Houdini the Wonder Dog

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A Prickly Situation

I love my ivy. I love to lay in it, hide in it, hide my toys and treats in it. I really, really love to run through it.

Houdini in the ivy patch

One day in December I was running through it and the ground was muddy. Compared to New Mexico, it rains a lot in Virginia. My paws slipped from underneath me in the mud. I didn’t think too much of it at the time. Over the next week, my back started to hurt. It became painful for me to jump into the car.

I had to wait for help. That was hard for me at first, because I’m so used to being able to get in the cars and up onto higher places myself.

I saw my regular veterinarian, Dr. Kelly. I sometimes get scared when I am at the office, but Dr. Kelly is really nice and kind to me. She explained how I needed to take some medicine and rest to help my back. I took my course of medications, but I was still having trouble with my back. I was feeling my age. I turned 10 in human years on March 1, 2020.

We decided as a family to try something different – acupuncture. This was a first for me.

It wasn’t too bad. There were a lot of liver treats that were pretty tasty and a nice bowl of water.

I went for several treatments and it started to help me.

Just as my back finally started to feel much better, my pack (my human Mom and Dad) are staying home most of the time. I keep hearing about this novel coronavirus (COVID-19). I’m not really sure what it is, but I like that we staying together at home and that we have our grassy yard with my ivy in it.

I have been busy playing with them to break up the large amount of computer work time, checking in on each of them, and helping them to exercise by playing with me or walking outside throughout the day. All of this is tiring. The great news is that I am now able to jump onto the couch by myself. Just in time to help me rest from my busy schedule!

Stay safe and watch out for your pack.

Signing off with a sigh and a snooze from the couch,

~Houdini (woof!)

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