Our Summer Feats and Defeats

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We had a busy summer. Time to get back on track and back into a routine. Our summer was nothing less than exciting and full of feats and unfortunately some defeats.

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Mystic: Where to start…. I have been keeping my parents busy, as usual. My adoption birthday is coming up and I will be 2 soon. Mom thought I would lose some of my “puppy energy” by now but that doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon. I just want to play, all the time, I mean what else is better than that! Ruca gets frustrated sometimes, she plays with me for awhile but she always wants to stop. Usually mom has to come and get me and tell me to lay down and stop bothering her, always ruining the fun.

I’ve made a couple trips to the vet this summer. I still love going there, everyone is so nice and give me plenty of treats! I always try to welcome everyone I see, people and animals of all sorts, but mom gets a work out trying to stop me. I just don’t understand why I can’t great everyone and kiss them. Once while she was trying to prevent me from greeting someone, she blamed me for spilling her coffee, she wasn’t too impressed with me. I guess she won’t be trying to multitask while trying to walk me on a leash anymore, lesson learned. So, I had lots of stuff done at the vet this summer. I was really good until they tried to take xrays on me, I didn’t appreciate all the vet techs trying to hold me down and prevent me from having fun and smelling all the new smells. But they eventually got a few xrays to see what was going on and making my back legs so sore. The doctor we saw determined I have degenerative joint disease in both my back hips and knees, they didn’t take pictures of the front, but it’s likely to affect all of my joints. So, the vet gave mom a few options. Surgery, physical therapy, or supplements and just do the best we can. Mom is currently giving me supplements 2x a day, which I enjoy, I get cheese and ham when she gives me my new pills. She is still trying to decided the best option for me. I don’t really understand what any of this means though… I still run and play just as much as I always have, but some days I get sore if I played too hard. But if I have a sore day mom gives me a special medicine and I feel much better, ready to run and play some more!!! Mom also bought me a new dog bed for my crate, to help so I don’t get so sore. It didn’t last very long though, it exploded in my kennel while mom was at work. She wasn’t too delighted when she came home. I couldn’t help it, I was bored and had so much fun with all the fun fluff inside. 🙂

Besides all the fun vet trips, we went on a road trip to Montana. We saw lots of wildlife on our way. Elk, buffalo and deer. Ruca and I made sure to bark at them all so they didn’t get too close to our car, every single one of them. After sitting in the car all day, I planned an escape plan and jumped out of the car when dad opened his car door. Unfortunately, Dad had quick reflexes and grabbed me before I ran too far. I wasn’t looking for cars, but I ran in front of one and mom said I almost gave her a heart attack. My humans were pretty careful after my escape attempt, none of my other escape plans worked after that. Again, they are always ruining all of my fun.

We didn’t get to do much hiking of go to the dog park because of my diagnoses. But I get to go on short walks and work my way up to longer ones. We are still working on “heel”… I just can resist all the people, dogs and bunnies on our walks. So, it is still a work in progress.

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Ruca: Summer is my favorite time of year. We are always busy and the weather allows mom to take me on more walks and hikes. Although this summer we didn’t get to hike as much due to Mystics neediness. Regardless, I still was able to spend lots of time with my humans, so I don’t mind too much.

I spent a lot of time at the dreaded v word this summer too. I don’t understand why Mystic like’s going there so much. I dislike it, greatly. Unlike Mystic, I don’t get too close to anyone, ever. Sure, they gives you treats and act all nice, but then when you are devouring your treat and not looking is when they decide to trap you and poke at you. I’m not stupid, that’s for sure. So, I keep my guard up all the time. I hide under moms chair and growl at everyone who comes close. Mom says she gets embarrassed, I don’t understand why, I am just trying to protect her, and myself, from all of the untrusting people. Mom tricked me into letting them poke and prod at me, which I wasn’t too thrilled about, I thought mom was on my side. After that was finally done, the scary lady told mom I had an ear infection, which she already knew and wasn’t a big deal. But she told mom that when she was listening to my heart that I have a split heart rate and need to see a special doctor to figure out what is going on. I don’t really know why mom was so upset about this but they want me to see another special doctor. I am still trying to talk mom out of taking me to see another unnerving doctor.. But mom thinks we should go, so she is saving up money to take me. I guess they are worried I have an underlying heart condition, but won’t know anything else until we see a specialist. Mom also woke up in the middle of the night and I was having a tremor, mom said it scared her but didn’t phase me much. It went away after a couple minutes. The vet said we have to keep and eye on it and if it happens again more testing will need to be done. Either way, I go about my normal activities; cuddling with mom, playing with mystic, and chasing my beloved ball.

Even thought we didn’t hike much this summer, my humans still take me on walks with Mystic. They are still trying to get me to “heel”… I just want to look for rabbits and get distracted is all. Now that Mom isn’t going out of town as much she said we are going to get it together and work harder. I’m unsure if that is a good thing or not. I guess we will find out shortly.

