Monday, December 13, 2010

My Sore Leggie Update (and miscellaneous other stuffs)

We FINALLY got our holiday cards in the mail and let me tell you, neither of us is pleased.

First of all, the Pea is looking, well, portly, and to the little guy's credit, he is a total hard body (as can be seen in this recent walkie photo).

In fact, even I, Mango, look a bit rotund in the photo. But worst still, Momma had the gall to photoshop out my special holiday ornament. As if! I said we should do a retake, but the DOH is all like, "Oh, Mango, there is not time and this photo is very festive." So, just keep that in mind should you actually get one (and at the rate she is addressing them, that could be sometime next year).

So last week I went to see nice Dr. Linda to talk to her about my sore leg. It still doesn't feel right and I do admit that I walk kind of funny and am not keen to bend that leggie at all.

She had me try out this squishy ball thing. Apparently I need to be off balance a bit to force me to use my rear quarters in a more "natural" way.

Then without even buying me a drink or anything she got mighty personal with my Mango-ness. All pushing and prodding in my nether regions.

And the jack hammer came out again.

I told her my neck was sore. Hehehe. That scored me some quality massage time.

So she says that there is nothing alarming, but likely some soft tissues damage (sorta like momma's tennis ball elbow - and to hear her crying, these things take FOREVER to get better). Now when my leggie is feeling sore, I would much rather hop around with it like a stick but that has caused me to lose the muscle mass which is not good. Plus since I do not have a normal gait, my spine is getting stiff and sore too.

I am supposed to do special exercises to help me stop thinking so hard and start using my leggie like I should. She also recommended the underwater treadmill at the local doggie gym, but when Momma told them the exact dimensions of my relentlessly huge self, they said that I would not fit in the tank. How embarrassing.

No worries, most nights I go into the dog cave with momma and we work on our exercises.

Idiot PeeWee supervises. Maybe he is considering a career in doggie medicines.

Here is a movie of my activities. The movie is really long, but not as long as I have to spend stretching and standing and getting massage and let me tell you, it is hard work (for reasons that are unclear, momma seems to work up a bit of a sweat during MY exercising).

I am also supposed to practice my weave poles, but no jumping and to be honest, I do feel better on the days I do my exercises.

Now, on to three administrative items.

My full sized friend, Honey, has asked me to tell you about a post she did which discusses front door manners. I know lots of my pals are kind of bossy when guests come and it can make the humans very gruff. So visit her here and leave a comment on how you manage the conflict of guarding your estate whilst simultaneously attempting to appease your humans.

We all know the Mango reads lots of bloggies (but doesn't always have time to comment) and I love making new pals. I want to introduce you to one of my newest friends, Blair the kitteh.

Sadly, the Mango remains a bit perplexed as to the, ahem, gender of this wee beast having never seen its undercarriage. Nevertheless, I am enchanted by his/her blog and wanted to share it with you here.

I'd also like to introduce Bronson and Pepper. Two wacky little pups who make me smile.

Mango Man! Oh yeah!

P.S. Anybody have the right link to the Blab Labs? Their bloggy says they have a new site, but when I click on it I get a bad "URL not found" message.


Wild Dingo said...

um... your momma sure seems like she enjoys pushing you around. like she's the boss or something. ha!

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Big Me's... (not by muches) hu's

Yous Mommy really takes good cares of yous~ My Momma was Aww'in' and stuffs... me's like.. come'on Momma.. sheesh... butt really... yous Mommy clearly 'dose loves yous~
Okays.. enuff of 'dat..
We's was laufin' bout 'da slobbers on yous faces.. hu hu's
Me's slobbers too.. Momma has to carry around a cloth after me drinks..
Glad yous big adventure was supervisings... him cares too..
me tease him and stuffs.. butt his a good bro..
Hope yous leggie gets betters~
We's all sending healing vibes~
and we's check out yous furiends too!

Laters big me's
Yous twinner,
Anakin Man

The Paw Relations said...

Thank you for introducing us to your new kitty friend!

3 doxies said...

We ordered some cards and mum said they sucked too so we knows how you feels...blah!

