Thursday, December 22, 2005

Kyle's return to hockey

About two weeks ago, Kyle informed us that he missed hockey. He wanted to start playing again. As it is the middle of the season for everyone, I didn't know if this was possible, but I made some phone calls, and a very accomodating hockey director made room for him on a house team.

Kyle had his first practice last night in a brand new pair of skates with a brand new stick. He seemed to have a blast, and noted that he worked harder last night than he had all last season. It was great fun to watch him skate again. He knows lots of kids on the team and appeared to be enjoying their company. His coach is terrific - very friendly, hockey knowledgable, and fair. He was so welcoming to Kyle and me. We are looking forward to the rest of this season. It should be fun.

His remaining game schedule is posted below. I will try to remember to post the results and Kyle's stats.

Kyles Hockey Schedule Winter 2006

Kyle’s Hockey Schedule
Winter 2006

DSCC Pee Wee House – Black Bears
All games to be played at Desert Schools Coyote Center, Chandler, Arizona

Sat 1/7/06     2:00pm     vs. MinuteMen
Sun 1/8/06     11:00am     vs. Terriers
Sat 1/14/06     12:45pm     vs. Terriers
Sat 1/21/06     12:45pm      vs. RiverHawks
Sat 1/28/06     2:00pm     vs. Eagles
Sat 2/4/06     2:00pm     vs. MinuteMen
Sun 2/12/06     9:20am     vs. Warriors
Sat 2/25/06     2:00pm     vs. MinuteMen
Sun 2/26/06     3:40pm     vs. MinuteMen

Joe's Graduation

Joe graduated from level one obedience & agility training on Monday night. Not sure he should have graduated, as he spent the entire class trying to find Snoopy. Ron thought it would be fun for Snoopy to have a night out and to watch Joe. Not a good idea. Joe was frantic looking for him. He whimpered & whined the whole time and kept focusing on that instead of me! But he had fun, and he did graduate to level two.

He is now happily going over obstacles, over jumps (only low ones for now,) through the tire, through any tunnel (YEA! That was a tough one!) through the weave poles (begrudgingly!) and even over the teeter, though he is not happy about that one at all. As far as obedience goes, without Snoopy around he will sit stay for about a minute, sit, down, stand & shake on command, and come most of the time. He is still completely unmanageable on the leash, but we're working on it. He's got so much energy he doesn't want to walk on the leash. It's a challenge.

Snoopy was originally in training, but when he needed surgery, we switched to Joe. Snoopy will sit out the next session as well, and will start basic training in the spring. He's easier anyway, as Joe outweighs him by at least 5 pounds and tons of strength.

Snoopy can shake, sit, stand, down and come on command already anyway. But I think that since Noo had surgery, Joey will be the agility dog. He seems to have taken to it pretty quickly and loves the running. He bounds over those obstacles like nothing. It's quite fun to watch - and participate. Though he's in much better shape than I am.

I'll try to get some pictures of him when we start back up in January.

Joe's Graduation Certificate

Monday, December 19, 2005

Merry Christmas from the House of SnooJoe

Just a short note to wish all who visit here a very happy holiday season! Whether you celebrate the winter solstice, Kwaanza, Hanukah, Christmas, or Ramadan, please have a very safe & happy holiday and remember that it's about family and friends, not the stuff.

Blessings & hugs,

Ron, Kim, Kyle and of course, Snoopy & Joe!

Merry Christmas from the House of SnooJoe

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Christmas Fun - get your elf name!

Had to share this, as it was shared with me. What fun! Give it a try!!!

Christmas Elf Name

My Christmas Elf Name is
Get your Christmas Elf Name at

Snoopy Update

As I sit here trying to think, while listening to the dogs wrestle in the bedroom next to me, I realize that I haven't updated since Snoopy's vet visit on Tuesday.

Snoopy went back in to the surgeon on Tuesday, 12/6, to have his sutures (staples) removed. He was such a good boy. Very excited to go to the office, until Holly came out to get him. Then he wanted to be sure that I would go with him. He wasn't going back through that door without me again.

He was weighed and gained 1.2 pounds during his 10 day rehab! As soon as he's able, we'll have to get him back exercising regularly!

It took Holly all of a minute to remove his staples. He was better about the staple removal than having his temperature taken. She said his incision looked great. Then Dr. Dixon came in to say that as long as he's doing fine, he doesn't need to see him again or re-xray. However, we are to still keep his activity level down (yeah, right) and rest him if he starts to limp.

So Snoopy is doing pretty well. We did have a scare on Wednesday night when he jumped off the couch and bumped his left shoulder into the corner of the coffee table. Ouch. He didn't move for a little while. Took some Rimadyl and napped. Then he was okay.

Then we had a scare with Joey yesterday. I thought I'd give them some freedom in the backyard since Noo can go in the pool again. They've been restricted from the pool/lawn area since Noo's surgery. Well, not 3 minutes after letting them out there, JOE came in limping pretty badly. I don't know what he did, but he was favoring his back leg (couldn't tell which even after examining both.) Gave them both Rimadyl and closed the gate. No yard privileges for them!

The Christmas tree is surviving the boys so far. No ornaments on the bottom 2 feet, and Joe seems to think that leaning against the tree is great fun. Not to mention wrestling underneath it. But there are no breakable ornaments on there (well, no glass ones anyway) and the tree is still standing.

