We’re Baaaaack!!

Well, lets see…what has happened since our “blogging break” a few weeks ago:

Aunt Baddy had minor surgery about 3 weeks ago and went to her follow-up appointment today and is good to go–she’s back at normal activity.

Cousin Highway (the white Boxer) had a hugely swollen ear flap and it turned out he had a hematoma that the vet had to operate on.  He had to wear a dreaded cone for about a week!  He had a drain in his ear, plus stitches.  They took the drain out 3 days before they removed the stitches.  He’s good to go now though and is back up to his normal dorky self!  🙂

Chloe went to the vet to have her urine cultured again and this time it was negative for infection–yay!  Since her surgery, she’s been a little incontinent when she sleeps, so we have “Pee-Pee Pads” lying all over the couch, love seat, and bed.  The vet prescribed her some medication to try for the incontinence, but it takes 2-4 weeks to start seeing the effects apparently.

I got “braced” a little over two weeks ago!  I’m all adjusted to the braces now…eating some things proves to be a little messy still though, but I’m getting better at it!

 Goofy pic, but you get the idea…
Our air conditioner went out at home around lunchtime on Sunday, but we didn’t realize it until about 7 or 8:00 that evening and no one could come out until Monday morning (July 4th).  Luckily, the guy came out around 9:30 Monday morning and fixed it in about 30 minutes!  He said his brother has an Australian Cattle Dog and lives on a horse farm, so the dog tries to herd the horses and bites at their heels!  So Riley got to sniff of him and made a friend.
Riley has been doing pretty well overall.  Same old, same old.  Her right hip was really bothering her yesterday evening though.  I think it was probably because of the weather outside–it was storming something awful!  She had also been lying down sleeping for a while, so was pretty stiff when she got up.  She limped around and could hardly put any weight on her right hind leg.  😦  I gave her a pain killer and an anti-inflammatory and in an hour or two she was walking normal again.
We’re hopefully going to have a giveaway going on here sometime soon, so stay posted!!  What have we missed with all of you?

We’re Taking the Pet Blogger Challenge!

Pet Blogger Challenge

I decided we’d take part in the Pet Blogger Challenge today because it just seems fun and I want to let everyone get to know us a little more.  So here we go!

1.  When did you begin your blog?
     My first blog post was on Sunday, January 24th, 2010.  I’m almost at my 1 year blogiversary!

2.  What was your original purpose for starting a blog?
     I first started this blog after I found out about Riley’s hip dysplasia diagnosis.  I originally thought she was going to have to have a Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO) surgery when we found out about the diagnosis and I wanted to chronicle what having the surgery was like so other dog owners that went through a TPO would know what to expect.  Riley didn’t end up having to have the surgery but I just kept going with this blog anyway.

3.  Is your current purpose the same?  If not, what’s different?
     As I mentioned above, Riley didn’t end up needing to have the surgery done, so the purpose of this blog changed.  Now I focus more on our day-to-day life and our adventures in being a therapy dog team.  Riley will most likely have to have a Total Hip Replacement down the line sometime and I want to chronicle that so other people whose dogs have to have the surgery will know what it is like.

4.  Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?  If the latter, do you worry about… well, whatever you might worry about (e.g. losing traffic, losing momentum)?
     I don’t blog on a set schedule.  I try to get about 4 to 5 posts up a week but I don’t always meet my goal.  I don’t really worry too much about losing traffic or momentum.  I know the people that like to keep up with us will keep up with us no matter how often we post.  I don’t have any goals as to how many visitors or comments I want to get each week.  I’m just happy that people are reading and following along!

5.  Are you generating income from your blog?  If not currently, do you hope to in the future–and how?
     I’m not currently generating any income from this blog.  I probably won’t want to in the future either.  I mean, money’s nice and all, but it’s not the purpose for this blog.

6.  What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?
     There are a few things I really like about blogging.  Number one is that I can keep up with what has happened in Riley’s life (I wish I would’ve started my blog when I first got Riley when she was 7 weeks old!) and I can quickly look back on my blog and see when we went to the vet last, when she had her nails trimmed last, and when she had a bath or therapy visit last without having to look through my paper records here at home.  I also LOVE the funny comments we get from all the other pet bloggers!  My whole family likes to read the comments because there are usually some pretty funny comments on each post.  

7.  What do you like least?
    There really isn’t anything I don’t like about blogging.  I don’t feel pressure to post every single day and I haven’t had any bad experiences with any of the other bloggers.

8.  How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2011?
     I’d like to get permission from people on our therapy visits and include pictures of therapy visits for everyone to see.  I don’t currently post pictures of therapy visits due to privacy, but if I had written permission, I could.  I also don’t post pictures of therapy visits because I’m the only one that goes with Riley on the visits and I don’t really have enough hands/attention to handle her and a camera and interact with the people we’re interacting with on visits.  I’d also like to gain more followers in 2011!!

New Bed and Perch Work

Riley’s new orthopedic dog bed (yes, I know, VERY fancy…I got it on a REALLY good sale, trust me!) came yesterday.  It was in a box the size of my living room (well, not quite, but a huge box), so I was a little worried before I opened it that they had sent me a bigger bed than I ordered.  Luckily, that’s just Amazon for you, sending a way too big box.  I was relieved to see when I opened it that it was indeed the 24″ x 36″ bed that I had ordered.  It fits perfectly into her crate.  I was even able to get her to go in there to lie on it.  She never goes in her crate…I used to put her in there when she was a puppy when we were gone off somewhere but when she turned about 10 months old we decided she was safe to leave out in the house without bothering anything.  I have it mainly for when she’s on crate rest for her hips or knees.

She seems to like it.  She would like it better if it weren’t in her crate, I’m sure…!
Nice and plush.
Here’s a picture of our side yard after we got done raking yesterday.  We have had a windy day today so now it looks like we didn’t rake at all.
Riley and I have been doing some perch work as homework from this new training class.  Basically, I have to get Riley to put her front two feet on something on the ground.  We’re using a box lid.  It’s been going okay, but just today I saw Riley has had a breakthrough.  She doesn’t have it down 100%, but we’re getting there.  I think I’m going to have to buy or borrow (from my sister) a clicker to start doing clicker training with her.  A lot of people at class use clickers and I think Riley would respond well to one.