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Walking for NCSR   4 comments

Mommy here. Thank you to all who donated during our t-shirt fundraiser. Miss D will get back to blogging about the craziness that is our life soon. Meanwhile, here’s some gratuitous cuteness

aren't I adorable?

aren’t I adorable?

I just learned about this totally cool new app. Every time Miss D and I go for a walk, we raise money for NC Schnauzer Rescue. Cool, right? And it’s FREE! Talk about easy! You don’t even have to be a pet-parent to use it. Every walk counts.

NC Schnauzer Rescue has recently been added to the list of organizations that you can help raise funds for by simply walking your dog! Go to WoofTrax.com, download the app, and support NC Schnauzer Rescue every time you walk your dog (the app is available via the App Store for iPhones and iPads, and Google Play for Android). www.wooftrax.com

Another way to donate   Leave a comment

If a t-shirt isn’t your thing, mommy says you can also donate directly to NC Schnauzer Rescue. All donations are U.S. tax deductible. Help Mommy help more schnauzers like me!

http://www.ncschnauzers.org/donate/

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Long sleeves weather   2 comments

Brrrrrrr! It’s another Polar Vortex! Our nightly patrol last night was cold! Good thing Mommy ordered her Love Rescued Me long-sleeve t-shirt. Looks like she’s gonna need it!

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We want YOU to be rescued by love! Get a cool Love Rescued Me t-shirt, $10 will be donated to dog rescue, and you will love a rescue at the same time here:
https://www.habitbrands.com/c1890_north-carolina-schnauzer-rescue

Please pass this along to any friends or family members that are dog lovers who may also want to help!

This campaign is only running for a limited time, so order 1 or 2 or 3 shirts TODAY!!!
There are short sleeved, long sleeved, men’s, women’s, and junior/princess sizes available!

$10 can go a LONG way for a rescued dog, and can help fund:
* a month’s worth of heartworm protection
* needed vaccines like rabies & distemper
* spaying or neutering
* dental care
* medications for special needs rescues

NCSR is a 501c3 non-profit, all-volunteer rescue group.
Together, even more dogs can be rescued by love!!!

Love Rescued Me   6 comments

As you well know, Miss D wouldn’t be the crazy, silly, absolutely adorable doggie I am if not for my furever mommy and her friends at NCSR. Now they are asking for our help!

PLEASE RE-POST AND SPREAD THE WORD

Just in time for Christmas gifts, or even a gift to yourself! NC Schnauzer Rescue (NCSR) is excited to partner with HABIT brands and will receive $10 for every “Love Rescued Me” t-shirt sold!

For 10 days only, starting November 10th, get your t-shirt here, $10 will be donated, and you will love a rescue at the same time. 

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$10 can go a LONG way for a rescued dog, and can help fund:
  •  a month’s worth of heartworm protection
  •  needed vaccines like rabies & distemper
  •  spaying or neutering
  •  dental care
  •  medications for special needs rescues
NCSR is a 501c3 non-profit, all-volunteer rescue group.
Together, even more dogs can be rescued by love!!!

Water water everywhere   7 comments

Today’s WTF moment provided by… water.

Miss D has a new water bowl. I believe I mentioned this in the last post. Between the Cushing’s diagnosis and the oncoming of summer, Miss D’s water consumption has increased. I’d fill her bowl to the brim before I left for work and when I came home I would find it bone dry.

Now, I had previously thought I had this issue solved. A few years ago, I bought her one of those bottled water bowls. You know, like the proverbial water cooler at work, but with a bowl. The problem… Miss D is afraid of it. Of course she is!

Won’t go near it. Every time she drinks from the bowl, the water in the bottle would gurgle. Weird unexpected noise. Miss D freaked. WTF!

This time, I have high hopes. For the first couple of days, I left both her regular water bowl and the new one next to each other while I was out but left only the new bowl when I was home. Took two days to convince her the new bowl also contains water and is meant to be used. sighMiss D!

But finally she decided this New Thing was not out to get her and she freely drinks from the dish. So now it’s time to plug it in.

Wait. What? Plug it in? WTF?

It’s a water fountain. I noticed how Miss D loves to drink from the tub faucet at bath time. And she loves to drink the water flowing from the pitcher when I refill her dish. et voila … fountain! Like the bottled water, the fountain holds a reserve of water, so Mommy won’t obsess over whether Miss D has enough water. Unlike the bottled water, the fountain won’t gurgle unexpectedly, because it is a constant flow of water.

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So I’m once again desensitizing Miss D slowly. The fountain remains unplugged, or a simple water bowl, most of the day. I’m turning it on for about an hour a day, right around breakfast and dinner times. Hopefully Miss D will decide the flowing water is still just water and is safe to drink. Eventually, the fountain will remain on 24/7.

That’s the plan anyway.

P.S. Day One and Miss D drank from the fountain while it was plugged in. Her stance was one of anxiety, but she drank anyway. …

And she just took another drink! TWO! This time her stance was more confident, but something startled her because she jumped away quickly. BUT she’s still standing near it and eating her food. So I’ll let this play out and see what happens.