We hope everyone has a good weekend and had a great summer, Fall is here!

Too Much Fun for Mystic, as Usual

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Mystic: It’s been awhile. As I mentioned last time, my leg was bothering me after we came home from the dog park last time. Mom made me “take it easy” which I, of course, had a hard time listening. C’mon I’m only 2 and need to run around. It slowly got better and after about, forever (a week) we finally went on another walk. Well, I woke up the next morning sore, again, and was limping around. It really didn’t bother me that much, I was still running around and eating like my usual self but mom decided to take me to the vet to be on the safe side. So off to the vet we went….

So a few days ago we went to the vet…. I get excited about going. And I don’t get alone time with mom very often, even if it’s just the vet, I still enjoy it. So we get there and do the usual routine, check in, step on the black square (little did I know that black square and I would have future issues) get treats, have people tell me I’m cute, the usual. So we sit, and wait, and wait, and wait. I don’t mind the waiting as much as mom, I get to look at all the other puppies as they come and go. Mom says I get too excited but I am just trying to be friendly and greet everyone. Mom says her hand gets sore from holding my leash so tight, I don’t understand why she can’t just let go so I can play! Not everyone thinks I am nice though, I am just vocal and some people think I sound mean and they worry about their dogs and that I might hurt them. So finally, to moms relief, we get called back.

I know the drill by now. Poking and more poking. Then the vet comes in, more poking. He laid me on the table, which scared me, but mom talked to me and calmed me down. After what seemed like forever the Dr decided…..

The Dr decided to start out with; we will hold off on Xrays (unsure what that is but I don’t want to find out) but I can only do very limited activity for two weeks, take medicine to help with inflammation and I have to go on a diet. No biggie right? Wrong, very wrong.

I didn’t really understand any of that meant but found out very quickly. Mom has her work cut out trying to limit my activity. I mean I love to run around the house, up and down the stairs, run in the yard with Ruca, and now I’m not suppose to do any of it. I am also on a “weight management food” and am on a much stricter diet which I also quickly realized I dislike. But mom assures me it is for the best, I think she’s crazy. Dad tries to feed me scraps here and there but if mom sees; she puts a stop to it. I think it’s going to be a long road, mom agrees.

So please cross your fingers and paws my leg starts to feel better soon.

Finally Summer Weather and Dog Park Shenanigans

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It is finally starting to feel like summer.

Ruca: Over the weekend I heard the words I haven’t heard in a long time, “Dog Park”. The second I knew where we were going I couldn’t contain my excitement. Unfortunately for mom, my excitement lasted the whole trip there. We are still “training” so on the ride to the park mom decided half way there to put on my correction collar. The second she put that on I knew I better be good, mom said the rest of the ride was “a little bit” more peaceful.

Anyway, once we got there I had so much fun! This park is special, there are a few areas of water for us to play in! It was a warm day, so it was much needed. I was hesitant to get in the water at first, but then didn’t want to get out after I realized how good it felt! Mystic did a lot more swimming than me, I stuck close to mom and if I did go out it wasn’t for long. If I was having fun swimming, how am I able to make sure mom is safe? Speaking of mom, she doesn’t bring a ball to the park anymore, she gets made because I don’t want to share and then scare all the other dogs away. Even though she didn’t bring a ball for me, I sniffed one out, goes to show her. I made sure to be good though, I wasn’t “assertive” to any dogs, plus mom and dad do a pretty good job of making me feel safe and keeping me out of situations I don’t like.

I am enjoying the beautiful weather (clearly) and hopefully another trip to the dog park is in the near future.

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Ruca: When I couldn’t reach my ball Mystic would swim out and get it for me, who would of thought she had a nice side. 🙂

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Mystic: Like Ruca said, we had so much fun at the park! I LOVE love LOVE the water. Mom and dad set up a pool for me in the back yard sometimes, but that is nothing compared to the park. I got to chase other dogs in the water, splash on the beach, play in the mud and swim after Ruca’s ball. She is too scared to swim all the way out, typical Ruca, so I swam out and got it when she couldn’t reach it. Because I am not scared of anything, besides the vacuum and plastic bags, but those are obviously one of the most frightening things around, isn’t everyone scared of the vacuum and plastic bags?

I must of ran too hard and enjoyed myself too much because after we got home I woke up from a long nap and my leg was sore so I was limping. Mom was worried about me and said she didn’t get a very good night sleep. It is slowly getting better and I am limping a lot less so mom is going to keep watching it and if it doesn’t get better a trip to the vet it is. So fingers and paws crossed that is continues to get better. Mom says we need to take it easy for a few days, but I think she forgets I am still a “puppy” and have lots of energy. Despite my leg being sore I still make sure to chase all of the squirrels out of the yard and attempt to run around and play with Ruca. Just cause my leg is a little sore doesn’t mean I can’t still have fun, right?

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Celebrating Mothers of all Kinds

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Ruca & Mystic: Happy Mother’s Day to our mom and all the other moms out there!!

