Monday, December 23, 2013

Introducing...

River!



She's a 3 year old female standard poodle that we rescued from California. The timing of her arrival was both accidental and fortunate. She's help fill the void that Teddy leaving has left. She's been here 4 weeks now and is fitting in almost flawlessly. She's now getting comfortable enough to really start training and she enjoys playing with Eclipse and Kira. Blake loves her and Alex, well, let's just say he thought he wouldn't be a poodle guy but he totally is!

We received Orijen freeze-dried treats from chewy.com to review and they've helped River adjust so much! She even let me clip her face, feet and sanitary without fuss due to the treats being so high value. She even almost completely relaxes which was so nice to see since the first time we clipped her it took her a week to forgive us! Thank you, Chewy.com for helping our new girl adjust to her forever home!
They're all very excited abput these treats!!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Never Thought I'd Post This

Teddy went to a new home today.... We were going to get all his vet work done and see how he did, but then we realized he'd never be comfortable with little kids in the house and it wasn't fair to him. He's such an amazing dog, I think I'll always miss his presence but I think we found the perfect home for him, where he can be an old dog that sleeps on the furniture and doesn't have to deal with kids. To me, dogs are forever, and don't deserve to go to a new home because you've had kids BUT it wasn't fair to Teddy. His new owners are aware of the vet care he needs and will take great care of him. They have experience helping dogs live years with heart disease and called within 1.5 hours of leaving with him to let us know how he was doing.

My heart is broken, my boy is gone. I never thought I'd say goodbye to him until the day he died. I know he's where he needs to be but that doesn't take the pain away.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Teddy Bear

I know it's been a long time since I've updated! While I have a lot of bragging to do about Blake, life has been kind of blase for my poor dogs recently, thus not many posts. That's about to change to some extent, though.

Teddy and Kira are getting older. Teddy is 9.5 and Kira is almost 10 (in 18 days!) and with their older age come issues. Teddy's the focus right now. He was diagnosed with heart disease today. He had a chest x-ray that showed his heart being 1.5 cm bigger than average size with some rounding on both the left and the right. He's also got a small amount of liquid in his lungs. He's on a diuretic, heart medication and an antibiotic (due to his teeth) right now and will get another set of x-rays in 2-3 weeks. If the meds are making some improvement at that time we'll run his basic blood work to see if he's healthy enough to undergo surgery to have his teeth cleaned and the bad ones removed. We're just hoping, at this point, that the meds make some improvement.

It's likely to be an adventure. He's my first old dog, and I have to say, it's sad. Hopefully this will all help him as we're looking at spending upwards of $800-$1000 that we don't really have to spend in the next month or so to get him in as good of shape as we can.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

NOT a mommy blogger

Apparently I'm just not a mommy blogger! It's hard to keep up with all the new things Blake does but mostly, I don't post a ton about him because it's impossible for me to put into words what being his mom is like. He's such a special, magnetic little guy that I want him to share him with everyone but for me, it's true that there's nothing that equals being a mom and there's no way to adequately express it!

We have had a few bumps in the road, mostly with Teddy. I start a part time job in a little over a month so we'll get our old dogs to the vet for some care and see when we'll be adding another puppy to the chaos! I'll try to post more as I'll be taking more "me time" breaks (which will usually include a dog or two or three!) and I'll try to remember to grab the camera for those outings/walks/runs/whatevers.

I'm still around, still reading but mostly from my phone so my rare commenting has turned to no commenting. Yeah, I know, I'm just so on top of things!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Perfect Match!

Tiki found the perfect match! Team Training is more than halfway over now and from what I can see, it couldn't be going any better!

She's been matched with a young man and will be helping him in a variety of ways. He's already contacted me to thank us for raising his "best friend" and we couldn't be happier with where Tiki's ended up! She'll be helping him as he raises funds for Muscular Dystrophy and we already couldn't be prouder of her or her new partner!

I will share more if I get permission from her partner but know, this is amazing!
Go forth, Tiki and Adam! You will do amazing things together!