Ben – We Can’t Wait to See You Again

A few months ago, Ben was playing and hurt his knee.  I took him to the doctor several times.  They examined his leg and took numerous x-rays.

It looks like Ben damaged a ligament.  Luckily, it doesn’t appear to be completely torn.  The doctor also found evidence of a bone spur.

Ben was prescribed two rounds of anti-inflammatory medication and pain medications.  We tried various other treatments, but nothing worked.  Ben is still limping and in obvious pain.

The doctor recommended putting Ben on strict bed rest for 6 to 8 weeks.  If that doesn’t work, our only option will be surgery to fix his knee.

Enforcing strict bed rest at home is an imposable task, especially with four other dogs in the house.  We decided the best thing for Ben was to let him stay at the veterinarian’s office.

I packed a duffle bag for Ben, so he could have his own bed, blanket, and his favorite dog food.  It was sad to leave him, knowing he might not be coming home for two months.  I felt like crying, but managed to hold back the tears.

This is going to be hard for Ben, his doggy brothers, and his family.  However, it is the best thing for Ben.  I look forward to the day when Ben comes home.  I hope to watch him run and play with his brothers, without limping in pain.

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We love you Baby Ben and we can’t wait to see you again.

Kids Can Benefit From Having a Dog

Dogs are amazing animals and wonderful pets.  Children that grow up with dogs, benefit from their companionship.

  • Having a pet teaches responsibility.  Children can help with taking care of the dog and learn new skills as they grow older.
  • Children also learn compassion and the importance of putting the needs of a loved one above their wants.  There will be times when the dog needs to go to the bathroom; however, the child is busy having fun.  This is an excellent way to teach the child about needs vs wants, putting others first, and compassion.
  • Dog training classes actually teach the owner how to teach the dog.  The child will learn concepts like behavior modification; positive reinforcement; as well as how to meet the physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of the dog.
  • Having a dog can make science fun.  Here is one example:  The dog has about 200 million more olfactory receptors in the nose than a human.  However, that is only part of the reason why they have such a phenomenal sense of smell.  The design of their outer nose, allows more smells to enter the nasal cavity.  That small slit on the side of the dog’s nose, actually does serve a purpose.  The olfactory system in the brain of a dog is 40 times larger than that of a human.  This allows the dog to process and remember all those wonderful smells.
  • Children that grow up with dogs have a stronger immune system, because they are exposed to a wider variety of bacteria.  They also have a lower risk of developing allergies.
  • When a child has a dog, it opens up a whole new world for them.  They will interact with veterinarians, trainers, and groomers.  They will be able to visit dog parks.  They will learn how to play games that involve their furry friend.  Also, they will always have a best friend that loves them and wants to be their constant companion.

Happiest Dog Ever

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Joey is the happiest dog I have ever seen.  His personality type can best be described as a party looking for a place to happen.

A few days ago, Joey went to the veterinarian’s office for his yearly shots.  He rushed in the door and greeted everyone with great enthusiasm.  The doctor was checking Joey’s vitals and giving him his shots, while Joey was resting his head on her shoulder trying to give her a hug.  He got extra treats for that, of course.

Joey is one happy dog.