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Dogs at NY Fashion Week

Who knew dogs where making it at New York Fashion Week? I admit, some look a little crazy even for me.

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Doggles

When you see this driving down your main street, how can you not smile? I, being the lunatic I am, circled my car and chased him to get this shot(you can thank me later.;)  I appreciate this for so many reasons, mainly the sheer enjoyment of seeing a dog cruise in all seriousness with his doggles on, but also, because this guy loves his dog so much he actually took the time to purchase said doggles.  Of course, I didn’t catch the owner’s name, but the dog’s name is Lance.  I think he wears his doggles well.

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Doggles really are a great invention.  Jack has suffered a few corneal infections, and they really are a nightmare.  Not only are they extremely painful for the dog, but it’s also horrible because you have to put your dog in an elizabethan collar, or rather “the cone of shame.”  We actually resorted to purchasing an inflatable donut like collar so it wasn’t so heavy for Jack’s little neck.  But, back to the doggles.  If you have a dog who is prone to eye problems, doggles really are great.  Jack wouldn’t stand for them if his life depended on it.  But, like Lance’s owner said, it takes a while for the dog to get used to it, but once they do, they really do protect the dogs eyes.  And frankly, how can they not make you smile?  Here are some shots of Lance working his doggles like no bodies biz.

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Dog Says I Love You

I never get sick of this. Never. I wish Jack could do this…..siiiggghhh

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When A Dog Welcomes You Home

I am not one for youtube. I couldn’t tell you what the latest youtube videos are, or which ones are “trending.”  But, a while back my friend sent me one of someone from a soldier coming home to their dog.  I have to say, it made me cry.  Just the unconditional love that you can only get from a dog.  I have to admit, sometimes when I’m having a crap day I’ll look at these and my heart will feel warm.  Joy found in four legs and then some.  Here are a few:

 

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Teeth Cleaning Dogs

My dog’s teeth are an issue.  At first his dragon breath meets stale tuna can was cute, but now it is down right offensive.  Evidently small dogs suffer from “teeth” as well as “breath” issues, and let’s not kid ourselves, there is no one else to blame but the owner, so in my case, me.   It’s not like they can brush their teeth themselves, but could they make the process any more difficult?

Jackson is by all standards the easiest, most well behaved dog you will ever meet. I know this is usually the time where you roll your eyes and think, that is what all mother’s think of their child. You know it’s the instance when you run into an old friend from high school and they say their kid is so great, all the while you see from the corner of your eye the spawn of Satan running around like a sugared  up hobbit out for blood. “So sweet,” you respond.

But, really Jack is the most well behaved dog and is so easy to handle.  However, when it comes to brushing his teeth, he has a bit of spawn of Satan in him.  He holds his teeth closed like the jaws of death, clenching them with such undeniable force I’m certain an alligator spirit has entered his seven pound body.  I’ve tried all matters of tooth cleaning paraphernalia to make it less torture some for him.  The three sided tooth brush, which is just a little too big for his tiny mouth.  The baby tooth brush, purchased at the drug store after hours of feeling every last bristle to decipher the softest. (Side note, the could make them much supple and pliable, in my opinion.) I’ve even had a former dental hygienist come to the house, swaddle him in a blanket and clean his teeth with professional instruments while I paced the living room.  The latter would be a great option, if you had her on speed dial and could do this once a week.

The latest was a cotton pad option purchased online. I thought this would be the gentlest of them all.  Like an oxy clearlisal pad, you wrap it around your finger and wipe away.  Perhaps not the best for getting behind the teeth, but I thought all was going ok until I took away the pad and it had blood on it.  I think the “enzyme action” the pad comes soaked in is a little too strong. No, I’m certain it’s too strong. I took a pad and put it on the tip of my tongue(I know, no judgment please), needless to say it tingled for quite some time.  So I find myself realizing there is no easy solution.  Jack has already lost teeth to our vet.  We took him in to have them cleaned, only to be returned a dog with half of his teeth. His tongue now sticks out sometimes, as there are no teeth to hold them in.  Is this a quagmire all dog owners face? Do they have the fortitude and strength to fight the feeling of torturing their pup all for the long term health outcome? Perhaps I am just week, and the slightest thought my buddy is in any kind of pain makes me halt.

