Posts Tagged ‘Roadie’
April 11, 2014
Good Morning and very Happy Friday to you!
Today I have plans to get an oil change, head to the gym, and put our house back together from getting our carpets cleaned. I’m not going to lie… it’s kind of nice not to have a million things going on at once today.
As of right now, the only plans I see happening this weekend are early tomorrow morning and all day Sunday for our very last home game of the season. It’s crazy to think the end is already approaching!
As I wrap things up with my team this weekend, I am excited to share more of my plans for the summer and the upcoming year with you. I still have a lot to figure out, but already have a list of goals I am excited to move forward on. Can’t wait to share more!
Until then, we have Friday Favorites. Because it’s Friday and that’s what we do around here. I’m so glad a lot of you enjoy this series and I hope you feel inclined to play along in the comments section (and link up!) too.
Friday Favorites #32: Week of 4/11
• Zulily scarves (and sale!)
Rarely do I get suckered into impulsively purchasing online, but I have been on the lookout for lightweight infinity scarves for spring. And I may or may not have ordered three of them… Jackpot!
The early birds reading this might just catch the sale that is currently going on, pricing each one at $7.99!
• pet care + supplies
You might have caught a couple of posts about our fur kids and their health issues this week. First, I mentioned a change in Roadie’s behavior since moving up north, then expressed concern for the kitties and their dental care.
All is good with them, but after our vet visits, I am making a point to take precautionary measures for potential issues in the future. One thing my vet recommend for healthy teeth and gums are dental treats!
As well as some help in the hair ball department.
On my last visit home, my mother raved about “the antler” that has kept their puppy occupied for hours upon hours. She purchased hers at a dog show, so it was a pleasant surprise to find one on an impromptu visit to Petsmart.
It’s a real antler (yeesh) – most likely from an elk or deer – that lasts for months at a time and is great for keeping dog teeth clean and healthy. I also figured it was about time to invest in a tooth brush kit.
And finally, I stumbled upon this calming spray that smells amazing.
Although Roadie doesn’t ever really have that wet dog smell, I thought it would be nice to give him a good stress-relieving spray every now and then. I also like that it’s calming, and hope it makes him feel like I do after a nice hot bath with lavender soap and oils.
Plus, it’s Burt’s Bees brand, which has never disappointed.
• spring weather
Can I get a “heck yes” for this local weather report I’m seeing?
After a winter I hope to never have to experience again, I can’t even express how excited I was to see temperature in the 60s and 70s pop up in our forecast for the weekend!
I’ll just go on and pretend like I don’t see the drop back down to the twenties on Monday. (<- What? Why?!)
• sunset runs with Roadie
A solid week of amazing spring weather makes me want to do nothing but go outside and enjoy it. So we did.
After months and months of a dry running outside spell, I almost forgot how awesome sunset runs around the neighborhood are.
Avoiding our normal trail, Roadie and I took a different route along a main road last night and found nothing but pink skies and mother nature as our stunning backdrop.
It was so refreshing and felt easy to fly through the miles. In fact, we hit a new Roadie distance record of 4.5! I am so proud of ‘em.
Speaking of running…
• 75 Thoughts Every Runner Has While Out For A Run via Buzzfeed
Hehe. Totally. #3 crosses my mind EVERY time I go for five miles. And #9.
Anddd #17…. and #27… this could go on for a while…
• this photo that makes me what to be a Bulls fan
source (<- oh, hey Friday Favorites!)
I mean really. I have followed Jessica Garvin on Instagram for a while now, and her cuteness never ceases to amaze me.
For all you mommies out there, she also runs an incredible blog and is the photographer and DIY crafter I aspire to be one day. Like I wish I had even one thirtieth of her talent.
Anyways, she is sporting this tee with her adorable baby bump and husband!
• this salad
Baby spinach, spring mix, red, yellow and green peppers, cucumbers, shredded carrots, green olives, chick peas, feta cheese, cut up quinoa burger, ground pepper and a chipotle onion flavored olive oil.
Yeah… I might just make more for lunch later.
• yoga burnout pants
I mentioned these pants a few weeks back when I received a shipment from Reebok. Well, ever since the first time I put them on I haven’t wanted to take them off.
I have worn them around the house, to dance practice, to bed, around town, and even on the running trails.
Paired with these Reebok Skyscapes, I feel like I might not even be wearing any clothes at all. I’m that comfortable and I love it.
That was fun! But now I would love to hear from you…
April 8, 2014
Hello friends! Well… I mentioned earlier that I dropped the kitties off at the vets to have a dental cleaning. Is that crazy?
Before moving here, we never even considered putting the girls down under anesthesia for a simple teeth cleaning. But, after their last two exams, two different vets expressed a need and concern for it, especially with Aspen. Both kitties are just around four years old and have never had one, so I guess the tartar was starting to build up.
Cali came out clean as a whistle, while Aspen had some inflammation and a bit of an infected area in the back.
