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12/19/2014

It's a Dog's Life

Hi and thanks for joining me today. Brought 3 flash drives with me in the laptop bag, intending to edit & share some friends' cards that we've received. Got them photo'd and transferred off the camera disk. Thought I had copied to a flash drive to bring on the trip, and share these cards as I won't be making any myself, while away. Checked 3 flash drives, the laptop hard drive, and can not find any but the one photo'ed  late Monday night and transferred to the laptop just before it got packed! That has been posted to the Friends Cards page.

Took some photos of the grand dogs Wednesday - and we have a new one. He's called Og-gie, and is very black with a pretty shiny coat. The oldest (Ossie) is showing his age a good bit, has arthritis in his back legs. Makes getting up & down quite a struggle for him. Chuck (the dachshund) has the same problem, only in his front legs. He can hop around in the house & has to be carried outside. He used to bounce as he romped around, but now it's more of a waddle. So sad. DD has a vet coming to the house to give each of them a laser heat treatment and acupuncture, which is supposed to be helping.
Ossie seems to like to walk in the pool and around the deck - guess the sun warmed surface feels good to him. Also this surface is rather rough, so easier for him to not slip. Inside there is ceramic tile, and he has a hard time walking on it. We can see that he's lost weight, but DD says he still eats well. The vet has told her as long as he is eating well, doesn't appear to be in too much pain, they will keep treating him. He's the best mannered of all the dogs DD has had to date. Very much a gentleman. Friendly, but reserved.

Chuck pretty much stays in his bed, except when it's meal time. He doesn't bark as much as he did at first either. I miss seeing him bouncing around with the younger dogs. He is about 12 and Ossie is close to 15 yrs old.
Seems to enjoy going outside, but has to be carried out and put down in the grass, as he can't navigate the elevations involved now. He also gets 2 diabetes shots per day. He still wags his tail though, and is very friendly. I was watching him once he had been put on the deck after his trip outside. Showed no interest in going inside, so was left with me. I don't handle any of the dogs (except Ossie if the others are not around). He walked to the door but didn't appear to be able to hop up the 3 inch step up. I was calling for his mommy or granddad to come get him, and after looking at me with a "why don't you pick me up?" look, he finally just sort of hopped up and got himself inside. DD says he can still do that, but has gotten accustomed to preferential treatment.




This is the newest grand..he came here as a foster boy, but has such a nice personality, that he got to stay. He is more exuberant than the other greys, and I don't know his age. Very pretty though, and he hasn't been too boisterous. One of the dogs was a bit jealous at first, but that seems to have disappeared.

Daughter with Og-gie, Dallas & Reilly. Dallas & Reilly are sisters (8 yrs old), but Dallas came to live as a 3 month puppy. Liked to chew on my toes with her sharp little teeth. Reilly came about 18 months later, after the owners no longer wanted to keep her. Oddly, I'm allergic to Reilly, but have never noticed any of my respiratory symptoms with Dallas. They are difficult to tell apart, so I just don't pet either of them. They have matured into friendly, placid girls. Normally where you see one, the other will be right there very quickly.

This is Dallas (green collar) on what she considers her very own sunbathing property. I think the spa gets used by the dogs to sunbathe more than it gets used as a hot tub! The sea gulls like it too...they do a lot of target practice flyovers.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my granddogs. I'll have to share all our lovely Christmas cards when we get home. Or if I suddenly find them on a drive!!!

Have a wonderful Friday. Enjoy whatever it is that you are doing. If all those last minute Christmas chores are not completed as yet, just remember what the real reason for this season is for, and don't stress out too terribly. Thanks for joining me. Big hugs. Come again when you have time.




22 comments:

Sarah said...

Love the Grand dogs Mary, they are all beautiful looking and I understand they have lovely calm temperaments too. We have a greyhound rescue charity in the UK that rehomes ex-racers. Looks like the sun is shining on you!! xx

Kathyk said...

Sorry you forgot the flash drive with your card makes on but thanks for sharing the doggy pix instead

Seasons Greetings

Kathyk

Hazel said...

