Pictures from my trip to Montana are now up! You can find them under "Trips." I hope you enjoy them.
I hope everyone had a good Turkey Day! I did. My woman was sick but she still managed to make a feast for us. She slept most of Turkey Day so it was up to me and my boy to make the turkey, gravy, and veggies.
My woman's birfday was earlier this month. I helped decorate, make her a cheesecake, and make her dinner.
My people started on the platform for my back door last weekend. They got all the wood for the frame cut and all but the end boards of the composite wood top. It’s going to be huge!
Today we got sod for my peeing spot because my people removed all the bad grass from the area in June but never had a chance to plant anything or get sod. We got 90 sq. ft. of it!!!
I also went to the rehab vet today for my monthly check-up. I had a slip yesterday when my Mail Lady came to deliver a package so I needed a lot of work and had 7 acupuncture needles. My woman has homework to do on me, exercises and massage.
I haven’t done much of anything new. Walks, playing, car rides, seeing friends, doing jobs around the house, swimming, and rehab vet.
It took a lot of hard work but I finally got my people to finish my front porch!
My woman bought me a gate that can be stretched to block off the top of my stairs and swing out of the way when I don't want to use it and 2 big mats for me to lay on. One mat goes in front of my dog door and the other goes between my laying platform and the stairs.
We still have to put the stuff on the bottom of the porch that keeps cats, raccoons, possums, coyotes, and skunks out but my people put up plastic mesh so that can wait until the weather cooperates.
My people are going to build me another platform for in front of the back door. That way, I don't have to step down as far and it will keep me off the hard concrete because I like to lay there. I really like the one on my porch. I bet my woman will get me a huge mat for that one too!
I've been finding balls on my walks but they haven't been good enough to bring home.
It's gotten cold enough here that I don't ask to play in my pool after my man gets home. I did get to play one afternoon while we were working on the porch.
I know it's officially fall because it's getting cool and rainy, my woman opened the skylight shades and changed the temperatures on the thermostat so the furnace will come on but not the air conditioner, and a man came by to mess with the furnace to make sure it works OK.
My woman and I also cleaned 20 pounds of dog hair, dirt, and lost treats out of my woman's car this week before the rain hit. My woman says there's only about 40 pounds of dog hair left in the car now!
Since I last "saw" you, a lot has happened.
I'm still swimming every other week at the pool though I had to go to a different pool a couple weeks ago because my pool was closed. They had a dock diving competition that weekend because they are next to the airport and the airport was having an airshow. My people said I wouldn't like to be out there during the airshow anyway because it is loud and they have things like fireworks.
I'm still seeing my rehab vet every month. I'm not having any big issues though last time she turned me into a pincushion! And I kept trying to tell everyone there was a pool across the hall and one room up but no one would listen.
I've been having a lot of luck finding balls out on walks. I've been finding playground balls, basketballs, baseballs, and tennis balls. I also found out tether balls are fun... until they hit you in the back of the head. My man told me I couldn't kill it so I wasn't happy about that!
I was playing in my pool almost every night but now it is too dark by the time my man gets home.
I've been doing a lot of stuff around the house.
I also got some bad news. The place I stay in Montana that is on the cattle ranch is being sold. I'm pretty bummed about it.
I'm back up with internet access!
The 4th here was crazy and not fun for animals or most people. The dog next door had fireworks hitting her house on the 2nd! We also had hot weather which means lots of people started fires with their fireworks.
This week is supposed to get really hot again. Blech! I've been helping my woman water the grass to try to keep it from bursting into flames!
I've been doing lots of fun stuff. Playing in water, swimming, going on walks, and sniffing all kinds of good sniffs.
I had my 1st rehab vet visit since my ouchy last month. I only had a couple of issues so I guess the work my woman is doing almost every day is helping!
My friend Maxi is hurt. She's been limping for a while and was diagnosed with a partial tear in her knee ligament like I had. It'll be harder for Maxi because she's kinda overweight.
11 years ago today, I adopted my family! I hope they appreciate the good home I've given them!!
I included some pictures of my 1st month with my people.
I am all better from my problem last month and my vet visits went good. My vet said my blood work was "surprisingly good" with everything I have wrong with me and my eyes are still doing good. I don't have to go back to the eye doctor for a year! I went swimming last weekend and was all crazy. I see my rehab vet again this week so we'll see what she says!
I started a new project yesterday... the steps for my front porch! We have to do something called "pour concrete" before we can put them on our porch.
I've been finding lots of balls on my morning walks. Mostly baseballs and t-balls.