Knowing a cleaning a year could help save their gums and prevent further dental problems (and infections), Scott and I decided to purchase a PAWS plan where we pay a monthly amount to cover their vet fees. At first, it sounded unnecessary, but in the end we actually saved money by doing so with annual check-ups, shots, and cleanings.
I’m sure leaving your pets at the vets is not an easy thing for anyone to do. I can’t even imagine how parents feel taking their little ones to the doctors! All I could do was drop them off early and drive back home hoping everything would turn out okay.
Super Troupers, or Troopers, or TrooPAWS
I got a call a few hours later, telling me all about how they did. The responded great, and were complete troopers!
I had to make an appointment to pick them up so I could go over their after care and results of the cleaning (mostly for Aspen) with the vet, and received two adorable “Super Trooper” certificates for their bravery.
Is that not the cutest?
Going into the day, I knew it was kind of a big deal since they were going to be put under anesthesia, but I had no idea that also involved IVs and such. I was assured they did just fine, and would be completely back to normal within a day’s time.
I arrived at the vets around 1:30 p.m. and left about fifteen minutes later with a couple of grumpy meowing kitties.
I guess I would be more than perturbed if I had to go without breakfast, get poked and prodded, then have to come home with this thing on my arm too!
(For the newbies, Cali is white on top and Aspen is grey on bottom)
(Aw… Hi, Winkie!)
I am happy to report that as of now, they both seem to be doing a-okay.
I was instructed to only give them a small portion of their food when they got home, and then am only allowed to give about half of their normal day amount at 8 p.m. They’ll be okay, and in the mean time I will be sure to provide extra snuggles.
Speaking of food, I forgot to mention this beautiful (bright!) bowl of greens I threw together for lunch before I left.
More on that for tomorrow’s What I Ate Wednesday, but I have a feeling it might also pop back up as part of dinner.
As soon as I got home and made sure the girls were settled, I couldn’t help but notice how gorgeous the weather was outside. Finally!
Knowing both Roadie and I could use some fresh air, I hooked him up on his leash and set out for a long walk around the neighborhood.
Before I knew it, we were all the way to the trails and half way through our 4 mile running loop. I made a special effort to remain calm around strangers, and he seemed to react a lot better!
I figured we might as well finish it, and about an hour and ten minutes later I had a very happy and tired pup on my hands.
I just love when he gets all smiley!
I guess he is somewhat of a super troopaw too. Okay, now I’m off to start thinking about dinner. See you in the morning!
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever taken a pet in for a dental cleaning?
• What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?
April 5, 2014
Hello and a Happy Weekend to ya!
First of all, I want to thank you for all of your sweet comments and suggestions on Tuesday’s post concerning our fur baby, Roadie.
To answer a lot of your questions and to give you a little bit of a background, we found Roadie as a stray dog in our neighborhood around the holidays at the end of 2010.
After a couple of weeks and no luck in finding his owner, we finally took him to the vet and found out he was about a year old, came from a shelter and then from a house in a bad part of town. He acted timid and unsure around most people, which makes us think he didn’t come from a good place, and also had a case of hook worm and heart worm.
We decided to treat him (which cost us more than a pretty penny) and from that day forward, considered him part of the Hesington family!
To make a long story short, Roadie has been the perfect dog for us! He is as sweet as can be, sociable and very active.
After we moved up north and into the frigid winter seasons, however, something changed about him.
Roadie is part Rhodesian Ridgeback (hence the name!) and part who knows what. We are guessing some kind of mut, boxer, or pit.
Rhodesians are protective by nature, but can easily be trained and we have been working with him since Day One to sit, stay, wait, lay down, and to “take it easy.” He still does a good job of minding our commands, but now it seems to be more on his terms and not ours.
He has become more protective, aggressive, and less trusting of strangers.
Since we aren’t sure how he will react to new people, we have to keep him on a very tight leash and avoid contact with people and animals on our walks and runs.
My theory is that he isn’t used to being cooped up in the house as much, and due to the freezing weather for up to six or seven months at a time, has caught some kind of cabin fever. He misses being able to go for long walks and runs outside just as much as we do!
During his annual check up Thursday, I brought up my concerns about his change in behavior and our vet said the weather could very well have something to do with it.
I mentioned that I now get nervous about taking him out in public, and she affirmed that some of his protective instincts might be directly coming from me. He senses my nervousness and feels the need to protect.
To help, she suggested getting him outside as much as possible and keeping him active inside during the winter.
A friend of mine from high school suggested playing with a laser and having him chase it, which seems like a great idea! Another good one was to take treats on our walks and reward him for staying calm when people pass. Also, we need to try giving treats to new friends who enter our home!
The biggest step our vet suggested was to check into professional training. He is very good with commands, but we feel like he might be missing out on important social interaction with other people and dogs if our concerns continue.
Bringing someone in who has handled this situation before might help calm him down and help us trust him to interact with new people.
We left the vets with a healthy pup, two healthy (but very grumpy) kitties, and high hopes for Roadie’s future happiness. Because as much as I snuggle him, I know he is missing out on a part of life he deserves.
