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Ollie's Surgery Day

Today was Ollie's scary, hopeful and exciting day all wrapped into one. It was his surgery day to relieve him of the sickness that keeps making his chest fill with fluid. I won't even begin to try and cover it in my own words, so to quote Ollie's mom at 11:00am...

"The surgery took over 4 1/2 hours, but it went like text book, it could not have gone better. They were able to clamp the offending thoracic duct & remove the sac round the heart. The pericardium was very thickened, the worst Mr Specialist had ever seen!!! It is not there anymore!!!! Mr Anaesthetis t was able to do magic things, like deflate lung lobes & inflate others at will. This gave the vets a great view of what they were working with. Ollie has chest drains in & will spend the next few days in hospital. There is nothing more that can be done for him, & now it is just a matter of waiting. He is heavily drugged on methadone tonight to keep him comfortable.....,

Black and White Sunday

Happy Black and White Sunday to All!
I'm joining Nola  in Black and White Sunday

A Dog of Many Words

What words does your dog know?  I mean REALLY know.  Where you see an immediate and appropriate response to you saying the word to them.  Dogs are so smart but it still often shocks me the words, tone and languages they pick up.  Murray knows: Murray Piper Foofie-cat Nickers-cat Ball Outisde Bed Eat Walk Ride Come No Down Leave It Sit Treat Go Five Upstairs Hungry
There are even phrases: Where's your ball? Go get your ball. Want to go outside? Let's go to bed. Want to eat? Want to go for a walk? Want to go for a ride? Want a treat? Give me five. Are you hungry?
What unusual words or phrases does your dog know?

Back to Back Funday Rundays!

This Thanksgiving break has been great!  We not only got to run and play ON Thanksgiving, but our friend Brooklyn came out to run with us today!  It was gorgeous weather for running and we had lots of fun!



Dog Park Tips for Humans

It never fails to amaze me how some people think taking their dog to run and play at a dog park, or just an open field, means they are on a break.  It's not a lot of work, but I'd like to see a few certain behaviors from the fellow humans I am sharing dog play space with.

* Watch your dog(s).  Duh, this seems like common sense, but I have been to dog parks where owners are chatting or reading and barely glancing up at their dogs.  Not every dog plays nicely with every other dog all the time.  You have to be watching and stepping in when necessary.

* Eliminate possible fighting over toys by bringing several for sharing or none at all.  The dog parks I have been to always had many toys around, but when we go to our local field, we bring a toy that we pick up if other dogs show up.

*Control your dog(s).  Make sure your dog has good recall and overall manners.  A good "sit" and "stay" is very handy in times of need.  "Drop it" is great if your dog pic…

Ollie Update

I know many of you are praying for my FB friend, Ollie... and you have asked me to keep you up to speed.  Ollie Doodle will have surgery November 30.  They are waiting for a very important human anaesthetist to be available as we know this is a risky operation.  The vet is not sure Ollie can make it until the 30th without his chest being drained again.  Paws crossed Ollie will stay well until the 30th for his life saving surgery and come through it all with flying colors.  Keep the prayers and positive wishes coming!  Thank You! 

4 Worthwhile Clicks

1. Browsing around, I stumbled upon "free pet ecards" and thought I'd share.  They have all different categories with cute photos of pets on the cards. 

2. A great site for anything dog news or entertainment related is Life With Dogs ...I love this site and I recommend checking it out and/or liking them on Facebook.

3. If you want a daily dose of cuteness (besides your own pets of course) check out Whole Lotta Dogs on Facebook.  I get a kick out of all of their "featured pets" and adorable posts.

4. For obvious reasons the ASPCA

Feeling Better Each Day

Hey Everyone! It's taken a while, but I think I am BACK!  My energy has been up to normal Doodle levels for me.  My bark has been sounding normal for about a week now, and finally I seem to be opening my mouth all the way (Mom can tell when I do my big yawns :).  I am eating my normal hard food again and I am all set for Tasty Tuesday tomorrow!  Yay!  Thanks for all the "well wishes".  Happy to be doodling around once full capacity :)

Ollie Doodle

One of Murray's fellow doodle friends on Facebook is going through a very difficult time right now.  Ollie Doodle has a condition called "chylothorax" which causes his chest cavity to fill with fluid.  He found out today that he has to undergo a risky operation, or have only a few weeks more to live.  To quote Ollie, "we decided that I am well worth taking a chance on, I am one tough little doodle" he will have his surgery in the next few days.  I am just asking all of my new blog friends out there who are so good at lending their prayers, support and positive wishes, to please direct some toward Ollie.  He sure could use them.  Thank you so much...paws crossed.

**For any of you on Facebook, HERE is Ollie's page link 

Wordless Wednesday

I know it's Wordless Wednesday, but please look for my next post following this fun one.  It is a more serious "crossed paws" kind of post....but in the meantime I give you Murray Mohawk!


We have had a rough week!  I have not posted in a while because life got very stressful. We have not been having much fun or enjoying this beautiful fall weather.  Last Monday Murray was acting really sick.  He was eating, drinking and going to the bathroom, but he was very lethargic and heavily panting.  We got him into the vet that night, but didn't have much success in figuring out what was wrong.  His temperature was normal, his heart sounded ok, and basically everything was checking out to be normal.  He tested positive for a small amount of worms, but that was relatively new because he was tested 3 weeks prior and was worm free!  My mind kept going back to his recent gulping episodes and in my heart I felt his discomfort was centered around his throat, and it will soon turn out that I was right.  It did feel like there was swelling in his throat, but after the vet checked, we weren't sure if it was actual swelling or his normal throat size/shape.  It didn't make a lo…

Black n White SUNDAY

Sunday Funday Runday in the park!

Gulping- Can Anyone Help??

So, we have been dealing on and off with a new issue.  About a month ago I posted how grateful I was (and still am) that we got through a night where Murray seemed to struggle with a piece of Milk bone in his throat.  Well, that same choking type reaction happened again a couple times this past week, and it wasn't related to having just eaten.  It's made me a bit nervous and I have spoken to my vet and done tons of research.  I believe it's an ailment (I call it an ailment because I'm not sure what else to call it) people have dubbed "gulping".  It doesn't involve gulping food or water, but instead it's a rapid swallowing and gulping of air.  As it gets underway, it turns into gulping grass outside.  It seems to be relieved through the grass ingestion, calming him down through gently petting and many times a loud burp.  In all my research, I have learned many people have this issue with their dogs, and it's gone undiagnosed.  The three main though…

A New Movie Bed!

We found a pretty cool dog bed on sale, and it just so happens we could use one for the room in our house we have decided to make into a "home movie room" (and we can't pass up a chance to treat them to something new).  It's an egg crate, thick cushion, inside a removable (and washable) fleece topped cover.  It's called The Canine Cushion....nothing too fancy, but definitely comfy!  Of course the boys need a  place to watch some flicks too, so... here it is being tested out!