Tuesday, July 2, 2013

I've Moved!

Quick, run on over to www.dollythedoxie.com and sign up to receive my blog by email!

We're still kind of lost trying to find everyone again. Don't give up on us the sign up works just doesn't look perfect yet!

See you over in Wordpressville! 

Love Dolly the Doxie (mix)

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Black & White Sunday: Hot Dog!

Read all about why I am one hot dog on my walk with Golden Woofs, Sugar the Golden Retriever on my last post "Keeping Fit in Hot Weather."

Love, Dolly the Doxie (mix)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Keeping Fit in Hot Weather

Welcome to FitDog Friday! The Lady I rescued decided it was time for us to participate in the FitDog Friday blog hop for a few reasons. The first, I am getting a bit chubby, maybe from me taking more than a week's rest due to an injury (Week's Rest) or my afternoon walks becoming almost nonexistent. Which is why the Lady needs to participate also.

My friend Sugar the Golden Retriever, over at Golden Woofs, and I finally planned a walk day in Glenview, a suburb north of us. The Lady wanted to do this because she is totally bored with our morning walks and thinks we need more adventures. Luckily, we picked a day when our stormy weather took a break, but not the heat. We were meeting at a beautiful new development called Gallery Park, on the former site of Glenview Naval Air Station, something the Lady still has not gotten over. By new, we mean little trees and little shade.

There's a beautiful lake surrounded by a path. We took a moment to pause for pictures on the bridge over it. But by now we are already very hot. We started early, 10 a.m., but not a cloud in the sky, a black dog, and little shade, we had to take precautions. First, mom made sure we found the water right away.

Photo courtesy of Golden Woofs
The Lady always carries a collapsible water bowl with her and I readily shared it with Sugar. Then I managed to find something smelly to roll in and look silly in front of her. Once we drank some water I really enjoyed our walk. There were lots of great new smells and I kept going despite the sun beating down on me. We stopped again for water and shade but after that our walkers needed relief. We visited a very nice bookstore that is dog friendly. There we were able to cool our body temperatures down and rest for the walk back.

Photo courtesy of Golden Woofs,
Sugar the Golden Retriever

This walk could have been very dangerous for Sugar and I but because precautions were taken we were fine. Its important to recognize signs of heatstroke is us dogs. Luckily for us our conditions never worsened beyond the first symptom.

As the Lady and I turned into our neighborhood the first thing we noticed were the huge old trees and how shady and cool everything was. When I got home I got a Frosty Paws frozen treat to help cool me down the rest of the way.

Thank you to Sugar and her mom for their hospitality in Glenview!

Love, Dolly the Doxie (mix)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

B&W Sunday: Summertime

Well, summer is here and its hot! I know that the Lady I rescued is thinking about getting out my pool, or worse yet, taking me to the beach again. Just in case I may like the water now. Which I know she wishes I did, so she is reminiscing about two summers ago when as a young one I was more adventurous!

Lately she has begun to ask herself, how can our blog be the adventures of a Doxie mix rescue when we don't go on any adventures? 

Love, Dolly the Doxie (mix)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hospital Visiting Hours with our Pets

Last night the Lady I rescued and I were watching our local evening news. I had to take a second look, what, a dog walking down a hospital aisle? What, a dog in his owner's hospital room getting cuddles? It seems that so-called educated healthcare professionals have finally realized that having patients' pets visit them in the hospital helps them recuperate! Yes! Rush University Medical Center adopted a new policy that allows cats and dogs to visit certain patients.

Well, not to be out done, we then watched our favorite Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News, hospital visits by pets is becoming a national epidemic! Faithful Friends at the University of Maryland Medical Center have adopted a similar policy. Pet-friendly hospital visits come with strict grooming, behavior, and medical screening. We are of course familiar with therapy dogs visiting hospitals but that is just not the same as having your own pet visit, right?

This is of course great news to hear, especially with looming health injuries over the Lady, causing her concern that if she had an extended hospital stay, she would want me to visit her. If this is the case, then knowing if your dog can visit you in the hospital while you are recuperating could influence your decision on choosing a hospital. Which makes you wonder if hospitals are smarter than you think when it comes to beating the competition.

