Saturday, December 17, 2011

Physical Therapy gets Weird

Thank you so much, my friends, for all your wonderful holiday cards. I always put them on the mirror where I can see them from my comfy bed. You know what else? Every year when we put away our holiday decorations, I put my cards in the box and that way I can enjoy them again when we get to the decorating activities. Woo hoo!

Dear readers, I was most enthused to see that I had another trip to the physical therapy to see nice Dr. Starr this morning.

Same as last week I got into that weird Harry Houdini type box and in comes the water and I am just kind of hanging and enjoying all the warm goodness and noms when suddenly, I kid you not, MY LEGS STARTED MOVING ALL BY THEMSELVES!

Seriously! I am all like "Hey, Dr. Starr, WTF? Do you see this? Why are my legs moving?" And momma is all laughing at me like oh yeah, big joke because I can see that HER legs are quite stationary.

In order to stabilize my large and not wanting to move much at all self, I found a place to put my back legs that was safe. But damned if my front legs didn't keep moving all bunching me up towards my hindquarters. I had to make totally fake walking motions just to keep from jack knifing.

No fool I, noting that Dr. Starr's legs were not moving I sussed out that if I could put my foot close to hers, then at least one leg would not move. Sadly, my other three continued to roll along downhill and once again I was on the road to nowhere.

Finally I just gave up and moved my entire self in what felt like a pointless waste of energy. It seemed like my legs weighed a ton and I surely would have expired on the spot from the horrible exertion required if not for helper lady and her bowl of cheerios strategically located near my jaws of doom (note, readers, this photo is my bottom, not my jaws of doom - need to work on coordinating my narrative with my photographer).

After about 87 minutes (well, momma says actually after 6 minutes) the world stopped moving, the water drained out, and I was brought back to a state of serenity through Dr. Starr's wonderful massage technique.

You wanna see the movie? Of course you do. Just click here or watch below.

Mango Man! Oh yeah!

P.S. Hey! You know momma's all scientific examinations of our exercise program? Well, I have news for you. This week she did EXACTLY THE SAME amount of exercises as before. I kid you not. So much for all those empty promises of longer walks and more funballs action good times. Boo hoo. Momma says I should be happy that she is in such a rut because it means while I might not get more exercise, I likely won't get less either. Whatever.


Sarge said...

Hey Mango!
Wow, you look like you're really getting the hang of this! Noms sure help. Move over Jack LaLanne!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Sam and Pippen said...

Dude... you know what the problem is? your legs are too long! If you had shorty little legs like us they wouldn't reach that moving floor! Then you could just floaty at the top of the water and eat noms from the helper lady!

Sam and Pippen

A MilShelb Mom said...

We agree with Sam and Pippen! Your legs are too long. LOL!
~Milly and Shelby

Berts Blog said...

Mango Dude, Just come live with me and My vickie and we will take you out every day to play fake walking in the water.

I mean, yes it is probably colder than the water in your glass tub and perhaps the bottom of the river is a little rocky so you would need to walk carefully, but the force of the river would be just like the effect of the water walking box.

And I would even share my house with you.....and move my nose out of your way all the time. It coudl be way fun.

Let me know

road-dog-tales said...

What a great way to get therapy and exercise! A mai tai and a relaxing ocean scene projected on the wall in front of you with some soothing music and you'd never know you weren't at the beach, right?
We so sorry to hear about your friend El'bow. We know the mastiffs are a close pack. So sad for you and his family.
And devastating news about the Houston Pittie Pack. There are no words really for that kind of tragedy. Our thoughts are with them.

The Road Dogs

Marjie said...

Well, guys, I first have to say that your mantle is just beautiful. A lovely crowning glory for your estate for sure, and a great place for all of your Christmas cards.

And Mango, you did a great job on that underwater treadmill! It looks like you were having lots of funballs good times there with the lovely Dr. Starr. I'll bet you are just her favorite exercise pal ever!

PS: Love your hat on the new header. Dex needs his antlers straightened. But he wears them well.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Uncle Mango, well we have spoken sternly to Mum cause she was cracking up (and we don't mean doing drugs) when she saw you in the water walking.

We on the other hand, thought you were just fabulous. Very dignified but at the same time inventive, when using the sides of the pool thingy to stand on whilst walking on three legs.

You are just too cool for the pool. See ya Uncle Water Mango. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Maggie and Mitch said...

Thank doG there was a wall behind you or you would have fallen right off, Mango! Hey, we saw you cheating, ya know! haha

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Frankie Furter said...

Sam Pippin Mil and Shelb are TOTALLY RIGHT you know.. THOSE ... STILTS you call Legs are just TOOOOOOO long.
We go with the LESS is MORE theory.. Less Leg more Float

SissySees said...

My former JRT Mugsy taught himself to use the human treadmill so he could run indoors with me. He loved it. Strange boy, that one...

Sissy is delighted with the exercise challenge thing. At the firehouse Christmas dinner, we were invited by our down-the-road-neighbors to use their elaborate to-the-river walking trail, so we climbed the big hill that is their driveway on today's walk and will sneak under the fence and walk the bulk of the trail tomorrow -- when there are no hunters in the woods.

Sierra Rose said...

Right on Mango! What a great therapy, I must say :) Love the warm waters, and cheerios! I'm in.
Been doing lots of walkies here...but would LOVE to be in any sort of pool of course!

Big hugs,
Sierra Rose

HoundDogMom said...

