Coolin’ Down

Headed out for a chilly Thursday night walk.
Headed out for a chilly Thursday night walk.

Mica sez: I noticed you’ve been more excited about walkin’ lately, Murph. What gives?

Murphy sez: It’s not 9 billion degrees out, for one thing. I like walkin’ when it’s cool. We can go fast, and smell lots of stuff, and not fall over half-ded when we get home. It’s awesome!

Mica sez: It is more comfy out, for sure. Of course we have to walk after dark now, which is okay until the lights in our leashes both run out of batteries at the same time when it’s pitch black. Bad enough other people can’t see us, but I get kinda jumpy when there’s not even a moon out.

Murphy sez: Yeah, well, that runner had it coming. He’s lucky we didn’t both go after him, sneaking up on us like that. Those guys are like cats. They should have to wear bells or something so we know when they’re coming up behind us. Sheesh!

Mica sez: I think I scared him pretty good too, so we’re even. And J has reminders set to charge our leashes weekly now (and on different days), so we shouldn’t run out of light either. If she could just control the rain, we’d be all set. I mean, we missed two walks last week on account of rain. So. Not. Good.

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Murphy sez: Yeah, but we get extra bones or bully sticks when we have to skip a walk, so it’s not really that bad. I’d rather be dry – and I know you would be too, since you were a total pansy and wouldn’t go out for nearly 24 hours when that big storm came through. Geez. It’s not healthy to hold it that long, dude.

Mica sez: Mmm…bones. Speaking of which, I think J brought some new ones in the other night. You know, the weird night where she and B left for a little while, and then J came back and walked us, and then she left again, and then they both came back? One of those times, I’m sure I smelled new bones. Did you see ‘em? Or am I just hallucinating?

Murphy sez: Nope – you’re not hallucinating. I saw her try to sneak ‘em into the treat cupboard. And I smelled ‘em on her hands, too. What the heck is up with all that in and out stuff, by the way? I mean, they say we’re bad about going in and out, in and out, and then they do the same thing! Silly humans.

Mica sez: I don’t know where they go, but it happens one night a week all winter long. And they always smell like lots of weird stuff when they get home. I think you came to live with us after it was over last year. I don’t know why they don’t just take us with, wherever they go. But as long as we get our walks, I guess it doesn’t matter. Much.

It’s gettin’ colder out, too. Took me forever to warm up under a blanket after last night’s walk. J should get a sweater made for you before winter comes. I wonder what color she’ll make?

Murphy sez: I heard her mumbling something about a stash the other day, and yarn that would go with my fur. And cleaning the office so she could find the stash, whatever that is. So I think she’s workin’ on it. Or will be soon, maybe…

Until then, we’ll just have to keep walkin’ fast and cuddlin’ up under blankies when we get back. Still not a bad gig, eh Mica?

Mica sez: Not bad at all, Murph. Not bad at all.

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Itchy Scratchy

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Mica sez: So Murph – I hear you’re gonna have to start wearing your cone at night too for awhile. J sure seemed upset this morning when she saw what you did to your scabs…

Murphy sez: I know, I know. I was doing pretty good, leaving my leg alone not just at night, but early mornings. Especially after J started putting the yarn leggings over the top of my normal ones. I don’t like how the yarn feels on my tongue, so I won’t lick that. But last night the itching…oh man, the itching. I didn’t even realize I pulled the outer wrap off and licked off my scabs through the normal legging until J got up and was pretty disappointed.

J says there’s not much she can do to make it better, and I just have to get through a week or two of bad itches while my leg heals, but…I can’t. It’s just…too much itchy! So now when I have good scabs and tissue growth again, she says I have to sleep in my cone. Just for a little while.

Mica sez: Well that sucks. I mean, she’s the human. Doesn’t she know some trick or something to stop the itchies? Most of mine stopped when she started feeding me different food. Maybe she should change your food. Except your ears go all wonky whenever she tries.

Wouldn’t it be cool if your leg got all healed up though? Seems like it starts to heal pretty fast when she puts coconut oil on it. Maybe she can put more on if you’re wearing the cone, and that will help it stop itching, and then it can get all healed up. You don’t have too much of that anxiety anymore, so maybe it could even stay healed up. That would be cool, wouldn’t it?

