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!

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