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Sophie & Shamrock Saturday

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Sophie & Shamrock Saturday

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about the pooches. But this time of year, there is a lot of hibernating going on…

I got the pooches these little dog beds around the holidays because they were on sale for around $10. Rob said they were too small. Technically, he was right. But the larger sizes started at $25/each. And I figured when they curl up into their little sleeping-dog-crescent-shapes…

It  took a long time to try to get Sham to get into his little bed. Training treats didn’t even really work. Until one day, I put the bed under my desk while I was working:

shamrock-bed-3He still loves the butterfly pillows his Auntie Sally gave them (pictured left), but now we’ve got little beds and pillows in the office, the living room and in the basement. Sham is a little protector (just ask Auntie Sally!) and needs to follow me nearly everywhere. He’ll have a place to sit no matter where I am… He might even fall asleep…

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Happy Saturday!
Carrie

 

A Dog’s Purpose

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Yesterday, I received a TMZ-released video in my inbox of a dog being mistreated on the film set of A Dog’s Purpose.

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The reason I received it?

I replied “maybe” to a invite to a local animal rescue to see an advanced screening for a fundraiser.

I didn’t want to watch the video; but I did in the end because I wanted to make up my own mind.

I had mixed feelings.

The dog was meant to shoot a scene in rushing water, but done in a pool. The dog was obviously terrified to shoot the scene. (S)he did not want to get into the water. It appeared that the handler was trying to force her in. Yes, I felt bad for the dog. But I guess I felt like the “news” was making this out to be something it was not – that someone was deliberately harming a dog on camera for the sake of the movie. {Like forcing it to sit in a hot car until exhaustion while it whines and whimpers.}

I will not post TMZ’s video, not because of it’s content, but because I don’t want to support TMZ. Obviously, this incident happened some time ago during the shoot of the movie. This is just now being “leaked” just in time for the premier. No way. If you want to see it, you can search for it yourself.

One comment I read about the video:

My dogs fight like this to avoid baths, hair cuts and nail clippings. I have to lay on top of the big one to accomplish most of these feats. The dog was never in any real danger. Sometimes animals dont wanna do things they need to do for their own good. Like children. The dog will be okay and I’m sure the handlers regret their treatment in this instance. But people were on hand to make sure the dog was safe the entire step of the way. He had no way of knowing the dog would panic once in the water like he did.

Later, the local animal rescue posted something else:

UPDATE: AMC is happy to let us play a different movie. Right now we are waiting to see if the film makers have any response. But assuming this is video footage from this movie, we will not be participating. We cannot in good conscience support a movie with this type of treatment of animals.

We understand your dog might not want to get into a bath tub and look similar to this dog, but please keep in mind that these animals are well-trained, want to please their handlers, and are selected because they will do almost anything. So for this dog to be that “disobedient” shows me how absolutely terrified he was.

Both, great points.

I have a friend who fosters from this animal rescue. So I know that this is coming from an animal rescue that split up two dogs when they were adopted when they required the foster parent to keep them to together. People make mistakes, I think the animal rescue did, too…

This couple fostered two dogs that the animal rescue required to remain together. When the couple eventually decided to become “foster failures” and adopt the dogs themselves, the animal rescue did not allow it. They said that they needed to be adopted separately. The foster couple didn’t not understand why this would be if they had to foster them together! They also knew the temperament of these dogs and knew it was a bad idea. When the first dog was adopted, they had to experience the utter anxiety and sadness that the second dog went through after the first dog’s departure.

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In any case, I am not saying what was done in the video was okay in any way. I do agree with the commenter I quoted that the handlers and people on set are most likely regretful of this incident. We don’t know the whole story or if the producers have yet commented.

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What angers me that this was released just before the movie is to premier.

Why not release it immediately if you are truly worried that any harm is being done on set to prevent anything from happening further?

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That is just irresponsible and in my mind says that you as the “news outlet” or the leaker of the video are people that do not care about the well-being of animals, but only of your own shock value and pocketbooks.

I’m also angered because A Dog’s Purpose is one of my favorite books of all time. I feel badly that author W. Bruce Cameron is to be associated with this. I really still hope you do read book as well as the sequel, A Dog’s JourneyIt will be hard to separate it from this movie, but please do. It is well worth it.

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In the meantime, I’ll be watching for a statement release from the producers about the well-being of the beautiful dog that went through a terrifying experience.

Carrie

 

Pup Cup

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Shamrock & Sophie Saturday

Last weekend, while daddy was out of town, Sophie and Sham got their first Starbucks Puppuccino. It’s not on the menu, so you just have to ask. I believe they are free. {Which, if that is the case, that means that a medium Americano is about a dollar more at Starbucks than Caribou. And it takes 20 minutes to get through the Starbucks drive-thru line! DOH!}

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The puppuccino has no caffeine. It’s just a bit of whipped cream in a cup. I, personally, would rather call it a Pup Cup! Needless to say, they were enjoyed.

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But see Sophie up there^^? 

She tipped her cup upside down and made a mess on the seat!

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Sure, she licked it clean; but the seat’s a little crusty now. What would you recommend using to clean it?

Happy Saturday!
Carrie

Playing Again!

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Sophie & Shamrock Saturday

About a year ago, Sophie had a wart removed. I know that as Shih Tzus tend to get more and more of these as they age. The reason why we had this one removed is that it was on her back and it would get scratched and bleed when she and Shamrock were playing.

