A Couple of Things

Here it is, Friday again — and once again time for Follow-up Friday.  The blog hop hosted by Heart Like a Dog that lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend.  So, come along and join the fun.

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Just a couple of things to tell you about today…..

Callie had her six-week check-up with the surgeon on Monday.  Her leg is healing nicely and she has “good range of motion” in the leg, so I must be doing something right.  When I walked her down the hall so he could watch how she carried herself, Dr. Matt said the leg looked great.  All he noticed was a little bit of a sway to her gait, but that indicates hip “issues” which we already know about and are managing.  He didn’t see any sign of lameness at all, like he sometimes sees in the older dogs.  Callie might be an “older” dog age-wise, but certainly not where it counts!  She goes back for her 12-week x-rays on June 3rd.  While I fully expect she will still be limited to no running, no jumping, and no playing with her younger sisters for another 4 to 6 weeks, I’m hoping it will be 4 weeks and not six.

Ducky:  I have been really strict lately about the consequences of her “bad” behaviors (mostly growling at Shadow), and it’s starting to pay off.  Of course the hubby grumbles and gripes a lot — almost as much as Ducky! — but I laid down the law and I’ve stuck to it like a bee to honey.  It stings sometimes, but they’ll get over it.  I am NOT going to stand for any more of her “temper tantrums”.  Either she gives it up or she loses privileges, like being allowed up in Daddy’s lap.  Thursday night she lost that privilege for the whole night.  Last night, she started baring teeth at Shadow while I was petting both of them.  That got her a ten-minute time-out in the bathroom, behind the puppy gate.  When I let her back out in the living room, she went straight to one of the dog beds and went to sleep.  It may not sound like much of an improvement from one night to the next, but considering where she was when we adopted her seven months ago (Wednesday), it’s a huge improvement.  I truly am proud of my little demon dog.  She even seems to be improving her overall attitude toward strangers in my presence, which has been another area of concern.

Well, that’s it for me.  I need to get back to my studying, before we get those thunderstorms the Weather Channel is talking about and Callie gets anxious.  Even though I got my test due date pushed out by one week (to the 30th), the time is FLYING by like one of those supersonic jets.

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8 thoughts on “A Couple of Things

    • Sams Northern Girl says:

      Thanks for the support, Jodi! I need all the support I can get when it comes to Ducky! Being strict with her is really hard on me because she’s so da** cute, especially when she’s in Sam’s lap and has her head resting against his thigh! 🙂 And then he grumbles & gripes if I make her get down…I think I’m gonna start growling at HIM the next time he pulls that garbage! After all, who’s the one taking the dog obedience training instructor course, him or me?! Hurumph!! My girlfriends and fellow pet bloggers have been wonderful from day one with Ducky and I just want you all to know how much I appreciate it!

  1. Gizmo says:

    Good news about Callie and I’m interested in seeing how your new policy works with Ducky…Every once n a while Gizmo will curl his lip and growl at another dog for no reason and I really haven’t known what to do about it…

  2. SUGAR: goldenwoofss says:

    Woof! Woof! That’s wonderful you found that works. Wacky weather indeed. We had rain for 2 days and today I think its passing us but its back to cold (some snow flurries). Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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