Tag: Kodi

Nocturnal ramblings and Buddy’s Chapter 3

Buddy has a talent to sleep just about anywhere and loves the dirt in sun!buddy

It’s the wee hours of the morning, 3 a.m. at this moment, and my sleep has been smacked awake, making this the perfect time to catch up on overdue blog time.

Buddy is asleep on top of a stack of pillows on a small couch in the bedroom. Not a care in the world. Kodi is stretched out on his side on the floor. Neither stirred when I got up to come into the family room. Hopefully I will be able to slip back in without the “dog alarms” being activated.

Back to Buddy’s travels:

Buddy returned to Florida full-time in January 2016. He had been here before but even our little Jack Russell knew this time was different – this time it was his home.

Traveling cross-country which included stopping in Texas to see our eldest’s family and one more stop in Daphne, Alabama before our  home on the East Coast of Florida, the dogs tolerated each other.

Well, Buddy tolerated Kodi sitting on him in the back seat!

When we got home it dawned on Kodi that we weren’t just giving this other male dog a lift. He had joined Kodi’s “herd” except Buddy isn’t all that fond of being herded. Adjustments had to be made.

In the beginning there were scuffles and we didn’t feel comfortable leaving them out when we weren’t home so the crates were set up in the family room.

It soon became evident that when we are not at home they worked things out. The scuffles and “fights” were only when we were there. Little by little we left them out for longer and longer periods of time. Now we really don’t think about it – everyone seems to have come to terms with the new arrangement.

The only time we have to be on alert is when food is involved. Both are adept at catching treats in the air and Buddy swoops in to scoop up any ice-cube that drops from the refrigerator.

Kodi used to be our “ice shark” and had lost interest, but now that Buddy wants the ice – the interest has rekindled.

The only time we have any issues is if we mess up and a treat bounces away. Then there’s a minor “free for all” as the dogs both try to claim it.

For the most part Kodi has been pretty understanding and I think having a younger dog around keeps him active.

Buddy has blossomed. He has grown out of  just falling over on his side when we have him out walking.  No longer do people have to ask, “Did your dog just faint?”

Storms still make his bones shake and once in a while I still get this incredibly “sad” look for no reason. It makes me wonder what thoughts go through his mind.

the-tale-of-buddy

He may be smaller but I have no doubt that when he sees his reflectionhe sees himself as a much larger dog, and hopefully he sees himself as a permanent member of this family.

Adult puppy: Chapter 2

Buddy staring out window
After my son moved out of his old apartment he returned to find Buddy just staring out the window, sitting in the imprint of the area where the bed had been.

Travels with Buddy

After his all but strange adoption in Orlando, Buddy took a road trip across country with his new family – Florida to Arizona, OK one state short of across the country.

During the next year there were more changes for this little dog. His owners divorced and he stayed with my son. Then he was moved into an apartment where there were other dogs. As far as I know things went smoothly.

Another move to another apartment, which was fortunately in the same complex so at least some of the outside smells should have been familiar, marked yet another change in less than 18 months.

Then came the baby and a new family. Oh and a second dog was adopted.

The baby was the big change. No matter how much you trust your dog, or how well you think he is trained or behaves, they should be watched around babies and small children.

At first when the baby cried Buddy was right there checking to see if things were OK. It was cute. When she started to crawl things started changing. Buddy would growl at anyone including my daughter-in-law and the baby.

It was agreed that Buddy should come home with us. So to the confusion of Kodi, my husband and me, and of course Buddy himself, we left Arizona with one more dog than we had arrived with.

Kodi was about as welcoming as could be expected. He basically ignored Buddy on the trip back, when he wasn’t actually sitting on top of him or scrunching him against the door.

Looking out the window
Change is difficult for our pets to understand and for us to explain to them Family pets
Car riders
One moment when the boys were sitting nicely in the back seat on our cross-country trip

A stop in Georgetown, Texas to see our eldest son and his family, found us at a very understanding and helpful Best Western Plus http://bit.ly/2n0Qai2. I have had wonderful experiences staying at Best Western’s when we travel. The ones that allow pets have a very caring and animal-friendly staff in my opinion.

I received a call that one of the dogs might be in distress. The front desk man wasn’t upset, he just wanted me to know. I assured him that both dogs were in separate crates if someone wanted to enter the room, but I was near enough that we were on our way back.