So that’s what the situation is as of now. As time goes by, I’ll be sure to check in with updates on how he is doing.
Thank you so much for all of your words of encouragement and suggestions!
April 1, 2014
Hello, hello! How has the first of April been goin’ for you so far? Any good pranks get you?
As much as I was tempted to *attempt to* pull something on you guys today, I refrained and stuck to making fun of myself instead with this morning’s What’s My Accent video. Thank you for the input by the way! It looks as though I have somehow acquired a somewhat Northern accent while living up here in the mid-west. Perfect.
Anyways, today I made my way back home to the Detroit airport right before Noon and became ridiculously excited when I needed my sunglasses on the car ride home. The past few times I have flown back in from anywhere south has put me in a less than awesome mood when I came home to grey skies and cold temperatures.
Lucky for me, spring finally decided to make a slight appearance today!
Before I get too spring happy, I have to remind myself that the sunshine and temps in the fifties are not a guaranteed thing. Knowing the last winter snowfall is behind us would be nice though. Here’s hoping today was just a preview of the nicer weather ahead!
After a quick stop at Subway for the usual veggies on veggies on turkey wheat sub for lunch, I arrived home around 1 p.m. and couldn’t help but to regroup with a quick cat nap. My weekend away was for sure a whirlwind and I can’t wait to share more about it with you tomorrow.
With the sunshine beaming through my window and an anxious pup by my side, I woke up in a great mood and took the nudge that an afternoon run on the trails might be the best way to get things going.
Ahhh! I just love the feeling of a new season in the air. With most of the snow melted and the sight of grass on the horizon, Roadie and I set out on our four mile running loop through the trails happy as can be.
While I was away, Scott told me that Roadie actually ran away for a couple of hours yesterday. He has done it a handful of times this winter, and I really think it is because he doesn’t get the normal running time I have given him in the past seasons down south.
Thank goodness he came home! I actually feel really bad for the guy, knowing his walks and runs get greatly affected by the freezing weather during these long winter months.
(More on this at the bottom.)
So, with the feeling of spring in the air today, I made sure to spend some extra time with him outside.
I wasn’t expecting to be able to comfortably run the trails yet (remember the snowy mess I stumbled upon just a few weeks ago?), but became pleasantly surprised at mostly gravel in sight when we approached the two mile mark. Off to the trails we went!
Struck by nature’s beauty, I ended up turning off my music, enjoying the sounds of the river, and taking a video of my surroundings.
It’s crazy how much things can change in just a month’s time around here!
Although we hit a bit of a snowy hiccup in the middle, both Roadie and I really enjoyed being outside and back to our normal running path today. We made our way back to the house and I didn’t even get mad when he wanted to sniff and “mark” every little sight of grass on the way.
In Need of Dog Advice
As the day goes on, I can’t help but to keep thinking about why he keeps running away. It makes me really sad and nervous to think that one day he might get out again and not be able to find his way back home.
Back in Orlando, we used to be able to walk him without a leash and he would stick right by our sides! We took him to the dog park almost every weekend and when it wasn’t too hot out, it wasn’t uncommon for him to go for a couple of long walks and even a run a day! He might have been spoiled and went just about everywhere with us.
Ever since moving up to Michigan, I have felt guilty for not being able to spend as much time with him outside. During the extremely cold and snowy months, it’s hard to be outside for more than ten minutes at a time, so you can imagine how much this has affected his normal every day outings.
We have playtime in the basement and I try to make up for it with plenty of snuggles, but deep down I know he still doesn’t understand what happened and why he can’t go back to how things used to be.
He is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met, but at the same time can be very aggressive, and that side hadn’t come out until we moved.
Since our move, he has become extremely protective and we can’t trust him around many people. We don’t even try to let him off the leash anymore, as he will most likely chase after someone, something, or even run away!
Anyone that comes through our front door doesn’t stand a chance unless they are properly introduced outside, and if they are a guy, it’s still a toss up on how long it will take for him to stop showing his teeth. I get really nervous when new people come into our home for the first time, as never know how he will react.
It’s great to know he protects me and is able to ward off strangers who might pop up at our front door, but at the same time I can’t quite put my finger on where this sudden change in personality came from. Is he suffering from some sort of cabin fever or winter depression?
It sounds kind of silly, but it has become a real concern and it makes me sad that we can’t take him out to public events anymore. I used to take him with me into pet stores, around town in the car, and even to public parks and markets. But now, I am afraid we just can’t trust his questionable behavior.
He has his annual check up at the vets later on this week, so I will make sure to bring this up to him. But I have to ask… have any of you ever dealt with this before?
Is there such thing as doggie winter depression?
And is there anything I can do to help him revert back to his old non-aggressive habits?
If so, please share your stories or suggestions in the comment section!
All right, I better get going. I have a lot of unpacking, straightening up, laundry, and pet snuggles to get to. See ya in the morning!