One Big Leap for Dog…

Dallas here.

Don’t look now, but Mama is mad at me, and I want to set the record straight.

Recently, she took me to the vet for something called a thyroid check.

You see, I’d been gaining a bit of weight until the doctor discovered I have low thyroid and put me on medicine.

And it’s working. I’ve shed some pounds and look quite handsome.


Freshly brushed dog

Freshly brushed dog

But was that good enough for Mama and the vet?

No, it was not.

Fast-forward three months. I’m nearly out of pills, so Mama hauls me back to the vet.

The first result came back hyper-thyroid, which the vet refused to accept. She and Mama whispered and talked about me like I couldn’t understand what was going through their little minds. Finally, they decided to test me AGAIN.

I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t at all happy about getting stuck twice with a needle in the same visit!

Especially since I’d been fasting from nine o’clock the previous evening.

And I’m a dog who likes my foods.

Why, that very morning, Mama fixed my breakfast and put it in the fridge. Then she fixed hers and started to eat.


Where's MY food, Mama??

Where’s MY food, Mama??

You can relate, can’t you?

So, when Mama put me on the vet’s examining table to let Doc trim my nails while waiting on the results of my blood work, why, I just bolted for the door!

I didn’t get far, as Mama had me on a leash, but I meant to get outta there.

Mama and Doc were horrified (and, if truth be told, I was a little surprised myself!). I’ve never done anything like that, and I don’t plan to do it again.

That table is a l-o-n-g way up.

But I’d had it with the two of ’em, poking at me like I was a bug under glass.

Good thing Mama’s had me on Glucosamine/Chondroitin for a while, huh?

Yep, that’s my story, and now you know!

19 thoughts on “One Big Leap for Dog…

  1. “And it’s working. I’ve shed some pounds and look quite handsome.”

    You sure do, Dallas! You are one handsome canine! And may I also add, you have the cutest face!

    “But I’d had it with the two of ‘em, poking at me like I was a bug under glass.”

    I don’t blame you, buddy, because I think I would have done the same thing.

    Glad to hear the medicine is working and that your thyroid is in check.

    You GO, boy!

    And please tell Mama I said hello!

    • Thanks, Mr. Ron — I’m glad to know I’m not the only one bothered by needle-pokes!

      I’m blushing at your too-kind words, too (though doggins really don’t blush, you know!)

      Happy rest-of-the-week, from me and my mama!

  2. Glucosamine/Chondroitin has helped Wylie, too! Wylie doesn’t want to talk about the weight thing. Since she’s a lady (and so am I) I understand!

    • I don’t blame Wylie one bit, Miss Suzi. I hate talking about the weight thing, even though Mama and Doc put me on the scale every single time I go in there. How embarrassing — and then they practically SHOUT out the result (which isn’t so bad when I’ve lost a pound or two, Ha!)

    • Why, thank you, Mr. Professor. You do understand about the ‘no breakfast’ thing, don’t you? How’s a dog supposed to do anything on an empty stomach? The very idea!!

  3. This brings the Toby Keiths lyrics to mind –
    I ain’t as good as I once was
    But I’m as good once as I ever was

    Thyroid can be tricky. Looking good Dallas!

    • Shelties seem particularly sensitive to thyroid issues, Miss Katybeth. Mama learned that online (so I guess all the time she spends away from ME is going to good use!)

      Thanks for the compliment. I’m trying, but I do hate worrying Mama about all this. And don’t you tell her I said so — I think mamas should worry, you know!

  4. Oh my goodness… glad there wasn’t a broken leg involved with a jump like that! (Cats can handle long jumps/falls much better than dogs… I tell my kids that cats are “bendier” than dogs 🙂 ) I can relate to the dislike of doctors. On Wednesday, I’m going in for my yearly physical…two years late.

    • Well, Miss Janna, cats do seem “bendier” than doggins. You rarely see a cat with a bandaged leg or in one of those wheelchair-things. Mama says you’re absolutely right, in that I could’ve broken something (though, honestly, I was in the best place for care if I had, don’t you think?!)

    • Glad you understand, Miss Terri. I’ll bet Lucy has been tempted more than once to do the same thing! All those scary smells, strange dogs (and cats), and yucky things the doctors can do to you — well, it seemed like a good idea at the time!

  5. Why Dallas, you naughty boy! Lol, I don’t blame you, though. You don’t want to be around me when I’ve been fasting, just so the lab tech can draw blood with her needle. I’m a menace to society without my breakfast!

    • Thank goodness you understand, Miss Monica! Maybe if Mama had fasted with me it wouldn’t have been so bad, but no. She just sat there — like on a normal day — and fed her face while I looked pitifully from her to my empty food bowl, wishing I could eat, too!

  6. I am on thyroid medicine and had no idea that dogs suffered from thyroid illness. I even more astounded that Glucosamine/Chondroitin, which I have also taken for joint problems. Now be honest, has it been easier raising Domer or Dallas?

    • Miss Pat, I think Mama would say it’s been LOTS easier raising Domer than me, Ha! I’m rather “needy,” meaning I want to be with Mama ALL the time; the kid has an independent streak. Yes, Shelties are prone to thyroid issues and calibrating just the right dosage isn’t easy. The vet recommended Glucosamine for my achy joints, and yes, it has helped. Lots! Hope you’re feeling better soon, too!

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