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Days befitting my rank.

 

Hey folks, come closer! I’ll tell you what I did last weekend.

Don’t tell mom I took over this blog, but I thought I’d give you my view on things for once. But shhhh, don’t tell..

So I know she told you about my Royal Carriage which we got because it’s just befitting my rank, really. But did you know, did you know that this thing actually converts to a carriage that’s pulled?? I didn’t!! So when I heard about that I kind of expected horses. Two white stallions, to be exact. Again, as befitting my rank, really. I mean, what else, huh?

So imagine my surprise when the folks got their old -I am not kidding- BIKES! out of the garage. I mean, the things that I used to run next to (and chased, if some stranger rode them, ahem..)! And you know what they did?? Do you?? They attached my Royal Carriage to one of them! Huh.

I was a little skeptical at first, after all, I am the one that’s supposed to be in front, checking everything out and see if it’s safe!! But as it turns out it was actually quite fun to ride in style.  And the folks let me check out the important places in between, so that they would know it was safe to go that way.

This is what the trip looked like:

Kinda cool, if you ask me. Finally, finally, the folks understood that it’s reaaaally befitting to be able to sniff all those good scents without having to get off of my palanquin! I was ready for someone to hand me the grapes but mom said they are poison for dogs. booooo!! She needs to work on her attitude, if you ask me!!

But at least I got her to do all the work:

So I was a liiiittle tired when we got back home. I mean, hey! That was a LOT of work for one day. And what do you think happened then?? Nooooo they didn’t let me have my beauty sleep, noooooooo. Instead, they dragged me to a restaurant.

Now, as you know, the best place in a restaurant is under the table for obvious reasons (like falling food) and, well-behaved as the folks mostly are, they let me have that place.

I don’t beg!! I am well behaved after all! (It’s just, It’s, just, really, YUMMY!!)

Boy, did I sleep soundly when we finally got home!!

And then came Sunday.

I thought I could sleep in but you know, if you live with people you have to keep them entertained. If only because the fridge is too high for me to reach.

So I humored my mom and went to the dog sport place with her. We hadn’t been in a few weeks because apparently people don’t handle the winter weather all that well. Duh, get a fur, idiots. But what can you do.

So I was still a little tired at first. (Yeah, we all know who’s to blame for that…) But after a while I remembered that I actually like that stuff. And I kind of like my mom’s expression if I make an effort, so it’s all good. Here’s my Olympic Medal Moment:

I know! I’m cute, right??

ssshhhhh, that guy? he’s oooold! I really don’t know what he’s doing in my Olympics group! He’s kinda nice, though.

oh, oops, gotta get off this keyboard, mom’s coming! See ya later folks, and remember, no telling!!!

Gotta run!

Manni  ♥♥

 

A howlin’ hound.

I love my dog. I really do. More than anything. And I think what makes him all the more special are his (not-so-little) character quirks.

But sometimes, just sometimes I wonder if he’s a little crazy (which probably helps him cope with me…). (It’s actually HIS food I’m preparing here:)

 

 

I am very thankful for being able to take Manni to work with me and when we have a little time we get to go outside and play with his prey-dummy so he gets to stay busy, too.

I decided to just keep blogging our little day-to-day adventures in the hope that others find a little joy in this as well and see how well tripawds can do. I found it is also very therapeutic for me to leave something of a legacy of Manni.

Have a good week folks!

A little practice makes a lot of perfect balance

Now, since I wrote my last post on a not-quite-so-happy note I thought I would just share my experiences in terms of post-op rehab with you. I’ll try and show a few short videos, if you would like to bear with me.

I found a -in my eyes- very capable physical therapist for dogs right after I got Manni back from the clinic. And while we started out with massages we went to little exercises to up his balance, coordination and muscle power. We then progressed to a group for handicapped and older dogs, with parcours and trails, specifically designed for this. And let me tell you: it worked miracles for miracle-dog. You could almost watch the muscles being built up and his balance getting better everyday. I’ll show you two videos from the class, but keep in mind: all those little obstacle-thingys are self-made by the therapist and her husband so any of you that are higher up in the DIY-league: go ahead! 🙂

And no, that was not one of our more motivated days and also one of our last rounds… 🙂

What I got to take from these exercises is, most importantly QUALITY TIME WITH MY DOG!

Additionally I got all these ideas I got to take with me for when we go on our walks. And different, uneven grounds and surfaces make for good practise, too, as do these little exercises:

I also make sure I vary my rounds with Manni, not just for more excitement and different scents but also for the different grounds and trails.

And at the end of the day, this is my view from the couch:

 

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