The happiest dogs & Mojo training

Toller and Mojo had their first walk together today, they LOVED it!

Toller’s fitness is doing well, although she still gets tired pretty quickly, she’s always running at FULL SPEED! So I’m not sure if her stamina’s still less or if it’s just because she’s so desperate to make up for lost time XD

Now that Mojo is bigger and can hold his own against full-throttle Tolly, they could enjoy some off lead time together. Here it is, in video and pics!

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He’s catching her in size!

They got tired quick XD

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And Mojo has been doing some wonderful training, that little dog makes my heart sing πŸ™‚

Yesterday we went into town, and even though we didn’t do much there were so many positives! We bumped into the same child’s toy that Sasha saw a few days ago, and hugely freaked out over. It was good to get Mojo training around it, and obviously he didn’t care.

Then I took him to the metal panel that Sasha was terrified of between 3-6 months old, and Mojo walked onto it like a champ, zero fear πŸ™‚

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Also, that’s the town centre behind us – he is still doing wonderful focus around distractions!

Walking under scaffolding πŸ™‚

And finally,Β YESTERDAY I started teaching Mojo ‘scratch’, so that I could transfer it to the scratch board and he could file his own front nails…ONE DAY later, and look!!

This dude’s such a champ ❀

A bad day turns good!

My sleep is so out of whack atm and I really can’t work out why!

I have to fight for every bit of sleep as my body constantly tells me I’m awake, I usually sleep for 4 hours, lay in bed refusing to wake up for an hour or so, then manage another few. I’m panicking about it triggering a manic episode, but so far I think I’m okay.

Last night I got six hours of very broken sleep, and I woke up in the MOST foul mood.

I was up for a few hours and had a cluster of half a dozen simple partial seizures, after which I felt exhausted. I went back to bed, slept a few extra hours, and woke up feeling *great*!

Damn it body, why can’t you ever just work? πŸ˜›

Feeling good, we walked the other three dogs and then headed out with Mojo to the pub!

Taking Mojo places is such a different experience to taking Sasha to busy places. With Sasha you must hugely plan ahead, be prepared to tell people to back away from her, and always be scouring ahead for things she may be afraid of. With Mojo you don’t have to worry; you get to enjoy him enjoying himself, and if by fluke anything did go wrong, he can be picked up!

He was SUPER at the pub πŸ™‚

Next door are the two aggressive Labs by the play park. Them and the Terrier were barking just after we arrived. We were on the other side of the wall to them, but the barking was still clearly audible. Guess who didn’t react to them AT ALL?! I was so damn impressed!

I managed to fish out my phone and catch some barking on video:

Mojo claimed the beer garden as his own and enjoyed bombing about.

As we ate he sat by me on the bench and, for a young Terrier puppy, showed amazingly good impulse control. He was rewarded every 5-20 seconds.

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He found lots of treasures (an old shoelace, a stick, and some litter!), and he offered a ton of sits! He didn’t have to be on lead once πŸ™‚

Apple crumble!

At some point a group of four adults and a very young toddler (I wouldn’t guess he was even 3 yet) came to the veranda where we were sat. They were loudly telling their kid about the “doggy” he would get to play with, and I was like FUCK THAT…what parent tells their toddler, who they’re letting walk significantly far ahead, to GO GREET AN UNKNOWN DOG?!?

Hell no.

So I scooped Mojo up, and we began gathering our drinks etc to go sit somewhere else, because they were clearly stoopid. The veranda is very small and them being there would have ruined the meal. Thankfully they weren’t eating, they’d climbed up to look at the view and left within a few minutes.

On our way back home we did a little confidence building in the play park. This thing spins! πŸ™‚

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2 weeks after amputation!

Today marks two weeks since Spud’s amputation, so let’s review her achievements πŸ™‚

  • Come off pain meds
  • Stitches out
  • On lead walks (currently 5-10 minutes)
  • First off lead walk in 3 months (currently 5 minutes)
  • First playing with Mojo
  • First playing with Sasha – today!
  • Bombing about the house
  • First training

Tonight, before I even realised we’d hit the 2 week mark, I happened to take loads of Toller photos because we were having a really lovely time, and I wanted to remember it. So enjoy some very happy Pud pics!!

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First play with Sasha!!! πŸ˜€

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Her “oh shit I’ve overbalanced” face XD

Ah but she’s so *happy* now ^__^ ❀

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The cutest thing ever, look at the love captured in this photo ❀

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Nuddy stump photos! Our first time seeing her nekkid πŸ™‚

They left her shoulder blade in, so she’s more…stumpy…than a lot of tripawds XD

Summer fun & happy pups!

Recently we bought a 6ft pool with some of my partner’s birthday money.

It arrived a few days ago, but the weather’s been kind of meh until today. At the first hint of sunlight we broke the pool out and started filling it with water πŸ™‚

Of course we started it in the wrong place, which threw the whole thing off and meant we couldn’t fill it properly, but it was good enough for us!

Boo was our only water dog, our only pup to venture into the pool and have fun splashing about πŸ™‚

Sasha spent most her time sulking inside (she was not a fan of the paddling pool), but occasionally I managed to get her out and snap some photos with the others!

The boys ❀

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Kasper went into his crate then as we were getting Tolly out, and Kasper’s too much of a whirlwind to manage around TWO teeny dogs! Sasha kept him company lounging on the armchair, sulking XD

Toller wants to play with her big sister so much, she will jump up against Sasha, so far Sasha has shown restraint and knows she needs to be gentle πŸ™‚

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Little uns in the pool!