Murphy sez: It sure would be! Not much to stress about here – aside from the neighborhood squirrel taking liberties with the power lines outside. Who does that little dude think he is, anyways? Last time I barked at him, he had the nerve to stop and chew me out right up there over our fence! Cheeky little devil. If he’d just come down and say that to my face…

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Mica sez: New squeaky toy! Probably not as good as the snake we got in the last Pupjoy box, but just about. That snake is awesome. The squeakers are all ruined, but neither of us has been able to get a hole or seam open anywhere on that thing – he’s tough! Our best toy yet, ‘cept it would be better if there were two. Every time I try to bury him in a blanket for later, part sticks out and you find him! But no fair dragging him off to your bed with you, Murph. I mean, if you’re gonna chew on him, that’s one thing. But just to keep him away from me? Sharing is caring, buddy.

Murphy sez: I share. When I lose interest, anyways. Until I want it again. But that snake does make a good pillow sometimes. Though I like my blankets better. Good thing we have plenty of toys and bones, isn’t it?

Mica sez: Yep. But we could use some new bones. J said she ordered some at the meat shop last weekend, so hopefully they’ll be here soon. Big, yummy smoked bones from local grassfed beef. I guess that’s supposed to be a good thing, but I really don’t care as long as they taste good. And they always do!

You got anything else to talk about this week, Murph?

Murphy sez: Nope. Not a thing. We should get out more. Except…we do – every night. Maybe that’s what we’ll talk about next week, eh Mica? Walkin’, and Patsy Cline, whoever that is. It’ll be fun! And if we’re lucky, J will take some pics while we’re out walking this next week. Tricky, what with holding on to the two of us, but it would be cool…

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Recipe: Sweet Veggie Crisps

Ingredients (all measurements approximate – eyeballing it works just fine)
1 to 1 1/2 cups veggies (frozen peas are what we use most often, but chunked up carrots work just as well)
1 small can pineapple juice (6 – 8 ozs)
1 tbsp Honey
1 to 1 1/2 cups coconut flour
Herbs/spices to taste, or for specific needs (ie, ginger, parsley, garlic, etc…do your research first, of course)

Murphy sez: So you start out by sharing some of the cut veggies (or frozen peas, which is what J uses most often because it’s quick and no chopping) with the dogs while you’re getting them ready for that noisy processor thingy. Then you pour in the pineapple juice without sharing, which is just wrong. And then you add the honey and maybe share, maybe not, because humans like to mess with dogs like that. Harumph.

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Then the machine thing makes lots of noise, and you get a sort of veggie/pineapple/honey smoothie. You gotta give each dog a little taste to make sure it’s good. If you’re gonna add any spices or herbs, that’s the time to do it.

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After the dogs have taste-tested, then you add that white stuff that smells like coconut. J doesn’t measure (she likes to live on the edge). She just dumps in a bit, and then the machine makes noise, and she dumps in a bit more until the mix turns into this dough-like stuff. Once it will stay shaped like a cookie, you gotta give the dogs another taste, because we’re the quality control crew. Maybe two tastes.

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Then you pat the dough-stuff into plastic trays for that drying machine – J just uses her hands to pat it out sort of thin on the sheets. Make sure to leave a little bit in the bowl – ’cause the dogs always get the last bite! She makes some patterns in the dough with a knife, and then stacks them in that drying thing, and it makes noise for a really long time (about 12 -14 hours) and makes the kitchen nice and warm.

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After the trays are in the drying thing and it’s on, you give the dogs the last bits of dough from the bowl, and then clean up the kitchen. Make sure when you turn off the drying thing that you give the dogs a warm crisp! Just like human puppies getting warm cookies from the oven, I imagine! Yum yum!

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J stores them in a jar in the cupboard and a dish with a lid by the front door. One batch lasts us about a week (but only because we can’t reach the jars and can’t take lids off).

Enjoy!

Healing is Hard Work

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Mica sez: Hey Murph – I notice your leg is a little worse for the wear. What’s up with that? I thought you were healing?

