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You Just Never Know…..

by Leslie Fisher

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One hopes, often in futility I might add, that a day goes according to a plan. However, you just never know what you`re gonna get. With a multi-dog household, namely Bridget Talley and Doobie, you just never know what a day might bring. True, my training appointments are routinely scheduled, but the part about living with three labs: you just never know.

Case in point: Talley, in picture above, has delightedly ground in sand from the labbie sand box, one of her favorite things in the world. This after a bath and prior to rinsing off an anti-itch formula. No, these activities were not in the game plan.  However, as Talley could have quite cheerfully taken off her own hind end that morning, due to a chronically swollen anal gland, game plan revision was unavoidable.

One of my other other jobs (there are many other other jobs) would be the production of this weekly article. As you may have guessed no writing happened on this day. Indeed, I found myself driving cross country an hour north to obtain medication for the hiney afflicted labbie. Yup it`s a hike to my long time Vet now since moving south of the Bohemia, but he is so wonderful I continue to make the trek.

Anyways, I am  certain those of you with multi-dog households can relate to nicely scheduled days becoming chaos. It seems I have many of those days! When living with three dogs (or more) you just never know. Like the day Bridget appeared at the deck with a gaping wound requiring stitches (surmised she ran into something sharp), like the day Bridget got up, walked off limping and I noticed a swollen hock (torn calcaneal tendon.) Oh, and like the time I clipped a nail too short on Doobie and he bled (what seemed copiously) all over the beige carpet (which is now gone.)

The latter was late in the evening, I was overly fatigued, should never have tackled it and yes, major clean up job. Fortunately the hiney afflicted Talley seems to be on the mend. With one wee caveat. Did you know being on prednisone causes increased urination? And that on the morning of the dining room floor install I was busy wielding a hair dryer to dry a pee puddle? Yup, Talley on prednisone = pee accident. You just never know.  If I have learned anything it has been to re-prioritize on the fly, in my busy life. Because you just never know. Anyways, how could you ever be upset with a face like this?

yup Talley with all her hiney problems is one cute little labbie
Could You Be Upset With This Face?

Until next Friday, Leslie PMCT CPDT-KA and the labbies, Bridgey, Talley and Doobie

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