Happy Gotcha Day to my sweet sweet Gumbo!
Taking advantage of this new Instagram feature to share tons of baby puppy photos. He came to me two years ago better known as Lombard as a guide dog in training. After his first birthday he was released from the program for anxiety and ball obsession. Since last year we have met so many new friends and adventured like there was no tomorrow. I can't wait to spend many more years with you buddy. #puppyspam
When you open the door and you have a box from @chewy !
I have heard nothing but amazing things about Chewy. I have started buying all my pet supply needs from them except dog food (we get it through the shelter we work at). But anything like treats, toys, and other supplies are from chewy. They have competitive prices that match or beat Amazon. They have THE BEST customer service and always make sure you are satisfied with your purchase. They have super fast shipping and you can find almost everything you need. We just made an order today for some toys and treats. .
Thanks Chewy for being awesome 🏻🏻#chewyboxlove
Hump day happy dance ! Almost to the weekend my friends 🏻
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@cliveandbacon - 10% off
@thebarkshop - A free bully stick .
@barkbox - $10 credit to @thebarkshop .
@bolt.and.needle - 15% off
Ever wonder how easy it is to get your @molly_mutt bed sleep ready?
See how simple it is to get your dogs favorite bed stuffed and comfortable. You can notice that I use a combination of old pillows, blankets, sheets and towels to fill my huge bed. The best part is that everything that goes in my bed will fit in my washer. Therefore I can throw the inside and the cover to get washed. We own the huge size bed which is big enough for our Labrador and golden retriever. They have many prints and sizes to fit your dog and style preference.
We went to the vet yesterday and talked more with the cardiologist about her fainting episodes. Even on the medication she was still having episodes so they wanted to reevaluate her. They took her for half the day to do some tests and I got to watch her ultrasound. They have now diagnosed her with pulmonary hypertension and lung disease. She does also have heart disease but they think that isn't the reason she is having fainting spells and coughing. She isn't getting enough blood and oxygen in her body because the pressure in her lungs are very high. So they gave us more medication to treat her. First they gave some antibiotics to help treat anything that might be lingering in her lungs. Second they gave a blood pressure medication to help blood flow. And finally they have her medication to help open up her bronchi in her lung to get more air. We are hoping that this helps her and she will be on a total of four medications after the antibiotics. We are suspecting it cost 150-200 dollars a month but I would do anything to make sure she feels better. We have a recheck in two weeks to recheck blood pressures so hopefully we will see results! For now we are hoping for the best with meds and making sure she is on limited activity and doesn't get too excited. Poor Pancakes won't be joining us on adventures any time soon
Gotta rep your favorite bandana company
Seriously go check out @cliveandbacon ! Tina is such a nice lady and she will work with you to make sure you get the best bandana for your pup. They have vinyl and hand pressed fonts for your bandanas and even fun pre-made designs for the holidays that you won't find anywhere else. Not to mention that if you have a vision for a bandana, she WILL help you make that bandana come true! But that's not all, she working to make more accessories like dog sweatshirts and clothes for humans too. Go check them out and you will not be disappointed.
Tell her that we sent you by using the code MYCANINELIFE for a discount
I never posted this for the Westminster Kennel Club Show but I want to say that Pancakes is the honorary champion in my heart. .
Pancakes still isn't doing to well even on her medication. She still had episodes every other day especially when she gets really excited or when she climbs the stairs. We are going back to the cardio specialist on Monday to get some answers and maybe some new medications.
Stop taking photos. It's time to go explore. .
Backpack from @outwardhound (coming home)
Did you know that February is Dental Awareness Month?
We brush our dogs teeth once or twice a week during their "spa day". We make sure that their teeth are checked by a vet during their annual check up and get them a dental cleaning if necessary. However during the off days when we are not brushing their teeth we provide them with toys to chew on and treats that help promote good dental health! .
One of the treats we got this month from @chewy is the Greenies Grain Free Chews for large dogs. The dogs wait for one after their breakfast every morning and we have been feeding greenies are treats since Pancakes was younger! The have a unique design similar to a tooth brush and they aren't too hard so Pancakes the senior dog gets to enjoy them too. I'm glad they come in a grain free version for those that feed grain free. It's hard to find dental treats out there that are grain free. Now if only the bags would come with more chews (that's what Gumbo and Aslan think!)
What do you do for your pets teeth? .
(Disclaimer: this product was sent to us free of charge for our honest review) #chewyinfluencer
Let go exploring
Collar from @creative_fiasco_studio ! They have some big news coming up so check them out! And this collar is perfect for any explorer! She makes them in any width and size and you can even get your name customized on it. Use the code "MYCANINELIFE" for 15% off
The sweetest face
Photo taken by @wat.ki (even though that's my hand haha!)
How could anyone not fall in love with this sweet face
How cute is this camping bed from @molly_mutt ! This is from their water resistant collection which makes it perfect for outdoor camping or road trips in the car. molly mutt makes it important to have easily washable beds. You fill their duvet covers with old household items like pillow, clothes, towels or blankets. That way you can actually wash the inside and the outside! I always fill the bed so there is an indent in the middle and Gumbo just melts into that section!
When your valentine looks at you like you're the love of his life .
Bandana from @fetchandheel
Photo taken by @wat.ki
Entry for #barksandhearts hosted by @jaxandthepack @bellaandcooper @pupsonpar .
Entry for #MyValentinePup #sweepstakes hosted by @sniffandbarkens and @1800flowers .
