath last month NOT to dress Leroy up this year it’s one of my most boring Halloween posts….EV-AR.

All I have is this witches hat.

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Sitting alone.

On a chair.

Alone.

Sherman doesn’t usually do well being dressed so he’s not very much help to me and the kids are just being totally boring this year.

Bobby’s dressing up as Kevin Love. A basetball player from the Cavs. So scary and creative….NOT.

Gracie’s going as a minion which is cute but every other kid her age is also dressing up as minion. Normally Gracie does something fun….. like last year she was a zombie cheerleader. So cool.

This year, not so much.

Nobody’s cool this year and to top it off it’s suppose to snow tonight.

Yep. Coldest night of the season so far and I can’t even take the dogs with me trick or treating because Sherman’s has a thing about zombies and I’m afraid Leroy would just knock all the kids down and steal their candy.

Now all I have is this 3 year old picture of Leroy as a ghost.

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Gross Factor. A Close Look At An SLO Dog Nail

The other morning I woke up to a blood bath in my kitchen.

Turns out the blood bath was also in my family room but I didn’t realize that until I turned all the lights on in my house.

I knew it was coming from one of the dogs because if it would of been one of the kids I would of been awoken by the sound of panic.

Of course, given the circumstances, my first crazy thought was that Leroy was internally bleeding all over my house.

Hey. I was half asleep.

But when I looked at his happy little face and inspected his area I knew it wasn’t him.

Then I caught the sad little Sherman face sitting in the corner and I knew exactly what was going on.

Sherman had lost a nail.

On which paw he lost a nail was still to be determined but that didn’t take long because when he got up and took a few steps it was obvious it was the left front paw, digit 5 which would be the nail on the outside, furthest away from the dewclaw.

I was able to get the bleeding stopped with some clotting powder and then quickly put his bootie on so it would stay clotted.

I was even able to locate the nail to show you guys!!!

You can thank me later.

So why did Sherman lose a nail?

Sherman has a condition called SLO.

Short for Symmeterical Lupoid Onychodystrophy.

SLO is a condition that is considered to be an auto immune disease that affects the nails of dogs.

SLO can affect dogs differently.

Some dogs experiencing sloughing of the nail, split nails, receding quicks and separation of the nail from the quick.

Sherman’s nails tend to separate from the quick at the base of the nail.

GROSS ALERT.

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