No there will be no presents underneath the tree this year. We will have to find a much safer place to keep them.

Happy happy and Merry merry!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Snoopy after surgery, Nov 25

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This is Snoopy the morning after surgery.  His incision is approximately 3 inches long with 8 staples holding it closed.  Poor little guy looks like a newborn pig where they shaved him.  The yellow bandage on the right leg is from his IV.  He's a little groggy.  Sedatives and painkillers on board.

Snoopy, the million dollar dog...

(although I posted a bit about this on Thanksgiving Day, I decided to post a play by play review of the surgery and days following. Just for my own amusement.)

When things are going too well, something is bound to change. Back in October, Snoopy hurt his left leg. Went to the vet, couldn't find anything seriously wrong. Told us to rest him (yeah, right) and keep an eye on it. November, Snoopy starts limping on the opposite side. Back to the vet. Nothing wrong on the right, but that left shoulder is still suspicious.

November 22 - To the specialist (ie: veterinary surgeon.) We went to the same facility that treated Toosox when she had lymphoma. Fabulous group of doctors. Just a really nice place if you have to be there. Dr. Dixon examined Snoopy and requested that we return for x-rays the next day. He was suspicious it might be loose cartilage. Snoopy would need to be sedated for radiology, so he would spend the day there.

November 23 - Snoopy was dropped off at 8:30am for his day at the vet. He was very happy and compliant. Didn't even blink when the door closed behind him. The surgeon called around 2pm. Snoopy had OCD (the physical kind, not the mental kind - though most BCs are mentally OC!) OsteoChondritis Dissecans. A chip of cartilage had broken off from the ball of the shoulder joint and lodged in the joint, causing him to limp. Most likely caused by excessive stress on the shoulder joint. He would be fine, but there was only a "fix" not a "cure." Oh yeah, and there would be a month long recovery period in which he was to be inactive. (nine month old Border Collie - are they kidding???) I could pick him up around 2pm. When I picked him up he was a little loopy, but very happy to see me. The surgical tech showed me the xrays (they're digital now - very cool) and the spot where he was missing the cartilage. Good news was the right shoulder looked fine. Snoopy came home and slept most of the afternoon.

November 24 - Thanksgiving Day. Snoopy has lots of freedom and fun. Ball at the park, running up and down the stairs, swimming in the pool, digging up the back lawn, wrestling with his brother. After today, he will be on restriction until just before the New Year.

November 25, 8:30am. Time to drop Snoopy off for his surgery. This time he's not so keen on going behind that door. He fights and cries to get back out. What a heartbreaker. 12:30pm The surgical tech calls to let me know they are going into surgery. That Snoopy has just been sedated. He has been pretty restless and vocal all morning, but is quite happy now. 1:30pm The surgeon calls to say they are out of surgery. They removed a chunk of cartilage from his shoulder and he's doing fine. Just waking up from anesthesia. I can pick him up at 8:30am the next morning.

Meanwhile, back at our house, Joe is frantic. Poor dog can't find his brother anywhere. He sniffs and paws at every corner of the house looking for him. He cries and whimpers. At one point he lays down with one of Snoopy's stuffed animals between his paws and lays his head on it. He is tragic. Completely lost without Snoopy.

And at the hospital, apparently Snoopy is no better. Howls and cries all night.

November 26, 8:30am. Time to bring the million dollar dog home. The surgical tech takes me through the discharge instructions, gives me his pile of meds (sedative, painkiller, anti-inflammatory) and let's me pay the bill. hahahaha She also was kind enough to save the chip that was removed. It is the size of a middle fingernail. Ouch.

She goes to the back to get Snoopy (whom I could hear the minute I entered the building.) He comes running in the room, jumping all over me. He is very happy. And apparently not too uncomfortable. He is not to be jumping around like this. And this was on the sedatives. We go over a few final things and I head out with Snoopy.

At home, Snoopy sleeps. Joe occasionally sniffs him (especially his incision which is approximately 3 inches long and stapled shut) and looks at me as if to say, "He looks like my brother, and even sort of smells like him, but he's not acting like him." Joe is happy that Snoopy is here, but very unhappy that Snoopy won't play. Ha. Just wait 24 hours.

That night I try to crate Snoopy to sleep. No such luck. Guess one night away from home in a crate was enough. He howls until I can't stand it. I go downstairs and sleep on the couch with Snoopy on a leash next to me. At least if he tries to move, I can wake up. It is a long night.

November 27 - Are we sure this dog had surgery? He's happy as a clam and trying to run all around the family room, which he is restricted to. A month of no exercise??? They must be kidding. With all the meds on board, Snoopy seems fine. So I decide to cut out the painkillers. Maybe with a little discomfort, he'll be less apt to try to jump and run.

And back to today. Snoopy is doing great one week after surgery. His incision looks good, the sutures come out Tuesday. He is quite mobile - getting around really well, and now restricted to the downstairs unless someone carries him up and down the stairs. He's a little stir crazy, but we've still got 3 weeks of rehab before he can play hard again. Joe still doesn't understand why he can't wrestle with Snoopy. But at least he has his brother back.

We see the vet on Tuesday. Will know more then about his rehab and progress. More later.