Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
We noticed Lola had developed a limp on the morning of December 11, and were hoping that maybe she just slept on it funny, or awkwardly jumped off the bed. She wasn't any better when I got home, and was favoring her right front leg. Hopeful it was just a sprain, I called our vet to see if we should start Lola on tramadol, which we did - 1.5 tablets, twice a day.
Lola continued to limp around, so off we went to see Dr. C on December 22. She determined the issue was with Lola's right shoulder, which she was favoring, not extending fully and clearly uncomfortable with during the exam. An x-ray showed a little something going on, but "nothing too exciting," as Dr. C likes to say. My best explanation is that it looked like a couple little "nodules" on the sides on the shoulder joint.
Dr. C explained that Lola's breed make-up is prone to bone tumors (and some of the horrible things that go along with them), and while she didn't think that's what we were looking at, she couldn't rule it out completely at this time. If it were a bone tumor, she'd expect to see "a mess" of bone and fragments on the x-ray - but we did not. So, she was hopeful that what we're seeing is arthritis and opted to treat it as such for now. We increased her tramadol to 2 tablets, three times a day and if things weren't getting better in a couple of days, she armed us with a prescription for an additional medication to add in (forgive me, but the name is escaping me at the moment).
The next couple of days were quite awful, with Lola in obvious pain, which I'm hoping was in part due to her shoulder being manipulated in so many ways during the exam. We've had ups and downs since, and opted to start the second medication this past Friday.
Dr. C touched based through one of her techs on Saturday to see how Lola was doing. When I indicated she was still limping, not getting around too well and in some obvious pain, she spoke to Dr. C and got back to me a short time later. Because we had just added in the second medication the day before, she wanted us to wait it out a few days to see if it begins to kick in and help. In the meantime, she suggested we might add in a cold press a few times a day, for 5 minutes at a time. We don't have a lot of room to move on pain meds without pulling Lola off of her low-dose prednisone, and then waiting a couple of weeks to get it out of her system... and praying her auto-immune disease doesn't flare back up (she's now down to a "next to nothing" dose of 1/2 tablet every 3 days, but we're not brave enough to stop it completely, as we know if we had to start things over at a high dose of pred, she would not do well at all - it nearly killed her the first time).
So, we continue to watch, and hope, for improvement. Lola is normally the dog who will jump at the chance to go outside at any time... yet right now we nearly have to force her to go out to do her business (with a great deal of assistance from a harness and towel sling). It absolutely kills me to hear her cry in pain, and see her so miserable. I just hope things take a turn for the better this week. If she does continue to limp and have issues, we will recheck the x-rays in another week or two. If things still look like arthritis, we'll then talk about starting physical therapy and take things from there.
Please, send some good healing vibes Lola's way... she could really use them right now.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Christmas Eve was busier than usual this year. I ended up working part of the day (we had a wonderful work luncheon), then headed home to take care of last minute details before the humans ran off to Connecticut for the evening (usual in-law Christmas Eve gathering). After a late night, it was nice to wake up Christmas morning and not have to drive anywhere, as we hosted my parents at our house this year. The Lapdogs were more than thrilled to have their Grammy & Grampy over for the day.
I sort of forget to take a lot of pictures of the humans (in my deference, there are some on my real camera that haven't been downloaded yet), but here's a look at the Lapdogs' Christmas day...
Santa didn't stuff the stockings this year, but they didn't seem to mind...
Sophie made a new friend...
Zeus was smitten with the pretty Reindeer Lady...
Lola and Mr. Furballz....
The Lapdogs were so excited about Grammy and Grampy being around that they didn't get in their usual afternoon snooze... This is what happened as soon as they left.
While running a few errands the day after Christmas, I managed to not only pick up some gift bags and boxes at half-price, but also a couple of antler replacements. I simply couldn't resist these elf ears. May I present, Teutul the Christmas Elf...
I couldn't seem to find a normal set of antlers (okay, so what is normal when it comes to doggy antlers?), but in addition to the too-cute elf ears, I found these blingy ones. They seem to suit the Princess just fine...
For those of you
Thursday, December 25, 2014
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Monday, December 22, 2014
So, I thought I'd try to get in the holiday spirit by snapping a quick pic of Tut sporting our antlers and posting it on Instagram this morning before I rushed out the door to work. I had a great shot lined up, when something distracted Tut and off the antlers came. They landed on the floor, Lola placed a paw on them, then as I hurried to grab them... :::snap:::
We've had these antlers for as long as I can remember... they've been passed around and used on all four Lapdogs for many shots and each year I think, "Maybe I should grab a few more pairs." I even had a couple in my hands just last week.
Our antlers now resemble a lop-sided version of Max's from The Grinch.... oops.
So much for a quick, jolly picture.... Tut seems to be pulling off the Grinch look well though.
And, for those of you not on Instagram, this was our morning masterpiece...
Merry almost Christmas.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Where to Find: goDog
While you're busy checking your list (and checking it twice), don't forget all of the nice pups longing for toys this holiday season. We recently received two from goDog that we'd like to tell you about...