Entry for #2017doggyvday hosted by @nanataru @cinniloveswalkies @two.puggles
I would love to thank everyone who has commented on our last two photos. We have been busy making sure that Pancakes has been okay. She hasn't had an episode since she started her medication and she seems to have more energy! I've been extremely grateful to everyone who has said nice things to me and wished Pancakes well. It is amazing to think that there are people who has never personally met Pancakes and me but care so much about us. I love the Instagram community and all the support. Thank you for loving my dogs and following our adventures. I take photos to make all my followers on Instagram happy
Featured Milk and Cookies bandana from @cliveandbacon. It's in their store now!
(continued from last post!!)
Pancakes went to see the neurologist today and it turns out her problem was with her heart and not her brain. Her episodes seemed more like a syncope than a seizure. She is still conscious and after the episode she doesn't seem to have any problems afterwards except panting. The weird thing is that it's happened every day for the past week when I come home from work like she gets so excited to see me that she falls over and "faints". Anyways we got a cardio consult and blood work and all the cardio tests. Her blood work came back really good for her age and the radiographs show that she has an enlarged heart. The top photo is a google image of a normal heart in a body cavity and the bottom is pancakes' heart. She pretty much is having trouble pumping blood and her valve between her right and left atrium is pretty much just. A flap and her oxygenated and deoxygenated blood is mixing. So long story short, her heart has to pump harder to compensate for the size. She is on some medication to help with the pressure and help her heart to contract. Hopefully this will help her and she can stop being so "happy" to see me when I get home I always told people she had a big heart but I guess she LITERALLY does
Sorry we've been very inactive :( This is the reason! Pancakes has been having these episodes that we thought were seizures everyday for he past week. It usually happens in the PM when I get home from work. It's been hard to keep up with Instagram when I'm recovering from the flu and now have a sinus infection and it breaks my heart to see Pancakes like this!! She went to our specialty veterinarian at the teaching hospital today. [[UPDATE IN NEXT POST. We figured out what was wrong!!]]
Always the first one to grab the ball!
Waterproof collar from @kurgo
This month we are sponsoring @molly_mutt and their pet bed duvet covers!
molly mutt strives to provide quality pet bed covers that you can stuff with old towels, clothing or bedding to give your dogs a bed that smells like you. We filled our beds with old pillows, blankets and towels! The best part is that when the bed gets dirty you can throw the cover and everything used to fill it in the wash for a new clean bed! We are always sick of the beds that come with a giant insert that you can't wash because after months it starts to smell and you can only wash the cover. But with three dogs, we can wash all our beds, inside and out! They have so many designs to fit your pet and home design as well as different sizes for your pets needs
"Encourage those around you to be weird. Because who wants to be like everyone else" 🤓
Gumbo with his twin Kiko from @wat.ki
"Naps are better with a dog"
So true! Sorry we've been a little inactive this week! I got sick earlier this weekend and it's taken about a week to get back on my feet. Had a good three day weekend and I'm spending today catching up on organizing my life. Who knew being sick would put you so behind!
Begging for someone to be his valentine
Conversation heart bandana from @fetchandheel
Today is National Wear Red Day. #GOREDWEARRED .
Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life. So today we're wearing our red bottoms to support PoochieBoots' effort to save women's lives AND help change the lives of shelter and rescue dogs.
National Wear Red Day raises awareness that heart disease and stroke kill one in 3 women. These diseases are 80% preventable with education and action.
From Feb.3rd-5th, PoochieBoots will donate $8 from the sale of every set of boots to Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non profit dog rescue whose mission is to rescue as many animals as possible from high kill shelters and other neglectful situations across the country.
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, what a great gift for your pooch, and an extra set of fun straps will be included!
Go to @poochieboots now to get boots that are lightweight and stay on 🏻
Last day of the month for our #chewyinfluencer review! This month we got to try the large @petsafe Busy Buddy Jack Dog Toy. It's an interactive chew toy that gives your dog three different things to chew. The white and purple parts are nylon similar to nylabones and the green part is rubber to help clean your dogs teeth. The brown rings in between the green and purple are natural rawhide treats that are hard and the dogs have to lick and work it out. Really easy to clean and you can buy more refills for the treats! Gumbo had this in the car for 1.5 hours and wasn't even half way through it when we got to our destination. Good way to keep him busy during the day and give him something fun to do.
As always you buy these products and more at @chewy! They have excellent customer service and their prices are competitive to other online retailers like Amazon. Check them out today
Look at the little snowflakes around us
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@cliveandbacon - 10% off
@thebarkshop - A free bully stick .
@barkbox - $10 credit to @thebarkshop .
@creative_fiasco_studio - 15% off
News Flash .
@creative_fiasco_studio is having a retirement party for some of their popular products. Prints are 35% off and there are tons of giveaways and games happening all month
Those that hike together, stay together 🏻
We love hiking our friends @wat.ki. We had a sleepover with them and even did a fun live video on their account. Did anyone see it? 🏻
Guess who we get to see again today?! Our friends Watson and Kiko from @wat.ki ! This time we get to have a sleep over at their house so expect to see cute cuddling photos .
We still have photos from last time we visited but we've been behind on our photos ! This weekend is the weekend to sort through them!
Ears gone wild 🏻
Bandana from @cliveandbacon
Tiny but mighty.
Trudging through the snow like it's no ones business 🏻
Reversible Jacket from @kurgo