I so hope you gets all da stiffies outta your body soon. My brudder had to do dis stuff when he had his back knows like get in da water and do therapy. Mum says it definately will helps da Mango! Ummmm, brudder ain't as big as you so tells your mom good luck!


3 doxies said...

Oh and PS...we knows Blair da kitteh and her is just wonderfuls and we enjoy her comments and hers bloggie.


AFSS said...

Oh Mango it is too bad your leg is still sore. Us cats are purring for you, and Fenris is doing his imitation purr (he actually purrs purrty good but don't tell him we said so). ~The Cats

Jen said...

Thanks for the update Mango! I have been wondering how you were doing, considering you seem to be working on the same stuff as Sophie, at this point. :) I took some notes of things I can do with her- she gets to run and does the stretches, but I hadn't thought to add in the walk around the stool/back up stuff. It will help her too!! (and will be great for her agility when she actually gets back to it!!) :) Anyway, here's hoping Mango gets his muscle tone back too!!!

Jen and the BDC!

pam said...

We are thinking we need to find an in jury somethin somethin... Cause all that messagin looks really good.

Bobo and Meja out but just till we find an in jury...

Kasha said...

Sorry about your leg Mango! Good thing you have such a nice momma to help you get better! It is a bummer to see a big dog down.

Mack said...

Well your momma sure is getting her exercise!
So sorry about the sore leggy. Maybe you need weekly all over deep tissue massages?

Frankie Furter said...

Oh Mango... thank you fur showing us how you have trained your momma to do the physical stuffs and massages and everything. I am gonna make MY mom watch.. and TRY to learn the techniques. It looks like it must feel wonderful. I mean heck it caused you to drool.

Raymond and Busby said...

Mango your Mom is probably getting almost as much exercise as you. Does she slobber too? She must have a never ending supply of hot dogs in that little treat pouch. Wow! Keep up the good work, we want you back to full strength soon.

Hound Girl said...

Yeah our pics sucked too so we feel your pain, thats what I get for waiting till the last min.

We have been following the blab labs since the begining - this is the link we follow

jen said...

Don't worry Mango Man! We got our holiday cards the other day and I accidentally left off Leroy's name! I swear it was an accident:)
I'll just write it in in pen!

Sorry to hear that your leg is still on the mend! Your mom looks like she is doing a great job of taking care of you!

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

I'm thinking you can probably milk your leg issues for extra treats and massages for a looooooooooong time! Hopefully the treats and massage are worth some of the indiginities.

Priscilla said...

My mom didn't send out any cards at all this year, so if you didn't receive any from us this year, please don't think that we've forgotten about you. You're always in our mind, you know!!!

Sam and Pippen said...

I get a sore leg once in a while when we are on our walkies and then mom and Pip have to slow down but then it goes away and I'm back to running... weird...

Anyways... thanks for the intro to two new friends... we'll stop by and check them out.

AND we got mom to try the Blab Labs but we get a 'catchable error' whatever that is... so we don't have an answer for that one. Sorry!

Sam and Pippen

Erika said...

Hey Mango whats my picture doing on your blog...ohhh you is showing my beautifulness off to all your other friends. Well thanks so much, mommy is very happy that I have made such nice friends on the internets!

XOXO Blair

Marjie said...

Dude, that leg thing can be really bad. Watch out how you walk, since that snow stuff is beginning to be a problem here in the North. Momma says Blair the Kitteh has to be a girl, because calico cats always are. Since her coloring is a lot like yours, I don't know why she's not a brindle, but whatever. And Momma says we'll totally come to help out with the decorating problems at your estate, but your wreath there looks good to us!


BRUTUS said...

It seems like what was being exercised the most was your salivary glands!!! Does the momma have to mop the floor after your session BOL? Glad to hear it's all helping, though!

Brutus & Carmen

HoundDogMom said...

Just think of all the Mommy time you are getting with this sore leggy thing. I bet PeeWee is feeling a little left out. We love our doggie massages we get everyday so take full advantage of them. Also, sounds like they need a bigger pool to accommodate the Mangoness. The HoundDogs

P.S.S. -- Also, they use super duper glue on them FEDEX boxes for sure. Guess they didn't want anyonen to steal my new toy. Plus we are way behind on CC as well. Such human slackers we have.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello mango its dennis the vizsla dog hay ware ar yoo flying to that the tsa wuz tutching yore junk??? ok bye

Randi said...