I have been one busy woof dog lately. I've been helping my people around the house, helping my woman with work and school, going for walks, playing in my pool, swimming, and seeing vets.
I get to play in my pool most nights now that the weather has been so dry. Our air conditioner has been on 2 times this month!!!
I've been having good luck finding balls on my walks lately. I have a pretty big baseball collection now. And I even discovered a new park!
My people have found 2 ticks! One was crawling on me and one was crawling on our driveway early one morning. We aren't supposed to have ticks here. Ick!
I went to a new pool last time to swim. The pool I always go to was closed so they could have some kind of competition. I got into the pool I used to go to but I also tried out a pool that is on our side of the river. It was more like where I go now so we decided to use it instead of the old pool. I had fun but it will be nice to be at my pool this weekend!
I've been getting to go to work with my woman sometimes. I keep one of the dogs under control while she works.
She also found out this month that the animal aromatherapy school changed their classes when they went online this month so, instead of being really close to being done, she now will have a hard time finishing.
I've been helping her try to get stuff she's already done changed over to an acceptable computer type thing. We've been working on that all month.
Even though she finished Level 1 over a year ago, and got a piece of paper to show she passed it, she now has to take it again and do 4 more case studies.
And she can't go on to any other level until she finishes Level 1. She was only waiting to finish up the last 2 (out of 10) case studies for Level 2 and had started 4 case studies for Level 3 when she found out she needed to re-do Level 1.
She still doesn't have anything nice to say about the school for not telling her a year ago about the change in the number of case studies for Level 1. I have learned some new and interesting cuss words this month!!
Last Thursday morning I got off my bed and tried to stand on the top of my paw instead of on the bottom like I should. My woman did some massage and got me to where I would put it down the right way but not want to put any weight on it. By the end of the night, 5 hours of massage, and several aromatherapy sessions, I was doing much better but still limping.
Friday was my rehab vet appointment. The rehab vet was afraid it was an injury to the doggy version of the Achilles Tendon from the massage reports my woman sent in. The best guess was when I ran into a stick with my ribs hard enough to make me stagger, it tightened everything up and caused all the problems. She beat on my leg with a hammer. She tried to claim she was testing my reflexes
but I just know she was trying to kill me! I had some acupuncture, some chiropractic work, and a little more massage and I'm back to normal.
This month is vet month. I had my normal rehab vet visit Friday, Monday my vet came to my house and did my Senior Wellness Check, and next week I see my eye doctor for my 6-month recheck for my Pannus.
April 5 was my 11th birfday. I got to do all kinds of fun things!! I have pictures up on my Birfdays page.
I got to go swimming an extra Saturday this month! I usually go every other Saturday but last Saturday I got to go to a new pool and swim for 30 minutes. It was a lot of fun. We liked the ramp into the pool better at the new pool but like our regular pool the best. It was exciting to go there. I get to go swimming this Saturday for my usual 45 minutes at my regular pool! Now we can recommend 3 doggy pools in this area!
It's baseball season which means it's the season for finding all kinds of baseballs abandoned at the school. I'm continuing to grow my extremely large collection. I've also found some playground balls and soccer balls.
For my birfday, I got a dog door for my front porch screen door. I really like being able to go in and out when I want when my front door is open. It's just like my back door dog door. We got a discount for being return customers!
Last week, I just missed seeing a porcupine in the parking lot of the convenience store, bar, dog business, day care, hair place, vet, and a few other businesses. The wildlife people think it lost its home due to all the habitat destruction west of us and has moved into the city. They think it came from the creek and wetlands area by my house and was checking everything out since we aren't very far from where it was seen. They think it was a boy since it's mating season and it was attacking its reflection in the glass doors.
Pool season opened this week at my house. I think today will be the last day for a little bit because it's supposed to get cool and rainy again. We've had record highs the last couple of days.
Just wanted to bark a quick "hi" to everyone.
I've been busy helping my woman finish her research paper for her class. She should be done with the "1st draft," whatever that is, today. Then we have to go back through it and work on it some more. I think if she did it right the 1st time, it'd be much easier but she said that's not how this works. I think she's just covering for sloppy workmanship!
I've been swimming, going for walks, exploring, finding and killing balls, barking at wildlife, playing with friends, and making new friends since I last talked to you. And going to the rehab vet.
I got to go to the farmer's market last weekend! My woman only went to one place and that was right by where she parks so my man and I waited on the sidewalk for her. If I stood in the right places, I could see her.
No pictures this post but there will be some on the next!