Mothers Day is a day to celebrate not just all of the moms out there who have delivered children into this world, but to celebrate all of the amazing women and the gifts they have given. Moms, grandmas, foster moms, fur children moms, grieving moms, women who wish they were moms, and all of the strong women in between. Just because some of these women have not delivered a child into this world, doesn’t mean they are not a “mom”. All of these amazing women have something to offer, advice to be given, experiences to learn from…. all of these women affect someone’s life in a positive way. Just because they don’t meet our societies definition of a “mom” doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get any credit. It is guaranteed they have filed a “mom” role and are looked up to more than they know and take credit for.

So props to all the different types of moms out there and all the amazing women that make the world go round!!! 🙂

Trial and Error… Lots of Error.

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Ruca: The weather has been nice here. Mom has been sick so she hasn’t updated as much, she has been working and coming home and going to sleep. But I don’t mind, everyday after she gets home from work that means I get extra cuddle time since she has been extra tired. She says she is starting to feel better though, which means Mystic and I get to start working on “heel” again. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited to go on more walks, I just don’t understand the whole “heel” concept, it isn’t exactly fun, yet.

This is a picture from last weekend, the first time mom and dad walked Mystic and me together. It went well, or so I thought. Mom says we still have lots of work to do. We tried to walk together again the next day but mom walked to the end of the sidewalk and when we started barking at the neighbor lady she decided it would be easier to go back to walking us separate. I am just trying to warn the person not to get to close to my mom, but apparently I don’t need to do that all the time. Mom keeps saying we will get there, eventually.

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Mystic: Like Ruca said, the weather has been beautiful. I have been enjoying sunbathing the in the backyard every chance I get. Unlike Ruca, I would stay outside all day. Mom says next week we go back to working on “heel”. We had an incident the last time we walked before mom got sick, she said it discouraged her greatly. We were walking by the neighbors fence, who’s dogs are always out and always barking when we walk by. Mom has been trying to use this to her advantage in training us with distractions, but it backfired, tremendously. Of course when we get close to the fence and the other dogs start barking, I of course start barking. I mean, what if they got through the fence, I need to let them know I’m the boss before they get out and come after us, right? Well anyway, I was protecting mom when she “corrected” me, I was so wound up I must of thought one of the dogs got me, so I did what was natural, I turned around and snapped my teeth. Unfortunately, I snapped my teeth on mom’s leg. I knew at that second I was in trouble, and that I was. Mom was so upset she was on the verge of tears, not because her leg hurt, but because she couldn’t believe what I did. So now we are back to square one. And to think how proud mom was because how good I was doing, I guess Ruca gets to be the star student for awhile.

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We had a fabulous Easter relaxing with our humans and enjoy chicken table scraps from guests!! We hope everyone has a good weekend! We will keep you updated on our “progress”, if we can call it that yet.

Training is Hard Work and Full of Surprises

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Ruca: Here is a picture after our first day of “training”. We are working on “heel”… which it seems like we have been working on forever. But mom said she was getting frustrated because walks weren’t fun for her anymore, so she recruited some help from a professional (All Ears Dog and Puppy Training). I don’t know why mom didn’t think walks were fun anymore, I thought they were a blast!

Mom told the trainer I was going to be the smart dog and pass training with flying colors. Of course I am smart, but I am also stubborn, so she was in for a BIG surprise. I had a hard time calming down and listening to somebody other than my mom, and the rules were I had to calm down before we could go for a walk, which took longer than expected. After I finally calmed down we got to work on “heel”, normally I pull and like to sniff things, but that isn’t allowed in “heel”, what fun is that? I know what I am suppose to do but it is so hard, I just want to run and smell everything, enjoy our walk. I am doing pretty good now but still have to work on distractions. Mom says she has more work to do with me than she expected. Who would of thought?

Mystic: Ruca is right, mom was in for a big surprise our first day of training. I did amazing, mom wasn’t expecting that. I caught on quick. Dad says its because I am younger, but it is just because I am smart. I just didn’t want mom and dad to know how smart I was, then they expect more from me. This way, I can get away with more, I have them all figured out. See, Ruca doesn’t get away with much because mom and dad know she knows better. But me, I get away with more because they think I don’t know better. SURPRISE!  Mom usually takes Ruca on a walk first since we have to walk separate now for awhile. She says Ruca is more work so she needs all of her energy first, apparently I am more pleasant to walk. We are still practicing every day, mom says there are a few things I need to work on, we haven’t accomplished walking by a fence with other dogs without “heeling”. I just want to say hello to the other dog and make sure they aren’t going to hurt my mom, I don’t mean to pull so hard, sometimes I forget how strong I am.

We are walking everyday. I know I have some work to do but we will get there eventually. I have to make my mom work hard too, I don’t want to show her I know what “heel” means too soon, where is the fun in that?

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First day after training and we didn’t move from this spot, we haven’t worked that hard in awhile!