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.