Thursday, May 17, 2012

Paw-don the Pun

I tried and tried to think of a clever title for this post, and that was about as good as I could do.  You see, this post is about paws.  Specifically, Dexter's paws.


Dexter is a happy, healthy dog.  We take him for regular vet check ups, we watch his diet, and we try to make sure his needs are all met.  We also shower him with love and affection.  He is indeed a happy dog.


However, several months ago, I noticed that Dexter, when climbing stairs, did it on 3 paws only, never putting weight on his front right paw.  When he runs around, he does so on all 4 paws, and never acts like his paws hurt, it was just this weird thing with the steps.  At first we chalked it up to him just being a weird dog.

Then I noticed that same paw, the front right, seemed to be bent out or twisted, more than his other one.  Hubby said it just looked like Doxie paws to him.  After one particularly long walk, however, his leg was so bent, it looked like it would buckle under him.  I immediately called the vet.


After a thorough examination, the doctor said Dex has plantar fasciitis.  This means the tendons in his paw have been strained or injured in the past, and are inflamed.  He does not put full weight down on his paw; because of how he does put pressure on the front of his paw, the leg twists outward.  It is not really causing him any pain, but he cannot go for walks right now, until we see if the inflammation subsides.  We are resting his paw, and giving him fish oil.  If this does not work, we may have to have it wrapped.  Other interventions could include cortisone shots (which I am hesitant to do) and eventual surgery.  The doctor thinks surgery will not be necessary, right now at least.

Again, Dexter shows no signs of being in pain, or being depressed.  He still runs around outside like a nut, but no walks and we carry him up the inside steps.  Have any of you ever experienced this with your dogs?  Can you provide me with any insight?  I am unable to find much online about this in dogs, only in people.  The doc says this is simply a risk of a dog being bred to be short legged with a long body.  In other words, doxie problems.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Are they brilliant, or just plain crazy?

Each and every day, my dogs act like they are encountering things for the very first time.  The cat, for example. The cat was part of the family when Dexter joined, so he has know her as long as he has know us, yet every time he sees her, he freaks out, like "OH MY GOSH THERE IS A CAT HERE!!!!!".  I swear, one of these times he is going to hurt himself.  Same thing with the mailman.  Mail comes through the door slot?  Commence freak out by both dogs.  Thank goodness for mail free Sundays.

But their worst freakout over an everyday occurance, by far, is when one of us comes through the front door.  Each day when Hubby comes home from work, they flip their lids.  For a good 5 minutes, usually until he hugs them.  It is even worse when we are both returning from somewhere.  We always talk about it in the car, how Chloe will be sooo mad, doing her sassy little bark, and Dexter will be hopping up and down like he has not seen us in days.

However, there is one notable exception to this through the door phenomenon.  Three mornings a week I jog on the bike trail near our house.  I have a routine, I come downstairs in my workout clothes, put on my shoes, put my cell phone arm band on, and stretch.  If Hubby is not home, I take my keys, lock the door, and jog for 30 minutes.  And each time, when I come home, and come through the front door, it is to total silence.  They never make a peep, it is like they know, "oh hey, she will be back in half an hour, no need to worry".

So when I come home, this is usually what I see: Dex buried in his blanket, and Chloe looking around like, "oh hey".



So you tell me, are they brilliant dogs who understand my pre-jog routine means I will be back shortly, or are the just crazy?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hug your pets tonight

Hello friends, so sorry this blog has had a bout of radio silence.  The past few months have been pretty hectic, but I am hoping to spend more time on all my blogs now.  

IMG_1538 There is something happening that pet owners need to be aware of.  For the second time in a month, I have heard of an attempted or successful pet robbery.  Both times involved dogs that were safely confined in their owners' yards.  Each time the owner turned their back for just a moment.  With the first incident, the owner returned to see a strange man holding her dogs.  When questioned, he said they got loose and he was returning them.  In the second incident, when the owner returned, the dog was gone.  Last I heard, the dog was still missing, and the suspected thief was a neighbor.

These incidents happened hundreds of miles apart.  I just do not understand what would possess a person to steal someone's pet.  In both cases, I believe, these were indoor pets, who were outside for recreation and potty trips.  It only took seconds for the situations to occur.

I know I am guilty of opening the back door, and letting the dogs run outside and play, while I wash dishes or cook in the kitchen.  I keep an eye on them, but clearly, it only takes seconds for someone to try to steal your pets, even from the safety of your enclosed yard.  So, please, I beg you, hug your pets a little tighter tonight, and keep a close eye on them at all times.