Great News~Nellie’s Ultrasound

Nellie had her ultrasound today because I thought I was seeing something in her abdomen.

The doctor doing a physical exam on Nellie.

I’m starving where’s my food?

Is there food in here?

Mom’s mean, I didn’t get breakfast.

Time for the ultrasound, they even shaved my belly!

Is that my spleen on the screen?

Mom you worry too much, see I’m fine!

I am happy to report the doctor didn’t see anything of any significance on the ultrasound. All her internal organs were just fine and no tumors or anything else found. She did see a couple small nodules on her spleen but the size is of no concern right now. So my mind must be playing tricks on me and all that it was is her fat reserves. I’m actually calling it beaveritis as this happens after she goes and finds the carcass pile and eats herself full. So relieve knowing Nellie is fine. No more feeling sorry for herself and  time to exercise and get that weight off so I stop seeing things.

What’s In Nellie’s Belly~Mischief Monday

Today Nellie is causing the mischief. Since January she’s been causing a mystery with what might or might not be in her belly. You can read about Nellie’s Senior Wellness series here. I talked about how I thought she had something (lump) in belly. The doctors at work palpated her abdomen and couldn’t palpate anything. We took radiographs of her abdomen and they were inclusive. Now I know Nellie is 10# overweight but I just don’t feel this is excess weight. Last week she had some GI upset from eating a bunch of gak outside and that is when I saw the alien (lump) in her belly. So off to work we went again. This time when the doctors palpated her abdomen they couldn’t say “yes we feel something obvious” but all three doctors said she “felt full” that they couldn’t pin point what might be going on but something was off. Off to radiology again for more xrays of her abdomen. This time one doctor said everything looked fine, the other doctor thought she could see something. I also think Nellie has been panting and drinking more weather this has anything to go along with what is going on is beyond me.

Mom, your a hypochondriac quit looking at my belly there is nothing wrong with me!

What are we going to do now? Well… you are reading this Nellie is having a abdominal ultrasound done. We have another clients dog that needed a ultrasound so we booked a board certified internal medicine doctor to come to the clinic and preform these two ultrasounds. Besides opening Nellie up and doing surgery to get a look at what might be going on inside of her this is the next best way which isn’t so invasive and needing her to recover from a surgery. Not to say once we have the results of the ultrasound that she won’t need surgery but at least we will have a report and know what might be going on.

  1. ultrasound

    • n.noun
      1. Ultrasonic sound.

      2. The use of ultrasonic waves for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, specifically to image an internal body structure, monitor a developing fetus, or generate localized deep heat to the tissues.

      3. An image produced by ultrasound.

The only time(s) Nellie has had a ultrasound was to diagnosis her past three pregnancy’s. That was for something fun, this time not so fun unless there is nothing wrong then it was a little tummy massage.

A fun ultrasound, looking for puppies.

I will let you know what the results of the ultrasound are. At her age 10.5 years this is a good thing to do, just to make sure nothing is wrong with her.

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Raise Your Paw If Your Happy~Black And White Sunday


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Nothing But Norman #92

Happy Saturday All!

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This coming Wednesday the 22nd of April is Earth Day.

It is also a day that I will remember forever, it is the day my dad died. Maurice Ray Bradley passed on April 22, 1994 when I was just 23 years old. So I hold Earth Day close to my heart and give back when I can. My dad’s ashes are scattered on what used to be “his property” which is now my brothers and I. We have a memorial there because besides my dad’s ashes being there my mom’s are there also. We plant tree’s there to give back to the earth for what it has given to us. My parent’s may no longer be with me but they are aiding in the growth and life of the tree’s so I find comfort in this special place.

My dad had a Chesapeake for a hunting dog when I was growing up. Trigger was the first dog that I got to go hunting with. I knew at that time there was no other breed for me.

My dad nor mom never got to meet any of our chessies in person but they met them many times when I would take the gang to this special spot to hang out with my parents. This is my go to place when I just need a moment to myself. The dogs love going to this place as it is tucked away in a back field surrounded by marshes, woodlands, cows and other wildlife so there is much to smell, see and check out without the everyday hussle and bussle of life. A place where one can go and have the memories of a life that once was and try to feel that moment again.

