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The Mighty Huntress (2011 Edition, Volume 1)

January 21st 2011 4:48 pm
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The Mighty Huntress and the momma are out for the evening walk. They stop so The Mighty Huntress can sniff and scratch in the snow. Suddenly, at the same time, they both see something out of the corners of their eyes. They realize it is a rabbit hopping to the compost pile.

The Mighty Huntress (still on her retractable leash due to her knee surgery) leaps into action and goes racing. The retractable leash pulls tight! Argh!!

The Mighty Huntress, who is literally at the end of her leash, and also bogged down in snow up to her belly, must watch as the bunny hops away. The Mighty Huntress looks back at the momma (who is still holding onto the other end of the leash) and sees that she is doing a face plant in the snow bank.

Run while you can Mr. Bunneh, soon enough you will be mine.

 

Thank you for the Birthday Wishes

January 13th 2011 10:25 am
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Pups, thank you so much for all the birthday wishes I received yesterday. It really made my 10th birthday all that more pawsome! I had a great day with lots of pets, and treats and you all made me feel so special!!

Thanks to:

- Otto, Sophie & Sagwa
- Scarlett, Elise, Anya
- Walker, Alexandria, Molly, Pookah and Edwina
- Bailey NWD
- Tucker, Cody, Max, Sammie, Mocha, Matilda, Jake, Megan and Maggie Frannicola
- Jarvis Davis
- Sunny
- Zaidie
- Jewels, Cisco Kid and Star
- Lexi, Monnie and Angel Lexi
- Krickette
- The Boyzzz
- Buttercup
- Abby CGC
- Buddy, Molly and Scooter Morris
- Raja
- KJ, Rain, Kiska and Banjo
- Duke, Howard, Jessi, Simon, Kitty Kitty
- Petey
- Teddy - Mr. Wiggle Butt
- Winston, Hartford, Abby, Duffy and Jordan
- Riley
- Amazing Grace, Kennettas Sassy Foxie and Baby
- Austin and Doo
- Quinn
- Divine Miss B, Jade, Crystal, Zak, Xena, Holly, Howard Jr
- Charlie, Abbie, Toto, Teddy and Maggie
- Harley Diva Girl and Jazzi Danz'r
- Pongo, Izzy, Maxwell and Sammy
- Hershey
- Jack
- Coco Rose, Logan Benwizzen and Puff

Thank you once again for all the wishes. You made this old girl feel special!

I apologize if I have missed anyone.

Hugs to all!!

 

12 weeks since Cranial Cruciate Surgery

January 4th 2011 6:36 am
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Pups, I have hit the milestone! It was 12 weeks ago that I had my surgery. The recovery phase is now supposedly complete and the rehab phase begins.

There is quite a difference in the muscle mass for the thigh on the leg I had my surgery compared to my other leg. Now, we need to start building up that muscle. Jogging is one way of doing this, but since it is winter and icey here in the Great White North, I think several more walks are in order. I will still be on my leash for quite some time when I am outside, but this doesn't prevent me from jumping over snowdrifts and "trotting" alongside mom when she tries to jog down the road. Actually, it is more like race walking, since mom tends to slip and slide on the ice also. I especially like rolling in the snow, and I find the colder it is outside, the more I like to do this. Mom really doesn't appreciate this behaviour when it is cold.

I am looking better due to the weight I have put on. Thanks for finding that great food mom! Mom also got a book of doggie treat recipes for Christmas and she has promised me she will make some for me soon. If I like them, I will post the recipes for you pups.

 

Week 9 after Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair Surgery

December 14th 2010 5:39 am
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Wow, pups! I am now at week 9 post surgery!

Guess what I started doing slowly last week? Yep, you guessed it -- stairs. At first mom was taking me up and down the stairs in the house on a very short leash. Then she started letting out the leash and, since yesterday, I have been going up and down the stairs without the leash. Now the stairs are still blocked off at the top and the bottom so I don't go racing up and down at will, but I am so happy I can follow the peeps when they go into the basement or vice versa.

Now I long for the day when I can be off leash outside. If we had a fenced yard, I could be off leash starting this week for short periods. Well, we live in the country with lots of room for me to run around, and we don't have fences. I will be on a leash outside for quite a while yet, but mom now has me on the retractable leash, so I do have more room to run.