Wrasslin’ XD

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Following big-but-soon-to-be-little sister πŸ˜›

Mojo stood against the side of the pool, it caved in and a deluge of water cascaded all over him…it was so funny, and his bewildered face was even more bewildered than usual!!

He went toddling off all dripping wet and surprised, I was howling with laughter!

I did chase after him, scoop him up, and we had kisses so he felt better πŸ˜‰

It was a fun day. If it’s warm tomorrow, we’ll be filling that pool up again!

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1.5 weeks after amputation: first off lead walk!

Toller had her first off lead walk inΒ 3 months today!! πŸ˜€

It was amazing!!

She had SO MUCH FUN πŸ™‚ ❀

On top of her pure joy, her recall was perfect, she didn’t stray far, she checked in and sat voluntarily…it was all just amazing!

She did 2 minutes walking on lead, and 2 minutes off lead. We’re still building it up very gradually, but she’s doing great πŸ™‚

I can’t wait until she’s fully recovered so that we can use the Ruffwear Webmaster on her. It’s supposed to be the best harness for tripawds, and a harness would make things much easier as atm she’s so excited that she pulls on a collar and a few times her front leg has skittered out and she’s face planted!!!

Lead work can wait until she’s got a few more walks under her belt though, I can’t blame her AT ALL for being excited πŸ™‚

How gorgeous and amazing is this little one? ❀

1.5 weeks after surgery: stitches out!

Before I get to the awesome tripawd news…

Toller’s ears have flopped down!!!

We have no idea why but it’s so funny haha! All we can think is maybe she’s going to come into heat soon, and that has something to do with it?! Her ears have been stuck up since before she was 4 months old, and she’s 9 months now, so it’s really bizarre and was quite a shock…popped her in her crate in the morning with two bat ears (I later said I thought one looked a little floppier, but my bf hadn’t noticed anything), got her out later that day and she had floppy ears XD

This was taken on Saturday

This was Sunday!!

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I honestly can’t tell you how weird it was.

The first night, I was actually quite upset…because it kinda felt like I had a completely different dog – Toller’s ears are what you see when you look at her, she looks so different without them!! – but I’ve gotten used to it now and think she looks frickin’ adorable πŸ˜€

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Anyway,Β vet news!

Yesterday my partner walked up to the vets with Spud, all bundled up from the rain, and he got to the surgery…and it was shut for bank holiday -_-

Now bear in mind TWO people had told us her appt was Monday (bank holiday), as we phoned the surgery last Thursday and spoke to a useless receptionist (asked for advice about Spud running on lead on walks, and she didn’t understand and thought she was off lead, so kept telling us to keep her on lead) who also confirmed Monday.

This is the second time vets have done this in the last five months, last time it was with the useless surgery!!

My partner thought to call the surgery’s number, as it has 24/7 emergency care, and it was actually the head vet that answered. He apologised profusely, was really nice, and sent out the on-call nurse to drive to the surgery and carry out our appt free of charge. Considering the call-out fee for emergency appts is Β£90+, that’s pretty incredible πŸ™‚

The nurse took Toller’s stitches out, and reassured us that her weird walking (bunny hopping with her back legs, sitting with them wide etc) was Toller’s way of learning how to balance with one front leg. Which we were hoping for!

And that’s that.

1.5 weeks after surgery Toller isΒ completely off pain meds, has had her stitches out, and over the next few weeks will be built up to full-size walks πŸ˜€

*photos of amputation site, not gory but some scabbing!*

We had our best time out so far with her last night, only in the house too!

I was rough housing as there was no worries about her blowing her stitches, and she was on her back flailing, loving it πŸ˜€

We did some training too (sit, touch, wait), played tug, she sprinted about, jumped on things, and sat staring at the treat drawer until I gave her a dried sprat!!

Nothing holds my little one back check this out πŸ™‚

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Boo: happiness in dog form

Wow, how hot have these days been?!

28*C today, and I know I bitch about our house every summer, but the entire row of houses we are a part of are all phenomenally warm. This means barely having to use your heating in winter, but barely being able to cope in summer.

Today we, along with all the other houses, had our double rear doors and our living room window open, and it barely made any difference. We stripped down and misted ourselves with water, because it really is that unbearably warm.

And, of course, you can’t even escape on dog walks, because it’s too hot outdoors for the pups!!

At 8pm it was finally cool enough to manage a fairly short walk that takes you past a pond (for swimming and drinking) and a trough that Boo can drink from too. So me and my Doodle-dog headed out.

It’s always risky letting me walk him alone, because he is NOT the sort of dog I can manage if I’m at all seizey, but today had been a good day, I was feeling solid, and I had the lead hands free around my shoulders. As safe as possible.

And the walk was fab!

Check out all these Kasper smiles, we had a blast!!

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Had a “yay training pays off!” moment on this walk too.

We were down at the watering hole, and we turned to leave, Boo sprinting ahead, and there was an old guy hiking that must have snuck up on us. Old men were Boo’s biggest fears back in the day.

Well, Boo saw this guy and before I could even react, automatically turned and ran to sit at my feet. Hell. Yes. Good boy Boo!!

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And two of his favourite activities. Mad rolling.

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Scratching the crust off cow poo to get to the warm gooey centre HAHAHA