For now, it is a constant battle.  I’m trying, but it’s not easy.  At least there are the “old school” methods of giving a dog a bone.  I tell myself that helps his teeth, at least a little.

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What We Do For Our Dogs-Canine Care

They say we do anything for our children, I think the same rings true for our pets. One of the crazy things I do for Jack is acupuncture. It all started on Thanksgiving a few years back. Jack had slipped a disc and was thus paralyzed. It all happened on Thanksgiving, with the whole family home, and was one of the most traumatic things ever. It was horrible.

Not realizing what was going on, why he couldn’t walk and then getting the news at the emergency vet that he was paralyzed. Fortunately for us, we had an amazing veterinarian on Long Island who performed emergency surgery. It was terrible having to spend that holiday without my beloved, knowing he was going through so much pain. I called the vet every night incessantly asking how he was doing, and when I got him back post surgery he was a shell of his former self. He reeked of antiseptic, didn’t really want to look at you, and obviously couldn’t walk.

I spent almost two months laying on the floor with him, and rehabilitating him as he recovered. Bringing him outside to pee, carrying him ever so carefully, and then holding him up with this mock harness that looped around his torso whilst he did his business. From there it was slowly learning to walk again, a little bit at a time as he gained his strength and reflexes back. Today, he has made a full recovery, and I am so grateful when I see him running at full speed on the beach.

Like any injury though, there are repercussions. Obviously, for Jack one of those is that he gets a sore back. Sometimes you pick him up and he groans ever so slightly. It’s terrible and there isn’t a lot you can do. I think one of the most infuriating things as a pet owner, is not being able to fully communicate or understand when your pet is in pain. If only I could ask Jack, is that your lower lumbar region that’s bothering you? Or are your legs sore?

It’s frustrating to know there isn’t a lot you can do, and that he is in pain. So like everything in life, I googled. I googled and researched what you can do for your dog with back problems. One of the first things that came up was acupuncture. I myself, have never had a treatment, but like they say, we will do anything for our kids. Fortuitously after reading about acupuncture online, I received my alumni magazine and read about a vet who now did acupuncture on animals in the city. I called her immediately, and was quite surprised. I have to admit there was a small part of me who thought that this acupuncturist was going to be some weird hippy who wanted to work out Jack’s chakras. But, Dr. Tracy Akner is the real deal. She treated it like any medical ailment, asking for Jack’s records from his spinal surgery and MRI so she could see exactly where he had slipped his disc.

Our first visit she came to our house, and I have to admit I was a little skeptical. Dr. Akner herself is a breath of fresh air. Compared to some of the emergency vets we’ve encountered who hardly take any time, she really gets to know your pet and spend time with them before she starts their acupuncture treatment. The first thing she did was put a needle in his head. That’s right, smack in the middle of his forehead. It was strange to watch. Part of me wanted her to stop, because she was putting a needle in my tiny dog’s head, and part of me wanted to giggle because Jack was looking at me straight faced with a blue pin sticking out between his eyes. I have to admit, the first treatment didn’t go too smoothly. Jack kept shaking out all the needles and was not enjoying himself one bit. When she left, I wasn’t sure if it did any good. But, then we took him for a walk and he walked with a bounce in his step and just flew down the street. I kid you not, you could see it in his body language that he was feeling better. A completely different little man just bounding down the sidewalk. I can not recommend acupuncture or Dr. Akner enough. I mean, if it helps isn’t that something, and it certainly won’t hurt; so what’s to loose? I’ve attached some photos so you get a mental image, as well as Dr. Akner’s info. I’m sure there are other acupuncturists where ever you live, but if you live in the NYC area, she really is great. Oh the things we do for our kids.

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http://www.acupunctureforyourdog.com

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Dog Costumes….

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I hate Halloween. Living in New York City it means clogged transportation and an influx of intoxicated people. However, I can’t help it, I love a dog in costume. Sure, it may not be their favorite thing to wear, but the amount of sheer joy I get from it is immeasurable. One year we had Jack be “Count Jackula” and to this day if I’m feeling depressed all I have to do is put him in his costume, and I am instantly cheered up. Here’s a photo of him in all his glory, and a few of my other favorites. I hope they make you smile.

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