 

P.P.S. three days in and Miss D has a new approach. First, she lies down under the dining room table, near the water fountain and watches it. Then she sneaks up on the water and surreptitiously drinks from the side of the fountain.  

 

Asleep on the job   6 comments

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Happy Blogaversary!   9 comments

It’s our blogaversary! Two years! That’s crazy! For TBT, here’s a photo from one of our earliest posts. Haven’t changed much!

Suntanning, Deita-style

Suntanning, Deita-style

Spring is here   4 comments

Spring is here! The storm clouds left for a few days and gave us a beautiful, warm and sunny weekend. But Mommy wants to stay locked in the house. Something about pollen alerts, high pollen counts, allergies or something.

However, this morning was so wonderful, that despite it all, Mommy agreed to join Miss D on a walk. YAY! Looks like we weren’t the only ones enticed outdoors; the entire neighborhood was out and about. There were so many dogs, and joggers, and dogs, and cyclists, and dogs, and strollers! … and dogs.

We usually walk to 5 trash cans, or as Mommy calls it, 1 mile round trip. But today we didn’t make it much past the 4th trash can. Miss D was so excited and hot that I decided to simply sit down and refused to budge. At first Mommy was concerned I may have caused myself an injury. But no. I was just hot. So we turned around and headed back. The returning trip took much longer than the first as we drank some water, meandered along, sitting in the shade every now and then.

Then we got home and I got TWO ICE CUBES! Woohoo! Now Mommy is in the kitchen baking up some dried fruit muffins for the week and trying a new recipe for chocolate-coconut cupcakes. Smells divine!

 

Easter   8 comments

Happy Belated Easter! We went on a trip to the beach for the holiday weekend with family. While the weather did not cooperate, we still found some time to have fun. Here’s Miss D at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

Cap Hatteras

Cape Hatteras

and here we are at the Kitty Hawk First in Flight museum

Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk

and one more at the Currituck Lighthouse in Corolla.

Currituck Lighthouse

Currituck Lighthouse

What’s that, you say? They all look the same? That’s because dogs aren’t allowed inside. Miss D slept in the car. It was cold and rainy and extra windy, so we spent most of our time in the car.

Miss D and Mommy did actually walk along the beach at least once each day, but it was unpleasant for everyone. Too cold and windy. We had hoped to stop at the Jockey Ridge dunes, but maybe next time. Mommy says the First in Flight Museum was pretty cool. They have replicas of The Plane that Orville and Wilbur Wright built and flew. Mommy says, “No way I’d ever try to fly that thing!”

Poster Child   5 comments

Mommy here… we had a follow-up visit with Vet today, after 4 weeks on antibiotics. Miss D got to get cuddles from her favorite vet tech, Angela.

Angela swears that Miss D loves to be carried like a baby with her paws in the air and her pot-belly pointing toward the sky. Seeing Angela carrying Miss D, I would have to agree that Miss D was enjoying herself. Miss D’s favorite sleeping position is on her back with her paws in the air, so Mommy postulates these positions may be easier on her spine. However, we have been unable to replicate the “carried like a baby” phenomenon away from Vet. Perhaps it is an “Auntie Angela” thing with Miss D.

Soooo comfy. Efurryone should sleep this way!

Soooo comfy. Efurryone should sleep this way!

Vet is pleased with Miss D’s progress. Miss D is looking more alert and active and is tolerating the new low-fat diet well. Vet even says Miss D’s spleen feels smaller, so perhaps it was more a reaction to the UTI than to Cushing’s. Even so, we decided to continue the antibiotics for another 14 days and follow-up again in 3 weeks to be sure we killed all the buggers.

Meanwhile… we have decided to delay treatment for the Cushing’s until at least after the Easter holiday. Mommy is worried that the stress of the upcoming holiday would obscure Miss D’s baseline reactions to the treatment. The baseline is important as we need to monitor Miss D’s eating and drinking and energy for adverse reactions to the medication. Plus we still haven’t fully transitioned to the new low-fat food. Another week ought to do the trick. So… we’ll wait another 10 days before starting Miss D on Vetoryl capsules.

And life goes on… we haven’t had a training update in awhile. Mostly because training has continued on the plateau. We’ve had a small setback in recent weeks, due to Miss D’s back pain and subsequent irritability. I’d be irritable too if my back hurt! Now that Spring has sprung and the days are grower longer, our nightly patrol has become more of a pre-dusk patrol. We’re encountering more joggers and more dog walkers now which provides more opportunity for training.

Miss D will never be the poster child for rescued animals and she’ll never win Family Dog of the Year. But she’s learned a few calming techniques that have made our patrols more pleasant for everyone. Unless the passing dog is that rowdy Newfoundland puppy (puppy! it’s almost as tall as Mommy!). Or our friends, the Scottie trio. Or Gus, the Westie. Or the standard schnauzer down the street… Well, I did say training has plateaued. What did you expect? 🙂

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