Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Possible Porch Pals

My dog Valentino found a friendly kitty on our front porch.

The little girl next door got in on the fun too, chasing the cat between our houses. The cat stopped for a petting from the young lady and eventually climbed onto her front porch too.

Will this be another unlikely friendship between my dog and a stray cat? Will the young cat swat the old dog on his nose?

In the front porch video above...

What do you think my dog Valentino is saying in all his barking at the cat curled up in a chair on our porch?

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Dog Sitting Days

Front Porch Dogs Valentino and Roxie
My dog Valentino and I have been dog sitting today. 

Valentino, Roxie, and I have walked the neighborhood together, shared meals and treats, and spent time sitting on the front porch too.

These two are dog pals through and through, having spent plenty of time together the past year or so. The dogs play together, getting along just fine, while respecting each other's need for alone time too.

Until today I had not seen Roxie show an interest in Goldenrod. Valentino has long been a fan of munching on the leaves of these golden flowers.

Having done my research, I've learned they have healing properties for dogs just like they do for humans.

Today as Valentino munched on a stalk of Goldenrod hiding amid other foliage, Roxie insisted she wanted some too. He wasn't too sure he wanted to share with her!

Dogs Valentino and Roxie

I am enjoying dog sitting today. Next week I will be dog sitting for a co-worker while he and his family vacations. I will probably have more stories and dog pictures to share.

Sitting with dogs today was the inspiration for a new paw print creation for my Zazzle store. I may use it to document my dog sitting as well as my dreams for a little dog sitting and dog walking business of my own.

For sure I will be inspired to add another journal or two or more to this collection.

Pawprints Dog Sitting Days Notebook
Pawprints Dog Sitting Days Notebook
by dogpawsitivetidbits
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Hello Go Dog Go Goodby

In just a few words amid paw prints upon the pages of this Dr. Seuss style beginner book for children the reader is taken from “Hello!” to “Good-by!”

Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

Re-Reading Go, Dog. Go! While Saying Goodbye to My Dog

One day, not so long ago, I said goodbye to my dog Tidbit. The next day I re-read Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman.

Some, including Eastman, may find it a bit strange that I would choose to pull Go, Dog. Go! off the bookshelf to read while mourning the loss of my dog Tidbit. Understandably so. Nonetheless, this book I have treasured over the years became a part of my healing—once I was able to permit its humor to prevail over my tortuous trail of tears.

My time with my dog Tidbit (fourteen years to the day) seems to have whittled away a little less quickly than does the pace of the children’s book. Even so, as my girl dog went from being a little dog to a big dog, we enjoyed just as much pleasure as that which abounds on the pages of this treasure of a dog book for kids.

Go Dog Go

Go, Dog. Go! is classic Eastman, a gem of a book for early readers. The page by page building of word phrases has kids learning to read new words with each turn of a page. But of course, you and I know that it is the dogs who have stolen the show and have our children turning the pages for reading the rest of the story.

From the tip of the hat of “Dog” on page one to the male yellow beagle and the female pink poodle on the last page, dogs of all colors and kinds are found on the go; party animals delighting children with rhythmic reason.

And on that last page of the book, beagle and poodle ride off into the sunset in a final “Good-by!”

Dog Relationships and a Sweet So Long

In the re-reading of Go, Dog. Go! I did smile at the sweetness of the “courtship” of the yellow dog and the pink pooch throughout the book. Of course, the dogs rode off into the sunset together as they said good-by to their reader.

Go, Dog. Go! Good-by!

P. D. Eastman managed to get a bit of a relationship lesson in there for his young readers. I do enjoy books for kids that entertain as well as teach.

For my dog Tidbit and I there were fourteen years of sensational sunsets. And while I am now unable to enjoy days with her, I am happy that our relationship was one of a love like none other I have ever experienced, canine or of the human kind.

Dog Pawsitive Tidbits

I and my dog Tidbit continue to share the fun times as well as a life lesson or two with my readers. We share our Dog Pawsitive Tidbits, dog books for kids of all ages, dog training tips and toys, and there is sure to be a sunset or two for you to view.

Our time together is Tidbit’s legacy and I shall continue to share her pure sweet sunshine with my readers. For now it is just a bittersweet “So long!” to my girl.

Say Hello and Goodbye

I find that the re-reading of books for kids is often quite enlightening. Have you read the children’s book, Go, Dog. Go! as a child, and again as an adult? Is there another children's book that you read and enjoyed as both a child and as an adult?

Go! Get yourself a copy of this dog book for kids of all ages!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Kid Friendly Dogs Gentle Spirit

Valentino is an incredibly kid-friendly dog with a gentle spirit.

My hefty hound stands still to enjoy the tender-handed patting from the wee ones next door.

Kid Friendly Gentle Spirit Dog Valentino
My Kid Friendly Gentle Spirit Dog Valentino

When the father of the children took a picture of the group, my dog Valentino gently turned his head in the direction of the camera.

Dog and Kids, Gentle Spirits All
Dog Valentino and Neighbor Kids, Gentle Spirits All

Read about dog breeds for kids of all ages!

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Vet Approved Roll in the Grass

My dog Valentino had a stress-free vet visit today. He celebrated his happy Saturday with a vet-approved back-scratchin' roll in the grass!

My dog Valentino in a happy Saturday back scratching roll in the grass.