Apparently, with the surgery I had, it takes 6-9 months for complete healing, and that is why I will be on the leash for a while longer.

My big problem this weekend was the cold. Pups, it was -33 C (-27 F) and it was cold. While doing my business outside I tried to keep my feet off the ground. I didn't even object to when mom put my snowsuit on me.

Stay warm pups!

 

Potty Parity for Pooches

December 10th 2010 5:56 am
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Pups, Professor Chester, as many of you know, taught a class last year about a subject near and dear to his heart -- indoor doggie toilets. With the weather getting colder he once again mentioned this in his class this week.

Now pups, we have come up with an idea. We are going to hold a rally in support of indoor doggie toilets! It will be at my place on New Year's Eve! The only thing you need to bring is all the toilet paper you can find and we will burn this at the rally. My mom will supply all the warm drinks and treats we want. The heat from the bon fire of toilet paper will keep us warm and maybe we can make smores.

Now pups, I think you all should go over and read Professor Chester's doggie diary from yesterday. In the comments section he outlines what he would want in an indoor doggie toilet, and quite frankly, it brought tears to my eyes. What a pawsome idea, Professor!!

Why should cats be able to use litter boxes, while we are relegated to having to use the back 40 or a lonely corner of the back yard if you have a small yard? No, pups, we are not talking about the Potty Patch (https://www.pottypatch.com/) but an actual room just for us.

Are we not called man's best friend, pups? Then why do we have to go outside to relieve ourselves in all sorts of weather? Do your peeps let their furless best friends go outside to relieve themselves? Of course not!

Professor Chester is looking for volunteers to help make protest signs and get songs ready.

You can sign up below or on Professor Chester's page. Please pass this on to your friends. The more the merrier.

Potty Parity for Pooches!!!!

 

Week 7 after Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair Surgery

November 30th 2010 9:26 am
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Pups, can you believe it is now 7 weeks since I have had my surgery? Wow, 2 more weeks and I can start doing stairs again. Woot, Woot!!

I was doing well in my rehab and then mommy had to go out of town to be with her mom (my grammy) while my grammy was sick. While mom was away, I went to doggie day care. This would have been great, except I couldn't play with the other doggies because of my surgery. I guess I was really bored and I started licking one spot on one leg and gave myself a hotspot. Any pup ever have one of those? Any advise you can give mom about hotspots would be appreciated as I have never had one before.

I also decided to be real fussy when it came to eating. At one point daddy fixed me rice and scrambled eggs, and I wouldn't even get up to sniff it. Nope. Just wasn't hungry. Daddy even got a sample of what is supposedly the best doggie food sold. Would I eat it? Nope.

The momma came home this weekend. Yesterday she went into town to get groceries and such and stopped at a pet store. She started talking to a representative from a doggie food chain and told her about me. She was asked what breed I was. Mom said Chesapeake Bay Retriever and German Shepherd cross. The lady said, "Well there's your problem. Chessie's aren't fussy about what they eat, but GSD's are very fussy." Really, German Shepherd's are fussy, or is it that we have more discerning tastes? Well the lady gave mom a small package of food made specifically for GSD's. Mom brought it home and put it in my dish and watched as I took a mouthful out and then spit it on the floor. Then I did this again. Mom figured this was yet another disastrous attempt to get me to eat, and then it happened, I devoured all that food, and mom gave me another cup and I chowed down on that. So far I have eaten 5 cups of the food. Woot, Woot.

Mom and I have gone on several walks since she came back and I am doing well with the walks. We have gotten a lot of snow. Mom thinks we have more snow right now than we did all last winter, so we mostly stick to the road so that I don't have to jump over any drifts.

I am so happy mom is home and looking forward to more rehab so that I can start being my old self soon!

Sorry if I missed any woofdays, gotcha day's, etc while mom was away. We will try to catch up on what my pal's are doing.

 

Week 4 after Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair Surgery

November 9th 2010 9:00 am
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Wow, hard to believe it is 4 weeks today since my surgery.

Mom has stopped one exercise. I was having difficulty with the sit/stand exercise. Before I hurt my leg, I had problems sitting properly, and it seem to really make me sore, so mom has decided to not do it.

