Tuesday, March 23, 2010

As much as we have trained Maggie, she has trained us as well. Now that the weather is warmer Maggie enjoys being outside. When we try to bring her in the house she just stares at us. Most of the time it is not a problem, however there are times we need to leave, and securing her in the house is preferable. When she refuses to listen to us we offer her a "treat," and she comes running. Smart dog!

Friday, March 12, 2010

I took Maggie to the Gladwyne dog park. I knew this place existed but up till now didn't know its location. So after running google maps I realized how close it was to me. Upon arrival we were greeted by a few dogs and Maggie was in heaven!! We found an off leash trail and set out for a nice hike in the warm weather. Along the way we met two other hikers with their dogs and proceeded in their direction. At the end of the trail Maggie didn't want to leave and I had to bribe her with treats just to get her into the car. On our way out I found the fenced in area that is smaller then the one in Radnor, but looked equally fun. So the next trip I will give that a tray.
A day later I noticed these specs on Maggie's legs and realized they were tiny thorns. I assumed she picked them up when we were hiking on the trail. My daughter and I spent a good hour removing these thorns and eventually I had to cut the rest of them out of her fur. Interesting she didn't seem bothered by them, although I knew if left in the situation could get worse.

Friday, March 5, 2010

I was making dinner the other day and I turned to see what Maggie was doing. She was standing up and looking at something on the floor. My immediate thought was " what is she eating now!" But then I took a closer look and she was watching a ladybug walk across the floor. I guess the movement is what attracted her attention. She seemed content to just watch this bug. I have no idea what she was thinking but it was cute to watch her observing this bug.
I was afraid she would end up eating the bug so after a few minutes I decided to save the ladybug's life (these are bugs I actually like) and put it outside.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I followed Maggie outside one morning and as she started to pee, stuck a plastic container under her and did indeed collect some of her pee. She had no idea what I was doing, but didn't seem bothered by it.
After dropping the pee off at the vets I treated her to a few hours at the dog park and waited for the results.
Got the call a day later to learn that her kidney function was normal and although she tested positive for Lyme disease she doesn't actually have the disease. Makes sense huh!?! Anyway, it is good news to us. The vet encouraged us to keep a close watch over her in the event that any symptoms would show up, but for the time being she is acting like the normal Maggie.
This week with the snow melting and some grass appearing Maggie has been enjoying her walks. I wonder if she forgot what grass was since it has been so long since she has smelled it.
With the temperatures set to rise to the fifties next week, we are looking forward to the emergence of spring and more outside time.