Monday, September 30, 2013

What is the best day of this dog's life?

What is the best day of this bulldog's life?  Watch this video to the end and see....you might need your tissues. This is worth watching!


ADOPT!!  :)



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Friday, September 27, 2013

FitDog Friday, Fun & Furry Blog Tour Stop # 9

Today please join us for our next-to-the-last tour stop! We've been having a lot of fun, and meeting lots of friends along the way. Today, please stop by Pooch Smooches!
















AND....Jackie's not only a great interviewer, tour stop host, blogger and mom to Rita....she's also an author too, and her new book Rescue Me, Maybe just came out! I've read her first book so I know we're in for another great read... I have a copy of the new book already so I'm going to be doing a review soon, but until then you can check it out on Amazon.
























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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Blog Tour Stop #8 and Emma's Book too

Hi! Here we are, almost at the end of the blog tour. Kelly, Ike and I are having a fantastic time visiting everyone, and we hope you've had fun and maybe visited some new blogs too! Today, we're at MY GBGV Life! You'll see how smart Emma looks while she checks out my site on the computer!










And, speaking of Emma, she has her own book out now! Tales of a French Scent Hound. The cover is just too cute, don't you agree?




















So when you're done with the tour and checking out The Dieting with my Dog Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance, be sure to check out Tales of A French Scent Hound. Buy them together and maybe we'll send Emma and Kelly to your house to give you  a kiss and thank you personally!




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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ike has a big heart, but it beats too slow

We brought Ike to his first veterinary visit since coming to live with us. He'd been eating well, was full of energy, and the only thing that bothered us was that he seemed to be losing weight. We go to Nassau Veterinary Clinic and they have been taking great care of our pets for many years.

















The vet seemed to take a long time listening to Ike's heart and at first I wondered if she heard something wrong. Then I dismissed it. It's probably nothing. No worries.

The vet did have a worry, though. "His heart rate is only 40," she said. She explained that a dog's heart rate should be between 80-100, even 120. She took his pulse behind his right front leg, on his ribcage. "He drops some beats, as well."

This is the type of news no pet parent wants to hear. Something serious may be wrong with your pet.

Last Friday we went back for some follow-up tests with Dr. Dietrich, who is the cardiac specialist there. She said that at 40 beats/minute, most dogs would be having some episodes of fainting. Ike has not had anything like that. He loves taking long walks and chasing his tennis ball and doesn't seem overly exhausted when we're done. She took  his pulse again, this time on the femoral artery behind the back leg. She got a reading of 70. Still low, but much better than 40. Based on these test results, she decided not to do the echocardiogram he'd been scheduled for (saving us $300!) but opted to do two types of EKGs. The first was performed on her cell phone!

She showed me how her phone had a special covering with sensors on the back.




















She simply held the phone against Ike's chest and it took the reading. Here are the results.

















Dr. Dietrich heard an arrhythmia that she wanted to investigate with a more detailed EKG. So they hooked Ike up. The probes clipped onto his skin. They had to put alcohol on the probes, the coldness of which made Ike flinch.




















But other than that he stayed still, although somewhat worried.
















Here is a short video of the procedure:



The doctor was satisfied with the results. Ike's heart rate is slow, but not enough that it needs to be treated at this point. We are to keep an eye on things and of course, report if he has any fainting or other episodes of concern. The arrhythmia is called a sinus arrhythmia and again, nothing too concerning at this point.

Everyone at Nassau vet is great and so caring about the pets. They treated Ike gently and explained everything to us as many times as we needed to hear it. Dr. Dietrich is extremely knowledgeable and patient, and has even called me at home to discuss our dogs' health concerns. We feel confident that our pets are in her care. Thank you Dr. Dietrich!

So we are still a bit concerned about Ike but as long as things continue to go well and Ike feels well, all should be fine. We still have to work on getting him to gain weight, which we'll attempt to do gradually with good quality food, enough calories, and more small meals spread out across the day.  For now, Ike gets to run and play with no worries!




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Monday, September 23, 2013

Fun and Furry Blog Tour Stop #7 and Colorado Flood Rescues

Today, please join me as we trot along out Fun and Furry, Fit and Healthy Blog Tour to stop #7, Cindy Lu's Muse.  Cindy Lu is always full of fun and furry tips herself, so be sure to stop on by!












 Also, I wanted to applaud all the people doing great work to rescue animals due to the flooding in Colorado. According to a spokesman for the National Guard air and search rescue, the motto is "No Pets Left Behind."
*More than 1000 pets have been transported to safety with their owners by land and in helicopters.
* The Red Cross is helping evacuated people find pet-friendly hotels.

Still there is a need for food and supplies in crowded shelters, where many other pets are waiting until they can be reunited with families. From CBS Denver, check out this list of ways you can help.











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