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A sad day for Suzy.... 
Mar. 9, 2010 1:37 pm 
Updated: Mar. 13, 2010 3:28 pm
If you've read my earlier blog "Halfway there" then you know about my 17-month old black lab's injury to her leg and her prescribed treatment of rest.   Anyways, on Sunday my husband went to the local Tractor Supply Co. store to buy himself a toolbox.  He came home with not only a toolbox, but also a "cat door" for our basement door. 

You see, Suzy has been quite fond of our cat litter box.  She can be sound asleep in the livingroom and can hear (or maybe it's smell) when one of our two cats is using the litter box.  She'll jump up and run downstairs to clean the box out before I can even yell at her to come back upstairs. It's gross but it's a habit she can't (or won't) break.  

Now that Suzy is on prescribed rest she's not supposed to run up and down the steps, which means we can't leave the door open for the cats. So a cat door only seems logical.   Jon (that's my husband) installed the cat door and re-hung the basement door.  What a great idea!!  Why didn't we think of this 17-months earlier??!!

The cats are terrified of the thing and won't go near it.  So, we spend most of Sunday afternoon pushing the cats through the door to get them used to it.  By bedtime they are going through it on their own.  Now Suzy sits by the door waiting for someone to open it,hoping she can run down the steps to check the litter box out.  I sort of feel bad for her - but not that bad.....
Mar. 9, 2010 2:50 pm
Hi Mother Ann, I hope Suzy's leg is on the mend. I have a yellow lab, & there's not much he wont eat. Dogs can be weird that way. I had some loose cattle go through my yard one day, & yep, you guessed it. Love my dogs, but this is probably grossing people out. I've never blogged before, but I do enjoy reading yours & others. I made pita bread dough this afternoon, & just now discovered my oven wont heat. I'm bummed. It's a damp, dreary day & I figured this would be a good project for the day. haha!
Mar. 9, 2010 4:07 pm
What is with dogs and THAT?!?!?! Mine did the same thing and it's so gross! Thankfully they do seem to grow out of it...but it's like the best dessert in the world to them!!!
Mar. 9, 2010 5:13 pm
Poor Suzy, but she'll get over it. I don't know why dogs do this sort of thing, but it sounds like you've come up with a great solution.
Mar. 9, 2010 5:16 pm
Oh, dogs can be so wierd! BTW, LOVE your avatar photo!
Mar. 9, 2010 6:21 pm
I am sooo glad to hear that other dogs do this and not just mine! The old lab did it for a while when she was young. And, yes, thankfully they do grow out of it.
Mar. 9, 2010 7:29 pm
Precious photo and story. You are not the only one who had this problem. I had a dog who I swear tried to live on his idea of almond roca. YUK!
Mar. 9, 2010 9:35 pm
Yep - special doggie treats! I remember staying with firends that had two labs -- they 'did' each other, Bessie Cocker is particularly fond of possums....
Mar. 9, 2010 11:07 pm
You scared me! I read "a sad day for Suz" and was worried! Hope she is doing better this week!
Mar. 10, 2010 4:15 am
Sorry to scare you, Suzanne! She seems to be doing a little better, but not much. We are now thinking that maybe it isn't a ligament, but something up in her hip area more. Next week she goes back to the vet and I think they're planning x-rays. We should know something better then. Thanks!
Mar. 10, 2010 7:00 am
We are no strangers to dogs healing from injuries here at our house. It is so hard to keep your dog from running/jumping around....but it is SO important to do so when they're healing. And where he is only a pup he may grow out of that nasty habit...you hope!
Mar. 11, 2010 8:42 am
Dogs are weird that way! Mine loves to lay by the wood stove in the winter and eat ALL the little wood chips crumbs of wood that he can find! Guess who gets to clean up THAT mess when it comes back up?? Nasty
Mar. 11, 2010 10:41 am
Hi Mother Ann....our beloved Ivy (shes in doggie heaven) anyway she liked those treats as well then i decided to put the liter box somewhere she couldnt get too lol...Ivy was a german sheppard/lab mix and when she was around 3 she was playing with the cat and the cat bit her leg/hip area and well after a visit to the vet it required surgurey i cant remember the name of the problem now thats its been so long ago but the very had said that this type of problem is a common one. I felt bad for Ivy and DH we lived in a upstairs apartment and Ivy was in a cast and she was a big dog...DH carried her up and down those darn stairs until she was all healed! Hope your doggie is feeling better:)
Mar. 11, 2010 1:45 pm
Hi Silla! Sorry to hear Ivy is no longer with you. Your DH is a good man, just goes to show how important our dogs are in all of our lives! Couldn't imagine living without my pooches!
Mar. 11, 2010 9:25 pm
Lol.. isn't it nasty?! I don't understand it but my first dog did that too. As much as we hollered and gagged she'd just look up at us with what seemed to be a big smile on her face. Nice thinking on the cat door.. I bet you'll accept her kisses with a little more relief now
Mar. 12, 2010 3:13 am
Morgan - you bet I do enjoy her kisses more! This morning's wet sloppy on the face was soooo sweet!!
Mar. 13, 2010 8:41 am
I know what is with dogs and the litter box. We have an Airedale dog and a tortoise shell cat. The first thing we did was try to introduce each other. Our dog looked at the kitten and the next thing I know my husband is pulling the kitten's head clear from the dogs mouth. The kitten lived in my daughter's room for a couple of months with baby gates. I cleared out the floors of two of our closets and my husband put in shelves so the floor would stay clear. Now we have two closets with cat doors, food and litter. Our dog kept eating the cat's food which we found out the hard way was not good for a dog. Too much protein in kitten food apparently. There was a 600.00 dollar vet bill I will never see again.
Mar. 13, 2010 3:28 pm
We feed our cats on a high table so the dogs can't get to the food. Suzy was a little sad about the cat door but has now moved on to other things to get in to. It's been real nice to read about everyone else's dogs and how they like the cat litter so much. I thought I had weird dogs and now I know they're "normal"!!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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