Sunday, December 19, 2010

"Jessie's X-Ray Fund"

What can I say about my dog Jessie....she has issues! I guess it is a dog thing, okay it is definitely a lab thing, to get nuts over a tennis ball. Jessie will play fetch with you until she drops. Even when you're done throwing the ball she keeps dropping it at your feet waiting for you to to throw it again. I did teach her "Last time then lay down." which works quite a bit of the time, as long as we don't have company. I guess company gets her all excited and she feels chasing the ball is a good way to release some of that excitement.

We have a ton of tennis balls. You can't walk into a room in my house without coming across at least one. A couple years ago I even bought her a lot of 100 tennis balls on Ebay. We dumped them all out at once in the living room and she went around and picked each and every one up at least once. The excitement in her face was priceless.

When Jessie chases the ball she plays hard, especially outside. She runs fast and hard and she slides on her back legs to come to a stop at the ball. A few years ago she did this and sprained one of her back legs. It has since developed arthritis. I don't really play much ball with her outside anymore because she just plays too hard. When someone comes over I tell them not to throw it outside for her more than 1 or 2 times, but she always keeps bringing the ball back and dropping it for them to throw and of course they throw it. The thing is she doesn't care if her arthritis makes her leg hurt as long as she can chase the ball. All that doggie adrenaline makes her forget the soreness until later.

Now with the winter at full force here and the bitterly cold weather Jessie's arthritis is acting up. Our vet wants to  take some x-rays and make sure she didn't re-injure it. Of course x-rays are super expensive so that is what this post is really all about.

I love my dogs more than I can express. They are so selfless, they are always there to comfort and be there for you no matter what. And I do my best to give them the most loving home I can. They are so spoiled! I don't know how many nights I've slept so uncomfortable in my bed so they both have comfy cozy spots (and that can be tricky with one human and 2 yellow labs, one at 70 pounds and the other at 82!). You know you spoil your dogs when you make a special trip to the meat market for them and have a big bag of bones in your freezer!

In this difficult and tough economy things are tight, especially with the upcoming holidays, but I'm working on a way to earn the extra money needed for Jessie's x-rays. I know I've posted about my Pet Trading Cards. They are a great way to show off your adorable, cuddly pets, who I consider to be part of the family. Starting today all the proceeds from my Pet Card sales go directly into "Jessie's X-ray Fund". The cards are $2.00 each or 12 for $20.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Here you can read more about my Pet Trading Cards. If you are interested in having your favorite pet photos made into trading cards please send me an email. They make wonderful keepsakes and are a great way to show off your wonderful furry family members!

I will also have several auctions on Ebay this month in which all the money earned will go into the fund as well. I will post a link to these auctions shortly.

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