Speaking seriously, understanding that us dogs are a member of the family, it is important to consider us when making those difficult decisions about what happens to us if we were to lose you, or vice versa.

Three years ago the Lady lost a dear aunt. Her beloved dog, Katy preceded her death. When the family knew it was Katy's time she was taken to the aunt's beside in the nursing home so that she could say goodbye. Needless to say, not a dry eye in the room. And even more touching, and understandable, at the aunt's funeral, her daughter and granddaughter made sure that Katy's ashes were placed with her.

It is so important to make wishes like these known to your family or have them put in a will. We're family too.

Love, Dolly the Doxie (mix)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Strangers and Noises

I am not a happy dog this morning. The strangers are back in our house and they are making lots of noises again. They have been here since last Wednesday, it started with the two guys in the front making tons of noises, then, horrors, now two are in the kitchen where noises are coming from.

She's not listening to me & I am trying to warn her!
I have been barking non-stop since Wednesday, except for Sunday when we didn't have any strangers or noises, so this is my Monday Mischief. I bark, and bark, and bark, and nothing works! I am so frustrated! Why is no one taking me seriously? I'll be out in MY backyard and they just walk right through MY gate and into MY back door! I even go after them barking, I have to protect the Lady that I rescued, and they just ignore me! Sometimes they even try to pet me!

Surveying the damage after the first day.
Thursday morning they came back!
Well, sometimes I do get used to the strangers, they aren't bad all the time, but its the noises that are the worst. Every bump, bang, whatever, I start to bark. The worst day was Friday with dad home. At least I thought he was home. But he went out the door to the kitchen where the strangers and noises were and was gone a long time! I was so worried that they were hurting him! I guarded the door until he came home safely!

To make me feel better, my family went to dinner and I got to go! It helped me to recover from all of the stress from the week!

By Saturday I was getting lots more used to the strangers! Look at how brave I am, I just run right by them to mom!

But after a nice quiet day on Sunday, I am very unhappy that they are all back. I have been barking pretty much non-stop all morning. The Lady I rescued it not very happy with me. Especially after I have been quiet for awhile and just jump up and bark real loud. What? 

Love, Dolly the Doxie (mix)

Don't forget! July 1st DollytheDoxie.com!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

B&W Sunday: We're Moving!

Finally! The Lady I rescued and I are moving our blog from Blogspot to Wordpress! Please, please, please, follow us at DollytheDoxie.com effective July 1st! You can start following us now but we will still be under construction so please be patient!

Love Dolly the Doxie (mix)

Pees: Happy Father's Day!!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

B&W Sunday: Gentle Leader

I am on the mend and finally back to taking walks! That's the good news! Bad news is that the Lady I rescued thinks we both have the patience to learn how to walk with a Gentle Leader. My vet recommended this after she tattled on me about how bad I pull on the leash. Stay tuned!

Love Dolly the Doxie (mix)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Week's Rest

First, the Lady I rescued and I would like to thank all of our readers for their kinds words and great advice on my last post The Vet. It was last Thursday evening that the Lady and my dad rushed me to the vet when my condition worsened on my right front leg. First, the Lady was very confused how come the injury returned after such a long time, over a month, which caused her to think it could have been something else. Like when she stepped on me (accidentally)! Or when dad heard me fall out of bed. But those all happened after I had started to limp again earlier in the week.

Dad carried me into the vet and kept me in his arms the whole time we waited. It was nice but I was still scared and shaking some. The vet examined me and a nice assistant lady I hadn't met before helped. The vet asked to see me walk and this time he could see how lame I had become, so he was very concerned about my condition. Scary words were mentioned, as a Doxie the scariest of them all, disc disease, or a neck injury. The tests he did for those came back negative but it is still something to consider. The Lady then told him about how much I pulled when I walked, so much so that I wear a pinch collar. I can't wear a halter because I am impossible to walk wearing one. The vet suggested the Gentle Leader which mom had seen before and is not a fan of at all!

