Monday, August 29, 2016

Mischief Monday - Other People's Dogs

This is a story where Lee and Phod have no part in the mischief! 

On Saturday, the Man and I took the 2 for a walk. We were coming down the road when a beautiful chocolate lab named Bear came out of the field. Bear's owner was calling him, but he still came over. The Man had Hailey and I had Phod.  He kept Hailey back while I let Phod sniff Bear. It went ok, but then Phod did a little snap to tell Bear he was boss. I was able to then continue on with Phod (I regained some confidence being able to control him during this), while Hailey had her sniff.

My poor scared girl, tail between her legs
hackles up
On Sunday, I was up well before the Man, but late enough to know we may see other dogs, so I did separate walks. [It is not like the Man can keep sleeping when we leave. The pup who is left behind carries on the whole time]. Hailey and I went up the hill where other dogs live. As we passed a house, a dog came out. The dog's people were outside but didn't notice or care. My poor LeeLee was terrified at first as this very gentle and calm dog sniffed her and the followed us. Hailey clearly wanted to go home so we turned around and that pup followed us the almost 1 km back (.6 mile). As the walk continued, Lee was on alert but did relax some. I then had to delay Phod's walk until this dog left our property. He was not happy. 

I was thrilled with how well my pups did during both these situations. It gave me some of my confidence back and we will continue the separate walks when these sorts of things are likely to happen. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Remember our friends and loved ones who have gone to the bridge including:

Hokey Wolf

Always in our hearts

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sepia Saturday - Walking Zaphod

I have never walked Zaphod alone. Hailey I had (and she is more or less the same alone, maybe a little less sniffing when alone), but not my boy. I have been enjoying the time we have been spending together. I think he as too. He always has a big smile when we head out. He is actually sniffer than Hailey. He also often checks in with me or nudges me for pets on the walk (something Hailey never does, I think she forgets she has a human with her half the time). 

Smiling and walking
He is happy until I ask him to stop to take his picture, then I get these cute faces:)

"I thought you said it was walk time."

This time alone is helping keep me motivated to keep up the two walks most mornings. (We do occasionally do a very early morning walk together, when I know it will be safe).

Friday, August 26, 2016

Flower Friday - For Grandma

Today we join Dory's Flower Friday. This is a rose that our Grammie aka Grandma got given to her by a dear family friend when Lady was visiting. Orange roses are Grammie's favourites.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Project Hailey - Meds

As I mentioned, we decided to try Hailey on her meds again (prozac) because her anxiety was increasing. We had some at a low dose left, so started with that and saw an improvement. We called the clinic and asked for them to prescribe the low dose.

Last week I went to pick it up and after I left the pharmacy (because she is on a human drug, not one you get at the vet clinic), I realized they had given us the original higher dose. I knew she was going to take it because I had just spent $46 on 30 pills and we weren't going to waste that. However, I called the vet to clarify.

As you may remember, our vet is a close personal friend, who has proven time and again he is a wonderful vet (although there is a joke at the clinic his note taking could use some work). After talking to him about why  we had the higher dose (even though I left a message saying the lower one seemed to be working), he had decided, after looking back at the books and doses, that the lower dose was just too low. He wanted her to be on this higher dose. So like many times in our vet relationship, we have agreed on a compromise: Hailey will try this higher dose for one month (I have paid for it anyway). If we don't think it is any different from the lower dose or if she has side effects etc., he will prescribe her the lower dose.

Now we are waiting to see if we notice a difference.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Spooky Walk

This spooky walk took place on Thursday, August 18 at approximately 5 am. Lady decided to take both us dogs out at once because she was sore and tired and on day 2 of a migraine and she knew we wouldn't see a living soul at 5 am. She was glad to have us both with her.

We went out under the full moon.

It was misty.

We saw the eyes of our deer friends glowing in the field.

When we were about as far as we were going, 2 km (1.2 mi), we heard it. Yes, for the first time in the 4 years we have lived in the country we heard the the wolf. He let out one long howl. We all froze in place. We could tell he was a bit away. We turned and headed home.

In her head, Lady was thinking "I am now in a horror movie - full moon, misty, country road, alone." She was sure that a werewolf was going to jump out at any time. She decided if that happened she was sacrificing Hailey first, and Phod second. (2 km is a lot of time to imagine what you would do if a wolf or werewolf jumped out, even if you know that is not going to happen - the imagination can take hold).

Later that day, she told the story to some of her coworkers. She had an out of office meeting and when she returned, this was on her desk.

She laughed, but it did reminder her, werewolves exist (but maybe not in the scary form she imagined!)

We probably won't be commenting as much as usual the next few weeks. Lady said we will do our best to visit but she is really, really busy at work getting her clients ready for back to school.