The Purple Clam
from the Shellfish Collection
Both toys feature the awesome Chew Guard Technology that goDog is known for. In case you've been living under a rock, or uh-hum, a clam shell perhaps, Chew Guard Technology is a special manufacturing process that adds a super tough, durable liner to soft plush toys, making them strong enough to stand up to even the toughest play. (The technology is also being used in their new line of dog beds)
These are not the first goDog toys to enter the Lapdog household, so we can truly attest to the durability of the Chew Guard Technology. Other plush toys have come and gone (some quicker than I can blurt out "Nooooo... don't unstuff it!"), but goDog toys stand the test of time, and four large Lapdogs... including a couple who enjoy the unstuffing process a little too much. Serious kudos to whomever came up with this amazing technology... it works!
Sure, no toy is completely indestructible, but the bottom line is goDog toys are tough and they last much longer than most other toys. They even offer a guarantee, via a one-time replacement if your goDog toy does not outlast a standard plush.
Both the Peppermint and Clam are being well-loved in our house, and that makes me smile. My pack has two overflowing baskets full of toys, and as they age they're not quite as playful as they once were... but Mr. Clam and Minty (ok, so I'm not very original... pffst) are being played with or carried around on a daily basis. That speaks volumes to me, and as a result Santa has purchased a couple of other goDog toys this year.
The squeaker in the Peppermint has bit the dust, but other than that, it's held up just fine. Sophie is extra tough on squeakers and seems to have "killed" this one, but amazingly without putting any holes or tears in the toy itself. Normally when she "kills" the squeaker, it's dissected from the toy at the same time. I'll call this battle a tie - Sophie .5 / goDog .5 - and honestly, what's the problem with one less squeaker in the house?
The clam is still squeaking and holding strong. As a native to a small fishing town in Massachusetts, I smile a little bit more about my pack playing with a clam. The fact that it's purple, well that's even more reason to smile.
The Lapdogs give goDog toys their official 16 Paws Up Seal of Approval - and the humans toss in a couple of thumbs for good measure. Forgo the $1 toy bin this year and get your dog a goDog plush toy for the holidays... neither of you will be disappointed!
Disclaimer: Quaker Pet Group sent the 2 dog toys shown above to Lapdog Creations for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed in the review are my own.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Where To Find: goDog
When we were asked if we'd like to review the new line of goDog BedZzz, I jumped at the chance! I don't know about your household, but our 4-doggy household has beds in both the living room and bedroom (and, no, that doesn't mean dogs don't find their way onto the couches and human bed), and finding ones that hold up to large dogs has always been a challenge.
goDog BedZzz are designed to fit most standard size crates/kennels, which made them all the more intriguing to me (but of course, that doesn't mean you have to use them in a crate). Teutul is the only Lapdog who still spends time in a crate - mostly when we're at work, and only because, despite his age, he's still a bundle of energy and it's the easiest way for me to ensure Zeus has a peaceful day while I'm not home. Plus, Tut doesn't seem to mind and goes right for his crate when he knows I'm leaving in the morning.
Anyway, back to Tut's crate bedding. In the past he's chewed holes in the beds and pillows to "de-stuff" them, so I had switched to blankets. When I found out the goDog BedZzz were made to stand up to "tough love," I knew we had to try one!
goDog BedZzz are made with the same awesome Chew Guard Technology used in their toys (which I already know holds up to the Lapdogs). This proprietary process adds a tear-resistant mesh lining that is guaranteed to stand up to even the toughest chewers! It's super squishy too... and addictive. They attach a sample to the tag and I find myself "squishing" it from time to time... like a stress ball, only better).
"goDog BedZzz are GUARANTEED to last longer than standard soft plush beds or we will give you a free one-time replacement! Guarantee valid for 30 days from purchase date. Shipping and handling fees apply."goDog BedZzz are available in 6 sizes, XS (18" x 13") thru XXL (49" x 30"), and several color options. I opted for the XL size, which is 43" x 28" and intended for 42" crates. When the box arrived, I was a little skeptical as it seemed to be pretty small. In fact, I had thought they forgot the bed (we also received some wonderful goDog toys for review - stay tuned to hear about those next week)! Much to my surprise, this really big, super squishy bed popped out when we opened the box!
Oh my... I know many folks wish for scratch 'n sniff internet, but I wish we had touch 'n fluff internet. I can't even begin to tell you how soft and squishy this bed is! Not only were all 4 of the Lapdogs immediately interested in it, but I was too! I *might* have even pushed a dog to the side and claimed it as my own for a minute... or five!
I think Tut was a little confused at first. He gave it a chomp and realized it had the squishy chew-guard stuff inside, then started trying to carry it around the house like a giant stuffed bear. We had a little talk and I explained this was not a squeaky toy, but the most comfortable bed he will ever have... and he seemed to get the hang of it.
We used our goDog BedZzz during the last bits of deck-lounging weather this fall, then moved it into the living room. I wanted to ensure that Tut truly realized it was a bed and not a toy before moving it into his crate. That will happen this weekend...
goDog BedZzz do not have a removable outer shell, however the whole bed is machine washable (air dry flat, then re-fluff).
If there's a special little - or big - doggy on your holiday shopping list this year, do consider a goDog BedZzz! They will love you for it (after you get off of it and give it back to them, of course).
Disclaimer: Quaker Pet Group sent one Bedzzz XL dog bed to Lapdog Creations for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed in the review are my own.