Walk, please?
The treatment the vet gave us was Tramadol for the pain, and Predisone. I have had trouble taking the steroid before so mom knows to give me Pepcid first. The vet said it was a low dose so shouldn't be an issue. Then the worst news of all, complete rest for a whole week! No walks, no running, jumping, nothing! And I have to be carried up and down the stairs to go potty because we live on the second floor! The worst part will be when the meds start to mask the pain. Then I will want to get active but not be healed. Well that is where we are at now. After four days of meds I am walking almost normal and seem to feel great! But I am bored! This morning I kept giving the Lady the "look" hoping for the "walk" word. No luck. I keep squeeking my favorite ball, no luck. I roll it under the furniture and whine for them to get it, which they do, but then they won't chase me, or throw it! What is wrong with me? With them? I don't understand and I am so unhappy right now.

I'm bored and unhappy!
The Lady is just giving me the steroid medication now. She decided to stop the Tramadol since I don't seem to be in any pain. My week of "rest" ends on Friday. Once the meds end and I start to get active again we are going to have to watch closely for any signs of limping. IF my limping comes back, mom wants to first go back to the vet for more xrays. One of our readers suggestions was to have several different views taken. The vet did take two but we want to make sure that all possible views were done. As the doctor suggested a cat scan if I don't improve we want to make sure that its necessary first.

When the doctor mentioned a possible neck injury the Lady got a major case of the guilts. This is because she knows how bad I pull on the leash, when not wearing my pinch collar. At BlogPaws she didn't want me to wear the pinch collar, so I did a lot of pulling and straining there. She is very concerned she hurt me. Despite her misgivings about the Gentle Leader she did buy one for me. As soon as I am allowed to go on walks we are going to start training with that. We shall see, hmm?

Love, Dolly the Doxie (mix)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

B&W Sunday: The Vet

Vet. The most hated word by all pets. As a young pup I considered going to the vet a social visit. All the ladies oohed and ahhh'd over me. I got treats and gave kisses in return. Until over a month ago.

It all started one morning at my park. The Lady I rescued had let me off leash but it was one of those perfect mornings after a busy day before at the park. Lots of garbage especially around the bleachers, left from teenagers after school. There's a Little Cesaer's across from the southwest corner, where there are bleachers to a softball diamond. My favorite garbage finding area for pizza, garlic bread, and the coveted chicken wings with salsa. This morning was no different, with my nose in high gear, I began to cover every inch searching for any crumbs. But the Lady would have none of that and being the well-behaved dog I am, I came to her, sat down, and let her put my leash back on.

We walked for awhile with some other pack friends, Zoe and Ed. Thinking it was safe to let me off leash again, the Lady unhooked me. After a few steps she turned around and I was gone. Running back to the bleachers. I know she can't run but she always follows me, this is our game. Eventually she caught up with me as I feverishly scrambled up and down the ancient stone steps. By the time she yelled at me to come I was on the top row of the bleachers, at least five feet up. "Dolly, get down now!" Well I did. Without hesitating I leap from the top row and landed on all fours, sort of. My front legs buckled under me. She screamed. There were other dog walkers that witnessed my heroic leap. She ran over to me, got the leash on, and frantically made sure I was okay. But I wasn't. As we began to walk I limped badly right away. We got back to the others who were in shock to find out what the scream was about. It wasn't long before everyone knew about my death-defying leap. 

Well, we eventually made it home. I limped pretty badly most of the way and the Lady carried me when she could. Later that morning, we were there. The Vet. The story she gave the doctor, and later to dad, was I jumped off a wall a few feet high. Unfortunately, the doctor then wasn't sure I was that badly injured. But x-rays were taken luckily showing nothing broken. Diagnosed as a soft-tissue injury, we were sent home with anti-inflammatories and limited to leash walks. The only concern being that soft-tissue injuries are tricky and are known to reoccur. 

In a few days I was fine and the Lady started to take me to the park again, always on leash. I finished my meds before BlogPaws and the injury soon became forgotten about. Until this week. The Lady thought she noticed me limping on the way home from the park on Tuesday. Wednesday she couldn't figure out why I didn't want to go outside or for a walk. Thursday, the limping was very noticeable on an attempted walk. She called the vet and got another dose of anti-inflammatories, thinking as a soft-tissue injury its common for these to reoccur. But I was extremely lame and noticeably in pain. By the time dad came home that evening I couldn't put any weight at all on my front right leg. A decision was quickly made, back to the Vet.