Murphy sez: Well, I was. But then J was home last week, and B was gone, and I had a legging on all the time instead of my cone, and there’s been construction for that new school just down the street…I sorta went backwards a lil bit. And J put some “healing” gel on my leg when it was looking much better and nearly all scarred over that made me itch like crazy and I pulled the gel and the scabs off, so it’s mostly her fault. But I don’t jump at every little noise now, and even when I do, I don’t immediately go for my leg. So that’s progress, right?

Mica sez: Definitely. I still jump when someone touches me. No matter who or where. Not as bad as when I first got here, but…I spook easily. So what are they gonna do about your leg? I mean, you can’t just leave it like that…

Murphy sez: Nope. J started leaving my legging off during the day again this week, and the scar tissue’s coming back quick. She and B forgot to put a legging on a lunch two days in a row, and she noticed I don’t really even try to lick at it now if the legging is off. She thinks it makes my leg itch worse to have it on, so they decided to s’periment with leaving my leg bare except when we’re walking, or overnight, or when J’s in the shower or something where she can’t watch me.

Mica sez: No medicine or anything? Just open to the air? Will that work?

Post-walk panting...
Post-walk panting…

Murphy sez: Well, medicine once or twice a day, and keeping it clean. But that’s it. J says wounds need lots of air to heal, and I’m already getting lots of good healing stuff in my food, so she thinks as long as I don’t pull it open again, it’ll heal better if we mostly leave it alone and don’t mess with it so much. It needs to dry out a bit, she says. I don’t know if it’ll work or not, but I guess we’ll see. I just gotta keep from licking and chewing on it…

Mica sez: That’s the hard part, right? I just can’t stop licking stuff, especially late at night – it’s so cathartic. But I lick bones a lot, or the carpet. J says she doesn’t care as long as I don’t lick myself open like you do. I don’t think she understands how soothing it is to anxious pups like us.

Murphy sez: I mostly lick early in the morning when I’m just waking up, and the sock itches. But when she changes it first thing, no lickies. I don’t know why I do it, really. I just…do. But I stop when J tells me to, mostly.

Mica sez: We should make a list of the medicines she’s tried for your leg, so other dogs can try them if they have the same problem, eh Murph? Like a First Aid Kit for dogs sort of thing? And maybe the stuff she puts in our food too…maybe it could help someone else…

Murphy sez: Yeah – that’s a great idea! Now that we have our own site, we could even add links to the stuff, so people can read about it. I tell you what…J’s used a lot of stuff on my leg, and so did my foster family. So we have a lot to recommend! We’ll add that to J’s list. Lick gran-u-lo-mas aren’t easy to heal, or mine isn’t, anyway. If we can help another dog, that would be pawsome!

Post-walk coma...
Post-walk coma…

Mica sez: You bet, Murph. And we’ll keep people updated on how the latest strategy is working too. I hope this latest one works. Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to wear a legging all winter? Except you might want to, just ’cause it’s cold. But that’s different. And J still needs to make you a sweater, and us both coats for walking. Geez. She’d better get started on those, eh? I mean, it’s gonna be winter soon, and I don’t like being cold….

Murphy sez: Me neither! Do you think she’ll make us walk in the snow? ‘Cause you know I’m picky about my feet…and those boots she bought really don’t work as well as they should.

Mica sez: Yep, I think she’ll make us walk in the snow. But she has some fleece booties that will work for snow. If you don’t kick ’em off, anyway. And it would be easier if your leg was healed, so the elastic doesn’t go over that spot.

Murphy sez: Well, I’ll just have to get my leg healed then. That’s all there is to it.

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Hey Mica – did you notice there’s a new box from PupJoy on the table? When do ya think we get to open that? I think we finally killed the hedgehog!

Mica sez: That hedgehog put up a good fight, but we killed it, for sure. It lasted several weeks – that’s a really long time around here! I think J should open that new box tonight. I mean, we’ve been good this week, right? We deserve whatever’s in there. I’m sure it’s something fun.

But seriously, Murph. You have to stop eating the stuffing…

A moment of silence for hedgie's selfless sacrifice.
A moment of silence for Hedgie’s selfless sacrifice.

