Aug 15

Moby’s Got Back (Problems)

As we’ve told you in the past, Moby has had back issues. We first discovered them right around his First Adoptaversary. As soon as we realized something was wrong, we went to our regular vet. Moby was put on an anti-inflammatory and that seemed to do the trick.

Then, a few weeks after he’d been off of the anti-inflammatory, his back pain started flaring up again. We went back to the vet, who recommended that we try either acupuncture or cold laser therapy. Unfortunately, they didn’t offer either service at the time, so we were referred to a nice vet about an hour away. The mileage didn’t deter me, as it was about the same distance I used to drive to take Dixie to her chemo. Whatever it took to get the Mobisher feeling better!

We set up a consultation with the other vet right away and they determined that Moby was a good candidate for cold laser therapy. We started right away, first going once a week and then every other week. Moby also started taking supplements. His daily routine now included Cataplex D, Relyince Canine Joint Complete, and Krillex Soft Chews with breakfast. Moby takes any kind of pill like a champ – it’s just another treat to him!

Along with the laser therapy, we limited his jumping actions. Moby and I started sleeping in the platform bed, so it was a simple step up to the mattress. Our king bed is pretty high and we were afraid the jumping was not good for him. We enlisted Joe’s dad to make us custom stairs for the bed so that we could train Moby to use those instead of jumping. We’ve started training, but he hasn’t mastered them yet (he’s very smart, but still can be quite timid and scared of new things).

In the meantime, our vet purchased the equipment to be able to do laser therapy! As they were closer and see Moby for his regular visits, we switched back to them for his therapy. We kept the same every other week schedule and Moby got to meet a new vet, Dr. Luckstone. He’s a little more comfortable with women, so he was happy to have her performing his laser therapy. Things were looking up for Moby!

After we got back from Chattanooga, Moby’s back really started to bother him again. We realized he had been doing a little more jumping than was allowed and it had hindered his progress. He was having a hard time going out the dog door, getting on the couch and whimpered when he got into bed.


So, we went in for a consultation to re-evaluate his treatment. Last week, Moby had laser therapy on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, he had some new X-Rays taken to see if there had been any changes. Both X-Rays (one from the side and one from the top) looked good. The only thing noted was that he may have slight hip displasia in his right leg. While he was sedated for the X-Rays, he got a “haircut” to help pinpoint where the laser needs to be. He can sometimes get a case of the wiggle butt during therapy so it just helps refocus if it gets off line a little.


Moby was also started on a daily non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, Quellin. We scheduled him for an additional laser therapy today and next week and then will go back to our every other week routine if all seems to be fine.

This morning, he was very excited to go to the vet. He knew it meant lots of compliments about how handsome he is and lots of treats! In order to sit still for the treatment, Moby gets treats the entire time. I make a little doggie trail mix with a variety of treats including Zuke’s Minis, Charlee Bear Crunch, Gooberlicious, and homemade dehydrated sweet potatoes. The whole treatment only takes about 10 minutes, so we’re in and out pretty fast.

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The new regimen with the daily supplements + Quellin seems to be working well for our boy. We’ll continue to go for therapy and keep an eye on him, but we’re especially grateful to have a vet that’s willing to re-evaluate things when needed! Thanks Dr. Luckstone, Dr. Cooke and all the staff and Island Animal Hospital!

Aug 15

The Many Beds of Boney

We have a lot of beds in our house. Not as many as other dog families we know, but enough. Boney is lucky enough to have a bed in almost every room of the house. He thought he’d show off those beds to you today.

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How many beds do you have?

Aug 15

Vacations and Staycations!

This past weekend, mom and dad went to Chattanooga for a vacation, Boney went to Grandma’s for a vacation and I stayed home for a staycation with Sienna!

Mom and dad went up for the Tennessee State Smallbore Silhouette Match. Dad competed in the standard, hunter and cowboy versions of the sport. The match was Saturday and Sunday, but mom and dad drove up on Thursday so that they could do some fun things on Friday. They decided to Canoe the Sequatchie! The river was pretty low and there were some small “rapids” in parts of it. They got stuck a few times, but never flipped the canoe. Mom said they also saw a bull on a grassy island in the middle of the river!

