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Abby has an owie (and a neck collar)
November 16, 2009, 10:12 am
Filed under: Pets

The Collar of Shame

 

My lab Abby went to the vet a few days ago to have surgery to remove a cyst or large hard growth on the right cheek.  20 staples and $160. later,  she comes home with a neck collar on so she cannot scratch those staples out.  I knew she wasn’t the smartest of the smart, no Einstein is she.  But when that big plastic collar gets stuck on a wall, she just stands there and waits for someone to help her out.  She couldn’t drink water unless I held the bowl, until I finally showed her that if she got the bowl within the confines of the collar,  she could eat or drink whatever she wanted.  Poor doggy.



Dog tails
October 21, 2009, 10:48 am
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My small dog is a “teddy bear” dog.  A hybrid of shih tzu and bichon.  He was supposed to be 12 pounds.  Well, he’s 9 months old and weighs 19 pounds so far.  He’s built like a stocky little hog,  his back curves down into hams and hocks.  lol.  but he’s little.  I have a big labrador female (96 pounds) named Abbie.  Their pix are listed under pets.   Abbie has a cyst growing on the right cheek on her face.  Its hard and loose there,  and the vet is going to remove it soon.  It doesn’t seem to hurt her, and she doesn’t mind if you hold it and move it around.  Well, the little dog, when he wants to control her,  jumps  up and grabs onto that cyst,  pulls her over and forces her to lay down on her side.  Then he cleans out her ears.  Its really kinda funny to watch.  He will spend ten or fifteen minutes cleaning out her ear, and she lays there, loving it.  Then she she gets up,  he runs and dives on her trying to get her to lay down, whereas he begins to clean out her other ear.  Dogs,  they’re weird.

Max



September 27, 2009, 8:37 pm
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Chloe

Chloe

My daughter calls her “Psychokitty”  because every time she picks her up,  Psychokitty tries to bite her.  She does appear a bit standoffish to people she doesn’t see very often,  but when my two oldest grandchildren come to visit, she will always come out and say “hello” to them.  My oldest grandson teases her and she always comes out and wanders around him, hoping, I think, that he will tease her some more. 

Her name is Chloe and she is about 18 months old.  She likes big dogs (was raised around my older dog before he died.).  She doesn’t like little dogs much,  and I think its because Max has picked on her for months now.  However, she keeps coming back for more. 

If I’m on the couch watching TV, covered up with a blanket,  she jumps up,  lays down, starts purring,  kneading on my and the blankie, and doesn’t swallow her saliva,  allows it to run out of her mouth and all over the blankie.  Wonder what’s up with that? 

She is an inside cat, never goes outside and is afraid that somehow I am going to grab her and throw her outside, so she runs away from the door when I let the dogs out. 

She was one of four kitties found abandoned and taken to the vet when she was about 4 weeks old.  So she was handfed by the vet and assistants for 4 weeks before I got her.  So she likes to suck on the blankie while she’s kneading and drooling.  lol. 

In the middle of the night, she will come up on the bed and tap, tap, tap.  I lift the covers and she runs under them, and lays down.  She then expects me to rub her from the nose to her tail, over and over again, while she turns side to side and back to tummy, so I rub her all over.  Then when I’ve gotten all sides completely rubbed,  she jumps up and runs away.  I originally put her under the covers, thinking she was cold on winter nights.  But she does it summer and winter and I think she just wants to be petted, but doesn’t want to admit it. 

The big dog is very respectful of her .  She very carefully walks around her, expecting her to jump up and kill her.  The little dog is very pushy and picks at her,  teasing her a lot.  Yet if I save her and remove her,  she jumps back down and he picks on her again.  So I think she secretly loves the attention. 

So I have two dogs and one cat.  And all of them are full of personality and quite eccentric.  Hm, I guess they fit into this family quite well.

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Max
September 24, 2009, 7:47 am
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I have to be fair here.  Can’t talk about Abbie and not brag about my other pets.  Last year I had my big chocolate lab put down.  He was old,  became unable to walk and I took him for his last ride.    I waited quite awhile (well,  six months anyway) before I got another dog.  And I decided to get a puppy.  I had forgotten what it was like with a puppy,  forgot how they chew, pee, poop and eat.  LOL.  Well, I remembered right away that first night I was standing out in the backyard, shivering, in the dark hoping little puppy Max would go. 

He’s growing up.  He’s a shih tzu/bichon hybrid.  He was supposed to be about 12 pounds when he was all grown up.  And he’s now 8 months old and he’s 18 pounds.  But I love every pound of him.  He’s actually built like a small hog.  haha.  His back is long,  it curves down to his hocks like a small pig does.  Except Max is covered with a huge amount of white and buff colored hair. 

Max

Max

He doesn’t look spoiled, does he?  Nah, I didn’t think so.   Anyway,  he is having one episode of “running into the bedroom and sneaking out a poop” about once a month now.  He’s doing very well.  And he NEVER pees anywhere anymore.  He is a happy fellow, loves everybody and everything.  He’s a little shy, but when he knows you,  he likes you.    Abbie and Max will play in the backyard and Abbie cannot catch him!  he’s fast, and turns on a dime.  Abbie can’t turn as fast and she chases after him for hours.  Its good exercise for both of them.  Its really cute to watch them.



Abbie
September 24, 2009, 7:01 am
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I have two dogs and one cat.  One dog is a big hefty Labrador, Abbie.  Abbie was an abused rescue dog from several hundred miles away.  My daughter was visiting there and called me up to say that she had a good dog that needed a good home, and that she had been abused by her previous owners.  So I told her, “Sure, bring her down, as long as she is good around cats.”  She was raised with several cats,  and has a healthy respect for cats’ claws.  lol.

Abbie

Abbie

When I first got her,  if I took hold of her collar to show her where I wanted her to follow,  she would throw herself over backwards and crawl away.  She was headshy,  and would cringe when you came near.  Three months later,  she has blossomed.  We have our routine and  she does very well now.  She gets nervous when people are loud speaking,  but she is a totally different dog.  She is and probably always will be food aggressive.  I feed her separately from my other dog and if she gets a snack both dogs get it at the same time.  If I put her in the basement to feed her,  she will not look at or eat her food until I close the door.  She will not eat her dog food when people are around.  I wonder how they screwed her up about food like that!