Aw Mango - Your mama is such an awesome Mango Nursie - She loves you so much & should really have an honorary PHDog in caretaking of giants & limb assistance... & I bet PeeWee is a bit jelly as he see's you getting all massaged & pampered...

I really hope your leg feels lots better...

Love & Licks,

Bronson and Pepper said...

Dear Mango,
We hope you get to feeling all better very soon! Big brother Bronson knows what it's like to have a sore leg and he says it's the pits! Thank-you for the mention too!
Bones and Treats to ya,
Bronson and Pepper

Tucker said...

Oh Mango I understand your leg ouchie since I still am slowly recovering from my leg sprain. Momma makes me take it easy when I gets tired so I don't hurt myself more and she makes we rest if she catches me favoring my leg.

woof - Tucker

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

As we were reading your post, Mango, we too were thinking "|swimming pool" and we are disappointed at the size shortfall of your local facility It seems to us you need to book yourself on a plane and go and visit Toby Puppy in SA for a few months...


rottrover said...

Mango Man, that was relentlessly interesting to us. Gizmo has a sore leggy, too. We're gonna get Mom to try some of that stuff. Pea is a very good assistant to your Momma. I forget how RH you really are until I see you next to your Momma!! Feel better, Big Guy.

Bart, Ruby and Gizmo

brooke said...

Your Momma looks like a real pro at stretching you out! Hope your leg feels better soon!
Have you tried acupuncture?

Anonymous said...

glad you are doing better with your leg ... sounds like you're enjoying your therapy!

Anonymous said...

I hope your leg gets to feeling better soon! Did you read about the Mango Salon on my blog? I didn't know you had your own salon. Your Momma sure is pushy but she loves you. I love all the slobber hanging down from your face as she's feeding you treats. We'll go check out your friends!

Elyse and Riley

Samantha said...

Leggie looks much better at end of movie than at beginning - I think Mom's sweat is paying off! (She's really good at it!) We found the
Blablabs at their old address:, although their last post was on 11/26 - but it came up without any reference to a new URL. Your new pals sound intriguing! We will go say hi! Hope we get to see your card - sorry you have issues with it, Mango hee hee!
Sammie and Avalon

doyle and mollie said...

aw mango you gotta use that leg man although those exercises seem to involve a lot of treats so maybes you are onto a good thing there arf arf - loves and licks - oh and good slobbering during your session!

Oskar said...

You have to keep up the good work so that your RH self does not get out of whack and be stuck walking in circles!

We have this link for The Blab Labs:

I'm off to check out your other friends!

Nubbin wiggles,

The Island Cats said...

Man, Mango...we hate when the v-e-t checks out our nether regions too!! Hope that leg starts feeling better soon!!

Carol from Down Under said...

Oh Mango, I was watching the slobber, waiting for it to drop, then forgot about that when your 'back end' came into view and to top it off your Momma rocking you. Oh I'm sorry but I just had to laugh. Glad you are feeling better Mango Man. No worries, love Carol.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Wow, Mango, your Mom sure is shoving you around, but we know it is all for the good. You are very good to let her manipulate your leg like that. Hope all this exercise helps you feel a lot better.

We don't know those new pals but we will pay them a visit.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

LucilleMia said...

Oh Mango,
your human surely likes you a lot!
I am sure it is not nice to work so much, but she does that to help you!
And you are such a darling!
Good luck for a very quick complete recovery!
Ciao Lucille

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

As if the DOH wasn't dizzy enough...

Should I put together a video fur woo to watch during your PT sessions?

I'm sure it would help with shifting the - ummmm - legs?

PeeEssWoo: My DOH made the skhwee noises ovFOR the wreath in your HEADer!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Mango you have such a wonderful Mom to give you treats and a message to make you all better...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Kari in WeHo said...

THey should make that treadmill bigger just for you!


dewdana said...

