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Happy Valentine's Month!

February 15th 2009 11:06 am
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We had a lot of fun during our Valentines month in Schnauzers Rule! We had a photo stroll, and then the photos were posted on our main page. We also had a poetry contest and had so many wonderful entries! We had multiple winners for 2nd and 3rd place because it was so hard to choose. We started a thread where everyone posted who was their Valentine. My special valentine pal is SIMON!

Murphy my angel boypup will be in my heart furever and ever, but my big giant schnauzer pal will watch after me down here. Murph, you've got the big picture covered from up in Heaven, and Simon's got it covered down here on the ground - BOL!!!

I hope everyone had as happy a Valentines month as we did in Schnauzers Rule!!! BTW it's the best group on dogster - BOL!!!



Eventful Week So Far

February 24th 2009 7:46 pm
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Over the weekend, I got to go on a girl's weekend out of town ~ just me & mom. We went to a town where she used to live, and stayed in a nice hotel. There were 2 other rooms next to ours that had doggies who barked when we walked by, something I would never do!!! We never did see them though. Our room was a short walk to the elevator which we would take to get down to the garage and out onto the street. Or we would walk right through the reception area out to the entrance. Sometimes we stopped and warmed ourselves by the fire. We walked all over town, even went shopping. We went to a dog specialty store and I got a new pink jacket and an elevated food bowl. I had so much fun modeling for everyone, and of course got some treats. Mom took me to a store where she could get some clothes, but I headed for the door ready to go back for treats - BOL!!! We walked up and down some good sized hills. On the downsides, I even had to run a little. Mom let me walk as much as I wanted. It was so cool. We had a refrigerator & microwave so mom could prepare my meals. One morning we got room service, and mom ordered a poached egg to add to my kibble - YUM!!!

Then on Sunday, I was named Schnauzer of the Week in Schnauzers Rule! Everyone is so kind to me. They even started a thread where other schnauzers get to ask me questions. It's a lot of fun.

Today, SRs leader Milly, announced that I would be leaving as an administrator. Mom has so much to deal with that it's just gotten to be too much work. She has been so dedicated to it and has loved doing it. But she says Priorities! So now we get to play in the group like everyone else. There is a great group of admins in the group and I'm sure they won't miss me before long!!!

Well let's see what the rest of the week brings!



How Old Are You?

February 24th 2009 7:57 pm
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Sophie Bean posted this in Schnauzers Rule: rowth_and_development/calculating_age_in_dog_years/calculati ng_age_in_dog_years

A shortened version of url:

It's a age calculating tool from Dogster's Dog Owning Manual.

I'll be 14 years old in a few weeks which equals 84, but I still feel like I'm 21!!! ROFBOL!!!


Happy Birthday To My Miracle Girl Georgie!!!

March 9th 2009 9:56 pm
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I'm so excited that tomorrow March 10th is Georgie's 14th birthday. A little over a year ago, she was hospitalized and the vets did not think she would make it. All they could offer was to open her up, biopsy all her organs and see if they could come up with a diagnosis. At the age of almost 13, the vets had no idea what was going on. She would've needed anesthesia to do the surgery. I didn't think she would make it through the ordeal. The vet even said he wouldn't choose this option for his own dog! I opted out of this course of action and asked for her to be aggressively medically managed. The vets even brought up the "e" conversation which I refused to choose. Within days she was discharged home with the title "Miracle Dog". All of her checkups have been stable since, except for vestibular dysfunction where she would become incapacitated from dizziness. They said it should last 2 weeks and resolve. It lasted almost 2 months. And she has had reoccurences of the same symptoms. We saw a neurologist who said her symptoms do not present like a brain tumor, but we don't know and could do an MRI. This would also take anesthesia, and it would only be for diagnostic purposes. If she did have a brain tumor, there was probably nothing appropriate to her age and condition that could be done. She has been responding to meclizine which is actually for nausea and vomiting related to the dysfunction. It does not treat the dysfunction. The neurologist doesn't know why it seems to work, but she said keep using it! She has learned to compensate very well, and so have we in monitoring and managing her. So again we've opted out of doing anything invasive like anesthesia. If she needs it for something acute, then we'll go ahead and get the MRI. Since then her checkups have shown her to be medically stable. I have aggressively managed her daily at home with monitoring everything from food to walks to poops to cleanliness.

