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Time to see the doctor again…

Just a few nights ago, I was awoken to the sound of rapid thumps and pounding sounds.  I was immediately taken back to that night when it sounded like a freight train was running through my house, which was Cooter’s seizure.  

Turns out it was Cooter shaking as he lay beside the oven (his favorite spot-just in front of the back door…I swear he is guarding us), so the noise from his shaking body actually echoed loudly against the gas oven – yes I was worried about a gas leak along with our dog possibly seizing. He has minor shaking here and there and it is so hard to identify whether it is normal dog shakes OR a small seizure.

We give him his space and try to keep it calm for him… a difficult task as there are four kids around him all the time!  He loves his people brothers and sisters so I’m sure he doesn’t mind.  In fact – he loves nothing more than to be right here with us at all times — often like a large bear rug – only he’s a real live dog (albeit the size of a bear) laying on the floor with us!

So the start of this blog, way back in 09, was to write about living with a French Mastiff… who knew that right after choosing to blog, Cooter would have a seizure  – a very large and scary seizure, and then smaller ones, which kept us on pins and needles for years. We were introduced to Canine Epilepsy – very scary – for any size dog, I’m sure!!! But, after a long time, we really felt that we just hated those barbs!  I take that back – it was a love-hate towards the barbs.  They helped, and were much-needed for a long time… but we just hated how Cooter became so drowsy. He’s lethargic enough already, being that he is a Dogue de Bordeaux, and since we discussed this with his doctor, it was the better choice for us to taper him off the Phenobarbitol.  The vet did provide us with a type of emergency kit, should we find him seizing in that manner again. We’ve found ourselves denying it could be epilepsy, thinking maybe it’s Lyme Disease or tainted toys (lead paint)… either way, we will take him to the vet this week because we aren’t sure what happened the other night. And shaking here and there persists… sigh…

Anyway, since having this 140 pound dog full of slobber, dog hair, and LOVE… yes, all that other “stuff” – the flying slobber, the vomiting, the… well you get the idea!Ha!  All that nonsense just goes away when you realize that there is way more love in the air than slobber!  He reminds us all the time.

And here we are–back, writer’s block lifted? MAYBE…

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For those of you who haven’t heard of a dog-bee stand off… it is basically when dog thinks he’s got the bee to play with. The bee thinks she’s got the dog to sting… So they basically both stare at each other, and dog thinks new friend… and pats the bee, the bee maybe stings the dog, the dog still not too sure what to think… lays and waits for the bee to make the next move, it’s been fun… and then… well, in this case, the dog patted the bee a little too hard.

Yep, I like to mess around with the bees. And apparently neither one of us was giving up – this guy and I stared for a long time. Bee lays upside down here, but was still breathing. For a while I was really rigid – maybe I was stung. But I wasn’t giving up the fight – the stand off was mine – I was going to win it.

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Here I give a quick blurb on how I’ve trained my “master” to chase me around the dining room table (yes, the table that gave me great canine teeth pleasure). Not only does she chase me around the table, she even tries to talk me through my shoe obsession. She thinks she has me trained by “command” – eh, she talks too much. I think I am the one training here. So now, since I’ve exhausted myself by running around the table I get to relax into a state of slumbering, drooling, bliss…

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I know – you’ve heard it before. Dogs drool. The french mastiff drool far exceeds any boundaries. I had my lunch prepared for me from my children! It was homemade fettucini with a sauteed combination of sun-dried tomatoes with garlic – it look DEVINE! Along comes Cooter to greet me at the counter, so happy to see mom because I was at work for a few hours… Shake, shake… slobber flies towards my plate as it to be in slow motion – I cannot even predict this to happen, the strand of coagulated slobber glides ever so fast and wraps itself around my fork, as if to mimic a piece of twirled up fettuccine.

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It is dark, cold, I’m thinking of the ocean
I want to cast a net over the ocean to the sky above
I want to catch a few stars while on a boat
I am a dog with a cardboard tube
I really like the snow though we are in June
I wonder… is it cold for you too?

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What better way to bring in spring… than to play with a hard-boiled egg.  I love sporadic treats!  This egg simply rolled off the dining room table to me!  Imagine that?  A treat so sweet!!!  I guess the kids were decorating eggs or something like that, because they were a bit upset to lose one… but I carefully cradled the egg in my mouth and brought it outside.   I was immediately let outside… hmmm… I wonder why?!  

This might be fun…  

Beginning to Nose Roll An Egg...

 

 

 

 

 

here I am experimenting with nose-rolling an egg…

It really is fun!  You should try it...


 

 

   
  It really is fun! You should try it…
Standing Tall and Proud With My Egg
I am sure standing tall and proud with my egg

 

now I’m ready to eat it…

Mmmm.... all mine.... yes, the shell and all!

Mmmm.... all mine.... yes, the shell and all!

Happy Spring Everyone!  Now go out and nose roll an egg…

the reward tastes so good…

a little crunchy on the outside, but just how I like my food!

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I got myself into a little bit of trouble today… well I can’t control the weather, and I blame it on just that.  We had a major Thunderstorm last night – didn’t scare me – the storm left lots of enjoyable mud puddles in the back yard and I frolicked throughout the mini ponds as much as I could – only to return to the house with muddy paws & “ugh – these dirty wood floors” (I don’t think they were ever finished with a high gloss anyway).  Boredom sets in when you can’t  play outside as much as one needs to.  So when a nice size ball of cotton twine landed on the floor, I did what any other dog would do – it was mine!  … I can say I am beginning to understand feline behavior now…   

Cooter and CottonSo here I am enjoying the cotton… did Mom say Down?  I can’t hear her…

I needed to floss anyway...I needed a flossing anyway…

Did she just say “Drop it!”???

Too much fun…

funAnd then Mom finally finds her voice!!!  Yay!  I can’t believe it!  She gave it a good one – nice deep voice “Don’t bark at meeeeee!”

MINEDid I bark?  Yeah, I guess I did get a little possesive over this find… so I began to listen a little closer… I got up when she told me to…  

Guess where I am right now?

OUTSIDE!

Yes!  I won again!  

I just love those mud puddles!!!

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