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Murphy and Ollie update

The dogs are doing well. Murphy is almost 20 lbs, thanks to a safe, cozy house and all of rocks that he eats. Seriously, we fish rocks out of his mouth every day. He’s a chewer and a barker — two traits I have NOT had in a dog in a long, long time. He can even bark with a tennis ball in his mouth. That’s impressive!

The collateral damage so far has been minimal.

Stairway standoff

He chewed some of the woodwork around the stairs and one of WM’s charger cables. We’ve learned quickly to leave NOTHING to chance.

He hasn’t lost teeth yet but he’s definitely gaining some. We’re freezing washcloths and letting him chew on those to give him some relief. And then he drags the wet washcloth across my foot and I fly into the ceiling. He chases moths.

He kind of knows how to sit on command. He sort of knows his name. As for rules, here are the big three we are focusing on:

1) When we leave, we always come back. Always. Even if it’s a few hours or a few days, we will always come back.
2) [insert item/person/Ollie here] is not for chewing.
3) Stand by the door if you need to pee or poop.

He’s a dingus, but he’s my dingus.

Ollie turns 10 this month. He’s roughhousing with Murphy just like he used to do with Max. His ears have been fine although his Horner’s Syndrome hasn’t faded like I hoped it would. (This is gross, but Murphy cleans Ollie’s ears on the regular.) Ollie’s energy levels are increasing, and he’s gained weight back. That’s not good, by the way, but I’m not going to bodyshame him. Ollie is my snugglebuddy and my happy, drooly footstool.

It is a lot of work, but it’s sure nice having two dogs again.

Circle of Life

Here I am on “puppy leave” which is actually a bunch of my vacation days that I’ve been accruing year to year. Murphy isn’t ready for workday crating (aka bathroom confinement) just yet. He’s working through some GI issues. Hopefully Friday. ACTUALLY I hope our office goes into business continuity mode on Friday, since the NFL draft has closed a bunch of streets around my office and snarled traffic. Then I’d work from home Monday as usual and start leaving him on Tuesday. We are working hard on “oh hey look we always come home no need to freak out!”

I wish I could say I’m lounging around eating bonbons, but it’s a pretty busy time at work. Therefore I’m working from home half of each day so I can call into meetings that won’t wait just because I have a puppy trying to suicide himself on my power cords. Today I’ll be online this afternoon; tomorrow I’ll work the morning. Friday? I can’t even think about it.

I forgot how much work puppies are.

Speaking of puppies, I was going through old pictures and my heart exploded in both joy and sadness at the same time.

October, 2007

Look at young, healthy Max and baby Ollie!

April, 2017

Look at old, dozy Ollie and baby Murphy!

Can you even? I can’t. I’m trying to hard not to bleed out from the thousands of tiny tooth holes punched into my arms and legs from an enthusiastic teether.

After ‘work’ I’m going to change my clothes for the first time since Monday morning and go to dinner and shopping with Mom.

Ollie update

Ollie has had a rough time of it. He keenly felt Max’s loss, and for a few months he was just … sad. Then he had 2 bad ear infections about 6 weeks apart. Ear infections are common with spaniels like him, but this seemed too much. Back in February, his ears were getting gross again. I did some research on the internet and the resident hippies suggested changing his food to grain-free food.

“where we going?”

And then I remembered…they were on grain-free food, and after Max passed we decided to switch Ollie to Purina “Bright Mind.” Well crap. We slowly switched him to Blue Wilderness Natural SuperExpensive Turkey and Potato formula, and in a week, the ears became less gunky and less funky!

Yes, Ollie now has Thanksgiving dinner twice a day, every day, and we’re okay with that.

I took him to the vet last week for his rabies shot (he’ll be 10 in June…shots last 3 years…will this be his last–STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS KIM) and the doctor immediately swooped in on his face. I don’t know how you can look at a dog every day all day long and not realize something is wrong, but something is wrong. The ear infections caused nerve damage called Horner’s Syndrome and now one side of Ollie’s face droops. Now we have a prescription ear wash to be administered 1x/week, and eye drops if necessary. It may resolve itself, it may not.


But Ollie is still a happy, drooly dog. He’s my favorite shmoop and he doesn’t know it yet, but this summer he’s getting a little brother (DOG) to romp with and be his new best friend.

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