Very helpful video Mango! Mooses needs to be doing some of that. At the doc's office when you stepped on the squishy thing why does it matter if it is squishy under your front end? Does the way DH does it work just as well? I definitely need to get moose to learn to step on the step first but that is on the list. There has been much hibernation around here lately so it is time to get busy! Pee wee looks adorable on the sidelines too. Oh and sorry your ornament was photoshopped out. Willie says to believe him it could have been worse!

houndstooth said...

After watching that video, I have to ask, have you made a trained monkey out of your mama, or has she made one out of you? I rather enjoyed the music to that one. I'm glad to hear that there isn't something serious wrong with your leg and that the exercises help!

Don't worry about forgetting Lilac's name on the card! She's a little forgetful and she won't notice!


Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh there are just so many things I could say about this post too..the Lacie is never sans wordies...

Now the vet sez you have to be "off balance" was pretty sure that was your permanant state, but correct me if I'm wrong.

Secondly, I can easily make you use that leg...I will arrive at midnight by broom...

(I chased Stan today across the yard cuz he bit me on the bum...he jumped onto the hot tub...yes, it's covered...AND the cover was a sheet of ice...that stoopid Dale slid....never moved a muscle...slid all the way across it and fell off the other side...Mumsie was shoveling and I'm sure her cackling was heard by the most distant neighbors...)

Lastly, I have some products for you to try...(Lacie falls on the floor laughing...)...see our blog for details..


Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

So glad Mango seems to be feeling better! You seem to be the one doing all the hard work though!

Asta said...

I can't believe to what lengths you go to fow a massage, honestly, and to get out of doing jumpy things. Well , nevew mind, i think youw plan is wowking..Youw Mama gets excewcise, Pee Wee is getting ideas about his footoowe caweew moves and you get to get massages..pawfect. May I also mention how lovely youw weath is?
I'm suwe you had some input in cweating it bootifulness.
I will go and visit youw new fwiends..
smoochie kisses

Benny and Lily said...

Hope your leg is better big boy. All that stretches, jogging agilities would make any buddy slobber
Benny & Lily

Anonymous said...

too funny! that is one big dog, and weave poles? he is probably taller than they are.

Minna Krebs said...

Your mom is very helpful and dedicated in helping you with your physical therapies! Keep up da good work, Mango!

.......and I just loved da foto of Dexter 'supervising' your therapies!!

tula said...

hey bubba,

geesh barely got to see your large & sudzies faceballs.. only mango action swinging around. those things should keep woo off balance??

i do luv a nice spine massagies.. fav is the vibrating claw!

maybe your momma could shut both top & bottom doors.. pee was spying! that's FAD's job- as if!


Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

RH, we're so sorry to see your leggie is still bothering you. We thought after seeing the recent agilities movie that you were much better. At least your conscientious Momma is going all the PT activities with/for you. We are astounded there isn't a therapy pool for you! There must be a bigger, better therapy pool somewhere in your part of Master-Chews-Its. Keep looking, big guy. That spine massage you were getting is one of Pretty Girl's favorite things, too.

Mama did finally manage to order us some paper cards, thanks to help from your Momma. They haven't come yet. We're sure you and Pee Wee just look nice and "tucked up for winter" well nourished on your cards; you know the camera adds at least 10 lbs.

Your wreath is gorgeous!

Jed & Abby

Noah the Airedale said...

Goodness me Mango mate, you've been in the wars of late. We sure hope the ol' leggy sorts itself out soon.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Anonymous said...

That's quite the exercise routine Mango. Your Momma is a very good therapist :) You have inspired my Mom to get back into her exercise routine. She's been slackin lately.

Thinkin you may have mistaken sweat on your Momma for slobber ;) BOL!

Keep up the good work! Your leggy will get better and better :)

Waggin at ya,

PeeS: I luv the wreath on y'all's door! Beautiful :)

MAXMOM IN SA said...

Hey there Mr Mango...
I'm sorry that your leg is still bothering you so much. Perhaps you should ask Momma for some treats during the massaging - jaw exercise is always advisable, don't you think?
Sending lotsalicks to you and warm wishes for that leg.

The Thuglets said...

