Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hey! Wait just a minute!

I want to pause from biting the hand that feeds me to also say Happy New Year! Be safe everyone!

Happy New Year!

Jerry here: Happy New Year everyone! 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Hope you got everything on your list. I got a new comfy beddie for one of my favorite spots in the house and Mom let me have lots of Yummy Chummies for being a good boy...time for a long winter's nap...even though it is 70 degrees today....good squirrel chasing weather....Merry Christmas everyone!!! Love, Murphy

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

Get your SOAR calendar

Here is a shameless plug for a great organization called Starting Over Airedale Rescue (SOAR). They publish a desk calendar every year. Murphy and our deployed dog, Abe, appear the week of November 28, 2016.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Little Under the Weather

Murphy here:

I have not been feeling like myself this week. I have been feeling pokey, puny and generally under the weather. Mom made me go see the vet person, who took my temperature (ooh) and drew blood (double ooh). I also had a bump on my lip, so he took a sample from it (triple ooh). Doc said that it looked ok under a big eye he calls a microscope. He said all systems were "go." Sounded like a good thing to me, I love to go anywhere! It took me about 4 days of laying around, but now I am back and the bump is getting smaller!

Thursday, October 29, 2015


Murphy here:
SQUIRREL alert this dead, juicy, furry SQUIRREL conveniently located at the bottom of the driveway. Dad was at the end of my leash today....missed the SQUIRREL, but I did not! Picked it up and began to carry it along for the walk. About that time, Dad saw what I had and told me to leave a perfectly tasty breakfast behind....waste of good SQUIRREL meat if you ask me.....

Saturday, October 17, 2015

My squirrelly plan

So here is the plan: I am going to hide behind this leafy green plant and spy on the squirrels. Just when they let their guard down, I am going to leap out from my hiding place and catch them and eat them!!! 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Conserving my strength

Hurricane prep in full gear. I am resting up in case I need to help consume perishables this weekend. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Ah....a comfy place to nap

I love it when Mom takes the cushions off the patio furniture! So comfy.....

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Any day on the beach is a good one...

On the way home from the beach! Storm last night, so lots of stuff to the beach!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

and the rain rain rain came down down down

I got soaked.....and then I got  embarrassed because I had my picture taken in this sorry state of affairs!!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Where's the beef?

Where's the steak that was on this plate? Walked away for just a minute and it is gone. 2 furry suspects in custody. People unhappy and hungry.....

Naughty boys

So the beds are carefully made in the guest rooms and everyone is tucked into their (dog) beds supposedly. Somehow by morning, the crisp covers of our adult son's bed and the guest room next door are crumpled. Mmmmm.....Clues about the culprits: black hair and drool on a pillow, bed pillows piled up and a Carolina Panthers stuffed animal mascot on the floor.....the suspects are rounded up and questioned.....

As it turns out, Murphy takes the guest room daybed as it is simply a step up off the floor and a mascot hitting the floor to get his sleeping arrangements. (I think he is a Dallas Cowboys fan at heart.) Jerry takes a more daring approach and leaps up into the middle of our son's double bed and rakes the bed pillows around to suit himself. Mystery solved. Bedroom doors closed and regular dog beds occupied.

Post Beach

The beach is our most favorite place, but we need naps when we get back! It was windy today and the waves were rough. We thought maybe the water was alive and we stayed away from it today. We saw a dead seagull that smelled delightful! Our people would not let us roll on it and we could not understand why! Lots of people ask what kind of dogs we are. We know we are special dogs, you can call us whatever you want. People love Murphy's magnificent tail as it is undocked and has a wonderful majestic curl at the top. Murphy is glad that Jerry has healed up and can get back to the beach. He had to miss two whole weeks of digging and rolling in the sand and smelling the air and feeling the sand between his toes. Our people are glad too. Now that Jerry is healthy, he can fully enjoy life! We are resting up for our next adventure.......

Back in action

Cone free. Beach bound. 100% medical clearance. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Feeling better

Here is the patient today! I think he feels better. His weight is down 5 lbs in 6 weeks ( only 15 to go)! His drooling and breath are 100% better and the best thing is that he can see comfortably out of his right eye! I am so happy for him!!! His energy is returning and he is much more lively. He is tolerating his e collar well, though my legs are not...bruised up from him crashing into me. His stitches come out on 9-4. Looking forward to taking him to the beach again!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Jerry's surgery

Here is the patient. Aren't the socks cute? I am using those to make sure he cannot get paw traction to pull his collar off. His entropion repair seems to be a success and his teeth are clean. Apparently he had extra "redundant" skin in his eyelid area that our vet had to cut out. Yuck. He will wear the e collar for 10 days and get his stitches out on Sept. 4: just in time for the holiday weekend. Bummer is that there is no beach walking until Sept. 4....we will make it up to him and Murphy over the holiday weekend. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Jerry's big surgery...send good thoughts

Jerry has his big surgery day tomorrow to repair the entropion in his right eye and to get his teeth cleaned. Please keep his vet and Jerry in your thoughts. We are hopeful that this eyelid repair will be successful. Stay tuned. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Beach Boys

We want to watch the sun rise on the beach every day!

Murphy & Jerry

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hi. I am new here.

So here is what arrived in our lives on July 19, 2015. Nope, not an Airedale, obviously a black Lab. Say hello to Jerry. He needed a home and we were ready to take on a new furry family member. He is six years old and a good natured, sweet dog. He is overweight and has an entropion (rolled eyelid) on his right eye. It was repaired once, but was not successful. We will be forging ahead with that surgery next week to see if we can get better results for him. Murphy was not too taken with our non-terrier addition. He sulked for a couple of days and then was grumpy for the next few days and now has agreed to a truce. They do play sometimes and seem to be getting more used to the idea of each other. It is amusing to watch Murphy play with Jerry. "Bitey face" has not been a hit with Jerry. On the other hand, running around and wrestling is a great source of entertainment.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Dog on Deployment

This past spring, we were lucky to take part in an unofficial version of  "Dogs on Deployment." VA Airedale Rescue put us in touch with a service person in need of immediate and temporary housing for her Airedale Mix. We were lucky to take in Abe, 35 pounds of  fur and fun. It was love at first sight for Murphy and the two were inseparable from day one. We were very depressed when he left us in May after eight weeks of fun and frolic.

Monday, August 17, 2015

In the meantime....

Right after Sophie passed in May 2014, Murphy completed surgery for a torn tendon in his left rear knee. That kept us busy for about 6 weeks with physical therapy, laser therapy and general care as Murphy got back up to speed. Now you can hardly tell that he has had the surgery....

Right after he got  home, not feeling too good

End of week two, seeing a little smile

getting better

surgery was a distant memory in October 2014

It's been a long time and a lot has happened......

Well has been a long while since I have posted about our adventures. After several false starts and should haves on the blogging and personal fronts, I am back....unfortunately, one of our setbacks was the loss of my dear Sophie in May 2014. Wow, over a year ago, you are thinking. That is exactly right. It has taken me a long time to process that loss. Sophie's troubles started in January, 2014. She began to develop some suspicious bumps and lumps. Those of us who are owned by terriers, know that is common for them and often, not good. It was not the end, her mammary cancer returned with a vengeance and metastasized and the effort to fix all of that was going to take her last strength. We made the difficult choice to ease her out of her discomfort, before she was left to an undignified end. I think that would have hurt her just as much. She went out surrounded by love and filled with treats. Kudos to our wonderful vet and staff. However I am keeping her picture up as she really was the inspiration for my posts.....