She’s leaving on a jet plane.
Don’t know when she’ll be back again………
Well she’s not really leaving on a jet plane but she did leave for 5th grade today.
If I remember back correctly, 5th grade is where things start to get complicated for little girls.
So while she was busy packing her backpack with school supplies yesterday I was busy hoping that over the last 10 years that I’ve packed her mind with enough wisdom to come out of 5th grade the same way that she went in.
I was tagged by Kelsie from It’s Dog or Nothing to participate in 8 Photos of Happiness. Thank you for tagging me Kelsie! This couldn’t of came at a better time!
This whole challenge was started by Ariel’s Little of the Internet to spread a little bit of happiness around the world!
Picking just 8 photos from the thousands of pictures I have stored on my little computer is definitely a challenge but here it goes!
1. This puppy belly picture of Leroy. Is there a puppy belly that doesn’t make anyone happy? I don’t think so.
2. This picture that was taken over the weekend at a place called Squire’s Castle. Any picture of my children together laughing and having fun is happiness to me. This one was a bit magical too.
3. This picture of Bobby and Gracie. Such a big difference from the picture above in their looks but still happy kids. The fact that I have happy kids makes me happy.
4. This picture of Gracie having a conversation with Leroy. I have no idea what they are plotting but I’m sure it was good. Kids and dogs plotting something together makes me happy.
Summer isn’t a favorite season around here with Sherman and Leroy. The heat. The humidity. The sun. The lack of mud. These are all things that Newfies could do without out.
They’re more of a breed that thrives for cold. Mud. Subzero temperatures and icicles.
Despite not being a fan of summer they do excel at some activities that other, more summer-like breeds, may not. If you have a dog that’s in a similar situation as them here’s 8 jobs that they might actually enjoy doing this summer.
Frisbee Tester. Yep. It’s a Frisbee. It’s also a chin rest. It’s a two-fer! Nope don’t want to fetch it. Too hot. I’ll revisit that request when there’s 10 inches of snow on the ground. Until then I’ll just keep it right here under my chin.
Air Conditioner Maintenance. The most important job of the summer. Make sure all the vents are blowing cool air in the summer. Breathe it in. Breathe it out. Is it cooling my butt properly? But why do I have to share the cool air with the rest of the family?
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My house smells like dog 85% of the time.
The other 15% it smells like whatever scent I have in my melting pot.
I’m fine with that.
I do have 2 giant lovable sloppy dogs. It’s not suppose to smell like honeysuckle all the time.
But do you know what else my house is starting to smell like?
A stinky 13 year old boy who plays basketball in 90 degree weather and then goes and sits in his game room, takes his shoes off and plays games for 2 hours. It’s double the stink when he has one of his friends over.
Don’t worry. Bobby practices proper hygiene. His shoes do not.
I know there’s not much of a chance that you’re reading this but if for some odd reason either one of you has a brief moment where you can hop on the computer during one of your naps…… that would be awesome.
Who the hell is peeing in the house?
I’m not blind. I see the puddles.
I actually walked through one yesterday morning and my pajama bottoms got soaked.
That’s just what I enjoy.
Walking through dog urine first thing in the morning and then having to take my pants off and walk through the house in my underwear searching for another pair of p.j.’s. You know I only have one favorite pair.
Texting. It’s what we do these days.
50% of contact with my husband comes from texts.
25% from actually speaking on the phone.
25% from face to face dialogue.
We work different schedules and when we’re actually home together it’s usually not in the same room.
Hey. It works. After nearly 15 years of marriage we’re still going strong.
We keep the romance alive in our texts.
These last few texts from earlier this week highlight that: (I’m blue)
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.