Saturday they spent most of the day at the range. There were 10 people from their local range that went to compete so they had lots of fun visiting with friends! Dad took home 2nd place and High Animal in AAA Hunter. On Sunday, dad competed in the cowboy match. He’s just started shooting that category and it was only his third match. He did pretty well and shot in his class, but didn’t take any prizes home.


Brad (left) and Dad (right) practicing for the big match.


Sunday afternoon, mom and dad went to Chickamauga National Battlefield and Lee & Gordon’s Mill. Then they met some friends in downtown Chattanooga for dinner at a cute little place called The Blue Plate.

While mom and dad were busy in Tennessee, I was snuggling and playing with Sienna and Boney was keeping Grandma and Allie company.

I always have fun with Sienna stays with me, but I was glad to see mom and dad walk through the door. I know Boney loves Grandma, but he was happy to see dad walk through the door to get him too! Mom and dad had a good time, but they missed being with us and were happy to receive our kisses!





Aug 15

Wordy Wednesday: Medicines

Every third Wednesday, mom gives me a shot. It’s not a “That HURTS!” shot, so I don’t really mind it. I have other medicines I take daily as well.


A few years ago, I was pretty chubby. I was tipping the scales at almost 30 lbs and having a hard time getting around. Mom put me on a diet and I’ve lost (and kept off) 10 lbs! So now, I hover around 20 lbs. I look and feel much better. But I still had some issues with arthritis. My legs will go to sleep if I lay down too long (which is pretty much always) and I had a hard time jumping onto the couch on the first try.

Mom and dad took me to the vet and we’ve tried a few things. The plan that seems to work for me is this:

Every morning, I take 3 pills:


1 Chondro-Flex II (this one is crushed up in my food and mixed in really well because I really don’t like it!!)
1 – 50 mg Tramadol (1/2 of a 100 mg)
1 – 25 mg Rimadyl

The Tramadol and Rimadyl get put in cheese and I LOVE cheese!

On top of those medicines, I also get a shot of .4cc’s of Adequan every three weeks.

It seems like a lot of medicines and some people have asked if we’ve tried alternative methods. Mom and dad are not opposed to alternative care, but when they’ve found something that works so well for me, they are wary to change up the plan. Now I’m able to run around, chase Moby, jump on the couch, jump from the couch to the ottoman and am much more active than in my younger days. While they know that being on these medicines long term could cause issues, they like to know that I’m happy and healthy right now.

Do you have to take medicine for any illnesses?

Aug 15

The Side Porch

A couple of months ago, we decided to tear off the deck that was on the side of the house and replace it. It was small, old and starting to deteriorate. We figured the side of the house could use an update and Joe wanted to start planting herbs (we finally declared our garden a failure after 3+ years trying to grow vegetables).

We decided to extend the deck to the edge of the house and all the way to the backyard fence. We also extended it about a foot into the side driveway. We knew we were going to build a railing around it for the herb planters to sit on. I didn’t want traditional slats for the rails though. We looked at a couple different options and decided to use farm fencing. It was lightweight and the dogs can see through it just fine. My other request was to have a gate – so that the dogs could be on the side porch without the fear of them being able to escape.

The weather has been nice here lately (not squelching hot) so I’ve been working with my office door open and the fan blowing. The boys go back and forth from the porch to in front of the fan. Boney relaxes on his shade lounger while Moby prefers to sit in the sunspots.

We keep Moby on a 20′ lead while the door is open. We have a carabiner that locks the gate shut, but if he REALLY wanted to, he could hop over the side. Lucky for us, he’s a little too scared of things to do that, but we want to be on the safe side just in case! The 20′ gives him plenty of lead to be able to go out all the way to the edges and come back with no problem.

We were really excited about this project because except for a few construction design questions and one cut that we needed special equipment for, we did this all on our own! Joe’s dad is great to help us with our house projects and we love that he likes to do it, but it makes us feel good when we accomplish things just the two of us!


Aug 15

How to Play Sticks

Sticks is one of my favorite games and anyone can play! It’s pretty simple and there are no real rules.

Step 1: Have the mom (or dad) gather sticks. They can do this in your yard, walking the neighborhood or asking friends for sticks. Note: It is important to always maintain a good supply of sticks. Be sure to remind your mom that she needs to get more sticks when you see the supply getting low.


Step 2: Have the mom pick 4-6 sticks from the stockpile.

