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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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!

Ruca Turns Three

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This pretty girl turned three last week! Time flies when your having fun! It seems like yesterday I was picking her out of the litter. I never knew a dog could give you strength, courage, hope, determination and most importantly a friendship, until this silly boxer came into my life. It sounds crazy, but this dog has taught me so many things about life and I continue to learn and grow everyday.  I was unaware a dog could teach someone such amazing things. I mean, how can you have a bad day with that smile staring back at you? I am glad I was blessed with this more then special pup and hope it’s a long ride with her by my side.

Ruca: It was my birthday last week. I am not sure exactly what that means. But I do know I got extra spoiled! Mom brought me a pawbender (doggy icecream) after work. I enjoyed it so much that I ate it  too fast, half of it didn’t stay in my tummy. Mystic got one too, I don’t mind sharing on my special day, but something tells me she thought it was her special day, she is always trying to steal the spotlight. Although, she must of known, because it was the first time she didn’t try to eat my treat, my birthday icecream.  Mom made sure to give me lots of extra hugs and kisses (I didn’t think that was possible, but I learned it was).  Mom says it is hard to spoil me, she says I am spoiled enough the way it is. I mean, she could let me drink out of the toilet from time to time, so I really am not that spoiled.

We spent the weekend at the dog park. It was beautiful outside, Mom was all excited because it was 70 degrees in February. Not sure why she was so excited, it is all the same to me. As long as I get to run after my ball I am in bone heaven. I would like to say I behaved myself, for the most part. Of course, I had to let a few dogs know who is boss and remind them not to get too close to my mom.

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I spent the rest of the weekend cuddling mom and dad and soaking up the sunshine on the porch!

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Mystic: This is mom giving us special ice cream for Ruca’s Birthday. I was unsure if I liked it at first, I ate the bones and left the ice cream, it was so cold. Of course, I couldn’t let the deliciousness go to waste, so I eventually finished the rest of my treat! I thought about eating Ruca’s but my nose was so cold, I figured I would let her have her treat to herself, but just that one time.

I had to go back to the vet last week. I have a rash on my belly mom and dad are trying to get better. It is slowly getting better, mom said if it doesn’t go away by this weekend they are going to give me some special medicine. “Special Medicine” is never a good sign, but I learned how to cheat. Mom usually wraps it in cheese or ham, like I won’t notice it or something? I spit it out several times, that way I get more cheese or ham. I’m not that unware, even though I can play the part well.  Hopefully it goes away soon though, it is itchy and even though the vet gives me lots of treats and plenty of “ah your so adorable” I don’t really want to go back any time soon.

Before we went to the park this weekend mom and dad stopped to get something to eat, for themselves. Since I figured they weren’t bringing us anything, I decided to rip apart all of mom’s important papers in the vehicle while I waited. I tore apart a Ziploc bag and ate a few dollar bills. Now mom says she has to watch me go to the bathroom to make sure I am alright, I am sure I will be fine, I have eaten worse things. But I was right, they didn’t bring us a hamburger, or even a single fry. So I am certain the fun I had was well worth it. Ruca did not join in the fun, she just sat and stared out the window the whole time waiting for mom and dad to come back. She is such a party pooper, always has to be the good one.

Anyway, Happy Birthday Ruca. I am glad I have such a smart older sister! I need someone to look up to and try to keep me out of trouble from time to time. ❤

More Than Just a Ball

RUCA: I think my mom may have previously mentioned that my ball is my favorite toy. Sometimes I even accidently fall asleep with it in my mouth, making sure noone takes it, doing my duty to protect it.

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The park is my favorite place to chase the ball. The first thing I do when mom opens the gate is scavenge the premises for the perfect ball. Can’t be too new, or too fuzzy, the more dirt the better. After I finally find the perfect ball I don’t let it out of my site. It is now mine to protect for the rest of our park adventure. I try to bring them home but mom says I have my own and I need to share and leave it for the other dogs to play with. I keep trying, maybe one day she will change her mind and let me bring it home to add to my collection.

I play with my ball at home too. Every night mom spends time throwing my ball, mostly because I drop it in front of her and give her “the look” until she stops pretending like I’m not there. I wait patiently until she finally throws it.

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The problem is…. Mystic wants everything that is mine. Everyday she tests my patience to my limits. If she thinks she is going to be the alpha dog, she has another thing coming. I mean besides mom, I’m obviously the alpha dog. I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

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This goes on every night and Mystic finally decides to give up. Thinking maybe tomorrow will be her day to win the battle of the ball, but tomorrow looks doubtful too. Sorry Mystic, but you have determination, I’ll give you that.