I am now up to 20 minute walks. For a few days last week, I seemed to have levelled off at 17 minutes and that was all I wanted to walk. Today, I had a 20 minute walk and so far I am feeling OK. We have added one more exercise for this week and that is the figure 8. You walk in a figure 8 for 10 reps and the shifting of the weight is good for helping to build up your injured leg.

I am even starting to eat a little better! The peeps have noticed that I seem to be rising from a lying down position better now than I did before I injured myself.

Still looking forward to when I can do stairs again! I think I now have 5 more weeks to wait!!

 

Week 3 after Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair Surgery

November 2nd 2010 7:35 am
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Today it is 3 weeks after my surgery.

My walks have been slowly increased until now I can comfortably do 15 minute walks 3 times a day. I still get a few leg massages, but because I am walking more, I don't need the progressive range of motion exercises as often.

This week we get to start one exercise and that is puppy sits. I am to sit down and then immediately stand back up. This is, apparently, good for exercising around the knee joint to build up the muscles again. I start with 1 set of 5 repetitions and that will slowly be increased over the next few weeks.

We got some snow last week so there was a lot of ice and cold winds blowing. Luckily it has warmed up again, and the snow has melted. Mom noticed for those few cold days, that my surgical leg was really bothering me when I was outside. Mom reminded me that I do have a snowsuit, with leg warmers, for when it does get really cold. I just hope the snow holds off for several more weeks.

In three more weeks I can have a bit more freedom. I still won't be able to do stairs, but I will no longer need to be kept in one room and I will have the whole run of the basement. Mom just got a baby gate to block off the stairs and we are both looking forward to this happening.

Well, must go get ready for my first walk of the day pups. Have a great day everyone.

 

Week 2 after Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair Surgery

October 26th 2010 7:33 am
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Two weeks have passed since I had my cruciate ligament repaired.

I am still being extremely fussy when I eat and mom has turned into my personal chef and is making me rice and either chicken or ground beef. She is also having to be more creative in hiding my pills.

I am still confined to one room, so I am getting pretty bored. We got the OK to try 10 minute walks, so I have been getting out some. The first time we went for a walk, at about the 6 minute mark (mom is timing my walks with a stop watch) I layed down on the driveway and didn't want to move any more. I know my limits, and I had had enough of a walk. Mom had no choice but to wait beside until I decided I was ready to go back in the house.

I am enjoying the leg massages that mom must do, but I do not like the progressive range of motion (PROM) exercises that need to be done. Mom is supposed to get up to 15 repetitions of the PROM's, but so far has only managed 11 at the most before I make her stop.

The healing phase after this surgery is 12 weeks, so I only have 10 more weeks to go. I am looking forward to week 9, that is when we get to try stairs, then maybe I can have a bit more freedom.

For now I am keeping busy voting in 6th Annual Coolest Dog and Cat competition. Five paws to all my pals!!

 

Week 1 after Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair Surgery

October 19th 2010 2:46 pm
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A week ago today I had my cranial cruciate ligament surgically repaired. I came home on last Wednesday and started healing up.

Mom was told to expect that I would be limping for about a week, then toe touching, then placing my foot and then putting more weight on it.

Well, I was toe touching from day 1. The vet was surprised. He was also surprised that I insisted on standing up in my kennel after surgery. Apparently 98% of the dogs that have this surgery remain lying down for a good while after the surgery. Not me, even though I was bleary eyed, or "gorked" as the vet told mom. What does "gorked" mean? Is that a veterinary term? But I digress. I also surprised them when they finally took me out after surgery to do my business. I was limping, had an i.v. in and I saw a cat. The vet tech told mom it took all her strength to keep me from going after the cat. Just me, being me.

I was limping for the first 4 or 5 days, but I was also toe touching. I am letting mom massage my leg more and also letting her do more range of motion exercises. I will still have to be restrained in one room or in my crate for several more weeks, but I am on the road to recovery.

I have become extremely picky when it comes to eating though. Mom is trying all sorts of things to get me to eat, but I am very choosey.

Thanks again to everyone that sent rosettes, pawmails, and lit candles and said prayes for me. I can feel them all working!!

 
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