Stay tuned. Love Dolly the Doxie (mix)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Hill's Pet Nutrition's Legacy of Disaster Relief for Pets

I am entering Hill's Fabulous Blog Contest that I learned of at BlogPaws2013. No compensation has been received for this post.

On May 8, 2013 Hill's Pet Nutrition announced its first-of-kind National Disaster Relief Network to help pets during emergencies. It was intended to be leading up to National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 11 and also helps educate pet owners on what they can do to keep their pets safe when disaster strikes.

On May 20, 2013 an EF5 tornado descended upon Moore, Oklahoma destroying everything in its wake, killing 24 people, including 7 children, and leaving hundreds of pets in need.

Hill's Oklahoma relief began within two hours of the disaster. On May 24 Hill's activated its Disaster Relief Network. As a result Hill's has already shipped thousands of pounds of dog and cat food. In the coming weeks the company is planning a convoy of food, pet supplies and other items to support stricken families.

Hill's timely announcement only days before a natural disaster struck was coincidental. But the company has a legacy of involvement in disaster relief for pets beginning as far back as Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

  • 2012 Hurricane Sandy: Hill's provided relief to pet owners by partnering with area shelters, PetSmart Charities and Petco, and the Red Cross to donate and distribute 103,000 pounds of pet food.
  • 2011 Joplin, MO: Donated Science Diet® pet food to help feed pets arriving at local shelters.
  • 2010 Japanese Tsunami: Provided support to tsunami victims through coordination with parent company Colgate-Palmolive. Hill's Japan donated several tons of pet food for pets in need.
  • 2010 Gulf Coast Oil Spill: Hill's joined forces with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and animal health company Merial to support more than 90 veterinary clinics and shelters to provide pet food and medical care to pets of affected Louisiana residents.
  • 2007 California Wildfires: Hill's worked closely with relief organizations in California to help feed dogs and cats affected by the wildfires by donating 25 tons of Science Diet® and Prescription Diet® pet food distributed through local veterinary clinics.
  • 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Hill's donated 100 tons of Hill's Science Diet® and Prescription Diet® pet food to feed displaced pets to veterinary clinics, Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams, veterinary schools and other locations where homeless pets were receiving care or being housed. Hill's team of veterinarians also donated their expertise to the rescue efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
As pet owners we uses several factors in deciding what food to buy our pets. But how many of us use knowledge of Hill's Pet Nutrition's National Disaster Relief Network or a company's community involvement in helping animals in need? These could easily become factors due to recent disasters and calls for help.

Bingo No. 3!

So excited that we got our third Bingo before Park Day 2.0 comes to an end! In case you don't remember, Gizmo and Finn's Park Day 2.0 is all about enjoying the outdoors with your dogs! 

While at BlogPaws2013 last week I met a Boston Terrier at the outdoor dog park playing with a Frisbee. I didn't catch his name but he sure was having fun, and he wouldn't share!

Thanks so much to Gizmo and Finn for encouraging us all to enjoy the outdoors with our dogs! I hope we win one of the great prizes too!

Love Dolly the Doxie (mix)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Bingo No. 2!

Well, Park Day 2.0 is coming to an end soon! In case you don't remember, Gizmo and Finn's Park Day 2.0 is all about enjoying the outdoors with your dogs! I was able to get a few more squares and have another bingo! 

On Sunday at my park, visit my post Bingo! to catch up on the other squares, I took a second after running zoomies to smell the flowers.


Then, one of my BFF's, Zoe, spotted a squirrel! She considers herself the queen of our park and no squirrel is safe when she is on her walk! Watch!

Thanks again to Gizmo and Finn for organizing Park Day 2.0. The Lady I rescued and I have had a great time! Don't forget, there are prizes to be won too! I hope I win this time!

Love, Dolly the Doxie (mix)

B&W Sunday: Puddles

This week we had some pretty bad storms. As usual the park was all flooded. Because of the weather no one was around so the Lady I rescued let me off leash. Its very unusual for me to walk in a puddle but I couldn't resist a drink of water.

What? I'm not suppose to drink from puddles? Now you tell me! When we got home dad found a big hole in the windshield of his truck. A branch from a nearby tree had blown off and fell on it. Poor dad! Speaking of dad's we are posting again a picture of my grandpa that I never got to meet. He is going off to war and saying goodbye to his beloved dog.

