Sunday, March 27, 2016

Hip Dysplasia

I was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia earlier in the year and the plans to have a hip replacement are in the works for June. BUT mom and dad have decided to try a few things first to see if we can make things better and avoid the surgery.

1. I am going to go on a walk every day - but just a short one.
2. I am taking Fish Oil
3. I am taking a high dollar glucosomine tablet with Omega 3 and Green Lipped Mussel
4. Daily Massages 
5. Probiotics
6. Rimadyl (anti inflammatory Rx)
7. Grain free Diet
8. Organic treats
9. Decrease exercise outside of walking

Note from Mom: We have pretty much done all of these things to some degree but we are now going to diligently try every single one together daily and see if we can note any improvements at all. The muscle mass is what we are most concerned about and want to see if we can gain some of that back through the daily walking and eating better.

If there is any possible way to avoid the surgery or even be able to put it off a year or two - then I would like to. If we do not see any change at all over a 2 month period then we will go ahead with the surgery.

We have also decided to get a 2nd opinion. I plan to make an appointment next week for a different specialist to see him. We will update after that visit.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mom's 1st unOfficial Client

I have a new friend. He came over this week and spent the whole day.  He was over so mom could work with him but we played a whole lot, too. His name is Samson and he is a one year old Goldendoodle. We had so much fun. He is bigger than I am, well, taller. I have a lot more muscle, tho.
His mom brought him over to our house and 6:45 in the morning and he stayed until 4:45 in the evening. By the time he left, I was limping like crazy! I was so tired! Mom says she was tired, too. We stayed outside the whole day. It was such a pretty day - not hot at all. It was just right! You should see Samson leap right over me like a frog!

Note from Mom: Samson is a pretty hyper pup, but he is just one year old and full of energy. We worked on sit, down and stay. We worked for about 10 minutes ever 45 minutes the entire day. On breaks he and Opie played until they dropped and needed a few minutes of down time. It was a lot of fun working with him. However, his mom messaged me today and has decided to rehome Samson. I was really sad to hear that. She just doesn't feel like she can give him the time he needs since he is a high energy dog. I know he will calm down in a few months and he is so smart and will make a great companion. I hope someone will want him and love him the way I love Opie. He deserves that. I was really looking forward to working with him and having him over for playdates.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

My Mom's Business Cards

My mom is getting so legit! Aren't her business cards pretty? Well, how can they not be with MY picture on them? Right? I look pretty good if I do say so myself. I think the colors are pretty cool, too.

Note from Mom: I was a little worried I was jumping the gun but then decided what the heck - they were only $9 for 500 cards. Now that they are here, there are a couple of things I would have added but too late now. Maybe next time.

I also got a tee shirt, too.