Mango, Dexter & Mango's Momma

We wanted to say a special thank you for your very kind words, thoughts & support on our sudden loss of Dorcus.

Time with our furkids is precious time. We have learnt NEVER put off what we can do or say to them today until tomorrow. Sometimes tomorrow does not come!

Mango we are sorry about your leggie. You really have been in the wars lately. Your Momma is doing a fabulous jobbie working on you.

Take care and thank you again for being there for us.

Karen& Alan Dorcus Mum & Dad


Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Alien said...

Excellent video. We hope your leg feels better soon.


Anonymous said...

You sure are lucky, Mango, to have a momma that luvs you as much as she does! I sure hope your leggie gets feeling better soon.

Thank you for introducing us to your new furends. I'm gonna have to go over and say hi!

Wiggles & Wags,

The Boston Lady said...

Mango, first, I love your wreath. I'm sure it is a creation made by you, your talents have no boundaries do they? Second, I'm glad your momma is working hard to help your leg and that she doesn't hurt her elbow again dancing about like that with you. Third, I've been over to Blair's blog and your right! She's a clever cat and seems to have her humans under control. Keep up the good work with your leg! Ann TBL

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Funny how the camera adds 10 pounds (or in your case, 50, maybe? Heehee).... Although Abby is still a lard butt... not an ounce of fat on her, but she's got childbearing hips. I'm just saying... Anyhoo... I'm glad to hear that your leggie is nothing super serious; you might want to have the DOH check into cold laser. It sounds silly, but apparently it does something to soft tissue - it doesn't hurt (Mom 'zapped' me when I accidentally stepped into a hole in the backyard and hurt my ankle) and really helps with the soft tissue healing thing. Mom and Dad actually bought a machine because they are always hurting themselves, but chiropractors use them, and they were actually first used on horses (Dad used to own horses of the jumping variety and knows about this stuff). If you could find a physical therapist who has a cold laser machine you could go use, it might help along with your exercises. As for the lady doctor groping you without even buying you a drink? Proof that you are so "All That" that any woman of any species is dying to get her hands on you! ;-)

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

Nicki said...

Glad you got your box safely. Hope you like it when mom says you can open it and glad she thought it was pretty.

Inky and Molly said...

Sore leggies suck big time!

Hey, we didn't get your address on email. Cann yu send it to

Ms. ~K said...

Hey Mango My Friend,
My mom and I watched this video very closely...I will see alternative VET Friday to see what's going on with my leg or hip or knee...our regular VET seems confused, but still thinks surgery is the only solution...
Hoping new vet will have other options.
Take care Dude and let Dex feel useful...He can't help it, he's a Lab!

Licks and sniffs,
Buddy (limping in Georgia)

LetMeTellYouATale said...

Loved the video!

Life with 5 dogs said...

We sure hope your leg feels better really soon!

Joe Stains said...

Dude your dog cave is like periwinkle? WTF? I hope the leg is better soon.

KB said...

I cannot believe that you won't fit in the underwater treadmill tank. My dog, K, got to try it, and it would be SO good for you. But, kudos to your mom for working so hard with you Mango. Now, you need to do your part... and work hard too!!!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Hi Mango,

Thanks very much for mentioning my post!

Sorry to hear about your sore leg - but it looks like you're doing all the right things to make it feel better!

Gah! I'm so behind with your posts again...sorry! I'll have to come back to read the others 'coz I gotta go get ready now for my RSPCA Demo Team display tonight - you know Hsin-Yi: she's AlWAYS late!!!

Honey the Great Dane

ocmist said...

We were concerned to hear that you were still having leg problems, and hope that you are doing much better by now (since this post was written a few weeks ago) Grammy says she knows how walking crooked from having a bad leg/hip, etc. can mess up other parts too, and hopes that the exercises have helped you through those problems.

We are horrified to have to tell you that we caught Grammy eating Mango Salsa and dried Mangoes recently! We have told her that this MUST STOP!

You need to get your Mom to install a Mango sized pool in your yard that can be covered and heated like a spa that you can swim in! Maybe that would help.

We got our wonderful card, and think you both look great (though I - Dott- held the card, covering some parts of it while showing it to the pups!