Catching Up

Today is the first day of fall. Dr. Nick even gave me a yellow Happy Fall cast this week with a pumpkin and leaves to celebrate. You won’t be able to see the leaves on my cast because I helped to pull them off already. They were just so pretty I couldn’t help myself.

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I noticed the leaves on the trees have already started changing their colors and the temperatures have been much cooler during the evenings.  I go to sleep every night on the bed with my mom, dad and my brother, Buddy. By morning, I am cuddled up tightly to someone nearest to me because I love to be toasty warm. When my mom gets out of bed in the morning she takes the blanket and tucks me in tightly. Sometimes I will even squeeze my head under the blanket because it is just so cozy.

With summer rapidly changing to fall I have noticed that I have changed a little bit, too.

As you already know, I love to go for walks and I enjoy barking at just about anything that moves with every step I take; especially other dogs and people. I am proud to say that I have grown a little bit. Now when I walk, I can see another dog, quickly say hello and walk right by. I avoid wanting to run right over and getting into their personal space. I am doing so much better using my gentle leader than regular collar. It helps to keep me focused and more relaxed. I also got some extra help and support when I visited Roberta and Kim at AWS last week. They are fantastic trainers and I really enjoy hanging out with them! They always give me great advice that I work hard to follow. Slowly but surely I am making so great progress that both Roberta and Kim noticed. Yay me! Mom even told me that she is going to take me to the dog park because I have been doing such a great job!

I started having a few accidents in the house a couple of weeks ago. I am not sure I understood that when I went outside I was actually supposed to always do my business. I would go out and have my play time and forget to do my business so I thought the dining room would be a great place to go. That didn’t work out so well. Now when I hear someone say, “Want to go out?” I do my business first and then play. If I am in the house and I need to go outside I will stand by the back door and bark or I will start talking (you can see what that looks like below) to someone to let them know. There are many times that I just talk to have conversation. It is my very most favorite way to communicate and definitely part of my charm. Want to see me strike up a conversation? Check it out here. 

Another positive change is that I have become very comfortable in my kennel. I don’t get anxious anymore or try to pull things in my crate to chew on. I am only in my kennel when I am home alone or unless I choose to go in on my own. I am doing awesome! I usually sleep or chew on my marrow bone that gets filled with cheese or peanut butter when I am in my kennel. Side note, I love marrow bones!  They keep me busy and they taste so good! Now, there are some occasions when I will go into one of the bedrooms on the second floor so I can watch, and bark, at everything that goes on outside. Admittedly, I can get carried away. If I see mom come up in the middle of my barking fit, I jump off the bed and walk into my kennel all by myself. Mom does not have to say a word. When mom leaves I walk back out of the kennel on my own much less enthusiastic about barking.

I still bark and get excited when people come to the door and that might not change. How do I know that person (or people) is not a threat to my family?! I am also good at taking cues from my 4 legged brothers. If I hear them start to bark I will follow them to make sure they are safe and they don’t need my help. No one seems to mind if I bark for that reason. I am also a little leery of people who wear baseball hats. My brother came in with one on the other day and it made me nervous until he took it off. Once I was sure it was him, I was fine.

If you have been following my blog, you may notice that I am a few pounds heavier. My belly is definitely a little rounder and my body a wee be bigger. No need for doggie Weight Watchers just yet.  Remember,  I can only take short walks with this broken leg and it’s not my fault I enjoy food so much. Mom caught me sneaking the left over food out of my brother’s bowl so now she always watches us eat. She doesn’t think I notice but I sure do. We both know that when Buddy stops eating that one of us is going to get to that bowl faster than the other. Most of the time mom swoops in as fast as lightening to gets that bowl quickly off the floor. Dang.  It has became our game. The other night Champ jumped on the counter (he is bigger than me and Buddy) on got an entire cooked chicken, bones and all. Holy cow. It was amazing. I am disappointed he didn’t share but his moves were awe inspiring.  I didn’t tattle on Champ but I knew he was in trouble when I heard dad say, “Where did the chicken go?” The dish on the floor gave him away. Buddy and I were minding our own business  (we really were!)  in the family room and Champ was sitting in the kitchen like he had no clue what was going on. Yeah, right. I am so glad I wasn’t involved in stealing an entire chicken. Never mind the fact that my stomach would probably feel pretty sick. Champ has a stomach of steel. I was watched him rip apart a red rubber toy and I swear he had ingested half of it. He was completely fine; except for red, rubbery poop in the yard. Gross.

Another exciting change, I may be getting my cast off for good in two weeks. Woo hoo! I am hoping that everything continues to heal properly so I can get this thing off my leg. Sometimes I like to chew on it, right through the sock.

I also wanted to share that I have met some potential families in the running to become my forever home. I even have an appointment at 3p today. I will be on my very best behavior. I am going to ask mom to brush me and wash me so I look and smell pretty. I am also going to demonstrate my exceptional manners.

