The same night B and I had our chili cheese dogs, B took the pups to the vet. A needed her annual check-up and vaccinations. G was being seen for a nail trim and what could have possibly been hip issues. A couple of times we noticed that when he stood by the bed and then jumped up, he would whine once he landed. If he was jumping from a run or walk then he was fine. I was hopeful that it was just a wonky and uncomfortable toenail. He’s a nail chewer, by the way. But according to the vet that evening, G has the beginnings of a torn ligament in one of his rear knees. The surgery the vet described that would eventually be needed sounds absolutely horrific. Big dogs don’t do well with it, especially ones that can’t be crated (he freaks out) that are old. So we needed to keep him from jumping up and down on the bed. The couch is low enough, or he’s tall enough, that he can just step onto it. And we need to stop taking him hiking with us. He can still go for walks and play with A, but overall we need to keep his paws firmly on the ground with no more leaping.
When we arrived home with our pups and dinner, we Googled “pet stairs” and called a couple PetsMart stores to see if they had stairs in stock sturdy enough to hold our 100 pound baby, but no luck.
B ended up lifting G up and down off the bed that night. The next evening after work, B and a friend got together and built these:
The best darn puppy stairs ever. Sturdy enough to hold a 200 pound man. We had to put a towel between the back of the stairs and the bed, but otherwise they are absolutely perfect. G responds very well to positive reinforcement and after training with a scoop of kibble and lots of praise, he’s using his stairs about 90% of the time. He’s less likely to use them to get down, but we take what we can get and guide him when we can.
We also started him on Polychews for Older Dogs, as recommended by a vet friend of mine. A gets them too. You’d think we were hanging a pound of bacon slathered in peanut butter over their heads when it’s treat time. We’re thankful they enjoy their “treats” so well.
One Saturday morning when the temperature was crazy cold with a wind chill of insane, I did my prenatal workout DVDs. I followed these with a cup of Mocha Mint coffee and a green smoothie. It was a good start to my day indoors!
I highly recommend the Erin O’Brien Fitness Fix workout. She’s fairly pleasant and you do get a sweat on. The prenatal yoga DVD I picked up at the library, and promptly took back after doing it once. That lady’s voice WAS annoying. I much prefer my Crunch Gym prenatal yoga DVD that B gave me for Christmas. (He also gave me the Erin O’Brien DVD which comes with a postnatal workout too.)
S doing her yoga with me…
After all that exercise a girl needs her sweet tooth satisfied, yes? Well, look no further than OREOS!
These ended up being my breakfast one Saturday morning. By accident actually. I had gone running, stopped by the store on my way home to grab groceries, saw these and couldn’t resist trying the Marshmallow Crispy flavor. If you’ve not tried them yet – go grab a bag, or three! The are delicious!! I only allowed myself to try one flavor and my friend Janine confirmed I made the right choice not picking the Cookie Dough Oreos.
I got home and put away the groceries. As the coffee was brewing I was trying to decide between oatmeal and eggs, and then before I knew it I was scarfing down Oreos and texting a couple of my sugar-loving friends. I ended up eating six for breakfast and a yogurt. I’m not proud, people. Just keeping it real.
But really, go try the Marshmallow Crispy Oreos. They are worth it!