Valentino showed no signs of canine PTSD when the dog doctor removed the staples on his back. He stood for a minute then sat down and still as the vet removed all fourteen staples. I think he handled it much better than I!

The doctor checked his gums and found only one suture that had not yet dissolved. She assured me the dissolvable stitch would disappear in its own time.

As for Valentino's canine gingival hyperplasia, it would appear as though he is predisposed for the disease. This means we need to keep a watchful eye on his gums for its recurrence. Further, there is not much I can do to stop the idiopathic gingival hyperplasia from returning.

I will begin more care in brushing my dog's teeth and gums and schedule veterinary dental cleanings as needed. However, the vet said while this will not prevent the recurrence of excess gingival tissue growth it may delay it as well as the surgery to remove it.

For now, I watch the hair re-growth over the scar on my dog Valentino's back. And Me and V fully intend to enjoy each blessed day of the rest of our journey together.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Dog Surgery Lab Results

My veterinarian suggested surgery to remove the growth on the gums of my dog Valentino. I did not hesitate to follow her advice.

We chose the course of action best for us: mass removal as well as a dental cleaning. We also chose to send the mass off to the lab so we would know for sure what we are dealing with.

The gingival mass removal took place this past Monday. (Read more about it HERE.)

Lab Results Are In

I am happy to share with you the report that the gum tissue sent for pathology was not a form of cancer. Bravo!

My vet assured me this is good news. However, tests shows my dog Valentino has canine gingival hyperplasia.  She says this indicates inflammation, persistent irritation, or possibly a bad bite.

Valentino has his follow-up visit with the vet in a week. At that time I will know more about the cause of his gum disease and what we may be able to do to prevent it from recurring.

At that vet appointment Valentino will also get the staples removed from the mass removal on his back.

Post-operative recovery for my dog Valentino is going well. He misses rolling in the grass and misses gnawing on his meaty bones. But, he will survive!

I had the day off from work today and spent it walking the neighborhood with Valentino. We always manage to find a bit o' sunshine between the raindrops that fall our way.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Post-Operative Canine PTSD

Does my dog have post-operative canine PTSD? No. However, my dog Valentino did have surgery today.

Canine Cyst Removal Staples

Just as with humans, the night before his surgery my dog was to have no food or water after midnight. We awoke this morning and went straight outside for a quick walk, then we headed to our veterinarian for Gingival Mass removal and the removal of a mass on his back.

Surgery went well, with no major surprises... meaning no tooth extractions or jawbone issues. A sample of the growth on Valentino's gums was sent to the lab. The vet is pretty sure the mass on his back was a sebaceous cyst. The dog did get fourteen staples on his back for that one!

When it was time for my dog Valentino to come home I was instructed he could have a little water and if he held it down could have a bit more later in the evening, as well as a tidbit of food. If all was well he could eat again in the morning.

Upon arriving home, Valentino headed straight for his dog bowls. Sniff - no food! Sniff again - no water! He was not a happy camper!

I poured a half cup of water into his bowl, which he lapped right up and asked for more. I tried to distract him but he was having none of that. I even grabbed his leash, hoping going outside would work. Not!

My Dog Valentino Post-Surgery

For a couple of hours my dog did nothing but pace the kitchen, sniffing for food and drink. He sat alongside the fridge as if he might will the food out the door into his mouth!

I finally gave in and allowed him a small mixture of the two. Although he wanted more, Valentino realized he wouldn't get it and agreed to a short walk outdoors. It was a good sign to me when he peed on the nearest tree.

I am ever so thankful for all the support, prayers, and gifts from friends and neighbors for my boy. I am thankful for a boss and co-worker who covered my job duties for me so I could be with my canine life mate today. I am thankful for the great care we received from everyone at Canal Animal Clinic of Canal Winchester.

Though Valentino is a wee bit hungry at the moment, I am grateful his post-operative canine PTSD is merely a momentary surgery thing soon to be forgotten. No doubt my hound dog will be eating his usual meals within a day or two. Besides, I feel it wouldn't hurt him to lose a pound or two!

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Dog Soaking Up Sunday Sunshine

My dog Valentino loves soaking up sunshine. And that is what he has been doing on this lazy Sunday!

We awoke to a chilly Sunday morning. With temps in the mid-thirties, our morning dog walk was a tidbit cold so it was tad short but sweet. Returning home, Valentino curled up for his mid-morning nap -- in a bit of sunshine, of course!

Sunshine Found by my Hound Dog

My dog Valentino proves that a bit o' sunshine can always be found by a hound!

In the early afternoon it was time for us both to soak up a bit of sol so out onto the front porch we went. Valentino was delighted that the sunshine had warmed his front porch mat. With me sitting nearby, he was quite content to lay on the warm mat while watching neighborhood comings and goings.

My Dog Valentino Soaking Up Sunday Sunshine

My dog Valentino soaks up a bit o' Sunday Sunshine on the front porch.

Dogs need Vitamin D just as humans and all living creatures do. So now we know why our furry friends enjoy soaking up sunshine, inside and outside.

This blog post has a link-up list below. I have added the link to an interesting article about this Vitamin D for dogs topic to the list and hope you read it.

Feel free to add your own link to any dog articles you have published and would like me and my readers to visit. This PAWSit link-up is live all week long, so hop along!

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