This picture of Keeper and Jet pretty much describes how we spent Thanksgiving. Hope yours was equally restful!
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  1. Margo on November 28, 2006 at 9:41 am

    Oh how I LOVE this pic!…the best part of our day was at 5 p.m. when Gary and I finally sat down and curled up with Kramer to watch a good movie (and eat yummy leftovers)…yes, that was definitely the best part.

  2. Diane Chamberlain on November 28, 2006 at 11:23 am

    Leftovers and dogs–what could be better?
    Unfortunately, the day after Turkey Day, Keeper went in to have his teeth cleaned and they had to pull a couple of teeth! I feel like a bad dog mommy because I did not regularly brush them. Of all the dogs I’ve had, I’ve never had one lose a tooth before and he’s only 3. We’re working on perfecting our brushing technique now. 🙁

  3. Margo on November 28, 2006 at 12:41 pm

    I’M SO SORRY DIANE!…I’ve never had our dogs lose a tooth before and I too feel like a bad mommy since I don’t brush them…our Vet checks Kramer’s ears and teeth regularly but he’s never mentioned it before. Do you know, are all breeds suppose to have a tooth brushing regularly?

  4. Brenda on November 29, 2006 at 7:13 pm

    Finally got me-since flying to NYC and back-have felt really lousy…Was sick the whole week of T’giving—cold, flu, virus, you name it-but managed to do school work and cook. Friday after T’gvi…went out for the first time in one week-early shopping-saved a lot…but the sinusitis hit me Friday night-you name it-I hurt…esp. my head and teeth-wondering if teeth were damaged from whatever was going on-or another stroke…(get sick when I fly a lot-but never sinusitis)….anyway-long story-broke down on Sunday-to hospital–shots and meds…missed school Mon. and Tues. (unusual for me)…Tried to work today-Wed…horrible-went to Dr. who put me on two more prescriptions-home tomorrow and back to school Friday. I have experienced much illness in my life…but this is the pits…did go to dentist-teeth okay…but the pain is still there (sinuses sit on teeth when they are so bad)…a new experience for me–my doctor shook his head that I let it go so long…that’s me…
    Let’s hope that Dec. lst brings better health-one month of this too much.
    On the bright side-I have two classes next week and semester over…
    One more semester, comps, project, and two classes…yes!!!!!! (I have been busier than I am now but the germs this year (esp. on planes-give me a break)…
    Also-my last full relative (besides my kids), my uncle, died last night-lives in Ohio-and I can’t go…
    Okay-as to reading-I can’t stand to look at print…
    Thanks for listening…
    I will be better-do my work-finish C’mas cards, etc…

  5. Diane Chamberlain on November 29, 2006 at 9:25 pm

    oh brenda, you’ve had a terrible time! i hope the medications fix you up and keep you healthy for all of 2007. i hate when people say this to me, but . . . maybe your body’s trying to tell you something! you have a work/school etc schedule like no one i know. I’m sorry to hear about your uncle–it’s so hard when we can’t be there with family at a time like this.
    Take care.

  6. Margo on November 30, 2006 at 9:19 am

    I’m very sorry about your uncle Brenda. You’ve definitely had more than your share this month and I hope Dec is a little kinder to you. Diane, I’ve been wondering how Keeper is doing after losing a few teeth…Kramer has a vet appt next month and I plan on mentioning this to the dr.

  7. Diane Chamberlain on November 30, 2006 at 11:06 am

    keeper’s doing great, margo. acting like his old self. he LOVES his soft food diet that he has to be on for a few weeks. jet’s jealous. i’m trying to get the hang of brushing his teeth. 🙁

  8. Brenda on November 30, 2006 at 11:56 am

    I asked Dr. S if he thought it was my schedule-he grinned and told me that he has known me a long time-and I have always worked like this—however, after May, I will rest more…
    He told me that this strand of whatever going around is hitting folks even as they walk through airports-planes-stores, etc…we have so many teachers ill that we can’t get subs….
    Thanks for your concern-you guys are great…
    I am not able to read on the meds-but did get through THE THIRTEENTH TALE before the meds—I liked it-unusual book-and Diane, I read the book you discussed-intriguing…
    As to brushing dog’s teeth-that is a new one on me…Our dog, Mitsy, lived l7 years and Pepper lived 13 years-never lost a tooth…Molly Ariel (Schnauzer like Pepper) is very tiny and gets lots of grooming…but she does not get her teeth brushed. Diane-I admire you-you are such a great person.

  9. Margo on November 30, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    Ditto Brenda, Diane is the best!…if it hadn’t been for Diane’s blog on doggie teeth brushing, I really wouldn’t have thought about it and I thought I was such a good mommie…I’ve never brushed our dogs teeth before but after hearing Diane’s story I plan on discussing this with our vet next month…we’ve always been so good about checking paws, brushing their fur and bathing, cleaning ears…I wonder what’s wrong with me that I never thought about teeth )-:

  10. Diane Chamberlain on November 30, 2006 at 5:16 pm

    I actually have had, for a very long time, all the implements to brush their teeth. Many different toothbrushes and pastes. I’m great at buying the implements, just not at actually brushing their teeth. (Sort of like my wardrobe of gym clothes when i never actually go to the gym. . . ). But like you guys–excuse me–y’all, i’ve never had a problem due to oral neglect of my dogs before now. i feel a little less guilty hearing that you haven’t been brushing your pups’ teeth either.

  11. Cheryl on December 1, 2006 at 9:47 pm

    So, did your vet tell you how often to brush their teeth? We have been brushing Ginger’s teeth very irregularly since we got her. The vet told us to at her first vet appointment and we have tried but find it very hard, and most of the time I’m covered in doggy toothpaste when I’m done and don’t feel like I’ve gotten very many teeth. she had a vet appointment the day after thanksgiving and our vet told us she is already developing plaque and we needed to brush more or we would have to get the teeth cleaned and it may result in pulling and she’s only a little over a year. I told my husband we needed to get on a better schedule and we’re really trying. It gives her very fresh breath for about an hour too – or until she eats or licks herself. hehe
    Brenda, I hope you are feeling better and I am sorry to hear about your uncle.

  12. Diane Chamberlain on December 1, 2006 at 11:04 pm

    ah, cheryl, it sounds like you’re heading down the same road. my vet says to do it daily, so i’ve (and you’ve) got to figure out a way to make this as painless and effective as possible. i really hate it. my vet also recommended a few other things, most of which i’ll learn more about at our appt next week and will pass along if you like. there’s a certain kind of food that cleans the teeth. i’m also adding something to their water. and then there’s this waxy stuff you put on their gum line. right. that’ll be fun. let’s make a pact that we’re going to save our puppies’ teeth!

  13. Cheryl on December 3, 2006 at 4:17 pm

    Yes, I will make that pact! I don’t want my puppy to have problems with her teeth and I don’t want her to have to get any pulled. We’ve bought her toys that have supposed to help and treats but I don’t see any difference with them. I guess I am goinmg to be wearing toothpaste every day for awhile! And, yes, please pass on anything your vet tells you next week. Thanks!

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