On 10/16/13 a couple weeks before Norman passed we paid a visit to this special place, just Norman and I. He walked over and visited with my mom and dad, he walked around the field picking up sticks and hauling them around as that was one of his favorite things to do. He sniffed the scrub oaks, sniffed the pines took in all the great smells that this earth provides. We said our goodbyes and I told him he would rest here one day when I have the strength to let a part of him go.

I have a number of pictures from this day, these are just a few, I will share more another day. These are my most favorite pictures of Norman that I look back on often. He photographed so well this day that I will remember forever and wish that I had my buddy with me again to visit this special place together again. One day buddy we will visit this place again and walk next to each other once again. Hopefully not to soon though as I have many things I need to finish up on earth.



“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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Distractions~FitDog Friday

This past week the SS gang worked on distractions during blind work. Distractions can be holding blinds used to hide the person planting the blind, holding blinds used to hide the people throwing the marks, they can be decoys near the line of the blind and it can be a duck thrown in the area of the blind so the dog has to go through that old scent. All which can cause a problem for young or advanced dogs. Gambler had worked on this last year as he was running master level tests where you mostly see these distractions. Glory was running seniors so she hasn’t seen too much of this so it was time to start training her in it.

Gambler starts today:

Heading out past the snow geese decoys to the blind.

Picking up the duck at the blind.

Heading back with the duck from the blind.

Getting closer.


Taking off.

I gotta get there fast.


Next blind retrieve Gambler had to pick up a bumper.

Bringing it back.

Good boy.

MK supervising the training session.

After Gambler was done John said “go get mom” and this is his face charging me on the ground.

Glory’s turn:

Getting ready.

Taking off.

Motoring out.

Glory got sucked into the snow geese decoys, she wanted to go check them out, she got told to sit.

Right hand turn.

Coming back.

Next the holding blind distracted Glory.

Getting Glory to get away from the holding blind.

Bringing the bumper back.

Good girl.


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Blessed Again~Thursday Barks And Bytes


I am once again blessed with the Liebster Award. This time a couple of Groovy Goldendoodles blessed me with it. If you don’t know the Groovy Goldendoodles you are missing out on the adventures of Harley and new puppy Jax. Harley wasn’t too sure about his new little brother Jax when he first arrived but I think he is warming up to him now and is glad to be a part of a two dog household again. Follow along with them and watch Jax grow into a adult.

Here are The Rules:

  • Should you accept this award, acknowledge by leaving a comment on the blog where you were nominated.
  • Copy and paste the Liebster logo onto your own blog.
  • Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
  • Answer the 11 questions put to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate and link to 3 to 11 other blogs you enjoy. – Sorry I’m a rule breaker and by pass this rule as well as the next two.
  • List 11 questions for your Liebster Award nominees on your blog.
  • Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are my questions and answers:

1. Do you have medical pet insurance? I do not have medical insurance, since I am a Veterinary Technician I do get a discount at work for any services. I am very lucky that my pets haven’t needed much beyond routine care.

2.  Do your dogs sleep in the bed with you? You betcha ya, all three of them and when Norman was alive he was in there too along with MK. Once Norman passed MK doesn’t sleep with us anymore.

3. What do you have planned in the near future for your blog? It’s not really in the near future but one day I want to go self hosted.

4. If you could share only one piece of wisdom with novice dog owners, what would it be? Do your research on breeds and know which one will fit into your life style and research their health problems and research breeders to make sure they have done the proper health clearances.

5. What was the hardest thing to teach your dog? Hardest thing would of been when teaching Glory that she needs to come back across the pond in a straight line and not run the shore all the way around.

6. What have you learned from your dog? I have learned that they are always happy when you are with them and they will love you no matter what.

7. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I hate maggots!

8. What do you find most rewarding about blogging? Having people read my blog and say they have learned something from my blog, then I have known I have made a difference.