In the meantime, Georgie is happy, eating well and loving her walks. Some days she's a little confused, her hearing and sight aren't as good as they used to be, but either are mine! Some days she runs on her walks and plays with me. Most of the time she follows me and settles next to me - something she never did when she was younger, being Miss Independent! In her birthday photo, she is sitting on Daddy's lap snoozing, loving the attention. We all seem to be coping well. The other dogs still respect her and don't bother her, although they know she's part of the pack. As long as she remains fairly stable, I can't imagine that we need to change a thing.

Needless to say, she continues to be my Miracle Dog. She represents unconditional love and significant history together. Time will be measured by before Georgie and after Georgie.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY little one.



It's my birthday and I'll bark if I want to...

March 10th 2009 6:51 pm
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Today is my 14th birthday. I woke up sick and pukey. YAY!!! By afternoon, my stomach had calmed down but I still had to go see my vet. I got fluids, blood tests and an abdominal ultrasound again. Nothing ominous on ultrasound. I have to fast for 24 hrs and then start small frequent meals and see how I do. One thing I've learned after all these years, if it isn't one thing, it's another. BOL!!!

On the bright side I got a lot of birthday greetings and presents from my pals. They're the greatest. My fellow Schnauzers Rule members are the best pals anyone could have!!! Thanks everyone.

Now for some rest, and begging mom for treats. I don't think she's going to fall for it this time!



Life goes on...

March 14th 2009 5:35 pm
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I'm doing a lot better! Am starting to eat a little kibble with my rice and cottage cheese. My energy is back. Mom & Dad are traveling later this week and I'm going to get to go with them. Mom doesn't want to let me out of her sight! Vicki will housesit the rest of the pack. She'll be sad that I'm not here, but right now mommy gets dibs she says.

A lot is going on in our family. Dad has his birthday, then I had mine & was sick, then Uncle Danny crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Today is my human brother Andrew's birthday, he would've been 20 years old if he was still with us. Mom & dad are having a sad day. We're sure he helped Uncle Danny find his way at the bridge. And today is also my human sister's baby Robert's 1st birthday. So we've been up & down and all over the past 2 weeks. But life goes on....



On vacation

March 20th 2009 7:05 pm
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I'm on vacation with mom & dad. We're staying at a beach town near some long time friends of mom's. Dad towed the Ural motorcycle behind us. Today Mom & I got to ride in the sidecar through a very pretty area. Our friends have a 100 lb Bouvier named Knute. He is really sweet. Kinda looks like a schnauzer on steroids BOL!!! We've been getting along really well. Mom will post a photo later of the two of us.

We're staying in a cottage with a fenced in backyard. I get to go in an out all I want. Also at Knute's house I can go outside by myself if I want. We're having a great time. Mom says it's really relaxing.

The rest of the pack is at home with Vicki our housesitter. She loves to walk everyone so we all love when she comes to stay! So I'm sure they're having a good time too.



Beach Time

March 22nd 2009 1:13 am
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Today, Knute and I got to go to the beach and be off leash! There were lots of other dogs that he played with while I ran around and sniffed seaweed. At one time I was sniffing around a big rock at the water's edge. Then all of a sudden I was in up to my chest!!! Mom was right there so she pulled me out but I ran back into it, hehehe. Then I ran and ran and ran. I had a very good day at the beach. Also, we went to a wharf and watched sea otters swimming around. Afterwards, I had a lot of great snoozes!



Uncle is sick!

April 8th 2009 10:27 am
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My favorite Uncle Randy is in the hospital!!! He collapsed the other day and had to be revived by the paramedics. He hasn't woken up yet for anyone. I bet if mom could sneak me in to the hospital, he'd wake up from one of my kisses and he'd pet me like he always does. We lived together for a year, and I took up sleeping in Uncle Randy's room on his bed!!! Mom couldn't believe it but she was happy that I loved my Uncle Randy. Paws together for his recovery.



We miss you Uncle Randy!

April 9th 2009 9:31 am
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Mom said Uncle Randy went to join my sister Annie and my human brother Andrew across the Rainbow Bridge. But I will see him again some day and I can give him my kisses then.

We're not going to be online for a while. We'll miss our friends.


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