Step 3: Have the mom throw the sticks, one at a time.

Step 4: Chase the sticks and pick them up.

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 & 4 until you have all the sticks. Note: You can choose to either keep the sticks or drop them to make the game go longer. How long the game lasts is completely up to you.

Step 6: Once you have all the sticks you can fit in your mouth, find a nice place to relax and death all the sticks. Sometimes it will take a few games of Sticks before a stick can be totally deathed.

Here is an example on how to play:

Do you have any games that you like to play?

Aug 15

Wordy Wednesday: The Stairs

Personally, I’m glad Moby hurt his back. I feel bad that he didn’t feel good for a while, but I have reaped the benefits!

1) When mom and dad realized that Moby’s back wasn’t get any better, he wasn’t allowed on the big bed anymore. That meant that dad and I had the king bed all to ourselves at night! No mom or Moby to interrupt our sleep!

2) Because Moby was limited in what he could do for a while, he got more inside games, which meant more treats. More treats for Moby equals more treats for me!

3) Mom said she didn’t want to sleep apart from dad and I (who could blame her-I am super handsome and cuddly and I give the best morning kisses ever!!). So, she enlisted the help of Papa to build stairs for the bed.

As you can see, they were obviously built for me. I can go up and down them any time I want! And…when I hear mom and Moby get up in the morning, I just get up, go down the stairs and wait for her to open the door for my breakfast! What more could a pug ask for?

Aug 15

Has It Really Been Two Months?

It’s easy to get out of the routine of regular blogging. Sometimes I think – why do people want to read about the same thing all the time? But then I look back at the blogs I follow that don’t regularly blog anymore (I won’t be cruel and mention any names, but you know who you are!). Reading about other people and what their dogs are up to is a way to gain insight on things that I might be going through myself – or I might know someone with the same kind of issues. Our lives are not perfect and although I try to present everyone in a good light, there are times when I just want to scream (this week was one of those).

In a nutshell, this is what has happened in the last two months:

Mom sliced open and broke her big toe (right foot). It was 6+ weeks before the skin healed and unfortunately, the bone will remain broken (aka crushed) unless surgery is preformed. For now, I’m opting to see how far I can go without surgery.

Mom went on a trip with some other blog friends to Myrtle Beach. She had a great time and really enjoyed getting to know each of them more. Despite having a broken toe (she couldn’t get in the water!) it was a good time for relaxing.

Moby started laser therapy for his back. Our own vet didn’t have the laser equipment, so we were referred to an awesome vet down in Kingsland for the treatment. It’s an hour drive one way, but it definitely seems to be working. Moby has been for 6 treatments in the last 2 months. Our regular vet recently got the laser, so we’re going to start treatment there today.

Mom and Dad went on a camping trip and rented a Little Guy (teardrop trailer). Boney went to stay with Grandma and Papa while Moby had a new sitter, Sienna, come stay with him. He first met Sienna just before mom broke her toe – which worked out perfectly because Sienna came to walk him while mom couldn’t. Moby loves Sienna – she takes him for walks, plays stick, cuddles and gives lots of treats!

Mom now works from home. Moby and Boney spend most of the day snoozing in the home office, but we take breaks on the new side deck that dad built for us – complete with a railing and gate! We can watch the neighbors go by and try not to bark too much.

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Tomorrow, Boney will tell you about a new piece of furniture in our house that he thinks was made just for him…

Jun 15

Happy D-Day!

Today would have marked our baby girl’s 12th birthday! In our house, D-Day meant Dixie Day and we celebrated all things Dixie. Hard to believe she’s been gone a little over a year. Miss her every day.


May 15

Wordy Wednesday


Sorry I was MIA last week – I was busy taking care of my mom and shirked my blogging duties. She broke her toe and apparently, taking care of her does not involve stepping on it. Sheesh, I was only trying to make sure it healed straight!

Last weekend I got to meet the Jen(n)s. They came to see me before mom took off with them to have a girls weekend while dad, Mobes and I had a boys weekend. 

The weather is getting pretty hot so I’ve been staying inside a lot. I still like to go outside to be the fun police when Moby is playing in the yard, but I don’t stay out long.

What do you do to stay cool in the summer? With my double coat and smooshed nose, I can use all the advice you can give!