9. What do you find most frustrating about blogging? The lack of time to be able to visit more blogs and comment.

10. When did you do something that took real courage? Back in December of 2014 when I had to call the puppy buyers and tell them Glory wasn’t pregnant, that there would be no puppy for them at that time.

11. Why did you start blogging? To share the pregnancy, birth, puppies of Nellie and have people be able to watch them grow.

Thank you Cathy, Harley and Jax for bestowing on me this great award.

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Don’t Be Afraid Of The Gman Clown~Wordless Wednesday

Last Friday at therapy the Elementary kids got to dress Gman up as a Clown. He didn’t mind one bit.


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Furminator Dual Brush

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Ding dong calling. We got our monthly sample from Today we are sampling something non editable for once. With shedding season upon us I thought it would be great to try out and review the Furminator Dual Brush For Dogs. It says for dogs but you will see at the end of the post I tried it out on MK also, so not just for dogs anymore.

FURminator Dual Brush For Dogs

Furminator Dual Brush For Dogs comes with 2 types of brushes and a carrying/protective outer case.

A well groomed pet is a happy, healthy pet. But, there are many reasons that frequent visits to your pet stylist aren’t always possible. With FURminator’s new line of professional quality grooming tools, you can get near professional results at home.

Key Benefits

  • Helps remove mats, tangles and loose hair
  • Features a pin brush on one side and bristle brush on the other
  • Pin brush works on long coated dogs
  • Nylon bristle brush is an excellent all round brush that can be used on almost any coat type
  • Removes debris from short coated dogs
  • Finishes the coat and creates a natural shine for long coats
  • Designed to follow the natural contours of pet’s head and body

Isn’t this suppose to be food?

Of course when the box came in the mail, Gambler thought it was for him and it was something edible, he was sadly mistaken when he tried to eat it and it poked him.

Nellie enjoying the brushing.

Nellie has a thick wavy coat that is shedding something fierce now. The pin brush worked great at going through her thick coat grabbing all the hair that she was shedding out.

Nellie on top and Gambler on bottom.

The pin brush really made the dogs coat stand up looking really full.

Glory loving the soft bristle part of the brush for head brushing.

The soft bristle side of the brush worked great on the smooth not so long parts of the dogs like their head and legs.

The hair easily came out.

All the shed hair came out of the pin side of the brush very easily.

Dual brush, not just for dogs.

MK couldn’t be left out. The dogs were all getting brushed so she came running to find out what the fuss was about. She didn’t mind the brush at all so it’s not just a dog brush but a cat brush too.

Right now the brush is on sale for $9.94 a 48% savings over the normal cost of $18.99. What a great price for a brush that works well on long and short hair of dogs and cats.


Because: has more than 300 brands to choose from and is ready to fetch it and ship it, direct to your doorstep, anytime of the day. Have a question regarding the best food for your pet? Call us 24/7 and our helpful customer service team at is ready to listen. lives and breathes pets. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,’s dedicated staff is committed to providing quality pet products to our customers in a fast and easy way. That’s why we have warehouses located throughout the country – so the products are delivered quickly and efficiently. Bottom line, delivers pet happiness – and there’s nothing really better than that. Their products are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed (if your not happy call them and they pay for shipping the item back), they have expert pet care and product advice, over 200 of the best pet brands and 24/7 customer care. Another great benefit of is they have autoship for your pet food needs and orders under $49.00 are a flat rate shipping cost of $4.95. 200 SW 1st Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 1-800-67-CHEWY

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Canine Influenza~Causing Mischief In The Midwest

You’ve probably heard by now about the outbreak of the Canine Influenza Virus, mainly it hit the Chicago, IL area hard with over 1000 dogs sick and 5 that have died, Chicago has been the first outbreak in the US from the H3N2 strain. They are calling this a outbreak that may last several weeks. There has been one case diagnosed in Madison, WI last week, a dog that traveled to Chicago as well as cases in Indiana and Iowa. CIV is a highly contagious virus which was discovered in 2004, the CIV strains have been identified as H3N8 and H3N2. The disease also has a higher mortatlity rate in young and  older or immunosuppressed dogs.

