Life with Dogs

My middle son thought that I should get a dog ( ,many years ago )  when he was coming back from Iraq.

He pictured me getting some little lap dog. I went to the shelter and got a big spazzoid dog that was a Rottweiler- Husky Mix,  full of energy , as I was picturing a dog for HIM, lol…

I thought they’d be a good mix for each other. They were.

Scott would come in from riding his motorcycle and have his gloves on and they’d play rough with each other and the next year we wondered why Jugsy jumped up on everyone when they came in and went for their hands or gloves :)

He did not seem to have been abused or anything….full of life and very loving. He was 2 or 3 when I got him. BUT we learned early on…two full grown men ( my sons ) holding him down and me trying to clip his nails? NO.

Take him to the vets and have a technician advance on him to administer a shot? Better get a muzzle on him first. His fear and anxiety is amazing.  It has never changed.

So, I made appointments at the vets  for Lily on Monday, and then Jugsy and Koopa ( my youngest son’s dog ) for Tuesday.  Updated shots, Lily allergic to fleas….needing very expensive flea pill, anti-itch pills, etc.

LILY was a neighbors dog. They got transferred and had to move. I took her in. For reference here is an older picture from the blog ( they are waiting for some food in the kitchen :)

And here is a recent picture of Koopa, my youngest son’s dog.

Back to Tuesday afternoon :)

Jugsy….the vet wants to see if we can get anywhere without sedation. NOPE…muzzle on, give the sedation. I go to a room with him to wait while he ‘conks’ out.   This is not full anesthesia…she doesn’t want me to have to pay for that / and he’s old. What she gives him should suffice.

So while he’s conking out, they do whatever needs to be done with Koopa and by then I’ve left Jugsy conked out in a room, and my son and I and Koopa are in the foyer.

We hear SCREAMS from Jugsy ( Sedated!!! ) AS They Just Clip His Nails!   KOOPA in the foyer, hearing his buddy, starts to scream in empathy as well.

If you had been a new patient walking in at that moment with your dog, you’d have run away because it sounded like a torture chamber….!!! It was that bad :)

And this was all to get a dog’s nails clipped : )

Getting him out of there was hysterical…have you ever in your past gotten drunk and can barely walk. That is what it was like to get him out, to the car, up the porch steps, and in to the house.

Koopa kept checking up on him and finally just laid down next to him before I ran out to the store, etc.

What did I learn?  I observed more empathy and concern between Koopa, a dog, concerning another dog…real pain, even screaming in regards to what he heard was happening to the other dog….

than I see in many humans :(     Meanwhile as to the flea situation, the vet observed that they seem to develop immunity to things that worked in the past….Sentry / Frontline, etc.   That is why using these products this year was money down the drain.

For instance I flea-combed my cat today and found live fleas to drop into boiling water, right under her 20.00 flea collar. I went on to Amazon and ordered the vet-recommended Serestro collar for her. 55.00!!

The newer products are much more expensive. Lily’s 3 month supply of Bavectro was close to 60.00. They didn’t have it in stock for the bigger dogs so we went with a one month Nexguard pill for each ( about 22.00 ) and will have to get more next month or the Serestro collars ( over 60.00  or more for bigger dogs. )  Everything in the house has been washed in hot water or sprayed with the vet-recommended Knockout ( 33.00 per can )  and all that I can say is that this is the first year that anything like this has happened here.

Sentry used to be Vet recommended and now it is useless / Frontline no better…perhaps it was the wet weather we had for the beginning of the summer? I don’t know. All that I DO know is that I’ll never run up to the local pet store and purchase products again, based on what I purchased or what worked in the past. I’ll always check with the vet first because this year so much was money down the drain for what was not working, and then having to purchase newer solutions.

ONE OTHER DOG ! :)   Merle, my middle son’s dog from down the street. My DIL took this photo this morning of Merle. My neighbor’s oak tree is beginning to change and drop leaves…one of the few trees in the neighborhood to start to change color now.

I just saw on CNN that President Putin in Russia was gifted with a puppy from the leader of Turkmenistan.

Checking in to that article and another link or two, it seems that he is quite the dog lover with an extensive kennel of various dogs.

His deepest love is for a black lab named Loki. She is older now but he was quoted in the past  as saying ” As far as bad moods go, of course I have them like any other person, but in those cases I try to consult with my dog Koni — she gives me good advice.”

I had to laugh at that, thinking that both Trump supporters and non-supporters generally agree on the fact that he should not tweet so much. Methinks that he might need a dog! :)

You might also enjoy: A Wonderful Day for my Dog Lily


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15 Responses to Life with Dogs

  1. Margie Miller says:

    Problems with animals! My Missy is going to be 15 in March.

  2. Kyle says:

    Life with dogs sounds very interesting. I’ve never had one. Good luck!

  3. Judy Miller says:

    I never thought of that. There’s always been a dog in the White House. That’s what the President needs! A nice, big Rottwieller!!

  4. Karen says:

    well having no pets I can’t really give my two cents – we used to have cats and had flea collars on them and can’t say as they worked that well. This year though has been one of the best for not having ticks in my yard though. I usually have to treat the yard two to three times a year – this year I haven’t since April – it was really wet – maybe it kept them washed out of the yard – hasn’t been dry until the last month

  5. Eileen says:

    Hello, I always thought dogs were the best pets. But, they are expensive too. It is so neat that Koopa could feel Jugsy ‘s pain. Did they clip too close? I have never heard a dog scream from toenail clipping. Trump is the first president in the WH without a dog, I guess that say’s something. I love all the doggie photos, they are so cute. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and weekend!

  6. gail says:

    I was thinking about empathy amongst animals this morning as I listened to a report that cougars share their kills with other cougars that have shared with them in the past. Animals know how to care and share together — traits that we clearly need more time to develop.

  7. Joyce says:

    Where to begin? :) As I read, I reflected on the fact that sleek and beautifully proportioned pure-bred Koopa does not discriminate or put on airs against his shelter-rescued mix breed cousins (or half-siblings?). Then you mentioned, a paragraph later, that humans could learn so much from animal behavior. I SO agree! And how endearing Koopa is to empathize with Jugsy’s pain….I’ll bet if he or Lily developed a taste for the bark off your tree, Koopie would find a way to get past your latest barrier and deliver some in chunks for his buddies! :)
    I paid $125 for 4 doses of flea prevention at the vet office last spring. That was just for the dog. My hope is that she will not bring fleas in to infect the 6 inside cats who I don’t treat (do the math!). So far I’ve been lucky.
    Trump and dogs….sigh! Pets are for people with hearts full of love and compassion. Any dog he acquired would be dumped with boredom and a stingy pre-nup the same way his previous wives were.

  8. BillieBee says:

    The things we do for our sweet loving animals. I can’t even think about what we have spent over the years, but I can say it was always worth the love received in return.

    Love the toe nail story!! LOL

  9. Oh boy, I don’t envy you with the flea situation – I had that when I moved into my last rental – I think they were in the house from the previous tenant – it was a nightmare! Getting the pups treated (expensive shampoos, drops, etc) and the house treated (EVERYTHING washed, the whole house flea powdered from one end to the other) I never, ever want to go through that again! I have been using Frontline Plus on them ever since, and have never had an issue. Now you’ve got me worried that at some point that will stop working on them, yikes that would be awful! You know what’s terrible right now? The ticks, holy smokes every single time we have them out we seem to pull a tick off one of them! Gross! Well, it’s part and parcel of owning a dog, no doubt.

  10. I had ‘a’ dog for most of our married life but since we’ve been retired we’ve been without a dog in our life. Looking at the $$, the fact that we don’t have a fenced in yard and that we travel, it’s a good thing. I’ll keep reading about yours. :-)

  11. Barb says:

    You are going to the dogs! I have a feeling I’d be allergic to the stuff you must use to keep your dogs from reacting to fleas! I miss having a dog with me when I hike. Our last dog, a Golden, died 12 year ago.

  12. Colleen says:

    I love pets we are down to one cat she had her front claws removed before she came to us, we had dogs and another cat then. This one from the beginning wanted to be the only pet in the house and now she is. When we realized she didn’t get along with our other animals we agreed not to add any new animals until she left us …. well she is the last cat standing.

    Next pet will be a dog as we are older and we have found house pets to be very calming and a dog no matter how small gives a since of security and pets make you get up and get going also I think they are a great antidepressant and great confidant
    Northern California
    Where we breath smoke

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Colleen I am dismayed at what you all are going through in California. I read the headlines each day and they are so horrific / the lives and properties lost / the sheer magnitude of it / the thought of fires engulfing a neighborhood and only minutes to escape :(

  13. Kim says:

    I think you’re right…dogs could just solve the world’s problems. I say it’s worth a try…puppies for everyone. ;)

  14. Val Reynolds says:

    Hi Deb…I too have a grand dog staying with us….he has dry skin and off to buy flaxseed oil to add to his diet. Hopefully that will help his itching. Jackson has has “rock gut”….when it rains, it pours huh. Wouldn’t replace their companionship and loyalty. And yes…Trump would use the love of a dog! (Though I’d feel sorry for the dog! LOL!)

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