Great grand dogs Mary, yes they all have their own ways don't they. They all look very well even the two oldies. Enjoy your holiday. Hazel x

Lisa said...

Your granddogs are so precious, Mary!! What sweet pictures!! They are all so adorable!! I hope you are having a wonderful time!! Have a great weekend :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Donna Hanley said...

Your grand dogs are just beautiful. It is so sad when they can't play as they used to, but as long as they are not in pain is it wonderful to have them around. Your DD is so very lucky to have these beauties. Enjoy your stay with your DD and your Grand dogs.

Kathleen said...

Fab photo's and looks like great weather, horrendous here, wild, wet and dark and dismal.

Kath x

Redanne said...

Thanks so much for sharing the pics of your lovely granddogs, I am sure they bring great joy to your DD and how lovely that she has adopted another one too. Have a lovely weekend Mary, we have our Son and D-i-L here... Hugs, Anne xx

crafty-stamper said...

love all the pics of your dogs-we have always had dogs but at the moment have two cats Millie 3yrs and Puddlenut (male)1yr-then daughter came home with a cross chihuahua and Jack Russell Suki 1yr with a trace of rhino in there somewhere lol then son came home with a cross chihuahua/Yorkshire terrier a very loving dog Alice 2yrs complete with a red tailed dwarf Boa snake Bo also very affectionate
Carol x

mamapez5 said...

Lovely to see all dogs, obviously very well loved dogs too. Have a great Christmas. Blessings. Kate x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Aw, looks like you're having a wonderful time! The dogs are adorable! Thank you for such a kind and thoughtful comment on my blog - you are a sweetie, Mary! Merry Christmas to you!

Maxine D said...

Oh Mary what a lot of dogs, and each one obviously has its own 'dog-onality'!
Have a wonderful Christmas
Blessings
Maxine

Sue said...

Mary, I loved seeing your grandpups:) Of course I am biased when it comes to Greyhounds:) Chuck is adorable.

Hope you continue to have a lovely time. Sue

Sheila H said...

Your doggie grand kids are beautiful, Mary. Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures.

Brenda said...

All the dogs look so sweet Momma Mary and I could easily fall in love with them all! I love seeing pictures of them, so thank you for taking the time to share them with us. DD looks great and I'm so glad that you and hubby got this chance to spend with her for the holidays. And yes, I have settled down now and don't feel so frazzled anymore. lol Enjoy!! Hugs, Brenda

Brenda in IN said...

I'm so glad you are enjoying the sunshine and warmth and spending time with your daughter. The dogs are sweet and I love Dallas sunbathing on top of the hot tub. She is in charge!

Faith A said...

Aw! how lovely to have dogs to keep you company and entertained in the Florida heat!

Thanks for the info on each of them, it's so nice to hear they are good personalities, it makes such a difference to owning a dog.

Irish Cherokee said...

For you there is always time. Love the post about your grand dogs. Have always liked grays but never had the room to keep them. They need room to run. I wanted to be sure to at least try to visit everyone before Christmas and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Big hugs and Blessings. - Jim

Bonnie said...

What a handsome family! I know they are a lot of company for your daughter. Enjoy! The pool and sunshine look good. We had snow flurries this morning. So pretty and it didn't stick.

Stamping With Bibiana said...

hey mary: I am so glad to see that you are an animal lover, those babies are so lucky to have you as their masters...I had a pinch in my heart hearing about their health...myself I have my husky who suffers from epilepsy! nice to hear more about your life!
hugs bibiana

Pat said...

Love the dogs Mary and glad you are having a good time. The weather looks lovely and we could do with some of that here! This time of year is so gloomy and dark and somewhat damp and chill over here. x

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous photos Mary! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

Donna Ellis said...

hahaha - what great photos, and wonderful settings! I could use a laser heat treatment, too! It always helped my feet issues. LOL Mary, a very merry Christmas to you and yours - I hope we can get together while you are here! hugs, de