I got to wondering what my dogs would be like as people. This is what I came up with.
Ben is a Great Pyrenees and the laziest dog I have ever seen. I think Ben would be a mid-level office worker that spends all his free time watching T.V.
Blue is an Australian Cattle Dog. He would make a wonderful drill sergeant, because he loves barking out orders and telling everyone where they should be going.
Joey is a Labrador/Pyrenees mix. He is hyperactive, stubborn, and goofy. I can picture Joey as an excellent high school P.E. teacher.
Norton is a terrier mix. He may be the smallest dog in our family, but his brothers never mess with him. He has a big attitude. I think Norton would be a successful politician.
Buddy is a Rottweiler/Beagle mix. He is all about fairness. In fact, if Buddy sees one of his brothers being mean to another brother he will jump into action and defend the one being wronged. That’s why I think Buddy would be a social worker.
Last night, Ben was sitting in the backyard and watching the neighbors firework show. I’ve never seen a dog do something like that. Ben is one strange dog, but we still love him.
Ben gets himself into weird positions sometimes. He looks happy with himself, but that looks like an odd and uncomfortable position to me.
I guess you have to be dog to understand.
Ben loves playing and rolling around in the snow. Ben is a Great Pyrenees, so he was made for this weather. His undercoat is thick and looks more like wool than fur. The top layer of Ben’s fur is also thick, long, and wavy.
Ben seems completely unfazed by the cold, and has spent a lot more time than normal running around the yard.
Gwen and I decided to take Joey, Ben, Buddy, and Blue to the dog park.
All of our dogs are well trained. Joey earned the Canine Good Citizen Certification from the American Kennel Club. Blue is in advanced classes. Ben and Buddy are at the intermediate level.
However, sometimes they act like a pack of wild crazy dogs that have never had a day of training in their lives. Today was one of those days.
- They were involved in several disagreements with the other dogs.
- Joey got into a fight.
- Three of the boys managed to escape the park and create a ruckus by running around and barking at a group of people with their dogs.
Due to their behavior, we had to leave the park early. The boys still managed to have a great time and are rather pleased with themselves.
Oh well, they are cute and we still love them.
Ben had knee surgery yesterday. The doctor stabilized the knee, so it will not pop out of place anymore. He also repaired a torn ligament.
I picked Ben up this afternoon and brought him home. He is doing as well as could be expected. His leg hurts and he limps a lot. He also spends a good deal of time crying.
I took the above picture about 30 minutes after he took his pain medication, so he was in a good mood.
I put tie-down stations around the house and in the back yard. This will allow Ben to walk around, but prevents him from getting on furniture and from running.
The other dogs have been great with Ben. They each walked slowly up to Ben and sniffed him. They come and check on Ben from time to time and gently lick his face.
Ben’s brothers are all behaving well; however, Ben is not allowed to be unsupervised around any of them. I don’t want any of our other dogs to accidentally hurt Ben or to mess with Ben’s stitches.
I know the next few days are going to be hard on Ben, but his family loves him and we are all going to take great care of him.
Baby Ben’s knee is dislocated and he will need surgery to repair it. Apparently, the knee would pop out of place and then pop back into place. This explains why the regular veterinarian didn’t see it on the x-rays.
I took Ben to an orthopedic veterinarian, Dr. Newman, and he was able to diagnose the problem and said the only way to fix it was to surgically stabilize the knee.
Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday and then he will need six weeks of rehabilitation to ensure complete healing of the joint.
We are all praying for a quick and full recovery.