On October 5th I will celebrate my 3rd birthday. Do you think I will  be fortunate enough to get a forever home for my birthday? What an exciting possibility! Oh goodness!!

There are so many wonderful and exciting things happening. I am learning, healing and a few steps closer to finding my forever home.

I don’t have to dream anymore. My reality is not far away.

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Hugs and kisses, Tallulah  xoxoxox

Thank you for the love

As soon as I woke up yesterday Cody (my foster brother) came over to pick me up and take me to my biweekly leg check up at the AWS Community Veterinary Clinic.  You might think that I dread going to the clinic but I actually don’t mind it at all.  I know that every visit I have with Dr. Nick and the AWS clinic team gets me one more step closer to a recovery and getting this cast off of my leg. Of course it is always a bonus to see all of AWS friends!

To give you a little bit of background, the fracture to my leg eight weeks ago was very significant. It was described to me as the equivalent to a human breaking every bone their ankle. Needless to say, it hurt. I was scared and in pain and had no idea what to expect next. I just wanted to feel better.

Eventually my pain was under control but getting used to having a cast on my leg was not easy. I did not like it at all. I made it my mission to try and chew it off every opportunity I got. Although I am becoming more accustomed to my stiff, plastic appendage that makes it impossible for me to sneak up on anybody, it sometimes get so itchy that I can’t help but thinking about gnawing the cast right off my leg.  Then I come to the realization that a bowel obstruction would not be worth it.

My appointment with Dr. Nick yesterday was much like the others but so much better. As usual,  I received sedation to help keep my pain under control and to make sure that I remain still for my x-ray.  Sedation is also helpful if repositioning if the limb is needed to promote better healing before the cast is reapplied.  Dr. Nick is also able to examine my skin and fur thoroughly to evaluate if any skin ulcers have developed. He will also assess for adequate circulation and evaluate for any evidence muscle atrophy.

Cody picked me up from my visit when I was done and then brought me to see mom at work. That was a treat! Although I was still a bit groggy I remember getting a lots of attention and  I had at least five people sign my cast. I  was able to do a few short walks around the block as I became more awake. While I was chewing on the new bone (I got for good behavior at my appointment) mom noticed a voicemail on her phone from Dr. Nick which was the highlight of my day.  Dr. Nick that said he is very pleased with how my fractures are healing. He also went on to say that I only have to have my cast on for four more weeks! Woo hoo! Dr. Nick also mentioned that I developed a little skin sore but that should resolve easily with the extra padding that was added inside the cast. I am almost free!

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As I continue to recover, I often think about every person who has helped me heal.  I am most grateful for the AWS team who has supported me and cheered me on every step of the way. I have not only received exceptional veterinary care to heal my physical wounds but I have also been given an extraordinary amount of  love and compassion to heal emotionally as well. Thank you AWS for your for all you have done for me. Words cannot even begin to describe how grateful I am. I love it when mom shows me all of your pictures on the AWS website and Facebook page. Even when I find my forever home, I will never ever forget you or your love and support. You will be in my heart, always.

Hugs and kisses, Tallulah xoxoxox

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Turns to Fall

Despite the hot and humid weather outside it is almost officially fall. The sun is going down earlier. The leaves are starting to change color and nights are cooler. It also means the beginning of football season. Football seems to be a really big deal in my house which is making it exciting for me, too.

My foster family is from the Boston area so naturally they are fans of the New England Patriots. I have been watching enough Sports Center that I am convinced I could help coach the team. One football fact that I learned today is that the New England  Patriots became Super Bowl Champions in 2001 for the  first time ever. Wow. The underdogs got it done!

As much as my foster family loves the Patriots, they love Thornton Academy football even more. Thornton Academy is the high school here in Saco, Maine where my older foster brothers graduated from in 2012 and my other two siblings are still attending. Cody and Kyle were both defensive backs on TAs football team from the beginning of their high school career until their graduation. Brady is a junior this year and has been the kicker on TAs football team since his freshman year. This kid loves kicking.  Even with four legs and I couldn’t kick as much as he does.  Brady told me that when he was 10 years old Santa Claus gave him field goal post made and put it up in the yard.  My family provided photographic evidence that he kicked throughout all four seasons until his leg got so strong he had the distance to hit cars on the street just through the wood line. He  would actually snow blow the lawn in the dead of winter in freezing cold weather so he could kick.  I promise not to pee on the goal post anymore. Sorry, Brady.

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Look at him now.

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I am now officially a fan myself! Go TA!

 

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Let’s go Thornton Academy! Bring home the state championship! I don’ think I want to leave my foster family until football season is over, it is too exciting!  Look for me on TA TV!

Hugs and kisses, Tallulah  xoxoxox