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Tales of Oreo, a Tripawd Dog

When it rains…

July 31st, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Oreo in the rain

We went for our last casual walk for a while yesterday, got caught under a pavilion during a rain storm. No worries, I had plenty of coffee and did a bit of stretching and watching dance instruction on the DVIDA app (Dance Vision International Dancers Association). Today we started training for a marathon using our Couchto5k app. What did I ever do before smartphones? (Well, I got lost a lot…thank God for GPS.)

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Hot summer, especially for a husky

July 26th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Hard to believe over a year has gone by since I’ve posted, so sorry! Oreo’s doing fine. It’s pretty hot for her here in Tennessee so we haven’t been going out much. I had been working three job; editing books, teaching ballroom dance, and dog sitting through DogVacay. All three have slowed down tremendously, so I believe God is trying to redirect me to focus on just one or two (okay, just one, but I really don’t want to give up the dog sitting). 🙂

We’ve been working on Oreo’s separation anxiety all year, ever since I crated her to go to the post office and she lost a tooth trying to get out. I came back after 20 minutes and there was blood everywhere, I felt so awful! I broke my beautiful, perfect girl. 🙁 So now we’re up to about 1.5 hours of her alone in the house, but not the crate.

I’ve been thinking about learning to skateboard so she can pull me, she just loves to mush so much. Then I think about how old I am and wonder…should I wait a few more years so I can blame it on senility? 😉

Oreo hanging out by the AC vent.

Oreo hanging out by the AC vent.

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7/1/15 – DogVacay success

July 1st, 2015 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Wow, I can’t believe how long it’s been since we posted! Oreo is doing great, loving Tennessee (not the heat so much, but our rental home is so great). We became a DogVacay host home in May and have been busy busy with doggie guests ever since! Oreo is the hostess with the mostess. We’ve hosted two Boston terriers, a toy poodle, an Irish Wolfhound, a cockapoo, and currently have a Great Dane staying with us. He’s the only one I’ve kept separate from Oreo and Buddy the cat (well, Wolfie got kept away from the cat after taking a nip out of him; he’s all right though). In a couple of weeks we’ll have two fabulous Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. They are even sweeter than Oreo–hard to believe, I know!

Chopper and Brinkley going for a stroll in Oreo's DoggyRide.

Chopper and Brinkley going for a stroll in Oreo’s DoggyRide.

Oreo and Daisy relaxing in the yard.

Oreo and Daisy relaxing in the yard.

Flynn wrapped up during a thunderstorm.

Flynn wrapped up during a thunderstorm.

Keiko the Cockapoo and Oreo waiting for dinner.

Keiko the Cockapoo and Oreo waiting for dinner.

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May 11, 2015 – Oreo is a social butterfly!

May 11th, 2015 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

After having been so isolated in the cabin for eight months, I started to get a little worried about Oreo’s manners. I didn’t want her to forget how to have doggie friends. So, after a murder on the trail we usually walk (!) I decided to look for a dog-walking group, and found one on MeetUp.com. What a great bunch of people and dogs! We met once already, and Oreo made friends with Walter, a handsome young boxer/Lab-looking mix. All the other dogs were little so she really wasn’t that interested, but even when one went right up her butt (retractable leads really should be outlawed) she just gave a little warning growl and that was it. I, on the other hand, barked at the woman on the other end of the leash to lock that thing and get a real leash… 😉

Since I was nervous I put a yellow ribbon on Oreo’s leash, as in the Yellow Dog Project, but took it off after about five minutes.

We missed the next MeetUp at the quarry because I got lost. Every time I stopped for directions to the quarry, no one could understand me. Finally someone said, “Oh, the QUAIRY!” (like fairy). Yeah, that big rock hole filled with water. 😉 We went anyway, and there were four other dogs there. Oreo tried to make friends with two of them who didn’t want anything to do with her, and she ignored the other two, even when they came right up and smelled her. Isn’t it funny how they all have their own personalities, and they like some dogs but couldn’t be bothered giving the time of day to others.

We’re really looking forward to the next MeetUp!

the-yellow-dog-project-yellow-ribbon

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Oreo is happy in New Hampshire

May 1st, 2015 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Here’s a throwback video from when we lived in New Hampshire and my nephew’s team won a ballgame. It’s a shortened version without sound.

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12 Apr 2015 – Oreo has fun at the church picnic

April 13th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

It was the perfect day for a picnic; sunny and warm. We went to Cove Lake State Park in Jacksboro, TN. Every other time we’ve been there we were running the trails, so Oreo kept trying to take off at first. Then she found her cool spot and was just as happy as a clam.

Just now we downloaded the WoofTrax app onto our iPhone and took a walk to the park. We did a short loop when we got there because it was getting dark. It’s .78 miles with the shortcut so it’s probably a mile total. We’ll find out next time.

Oreo staying cool at the church picnic

Oreo staying cool at the church picnic

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March 23, 2015 – Oreo gets a de-shed

March 24th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Oreo’s new sitter/groomer Jennifer works at www.doggoneprettyinc.com in Knoxville, TN. Look how much undercoat she got off Oreo! And that’s after I furminated her (Oreo) on Saturday. Oreo is so clean and smooth now, and even has an Easter bandana for Easter Sunday. 🙂

Also good news, I was outside for eleven minutes the other day and Oreo didn’t even get up from her bed; normally she’s waiting anxiously inside the door or going window to window looking for me. Small progress on the separation anxiety front.

Oreo's cool summertime 'do.

Oreo’s cool summertime ‘do.

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March 8, 2015 – So, Oreo met a neighbor dog yesterday…

March 8th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Three stitches and $430 later I give you…Oreo the invalid. It didn’t help that I was screaming like a little girl. They’ll probably become fast friends, but when I saw the young, strong dog charging at mine I started screaming for help. The owner’s little boy had accidentally let the dog out and he came charging down the street after us. Luckily I got back to my own yard, but am too out of shape so didn’t make it to the house. The owner was right there, grabbed his pooch (who is actually a sweetie, they just got carried away) and came back to apologize, explain, and check on Oreo. These things happen. It’s a dog thing. 🙂

As soon as Oreo’s up for it we’re jumping back in the buggy and starting our 5K training again. Her spirits and appetite are good. I just ordered a Figure 8 harness since the stitches are right where her regular harness goes, and you know she’s so tricky a collar alone won’t cut it. Thank you, Renee, for the Vetericyn, I’ll be applying that today.

Oreo the invalid

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2 Mar 2015 p.m. By the skin of our leash…

March 3rd, 2015 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

So I got the dining room table and chair out of the back of the SUV at our new house. I had seat-belted Oreo in the front passenger seat (the passenger side air bag is turned off). She didn’t like it, she couldn’t really get comfortable. It was only for the 15-minute ride.

I came down the porch steps to put the car in the garage and there was Oreo, LOOKING OUT THE BACK OF THE SUV!! She had UNHOOKED HER OWN SEATBELT and was lunging to get out. The only thing that kept my dog safe was the poop-bag holder attached to the handle of the leash; it got wedged in between the front seat and the console. Bad dog mama, always close the hatch!! She is WAY too smart for her own good.

Poop bag holder saves dog.

Poop bag holder saves dog.

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2 Mar 2015: City dirt is easier to clean than red clay

March 2nd, 2015 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The park near our new house. We sit and wait at the curb at every street crossing to learn safety.

The park near our new house. We sit and wait at the curb at every street crossing to learn safety.

Our first morning walk to the park along the school route. Crossing guards and tweens all commented on how beautiful Oreo is. A gaggle of boys tried to guess her breed(s) and came close. There was a huge possum in our yard when we returned; the blood is just now starting to come back into my leash hand, ha ha. My neighbor across the street came out and moved her car from the base of my front steps while I was gone so I wouldn’t have to go around it (on-street parking for those houses). I thought that was very nice. One rag and a fluff and buff and all the city dirt was gone! Much easier than the four baths to get Oreo’s fur from orange to white after the red clay of the mountains. 🙂 I’ll get some pics at the park next time. Furniture should arrive on Wednesday.

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