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! :)

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Slice of Life : Later in August Randoms

A slice of life from later in August ( compared to the earlier one HERE :)

inside outside collage

I was quite surprised to find out that the grandchildren were starting back to school this week and not the next. When I was young we went after Labor Day. When my boys were young they might start a day or two prior to the holiday. This year it seems that the kids are starting quite early. Brent and Kate started in their school district on Monday and the other three start on Thursday.

Here’s Lily looking a bit fed up with one of the recent heat waves that we’d been having.  “Look at me; I have too much hair for this humidity!

Lily after groomer

On another hot day, August 20th, there were two things going on. My DIL’s little niece Gracie was turning one, and I’d committed to attending the party weeks before.  I set out for the party held at a local park and the temperature was 87 degrees in the shade at the time and climbing.

My son and DIL and family had to sit in the hot sun for a football game rather than attending the party, but doesn’t Javis look tough and mean and ready for it in this picture ? ( courtesty of DIL / FB )

javis first football game crop edit

They won their game :)

The party that I attended was held at a local park. We gathered at some picnic tables in a nicely shaded area. Close by was a playground for the older children, and across from us was an historic log house. Of course we went up there for pictures.

gracie and log house for blog

It was a nice location. Gracie’s parents had streamers and balloons hung on the trees surrounding the picnic tables and as hot as it was, we were shielded from the sun.

Here is a view of my Hyacinth Bean Vine from the front porch and some pretty skies on the evening of August 21 : ( one is a reflection in  puddle from recent rains )

Hyacinth bean vine and skies collage

I forgot that I’d planted nasturtiums last year or that they come back, but am pleased to see them blooming so happily along with the other blooms. The yellow rose bush is blooming again with the russian sage encroaching upon it and needing tamed….

assorted collage with quilt in hoop

With a break from the heat, one of the day lilies on the side of the house began to bloom again, as she often does later in the summer….it’s such a treat to see her do this :)  I imagine her saying that “I know I’m a June flower but I have a bit more in me that wants to shine before winter!” 

daylily blooming again

Wishing you a happy week :)

happy sunflowers shot

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