When we returned all was quiet. We took the dogs out and Buddy did indeed really have to go out. After loving on them a few minutes and turning the TV on low we left. We never heard the sound until months later when Buddy started wailing at home. It’s unnerving and I am really not sure when he decides it is necessary.

Next: One more stop in Alabama and Buddy is introduced to his new home.

Another National Scoop the Poop week almost over

It wasn’t on my calendar, no one mentioned it on Facebook – no, I had to learn about National Scoop the Poop Week from a fellow blogger.

How is it this is not an official holiday? You know, a holiday where the banks are closed, the kids are off from school and we all stay home to scoop poop.

Pet Dish

Gifts of doggie bags and long-handled scoops could be exchanged – and greeting cards! I drove down to Publix and in the greeting card aisle I found birthday cards, get well cards, anniversary cards, graduations cards – and more than a month early – Mother’s Day cards. But not one solitary Scoop the Poop Week greeting card. Hallmark you are missing out on a “gold” mine; watch your step.

According to my sources, which can’t agree on anything, this vital week-long observance either starts on April Fools Day or on April 4th. Either way it lasts a week. To be on the safe side I will celebrate through next Monday, April 11.

In all seriousness, this shouldn’t be one day, or one week. It should be celebrated every day, every time you take your dog out for a walk.

Doggie doo is more than an unattractive nuisance. It’s bad for the environment, as the poop not scooped, leaches into the soil and eventually runs off into water supplies. This makes it a health hazard for you, your pet and the fish in the sea. You know the fish you’re having for dinner tonight? It is one of the leading sources of Parvo in dogs, a potentially fatal disease, and of E. Coli, bad for the rest of us.

So as you celebrate this holiday, please bend and scoop, and encourage others to do the same.

Next holiday I need to remember – Hug your cat day on June 4.

Doggie massage-for you to do

I have a friend who just won four, yes 4 – free massages at a nonprofit event. OK, she won three and her mom won 1 but… she gave it to her daughter.So in my world she won 4.

I’ll be honest, I am not fond of massages.  I like the idea, and I could certainly use one today, but having a stranger, well touching me… iccck. Sometimes I can convince my hubby to do the honors and thats’ ok. I feel the same way about manicures and pedicures. another friend  once treated me to a mani-pedi  — the first and last time. Nothing really wrong with it, just not my thing.

This feeling carries over to my dog. I guess Kodi wouldn’t care who was petting/massaging him, but I like to think he would prefer it be me.

Some of the same benefits of a massage apply for both of us.

Stress  Kodi’s stress comes from: loud noises, not enough attention (never enough attention), and pain. I have noticed with my dogs that they don’t complain. They may be in pain but they aren’t going to whine about it. If they are complaining things are really bad and I amd taking him to his doctor right away.

Massage can also help with separation anxiety and sleepless nights. A daily massage before you leave and before bed can make a difference.

Pain – Kodi is 9-years old and walks, even walks I don’t consider long, seem to be harder for him. I know this because he slows down and has been known to stop completey requiring me to carry him home. I don’t take this lightly. I don’t expect him to “tough it out.” If he is hurting I take it seriously even if it means walking the rest of the way with a 30-lb corgi in my arms. I am beginning to understand why people have strollers for their dogs.

Once we get home, a fresh bowl of cool water is offered and then we can settle down for some massage time.

It is important to do this gently and to be aware of any spots that are tender. Kodi does not like his feet touched (I relate) so I focus on the upper section of his legs, especially up front where I know there are some joint issues and knead (softly) his muscles. Dogs with joint problems including arthritis may find the massages comforting. It is important, especially with dogs with medical issues to ask your vet to show you the best way to relax your pet with massage. I know you don’t want to do more harm.

Improve Circulation

Massaging improves circulation which assists with muscle recovery after exercise because the action increases the blood flow to the area. A rough massage is not necessary and will not be enjoyed. A mild massage is all you need to do to increase circulation.

One-on-one time with you

Even if there were no physical benefits, just having your attention, having you make physical contact, and the one-on-one time with you are reasons enough to add massage therapy to your dog’s life.

If you have a newly adopted dog spending this quality time can build your new relationship and help associate you and his new surroundings with comfort, love, and safety. Dogs that have been members of the family for a while will enjoy a new aspect to your interacton with this special bonding time.

Body check

Massaging your dog is also an excellent time to be alert for any abornomalities, lumps and hot spots. If you find either of these you will want to make an appointment with your vet to find out what is going on with your pooch. Very swollen areas, including fatty cysts should NOT be massaged.