Merck Animal Heath sent out this helpful sheet to our vet clinic.

Tips to Protect Your Dog from Dog Flu (Canine Influenza)                             

Between March 16 and April 1, 2015, Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) has been positively diagnosed in 89 dogs in the Chicago area. Canine influenza virus causes a respiratory infection in dogs that is often referred to as canine influenza or “dog flu.” Canine influenza virus was first isolated in Florida in 2004 at a Greyhound racing facility. Since then, the virus has been confirmed in dogs across 40 states and the District of Columbia. Since it is a relatively new virus, almost all dogs are susceptible to infection when they are newly exposed because they have not built up natural immunity.

Most infected dogs show only mild symptoms, but some dogs become very sick and require veterinary treatment. Most common clinical signs include lethargy, anorexia, low-grade fever, nasal discharge, and cough. Dogs with more severe disease can present with a high fever and pneumonia.

What You Need to Know and Do

  • CIV is not the same as Bordetella and Bordetella is not the only pathogen that causes kennel cough.
  • Canine influenza is highly infectious and the virus spreads very quickly from dog to dog.
  • Canine influenza virus can be spread by direct contact with respiratory discharge from infected dogs, through the air via a cough, bark, or sneeze, and by contact with contaminated objects such as dog bowls and clothing.
  • To prevent the spread of disease, wash your hands with soap and water or disinfect them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after contact with dogs.
  • Dog owners whose dogs are coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease should not participate in activities or bring their dogs to facilities where other dogs can be exposed to the virus.
  • Call your veterinarian immediately if your dog has the following symptoms:
    • Coughing
    • Discharge from the nose or eyes
    • Loss of appetite
    • Lethargy/lack of energy
  • Canine influenza can be prevented through vaccination. Talk to your veterinarian about whether or not your pet is at risk. Merck Animal Health offers a Canine influenza vaccine which is available through veterinarians.
  • Information on Merck Novibac Canine Influenza Vaccine can be viewed here.

Should you be worried and what should you do about it?

If your dog(s) don’t come in contact with other dogs especially in close confinement (dog performance events, groomer, doggy daycare, boarding, training class, dog shows) then you probably don’t have much to worry about unless you work  in any of these area’s where an infectious  dog  may be and you bring the virus home on your hands or clothing. If you work in any of these area’s or your dog(s) will be in these area’s or staying for any length of time then I suggest you talk to your Veterinarian about getting the CIV vaccine. Since I train with a training group, bring my dog’s to work when needed and participate in performance events I did vaccinate my dog’s this week. Now remember when you do get the vaccination done for your dog it doesn’t work immediately, after the first shot the body is building up immunity but until you get that second vaccination and until two weeks later your dog won’t be protected so you still need to stay away from high risk areas. The vaccine currently offers protection against the H3N8 strain, the Midwest outbreak is the H3N2 Asian strain. They are hoping there will be some crossover protection but can’t be certain.

Canine Influenza FAQ ~ AVMA

Canine Influenza ~ AVMA

Dog Flu: Canine Influenza ~ Huffington Post

Key points from this link if you don’t have a chance to view it:

Morbidity: 20-50 percent of the dogs exposed to this virus will make antibodies against this virus and will successfully clear the infection. These pets will not show overt signs of their infection.

50-80 percent of the dogs exposed to the virus will show flu like symptoms — like fever, lethargy, coughing and purulent nasal discharge. A small percentage of these pets will develop pneumonia and it is this population that is at risk for death.

Mortality: 5-8 percent.
Most pets will recover with supportive care only.

Incubation Period: 2-5 days.

Length of Infection: 2 weeks.

Immunity: Dogs that recover from Canine Influenza are believed to be protective for 2 years. A Canine Influenza (H3N8) vaccine exists and aids in reducing the shedding and severity of the infection. This vaccine does NOT prevent the disease. The vaccine is given in two doses separated by 2-3 weeks. Yearly re-vaccination is recommended for high-risk dogs.

Hopefully this outbreak will subside soon and no more dogs become sick or die. Be proactive on keeping your gang safe.

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