A swimming Mango. :) Good see you are dealing with your water walkies. :) Sniffs, The HoundDogs

rottrover said...

Mango, you ARE the man!! That looked SO fun. Is it your right leggy that is sore? You did really well!

-Bart and Ruby

Ronnii, Uji & Izzy ( & Momma Tea ) said...

Wee does lovs a good massage it is most relaxin n helps us sleeps. Wee is so glad yor gettin da ferapy yoo needs Mango Dude

Ronnii, Uji & Izzy
xxx xxx xxx

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We are still amazed that you are able to get such awesome therapy, Mango. We really hope it is helping you and that it isn't too painful for you. Mom has her PT twice a week and she says that it is very, very painful and she wishes she could have some water therapy instead.

And we are also quite impressed that you were able to figure out that you could avoid making your legs move by putting your paw on the side:)

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Thank you MangoMan, for the comic relief. You were quite smart to know to brace your back leg on the static part of that water contraption!!
Smooches from pooches,
BabyRD & Hootie

houndstooth said...

I can't believe you had to go through all that! Mango, that looks like a lot of work. I'm glad you escaped before you expired in there!


Koobuss said...


That really looks like fun! Not everybody gets to go for a walk in water. Especially in December!

Good luck with that!

Love and Lots of Koobuss Kisses,

Declan said...

It's hard to be dignified in a water filled box, but somehow you managed it! Deccy x

Anonymous said...

That actually looks like fun!


The Boston Lady said...

Good for you Mango. I laughed when I saw you try to put your foot up on the ledge. The doc was having none of that! Keep up the good work and will soon be walking ON the water. Ann

Homer said...

Hey Mango!

I didn't know you have such nice, gorgeous legs! ;)


Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello mango its dennis the vizsla dog hay that luks like sum sort of weerd noo tortcher chaymber!!! yore mama is sum sort of vishus saydist or sumthing!!! ok bye


Hey there Mango,
You are doing real well with that water therapy thingy! I am so amazed at the types of therapy available in the USA...haven't heard of anything like that here.
Well, also wanted to pop by and wish you all a really happy and fun Christmas. Also to say thank you, yet again, for another year of cyber-friendship. Please send lotsaluv to your momma and thanks for all that she means to blogville. :)
With love

Mr. Pip said...

There's been talk of me going to physical therapy because of some arthritis in my back legs ...but I am thinking that water might be a little too deep for me!

Your pal, Pip

The Army of Four said...

Wow, Mango! You did an awesome job!!!
Play bows,

Anonymous said...

Wooo Hooo Mango! I thinks you did a pawsome job BIG GUY! It sure must be weird walkin and goin no where, but if it's for cheerios they I would certainly give it a go!

woos, Tessa

Bocci said...

Hey, what a great contraption! Looks like you and your mom got enough exercise for at least one day!

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said... owe me big for this....a little payback for the Mango Momma for making you walk in that water box.

I have pawsonally signed your momma up for


Yeppers...just wait till they put that musak on and she has to exercise for 60 long minutes in NOT warm water., no...I don't need reimbursed. The classes are quite cheap...THEY ARE OUTSIDE IN BOSTON HARBOR.

Hope she doesn't mind traffic...they are at 5:30PM Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Rush hour? Oh, she will love the commute.

Kisses and more,

Beastie Teacakes!!

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

Oh, and I had the temerity to order her a purple tankini from Land's End....


The Island Cats said...

Yikes, Mango...that's something us cats could never get into!!

Tucker said...

Mango, you are very brave! You would never get me in that box.

woof - Tucker

Two French Bulldogs said...

great job Mango you guys were doing that synchronized swimming
Benny & Lily

Priscilla said...

Mango, the ways you handle the water walking thingy is much more skillful and professional than Mika. Well done!!!

ForPetsSake said...

Cheers to mom for giving you physical therapy - even 87, er, I mean 6 minutes! PT for canines is something I'd love to learn down the road. Thanks for the pics of your cute butt ;)


I thought you were suppose to be handcuffed and the lid closes. I didn't see any magic?

Nice job cheating with your toe toe on the wall. I'm telling

Anonymous said...

That's so funny! I hope it was worth it for a few Cheerios. Now, was that lady a full sized lady and are you really THAT BIG? I think you need an Olympic pool.

Moose Dog said...

Massage??? I must get signed up for that! It looks a little like snuggles but I would tolerate a little of that. I can't believe your legs were all possessed like! That is wild! I guess it is worth it for a bouncier bottom!

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Luv the video. You were moving at the speed of light! Pretty soon you and Dex will be doing fancy sychronized swimming at the olympics or something like that!

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

that is hard on my metals. those were some wierd going ons

KB said...

I love all the strategies you tried to avoid moving all 4 paws. I was giggling!

My K is such a goody-goody. When her legs started moving, she just went with the flow and didn't try any of your tricks!

But, a decade ago, I had a dog who freaked out so completely that she inhaled water and almost drowned. I kid you not! She was in the hospital for days with "aspiration pneumonia". It was most embarrassing for her... a Lab who almost drowned...

Sweet William The Scot said...

Mango seriously dude, your are never going to make any money with that exercise video.
Sweet William The Scot

Au and Target said...

Mango, you are a poster dog for exercise, complete with sexy assistant. Go, Mango, go!

E. said...

Mango, we've been to see Dr. Starr, too! Except Stan is only 15 pounds. He loves Dr. Starr and Susan.

Erin & Stan at