But then she stopped playing with him altogether.

Even after it healed!

I was so devastated. I didn’t understand what had happened. But slowly, she started to play again in the last few months. But only on her terms. Each play session was very short-lived and if Sham did one thing that she thought was too rough, she called the whole thing off.

But at this year’s dental cleaning appointment, the vet discovered that my little Sophie Jean had a fractured tooth below the root. OUCH!!! She also had to have some little front incisors removed that have shown complete bone loss. She is 11. It was expensive, but we had them extracted. She already was going under for her covered yearly dental cleaning.

And now she is back playing again – full throttle! They play for lengths of time again. Still, Sham is very careful not to play to hard in fear that she’ll want to stop. She’s even initiating play again. It makes me wonder how long that tooth has been hurting her. I’ve yet to get that perfect video, but here’s a fun excerpt.

Happy Saturday!

Carrie

Phoebe the Shih Tzu!

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Sophie & Shamrock Saturday

Remember when I told you that I traveled with some friends down to Iowa to help my friend Kim pick up her puppy? Well, I was lucky enough to see Miss Phoebe just four days later:

At about 10 to 11 weeks old and just 1.8 pounds, she is such a doll!

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I just can’t handle the cuteness. Especially when those sweet little eyes look up at you!

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Seriously, remind me if I’m ever down to just go visit some puppies. Puppies = happiness.

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It’s even better when it’s your friend’s new puppy because you don’t have to deal with all of the difficulties of puppyhood. You just to get to enjoy the cuteness overload as she prances across the floor.

I was curious how Shamrock would react to a puppy this size.

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He looks pretty happy there, but he was honestly very intimidated. They got so close to playing, but neither of them were quite sure how to initiate it. Perhaps if they get to spend more time together.

Here is a nice little video of the moment they met:

The video cuts off short because that bark really surprised me. On the 5-hour trip home just four days prior, she hadn’t made a peep!

Rob was really upset I didn’t take any longer videos. I didn’t even think about how difficult it would be to get videos and photos of a moving target. Plus, I wanted to enjoy every moment. I am excited for many more play dates with Miss Phoebe. She loves people and seems like she is going to be a cuddle girl, just like my Sophie Jean. She is going to bring so my joy to Kim and her daughter’s lives!

Happy Saturday!
Carrie

Just a Summer Weekend!

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Last weekend…

I don’t know if I told you that I took up running again. As much as it frustrates me with how slow I go, I just have to remind myself that I am still doing something. I just like the feeling of breathing easier after every run. I love that feeling in my lungs!

This weekend, amidst the heat and humidity, Rob and I ran the Chocolate 5k around Lake Como in St. Paul. We’ve done this track before for the Challenge Obesity 5k {which has since been moved farther north}. However, this trail was a bit different. We didn’t run on the walking trail which is closest to the lake, but the biking trail, farther out. The posted results seem skewed, even though they said they were accounting for the fact that the finish line was really 3.5 miles and they had a separate mat at the 3.1 mile mark. Still my 5k app and Garmin have my 5k right around 45 minutes, while their results are like 8 minutes longer. I don’t get it.

That is soooo incredibly slow, even for slow me! Here’s the steamy after photo:

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My worst 5k run was 38:40. So, 45 minutes is a jump.

Here is a list of my 5k race results (the ones I’ve run) for my own personal comparison:

  1. 38:54
  2. 38:20
  3. 38:40
  4. 36:08
  5. 38:27
  6. 37:44
  7. 35:35
  8. 38:13
  9. 37:35

I have to take into account that all of those were in 2012 when I was in the throes of running and before back surgery. And now that I look a bit further, I have only run one in one other 5k race completely since and that was in 2014, about a year after surgery and that one was higher yet at 42:40.

But it was hot; it was humid and I told myself to keep it slow and keep running under a target 5 Heart Rate Zone. I wanted to enjoy the run – the oxygen circulating through my lungs. I didn’t want to feel frustrated or like I was going to pass out or that I had started off too fast like I did when I did a trial 5k run earlier in the week. And truth be told, my only struggle was a small hill.

I would like to say I ran the whole thing, but I did stop to walk for a water break half-way through. I normally don’t hydrate during a 5k, only before and after. But it was just too hot not to so.

And while running, I did not partake in any of the Ghirardelli chocolate that was being passed out on 4 different occasions on the course. It just didn’t sound good to me at the time. {I know! Me and chocolate!} I also didn’t want to take it and just hold it until the end because I knew it would just melt in my palm!

I did, however partake in the Choc-ola after the race!

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The night before, I was up from 12:30pm until 4am, too. It wasn’t due to nerves about the race, but first because I was hot, then because Rob was snoring, then because of the dogs keeping me tucked in. I started to read because that usually helps me get back to sleep. It didn’t.

No matter what, I’m glad I did it.

We followed up with brunch at the French Hen and a couple of beers at The Gnome. I followed that up by a 2 1/2 hour nap! Then it was off to dinner with the girls… more on that to come!

Sunday was busy, too… with a 5-hour trip down to Iowa to pick up this pretty little thing:

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Meet Phoebe, my friend Kim’s new Shih Tzu! There’ll be more cuteness to follow on a Sophie and Sham Saturday, I’m sure!

How did you fill your weekend?

Cheers~
Carrie