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Dapper Pups

New boots for Murphy...
                       New boots for Murphy…

Murphy sez: Hey Mica, did ya see my spiffy new boots?! When do you think I get to try them out?

Mica sez: I don’t know, Murph. J seems to think they’re a bit too tall to work with your leg all messed up like it is, but maybe this weekend. They sure are fancy, with all that tread on the bottom. You’re gonna have some serious traction on the road, my friend.

Murphy sez: It’s gonna be cool, right? No more sore paws! And when those rascally rabbits jump out of the grass *right beside me*, I’ll be able to grab ‘em easier. I wonder if I could climb trees in those boots. I mean, rabbits are fun to chase, but I really wanna catch one of those high-falutin’ squirrels. Always chattering down at me from those tree branches, thinkin’ they’re all that…

Mica sez: You might want to think about how you’re gonna get out of the tree first, Murph. Seems like not such a good spot for a dog to find himself in, you know? I’ll stick with going after those pesky ducks. All that quacking makes me drool, I tell you what.

Murphy sez: Ducks are kind of boring. Except those ones we saw kind of molesting the third one on our walk a few weeks back. That was interesting. I kinda wanted to break it up. They didn’t seem to like us walking so close to ‘em. J says we did our good deed and gave the girl duck a break.

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                          1st crocheted legging for airflow.

Mica sez: I really could have evened up that fight if she’d let me have one of the males. Talk about the ultimate squeaky toy, eh? Speaking of toys, I don’t think we’re supposed to know this, but I think I heard J saying she ordered us both a box of toys in the mail. That sure sounds like fun. Yours might even have treats in it! I hope you share…I mean, it’s only polite.

Murphy sez: New toys? And treats? I might share, but depends on what it is. You can’t have, like…*anything* with that sensitive stomach of yours, dude. But if there’s something without grain or dairy or fish in it, you can try a bite. If you share some of your toys. Fair is fair.

Mica sez: Fair enough, Murph. I might have to wear some of your socks soon – J’s been threatening to put the longer, skinnier ones on me since I lick more than you do at night. I think that’s a horrible idea, but she seems to think the licking is a bad thing. I don’t know why I do it…I just do. And I can’t seem to stop…but it’s not like my legs are bleeding like yours does.

Second iteration of mesh crocheted sock.
                   Second iteration of mesh crocheted sock.

Murphy sez: Yeah, me neither. Licking is…ka-thar-tic, or however you say that.

Speaking of leggings, aren’t the new crocheted ones J’s making me cool? They’re meshy for the daytime when I’m coned up, so they protect my leg from cone bumps, but still let it get lots of air for healing. I’m not sure if I like them or not…they’re loose too, so no elastic to slow circulation, but they kinda feel weird when I lick ‘em. But J says I’m not supposed to lick them, I’m supposed to be a good doggie and leave my leg alone. Clearly she’s never been an addict. Sheesh.

She got me a new donut-type cone too, but hasn’t had time to blow it up yet. I think it’s too big, like the other plastic cone she bought, but I guess we’ll see. My old cone is wearing out though, so she’s gotta replace it with something soon. She said she’s going to try the donut cone this weekend, and then cut down that new plastic one so it’s shallower if the donut doesn’t work. I appreciate that, because I like playing with my toys even if I have my cone on, and my nose is short. You’d think they’d have found a better solution to cones by now.

Mica sez: Well, if you’d stop licking/chewing on yourself, then you wouldn’t have to wear that lampshade while they’re gone. But since you need it, maybe we should decorate it. They’re so boring, just plain plastic like that. We could put stickers on it – it’ll be a new fashion statement – you could start a trend, Murph!

Murphy sez: Let’s not get too excited about this, Mica. I mean, next thing you know, you’ll be telling me I need a sweater for fall, and a coat for winter…

Mica sez: Oh, it’s coming, buddy. Our J likes to crochet and knit, remember? I guarantee you’ll have a nice sweater like mine by fall. But I bet it’ll match those snazzy boots!

Mica's green & white sweater.
                        Mica’s green & white sweater.

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