How-to videos

There are many instructional videos online that demonstrate massage methods and explain why and how each is done. One I have watched and would recommend is on monkeysee.com at

http://www.monkeysee.com/play/2163-how-to-massage-your-dog

CATS

Cats have also been known to appreciate a good massage. Why wouldn’t they, the prince and princesses of the household enjoy having their subjects (us) make their lives more comfortable.

Two suggestions before you begin to massage your cat:

  1. Trim their nails – you’ll be glad
  2.  They determine the length of the massage. Watch their body language. When the ears go flat or the tail starts snapping back and forth (more forceful than a graceful wag) STOP.Samantha 2

Spoiled owner

I know I am spoiled – work wise – because much of my work can be done at home. I am a reporter for a local newspaper and we work from home a great deal

This means I get “pet’ breaks which I find most therapeutic. A mini walk outside with Kodi, scratching Rosie my Grey’s beak and an impromptu curl up with Samantha the cat.

I think my writing improves, my productivity increases when I allow myself some time with my animals during the day.

This little pup visited an office I used to work in before I started working from home.
This little pup visited an office I used to work in before I started working from home.

The number of workplaces are recognizing the value of allowing owners to bring their pets.

A recent study done by Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 concluded that employees who bring their dogs to work produced lower levels of the stress-causing hormone cortisol.

Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites dozens of animal experts who report that pets can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as increase opportunities for exercise and socialization.

Today I will miss my canine, feline, and avian, office mates as I attend a day-long school board meeting. I am going to be in a roomful of people and it’s going to be a long, lonely day.

Maybe I should bring Kodi along….he could herd them along.

Trip Home

Kodi bed close

Kodi – back in his “own” bed

Packing up and saying “good-bye”

Time for the two-day return trip. The back seat is “slip-covered” with a fitted sheet, his pillow is in place in hopes of encouraging naps, crate and luggage packed. We say good-bye to the staff at checkout and we are off.

One more stop at Buc-ee’s

We stopped in Wharton. Our son got a new job in another part of the state so I doubt we will be this way again.

I look for items to take home to friends. If you can’t find something to take home here you can just give up because you aren’t going to find anything.

While I have been in the store Mark has been exercising Kodi in an expansive grassy area designated for doggies. You know this because there is a doggie “poop” station with bags available.

I ask the cashier if I may leave my basket of items on the counter for my husband to pay for after he shops, explaining he’s outside with the dog. “Of course.”

Mark goes in and Kodi and I do some more walking, have some water and treats, greet people and more people, pretty much everyone in that part of Texas and Mark is still inside. This is a man who has perfected the 60-second rest stop.

We walk past the sliding doors so they slide open and we can get a look inside hoping to catch a glimpse of our driver. My shopping basket is on the counter, hmm. Just as I am wondering if he is ok and trying to decide how I will be able to check on him with pup in tow I see him, red Buc-ee’s T-shirt in one hand as he searches the gourmet jerky. Like a child at the beach he is not looking toward the door. He doesn’t want to make eye contact and be told it’s time to go.

Just as Kodi and I have confirmed one more time, that “yes he is like the Queen’s dogs,” Mark emerges from the store laughing. At the checkout he picked up my basket to pay and was asked, “Are you traveling with a Corgi?” Asking if that were the password the cashier explained he had seen us walking outside. Friendly, helpful and observant can’t beat that.

The Back Seat Driver

Dogs are funny. When Mark is driving Kodi is on full alert. He tries to wiggle his way into my lap and watches Mark. He has always done this. When I get behind the wheel he curls up and relaxes more.

Last night 

The trip home is long, lots of traffic but we make it to Daphne, Alabama for our first stop. La Quinta has a lovely hotel here and we have stayed before. We are on a travel kind of schedule now. We settle in and while Mark goes to Cracker Barrel across the street to pick up our carry-out order I feed Kodi. Tomorrow night we will be back home and back to our routine. We are all ready.

We chill out, loving up Kodi and preparing ourselves for the final lap of the trip. Florida is a very long states and I-10 is a tedious stretch of highway. Much like children playing the old license plate game we will play “Spot the cop.” We don’t speed but on this trip home we have seen dozens of officers in each state demonstrating their radar detection techniques.

Home sweet home, our own beds. We pick up Samantha and Rosie and enjoy our quiet reunion.