On this Memorial Day let's not forget that the holiday isn't about going to the beach or having a barbecue but about remembering and thanking those that fought for and gave their lives for our freedom.

Love Dolly the Doxie (mix)

I'm joining the Black & White Sunday blog hop hosted by My Life in Blog Years, Dachshund Nola, and You Did What With Your Weiner.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Professional Product Review: 1st Attempt

It all started yesterday afternoon when the Lady that I rescued noticed a piece of my nose scraped off. When she asked dad about it as usual he claimed it didn't happen on his watch.

After that the Lady I rescued proceeded to go over our day to see if she could recall how this could have happened. Since it had rained all day keeping me indoors that was the first clue. The huge bag of swag we had just brought back from BlogPaws was the second clue that arose. Jones Natural Chews, our neighbors in Rockford, IL, products were in the bag! Thinking it would be nice for me to have a treat, and keep me busy for awhile, she gave me one of their bully sticks. Also, being busy doesn't mean chewing, its me looking for a place to bury the stick. First there's my bed, a chair in the living room, and lastly, mom caught me dragging it out of the laundry on the floor in her closet.

Perhaps I haven't made the connection between the Jones Natural Chews and a Professional Product Review clear yet? When I bury things I bury them with my nose. I will scrape it along whatever surface there is over, and over, and over again.  Got it?

After determining how I scraped my nose, the Lady I rescued then came up with the bright idea to try one of the great products we had been given. In our bag we had a sample from Vetericyn of its Wound & Skin Care. Well, I had a wound didn't I? It's the perfect opportunity to try a new product and do a Professional Product Review!

After reading the teensy instructions on the bottle and learning that it was safe to use around the nose, mouth, and eyes a plan evolved. The plan was to wait until I had crashed on the couch for some evening TV viewing. First step is to get a picture, right? After she nearly made me blind from the iPhone flash she pulled out a bottle and proceded to aim it at me. At that point I knew I was in trouble, what is she going to do? Well she sprayed something wet all over my nose! So I did what any normal dog would do, after first trying to get away, lick it off. Which I did a few times. That's when she realized it wasn't too smart to think that the product would just stay on my nose and heal the scrape.

Lesson learned. Don't attempt a product review when the product can be licked off in a second.

Love Dolly the Doxie (mix)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What I Brought Back from BlogPaws!

We're back from BlogPaws2013! Its great to be back in Blogville! Me and the Lady that I rescued have been gone for a few days. We missed reading and commenting on some blogs but are working on catching up. In case you missed it, we were first time attendees (Newbies), at BlogPaws2013 in Tysons Corner, VA. We have been very busy preparing for and attending the conference.

At BlogPaws2013, we saw, heard and learned so much its overwhelming! To help us get organized, and not forget all the great information and ideas, we thought we would put a post together to share with our readers what we brought back from the conference. Besides swag and business cards!

  • Putting faces with names: By far the best part! Meeting GloGirly in person (and Waffles Too & Katie On-a-Stick) and all my other blog pals -- priceless!
  • Guest blog: Stay tuned! 
  • Wordpress: Excited to learn that WordPress is THE place for "professional" bloggers. Another stay tuned for a whole new website!
  • Sole proprietor: The Lady learned that what she is doing is legal.
  • Professional product review:  Using my voice is humorous and original. Winning! 
  • Copyright: Add copyright protection for my blog, also watermarks to photos.
  • Assemble your assets! As a social media consultant for a pet products business the Lady has access to numerous resources for blogging.
  • Social media priorities: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest. 
  • Transport rescue: Our niche? 
  • Never stop learning: Needs no explanation. See you at BlogPaws2014!
Here are some special accomplishments applicable to just me:
  • Ride in the elevator without laying down: This is huge! I am no longer scared after the door shuts and we start to move.
  • Less shy: I got very used to strangers coming up to me. Its not so bad, I even did tricks in the lobby! 
Look at me on the red carpet in front of all the puparazzi! Fearless!

Love, Dolly the Doxie (mix)

Wordless Wednesday: Sweet Home Chicago!