Well, I got that second opinion on Jelly’s hip.  Apparently, she dislocated it a while ago.  It’s an old injury and that makes it even harder to treat.  Popping it back in will be a very painful procedure – and given the deterioration of her hip bones, it’s almost guaranteed to pop out again.  Our options are a major surgery to address the issue (and the potential dangers given her advanced age) or treating her with pain meds.  Well, the other day, we started her on Gaba-pentin and, so far, so good.  She a comfortable night’s sleep…

August 11, 2014: Dog Bones!  Awesome T-shirts!  And Boxy!Then, today, as a special treat, we surprised the pack with smoked bones.  They were greatly appreciated…

August 11, 2014: Dog Bones!  Awesome T-shirts!  And Boxy!

August 11, 2014: Dog Bones!  Awesome T-shirts!  And Boxy!

August 11, 2014: Dog Bones!  Awesome T-shirts!  And Boxy!  August 11, 2014: Dog Bones!  Awesome T-shirts!  And Boxy!

August 11, 2014: Dog Bones!  Awesome T-shirts!  And Boxy!

Also today, I received a treat of my own in the form of a t-shirt delivery from TeeFury (http://www.teefury.com) who offer all sorts of interesting and original shirts for geeks, nerds, and sundry social rogues (I, of course, consider myself part of the latter group).  Guess the shows while I model ’em for ya!

August 11, 2014: Dog Bones!  Awesome T-shirts!  And Boxy!

August 11, 2014: Dog Bones!  Awesome T-shirts!  And Boxy!

August 11, 2014: Dog Bones!  Awesome T-shirts!  And Boxy!

August 11, 2014: Dog Bones!  Awesome T-shirts!  And Boxy!

Finally, to show Akemi isn’t be left out of all the fun, here is a picture of her yesterday with her good friend Boxy…

August 11, 2014: Dog Bones!  Awesome T-shirts!  And Boxy!

20 thoughts on “August 11, 2014: Dog bones! Awesome t-shirts! And Boxy!

  1. Aww, Jelly’s such a cutie. Give her a big hug from me and tell her I said to feel better soon. It’s good that she seems comfortable.

    I have to admit, I’m at a total loss for those T-shirts!

  2. OOooo…sexy. 😉

    What size T-shirt do you wear, Joe? Youze so svelte, I’m guessing a medium.

    Also, speaking of svelte, I’m pretty sure you have a tapeworm.

    And speaking of tapeworms, I made my first gluten-free pizza tonight. I used a Schar pizza shell because I read that they’re not as limp and gooey as some other gluten-free shells, or crusts made from mixes. I was in a hurry so I took some short cuts: Used canned tomato sauce mixed with a bit of Italian seasoning ‘dipping’ mix, and topped with fresh onion, fresh mild pepper, Parmesan, mozzarella, and hard salami, diced (I wanted something different than pepperoni). My verdict? Not bad…but not super great. Although the crust wasn’t gooey or limp and had some thickness to it, it reminded me very much of frozen pizza crust. Would I use it again? Sure – it was quick and E.A.S.Y. I think making some changes in the toppings would improve it as well. Next time I will definitely use fresh rosemary or basil instead of the Italian seasoning mix (it’s a good mix, with hot pepper flakes, but I think the dried herbs partly attributed to the whole ‘frozen pizza’ effect). I also think I’d put the onions and peppers on top of the cheese instead of under it, and add kalamata olives…and garlic. Overall I am pleased with the results, especially with how easy it was to make. I just wish the crust was a bit less ‘cracker-ish’…though I realize that is a problem with most gluten-free dough products.

    No idea what that has to do with tapeworms, but I figured it’d make you read all that through. 🙂


  3. I’m pretty clueless about the t-shirts too.

    Glad the Gabapentin is providing Jelly some relief.

  4. I’m glad the meds are helping Jelly.

    Your t-shirts are great – Death Note, Cowboy Bebop,Cowboy Bebop again and…not sure what the last one is.

    Akemi’s outfit is awesome! And Boxy is cute.

  5. I have a question for all dogs lovers. My daughter’s 12 month old Rottie has torn the ligaments in both knees and Katie has to carry her out to pee. (She just found out today.) Roxie (the dog) is a service dog for my daughter and we wondered if anyone knows any organization who would help pay for the $5000 surgeries. My daughter’s a mess right now and the poor puppy just doesn’t want to move – she’s on pain meds, but that’s just temporary.

    Just thought that someone out there might know of some place that could help. My daughter’s in Idaho near Boise, if that makes a difference.

    It’s so hard when our fur babies need help, look up at us with those sorrowful eyes and we can’t help.

  6. Dang, I was hoping there was something more than meds to treat sweet Jelly. But she’s in the best hands she could ever be in. I know you’ll do everything possible for her.

    I’m so saddened by Robin Williams passing. But even now, how awful as it is, I can’t stop smiling or laughing every time I see him on screen. My favorite film of his was “Awakenings”. I think he should have been given Oscar for his performance. I also believe the role reflected what a kind and compassionate soul he was.

  7. Poor Jelly. Animals are so good at hiding pain it’s sometimes to their detriment! At least she seems to be enjoying gumming the bone.

    Dunno about those T-Shirts. They’re almost as obscure as some of mine. The current one I’m wearing has a map on it with the inscription “The Glorious Golden Mile – Newton Haven – 12 Historic Ale Houses.” Any idea where that came from without the help of Google?

    My old friend Boxy! I used to play with him when I was a kid! How did he end up in Vancouver?

  8. Our babies do get old, and we care for them to the best of our ability. Small dogs tend to have several years over their larger cousins, but in many ways it makes the aging process that much harder.

    Those are some bad-a$$ tee shirts!

  9. Cool T’s! What’s the translation on that t with an apple?

    I knew your vets were top notch but I was hoping they’d be able to pull a rabbit out of the hat (again). 🙁 Jelly looks pretty comfortable and that’s what counts, right? She’s got a big fan club cheering her on! Spoil her good, Mr. M.!!!

  10. Haha! Changlorious Basterds. From Community, of course.

    Did the vet offer or suggest any kind of physical therapy for Jelly? I’m just curious that with all the advancements out there, like the water treadmill type stuff, there might be something that would help strengthen the muscles around that hip joint making it less prone to fall out of its socket.

    -Mike A.

  11. Poor jelly. I’ve got a thumb that easily dislocates, and I can re-position it myself. It hurts for a second when I (or the dr) does it, but then it feels better. My husband and I take Gabapentin for neuropathy pain. I wonder what it does for joint pain? Give all your doggies some pets and kisses from me. {{{HUG}}} to you, too.

  12. O Captain! My Captain!


    O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
    The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
    The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
    While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
    But O heart! heart! heart!
    O the bleeding drops of red,
    Where on the deck my Captain lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.

    O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
    Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;
    For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;
    For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
    Here Captain! dear father!
    This arm beneath your head;
    It is some dream that on the deck,
    You’ve fallen cold and dead.

    My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
    My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
    The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
    From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;
    Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
    But I, with mournful tread,
    Walk the deck my Captain lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.

  13. Joe, I started reading your blog because of Stargate but I keep reading it because the way you treat your dogs won me over! (Not to mention that I am a bit of a foodie) You are a great example of a good pet owner.

  14. Hello Joe
    Where do you get your smoked bones from?
    I’m always afraid to give my dog bones, I’ve heard so many stories about dogs dying or getting surgery to fix a perforated colon.

  15. I don’t want that Cowboy Bebop Spike tee shirt. I NEED it. Having once made my own CB teeshirt using a low rez color printer and DIY transfer kit I will def be checking out Teefury.

    Poor Jelly, please give her a hug for me.

  16. So sad to watch our dogs age and deal with all the medical issues. My two labs “aged out” two years apart from each other recently. Rips your heart out. I’m sticking with my cats now. Happy to know that Jelly is comfortable now. They look so happy with their bones. You should be a model. lol

  17. I say if her pain is controlled, that is a good thing. I’d be worried about putting her under anesthesia for a surgery. If she is eating and happy and drinking and able to pee & poop, go conservative on this issue. And she INDEED looks happy and hungry in that video.

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