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Wordless Wednesday

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Well......... its almost Wednesday!

Pacino and Pooches

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So another Dog Day Afternoon has graced its presence in northern New Jersey today. That got me to wondering why do we refer to a hot summer day with this idiom? The dog days are not to be confused with the movie starring Al Pacino, or our lovable furry companions. The saying refers to the "dog star" known as Sirius. Its name is derived from the Greek word '"seirios", which means "scorching". The star is located in the constellation of Canis Major (Big Dog), imagine that! Sirius is the brightest star in our hemisphere during the summer months. Aha! That's why Sirius Radio has a little white dog as it's logo! So while a hot summer day will make your dog pant and run inside for the AC, the phrase was coined for a star at night that shines the brightest in the canine heavens!

Back on Blog and Ozzie Visits the Vet

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Sorry I have been absent from my blogging duties. Seems gmail decided to disable my account for ( unknown to me ) violation of terms of service?! It was several days of wringing my hands and trying different online options before I was enabled again. Apparently there is no live tech support for gmail/blogger. Any ways onto more important issues! Ozzie went in for his annual check up this week. It was time for a distemper shot, blood work, stool sample (pew!) the works! He was not into going to say the least. It took a piece of cheese and several pieces of leftover steak from last nights dinner to lure him into the car. ( and we have a weight issue because?) Once there he went into shut down mode! Poor Ozzie, not only did he have to endure the regular assaults of the veterinarian but also treatment of conjunctivitis in his right eye and a ear infection in his left ear! His vet Dr. Tracey is very nice. She adores Ozzie and so do all the vet technicians! They all fawn over …

Excuse Moi !

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I guess most of us have been accosted by our dogs if not some one's dog at one time or another. You know the placement of the snout down under. Yes it is their way of getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Of course this behavior is only acceptable in canines. I would suspect that any human guilty of this kind of greeting would get at least 5 years in the state penitentiary and end up in the sex offenders data base file. I have read recently that beyond the crotch sniffing rudeness that dogs can actually detect the presence of prostate cancer in urine. Dr Alicia M. Prater PHD recently wrote an article about this. In it she described the test by some French researchers. "At the June 2010 meeting of the American Urological Association in San Francisco, two French researchers presented the results from the year they spent training a Belgian Malinois shepherd, a dog breed already used to sniff out drugs and bombs, to sniff out the presence of prostate can…

All Paws on Deck?

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I discovered the other day a very interesting fact if you happen to have a deck made of lumber. That lumber for decking, play sets etc was treated at one time with toxic chemicals to preserve it, mainly arsenic. I have also found out as of December 31 2003 that arsenic treated wood was to be phased out for residential use. The problem being that most of us probably have decks that were made prior to that date. Ozzie has been drinking dirty deck water every time it rains for almost a year now. I had always discouraged it in the past just because it seemed downright nasty but now it seems like we will have to put and end to this dirty habit of his. Also no more throwing an occasional hot-dog that has escaped the grill onto to the deck for feasting. Hm I wonder if we can test the deck for arsenic content. ( I will follow up on that ) Who's bright idea was that to use arsenic any way?! Ozzie just spent 2 hours chewing on his bully stick out there! Other than tearing down yo…

Making of a Mascot

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The fate of the famed mascot for the University of Georgia, Uga has yet to play out. With the untimely passing of Uga Vll, Russ the bulldog has been standing in on the sidelines. The descendant Uga has yet to be born! They have a litter in the works that won't be due for several weeks. (yes they had sperm stored just in case! ) The owner and breeder of Uga dogs, Sonny Seiler , said that it takes a few months to select the dog that will ultimately be the replacement. "The bulldog must have the exact bone structure and stature." In the meanwhile Russ will do the best he can until some time in October when the heir to the mascot throne will be ready for the job!

Mr Clean!

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Well Ozzie had his bath yesterday. As usual he was not to pleased with the whole process but the end result is worth the mild torture he had to endure. Oz got the works this time, ears cleaned, teeth cleaned, special shampoo and conditioner plus the furminator treatment. Yes that's the item you may have seen on infomercials late at night. Well believe me it works! Natasha the groomer showed me the pile of hair that came off of Ozzie. You could of stuffed a mattress with it! ( not that one would want to, yuck!) I might add that the Oz man is looking very handsome these days. Also he smells less like a back end of a horse or how Will would describe it "He smelled like malt vinegar"prior to his bath. Now he is a joy to the olfactory senses. Sorry my camera's battery died just as I tried to take pictures at his grooming session, so I don't have pics to share. I will make sure I am charged up and ready to go next time. Remember a clean dog makes for a bet…

Lazy Sunday

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Ozzie is just chilling today. Everyone is home and he is enjoying the extra attention! Maybe just a little time spent chewing on his toy keys and a couple of power naps before dinner. He needs to rest up since tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM he is going to the groomers! He doesn't know it yet and no sense in mentioning it! Hope everyone enjoys their day before its back to work and back to the groomers ( for Ozzie! ) Shhh...don't let him in on it or he will start looking for a place to hide. Honestly though where can an 80 pound bulldog hide anyways!

Night of the Crazy Cat

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Last night my son Will came by for dinner which is always a delight for this mother. ( I never thought I be saying "Why don't you call your mother and let her know everything you've been up to, daily ! " ) I was walking him out to the car when we spotted a small orange and white cat on our front lawn. She was young, not quite a kitten anymore and was meowing with such a distressful tone. We noticed she had a collar with a bell on it. So she was someones cat! I decided to approach her and see if she would come to me. She seemed interested and scared at the same time. She cautiously walked over to me and then lashed out with her claws. "I'll pick her up Mom!" volunteered Will. I recommended him to go get work gloves from the garage and the old cat carrier. In the meanwhile I tried to get closer to her to see if I could calm her. "Here little kitty. Don't be afraid" With that she lunged at me and left a 3 inch scratch on my leg! Cr…

Don't Get Choked up Over This!

There was some discussion at our Memorial Day BBQ about our beloved doggies of course! My friend Terri was upset by an incident that occurred with her Pom-Chi Harley the other day. He was choking and gagging on something that turned out to be a wad of grass ( we think!?) Anyways that got me to thinking what would one do if you feared that your dog was choking on some object?! My first instinct is trying to grab the whatever out of his throat but that seems inherently dangerous for your fingers! Being that Ozzie snorts his food down and half the time is yakking some of it up, it would be helpful to be hip to some emergency maneuvers! I found on YouTube Dog Safety Expert Melanie Monteiro who goes through some methods to help your choking pooch. So next time Fido decides to eat one of Uncle Fred's tube socks you will know what to do!