The Dog Days of Summer

This summer is coming to a close as we rapidly approach the Fall season (next week! eek!!). I for one am happy to see this hot Carolina summer go and welcome the arrival the crisp fall air.

I also realized that Bailey hasn’t made an appearance in a while and he would be terribly upset to find this out! He must have his agreed upon allotment of attention … OR ELSE!

A lot has been going on in Bailey’s life this summer.

He got a new fenced in backyard which he loves. We find that he goes outside and rolls around in the grass when we aren’t looking. We discovered this one day when looking out the window to check on him during one of his outdoor outings and found him continuously sniffing the ground then rolling onto his back for a good scratching. It’s  pretty hilarious. I think he believes this is a huge secret that he is hiding from us.

Secondly, at Bailey’s most recent doctor’s visit we found out that he is not fat but on the verge of becoming overweight. He is already taller than your average miniature schnauzer and weighs in at a hefty 30 some pounds. He has some slight love-handles starting so we decided to be proactive and change his diet.

We bought more protein based food with less corn-based products. Our favorite at the moment is Blue Wilderness and he loves it. We also have tricked Bailey into eating veggies instead of treats when he comes in the house after using the bathroom. The dog is officially addicted to carrots. You would think it was chocolate with how excited he gets when you pull out the bag of carrots. We’ve made it a routine to give him about 3 to 4 carrots as a treat in hopes that it will help thin him out.

In more recent health news for Bailey, we found that he has his first fatty tumor. One day when he was in my lap requesting his usual amount of petting, I noticed that he had a lump on his chest. Eric and I decided to schedule a doctor’s appointment. During the appointment, we found out that it was a tumor, luckily not a bad one but a very common one for dogs. After many questions to the doctor we are no longer concerned about the tumor but it was still scary at the moment to think for a second that Bailey’s life was in danger. It reminds me the unfortunate truth that Bailey is not going to be with us one day. A day that I hope does not come any time soon.

 

In more sad news ( I promise the next post will be more uplifting) our family cat Princess died this past week at the age of fourteen. She was a sweet cat who got along with dogs which is a rarity for most cats. We got her when I was a little girl and it’s going to be very hard to imagine life without her presence. This will be a change for Bailey as he makes it his mission to investigate her whereabouts during our trips to High Point. I wonder what he will think.

Why can’t dogs and cats live as long as humans? 😦

So that is your Bailey update. He will be happy to hear that he is getting some attention… as if he doesn’t get enough already. 😉

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