Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Life is so hard right now that I find myself grasping at anything that seems joyful. This made me laugh so I had to share it.
Last night, I was just relaxing in my recliner petting the dogs, waiting for the clock to strike 7 (free nights/weekends) so I could call my mom. Toby has this funny way of "talking to me". It's not a bark or a wolf, it's really like he's chatting. Sort of like a kid with his mouth full of gumdrops. (I need to get that recorded.) I assumed (you know what they say about that) he needed to go out so took him and Maureen out to the back yard. He went out reluctantly but turned around and came right back in. So, it wasn't a request to go out. What in the world does he want???
When we got back to the living room, it dawned on me what he wanted! I went toward my recliner to get my book and Toby ran road block the whole way. He did not want me to sit back down in that chair. I had to laugh. Silly goose. Lately, due to his sore leg, we've been sitting on the couch together with his head on my lap. I didn't realize I was teaching him something new, but I always say, "let's go snuggle Toby" and then we get up on the couch together. Toby on one side and Maureen on the other. It has become a bit of a ritual that I talk to Mom (headset) and pet the puppies while we snuggle. How cool is that for him to ask me to snuggle? I love that dog!
He's still limping and has a goose egg bump on his hip. Terrified what that means but until I save up some more money for the vet, I can't do anything about it. The three hundred I spent on him already has done nothing for him. What relief he has found has been thru me and the research I've done on the internet. (And help from friends - thanks everyone.)
I wish I had a before and after picture of his skin. He's taking some vitamins that are especially made for Shar Pei and I cannot believe how smooth his coat is. It feels so good when you pet him. His forehead was especially bad and felt all bumpy and lumpy. Now it's smooth and soft and when I gave him his bath, he hardly lost any hair. It usually clogs the tub up something terrible. I am excited about how well the vitamins are helping him. They are very much worth the money. I've just started Maureen on them too. She lost a ton of hair during her bath. Wrong time of year for them to be blowing their coats!
My beautiful, funny boy: