Anyone wearing sandals or flip-flops while dishing out dog food knows exactly what inspired the name of this blog. That Pavlovian response of viscous, yet slick fluid runs like a faucet from all corners of a dog’s mouth. It is all sticky in your shoe and on your feet, but you can pull a hamstring or even do a split if you hydroplane across a puddle of drool on the floor.
I have a dog named Dudley. He’s a golden retriever/German Shepherd mix with a little chow thrown in to color his tongue. He’s almost 14. I adopted Dudley from Independent Animal Rescue after Hurricane Floyd in 1999. The little felon was picked up for unknown reasons in Rocky Mount, NC September 15, 1999. This was the day before Hurricane Floyd came ashore and the Tar River, which runs through Rocky Mount, exceeded 500 year flood levels. Most of the animals at the animal jail perished in the coming days when Rocky Mount was underwater and no one could get to the facility to care for the animals. Dudley survived. The last 12.5 years have been a hoot.
This is Dudley about a year ago. He had had his belly shaved for an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed some unpleasant things, but we don’t think about those. Dudley certainly doesn’t. So long as he has food, water and a walk every day, he’s one happy camper.
There are still clear signs of the puppy he was in 1999 even though he has arthritis and is “selectively deaf.” He doesn’t hear the doorbell any longer and only reacts to the loudest claps of thunder, but he does whip his head around if I say something I’d rather he not hear. He tore his cranial cruciate ligament (blew out his knee) doing his happy dance because he was going for a walk. Because of his age, we don’t want to do surgery and he’s doing great so far. He stays pretty quiet in the house and his walks are never long enough in his mind.
Since I don’t want to put him through surgery, I did buy him an orthopedic bed from Doctors Foster and Smith. He used to get on the ottoman, bed or couch if he was tired of sleeping on the floor, but now he can’t jump up on any of these. We’ve had mixed results with the new bed. I have gotten him to lie on the bed while I brush him or just pet him. He even snoozed on it for about 20 minutes yesterday afternoon. But this is what it looked like this morning:
Dog Food Recall Alert: The Associated Press has reported that 14 persons, including 3 from North Carolina, have become infected with salmonella linked to dog food. There are some high end brands and discount brands in this recall. Always wash your hands (and feet, if necessary) after handling dog food.
Gilda Radner said many delightful things in her too short life, this remains my favorite: I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive. ~Gilda Radner