Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sick Puppy

"I really don't feel well!"

Is it possible for a dog to eat over 100 small rocks and still feel “good?”  I don’t think so.  And I know this how?  Just by looking at our moping black dog that has a really big belly ache and pitiful face.  We were startled at her midnight vomiting spell and the fact that it was filled with rocks. (Sorry, hope you are not eating breakfast.)  So, we confined her to “sick bay” and after meals of rice and chicken, loads of sympathy, and tender loving care she seems to be coming around. 

The motive for eating rocks is puzzling at best.  Our best guess is that something from the garbage (placed on the end of the driveway) spilled on the rocks and she decided they tasted fabulous.  Maybe that is a testament to my cooking or, more likely, the fact that she is a lab and will eat ANYTHING!  Like the time she ate a baited rusty inch and a half long fish hook which fortunately came back up before the vet put her under the knife.  Or the time she swallowed a small squeaky tennis ball in the dog park so no other dogs could play with it.  But wait, my sister’s food hungry hound (Zoe the adorable beagle) has one up on Spirit.  The little dog took a giant leap from the kitchen floor and landed on the counter where she proceeded to eat nearly two dozen of the newly-made, bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers.  Yep, she ate everything including the cheese filling and the toothpicks.  Knowing her, I am surprised she did not eat the baking sheet too! 

Spirit is almost back to her usual self.  We are hoping she learned a lesson this week about what is suitable dog food and what is substrate used in parking lots.…..but we are not holding out much hope for that.  At least now we never leave her alone outside on the rocks! 

Our driveway has just a few less red rocks thanks to Spirit.




8 comments:

  1. Poor Spirit--give her a hug from us. See you are still at Lazy Days.

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    1. Don't worry the pooch has been pampered...but one more hug won't hurt. We will be here until Jan. 18th. Sorry we are not headed to Texas to see you all.

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  2. Indeed - dogs will eat anything! My dog once ate a coworkers purse - including irreplaceable family reunion negatives and a bottle of Valium!

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    1. That is prettey funny. Although, I am sure your coworker was not laughing.

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  3. You know Zach has done this too. Just a couple of days ago I pulled a sharp shell out of his mouth. Than Nigel decided it must be food if Zach was eating it. Yes Nigel was sitting out under the awning with Zach, can you believe it? Glad to hear Spirit is on the mend. Susan

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    1. We thought of you all the other day when a Bluebird pulled in. Rushed over to see if it was you guys and were disappointed when it wasn't.

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    2. We would give you warning so you could stock up on Cat Daddy for Dean, :) we have not decided where we are going next but will keep an eye on you guys when we get on the move again. Just arrived back in TX tonight will be here for a few months at least.

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  4. Awww… look at that sad face. Although her pitiful face is cute, I hope she learned her lesson. But Anne is right, and that hilarious story of her co-worker’s dog proves that dogs will eat anything they’ll find appetizing, so keep an eye on Spirit. =) Stacy Zimmerman @ Plymouth Veterinary Hospital, Inc

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