Saturday, August 12, 2017

Gypsy Drama

I know that I've been missing in action. Summer came and things got busy, what can I say.
Anyway, I was given a reminder of the whole reason behind doing this blog. That is to have something to remember Gypsy down the road. We had a bit of a scare with Gyp this past week so, here I am blogging.

Sandi called in hysterics on Monday saying she was rushing Gypsy to the Vet. Gypsy was on the deck and when Sandi went out to check on her, she saw that Gypsy had violent diarrhea with a bunch of blood. We left her with the Vet and she had a few more butt explosions there. Turns out she was suffering from canine HGE. They aren't really sure what causes it but many think it can be caused by stress. Over the last few months we've seen a change in Gypsy. She is way more nervous and anxious when Sandi and I are not around. She has lost a few more pounds and hardly eats. So the Vet did some blood work and took xrays. She apparently is in the early stages of Cushings and her liver is a reason for concern. Four days later we brought her home along with a bag of pills. One of the prescriptions is for Doggie Happy Pills. Hopefully these will take the edge off, reducing the stress, and eliminating the HGE. I will continue to try to find the magic mix of food that will entice her to eat. When we brought her home I gave her some kibble with scrambled eggs mixed in and she gobbled it up. this morning I made her some and she turned her nose up at it.

I"ll keep posting on my quirky Gypsy Gal.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Update on Red

 Red is almost 1 year old and I thought I'd give you an update. Fortunately, (for us) not much has changed. He continues to be a solid, well behaved, loving pup. He plays hard, and relaxes hard. Sandi had him going after a Frisbee the other day.
This purple toy is his favorite to retrieve. He'll play fetch all day long. He still thinks he is the boss of Gypsy and will take a bone from her if he wants. Gypsy is so non confrontational that it isn't an issue. He and Gypsy have a good amount of play time in the yard together. He loves to walk the neighborhood, play in the backyard, go downtown and meet other dogs and people. Most of all he likes being the center of attention.

Now that it is warming up, this is a favorite spot of his first thing in the morning. He shares this spot with the cats.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Dino

Here is Gypsy standing over her red Dino. Well Dino used to be red. He is more pink now. Anyway, I've told the story about Dino in the past. This is really the only toy Gyp would ever play with. The company that produces this valuable toy isn't making Dino anymore. They are making a similar toy but the most vital part of the toy has been left off the new version.
The tail is missing!!!
That's correct and Gypsy doesn't want a thing to do with the new model. We found a few of the original Dino's on line and paid a Kings Ransom to get a good supply of them. We are now down to one Dino left in reserve. I think this spring we'll break it out and let Gypsy have some fun.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Work Day Saturday

 We had a Saturday of 70 degree weather here on the Eastern Shore. It was great. I spent all day long outside doing things around the yard. Gypsy and Red were out with us, playing and investigating what I was doing.
The end of the day, they both were worn out and ready for a snooze. Gypsy likes this spot by the patio on the cool grass but close enough to see us.
Red is quickly learning to follow the shady spot. After retrieving that purple thing about 200 times, he needed a nap.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

#WOOF

It has been on the cool (cold) side of the spectrum this past week. We tried our best to have outdoor time with the pooches. We've been putting a sweater on Gypsy when it is cold. She seems to like it. She is getting older and is so thin we're afraid that she'll get sick. Now that I look at this picture her sweater looks like it is too small for her. The forecast is predicting more spring like weather over the weekend so, we'll be able to have "poodle days" in the backyard.
And lose the stupid sweater!!!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gypsy & Red

 Gypsy and Red continue to do well together. They pretty much do their own thing outside. Gypsy looking up into the sky, looking for birds or 747's. Red hangs out and looks for sticks. They do have periods of play. Gypsy likes running laps and Red tries his best to keep up. Gypsy is slowing down some in her old age but can turn it on for short periods. Red is relentless and never gives up even though he has short legs.
After an afternoon of playing laps, they both crash hard. Gypsy was so tired she didn't even care that he wants to share her bed.  A well exercised dog is a happy (good) dog.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Red...Sock Thief

Guilty

Just a quick update on Red. He is fitting in like a champ. Very well behaved and listens nicely. He has an abundance of energy but with a bit of exercise, will chill out. I never had a small dog before Red. I don't think he understands that he is small. He runs laps in the yard, will play fetch for hours, go for a swim in the warm weather, and chase all the birds away from the feeders.
That said, he is a sneak. When we aren't looking he will sneak a bite from the cat food bowl. Just a few pieces and he'll try to chew without making any noise. He is also a notorious sock thief. If he sees a stray sock, he'll quietly steal it and take it to his kennel. He doesn't chew them, he just likes to collect them.