Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thursday Talk

Today was Lightning's day to pay a visit to the V.E.T. for his two year old exam.

 Can you tell how thrilled he is to be in the car?  When he gets in the car, he is truly a wild one!  Mom decided to get him a seat belt harness so she could contain him in the back seat. 

 This photo shows you what he thought about that!!!  No sooner had Mom backed out of the driveway when Lightning figured out how to unbuckle the seat belt.  He says it was easy peasy, just put that paw on the red button and presto!!! - he was free!  At least he stayed in the back and just cried all the way to the vet.  And thankfully it is only an eight minute ride.

Lightning is happy to report that he got a great report.  He is a solid 63 pounds of muscle - perfect for his build.  Heartworm negative, all shots administered, and lots of hugs and petting from the very nice vet lady and vet tech.  Oh, and he doesn't want us to forget to mention he got lots of yummy treats too.

 This photo is from the return trip home - totally calm and relaxed:)

 Of course, I was calm.  I knew I was going home and I don't have to go through THAT again for another year.  Mom says next time I might have to be in a crate:(  I don't like crates, so maybe I will think about that seat belt contraption again.

Meanwhile, we are all here to tell you that those "nuts" we showed you were indeed black walnuts.  Mom took them to one of our local nurseries.  Somehow the SSS (Stealth Squirrel Squad) is getting in our kingdom and burying them.  We will try not to worry Mom any more by chewing on them as long as she continues to give us those tasty treats.  She said to tell everyone that the black walnuts can have a toxic mold on the outside of them, not to mention the risk of choking or intestinal blockage.  Now, Momster, hand over the goodies.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning


Marg said...

Oh Wow, glad you found out what they are. Hope you don't have a lot of them in your yard. We sure don't want those Woos to get a hold of them. Take care.

Soggibottom said...

You know what they say about dogs that sit on the back seat. They are chauffeured. The one's that sit in crates or behind the seats, they are taken. Sit in the back seat and know your special. Luvs Freya Rose Blossom X

bbes tribe said...

Glad you found out about those walnut hinges. Don't want any of you getting sick. Thanks for sharing that. We did not know they could be so bad.
Ernie,Chica,Lucas,Rosie and barb

Stewey said...

I'm glad to hear that you got a great vet report card, Lightning!
And, I'm the same way...much more relaxed coming home from the vet :)

Nola said...

Glad you found out what they were! I know someone whose dog almost died from liver failure form eating those.

Glad Lightning is a-okay!

Sue said...

Congrats on a good check up.

Thanks for telling us what those nuts are. The squirrels must be bringing them into the yard. Beware of chipped teeth. That's how Sky broke his.

The Florida Furkids said...

We're happy to hear that your VET visit went so well.

Those walnut things sound very bad....please stay away from them!

The Florida Furkids

NanaNor's said...

Lightning~So glad you got a good report card from the VET; it is too funny that you figured out how to undo the seat belt. BTW, happy Birthday.
I grew up on a small hobby farm and we had black walnut trees. What a chore it was to peel the skins off and crack them. My dog growing up used to crack the shells and eat the walnuts all his life. I'm thankful that your mom investigated though and it being careful of you guys.
Wags, Noreen

BeadedTail said...

We're glad Lightning got a good vet report! He's TWO already? How'd that happen?

Love the photo of the three of you! Glad you figured out what was in your yard and that your mom is supplying enough treats to keep you uninterested in them. You have her trained well!

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

mission accomplished for another year...well done lightening

Madi and Mom said...

Lightning you are one smart Woo
too funny you got out of that harness faster than greased Lightning!!!

Dang squirrels need to stay out of your yard!!!
Sounds like your bipeds might need to be picking up the walnuts. When mom was little her g-ma had a huge pecan tree all the gkids had to pick up peacans
hugs madi your bfff

scotsmad said...

Congratulations, Lightning (and your Mum) on your great results. We think you need to go on lots of rides so you get used to it!

We go all the time, in fact, every time we walk passed the car, Roxy sits hopefully by the door.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Lightning STRUCK the Seatbelt!!! BaaaaWaaaah.

Black Walnuts are really GOOD... but only a few.. they are STRONG. AND the TREES are worth their weight in Green Papers!!!
Bravo on your pawfect check up Lightning.

Jo's World said...

Its hard to think that Lightning is two all ready. Time goes by so fast.

We miss that lovely guy TD too, Momster, it all was too fast! Mr. Blue Eyes is looking fine though as are the kids.

Good going on the nutz! I am all for even hiring a couple kids to look for them so you needn't worry!

Jo and Stella

Jo and Stella

Beagle Tibi said...

Tierarzt ist nicht mein Freund...
Spritzen mag ich nicht.
Wuff Tibi

Prancer Pie said...

What great pics from the vet visit! Lightning doesn't seem to mind it at all. We didn't realise he is only two. No wonder he has all that energy!

Swami Zoe said...

Vet visits are no fun, but glad your are healthy! Wooowooooo, Ku (Zoe's brofur)

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Lightning, great visit to the Vet mate. Good boy to stay in the back. We can't believe you are two as well. Sheesh, where has the time gone. Yeah, don't eat any mouldy walnuts mate. Just remember our cousin Tyler and the compost (and fungus stuffs). Yucky and bad for sure. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Wow, I can't believe Lightning is 2! Time really flies. I used to know how to back out of my seat belt harness but then Mom and Dad started hooking it up differently and now I can't do it anymore. I have to wear it a lot more and I decided it's not so bad.


Brian said...

I am glad you got a good report my handsome friend!

GOOSE said...

Good to hear you had a great check up. I am going to send my friend Belle over to take care of your squirrel problem. She, as you may know, is a PRO in squirrels.

Taffy said...

That's terrific news, Lightning! A good vet trip is always wonderful. I'm not a fan of riding in the car at all. It makes me toss my cookies :o( Looks like someone needs to steop up squirrel patrol in the back yard!

KB Bear said...

I cannot believe that Lightning is two... I just can't. He managed to get out of the seat belt that fast? We've used seatbelts for years, and we've had only one or two escapes.

Glad you found out about the black walnuts... I was afraid that was what they were.

I hope that everyone enjoyed their treats. I must say that Phantom is looking great these days.

Wyatt said...

Gosh Lightning, are you 2 already? When did that happen, yesterday you were just a little fella. We grow up so fast! "Bow Wow" on your good check up!


Anonymous said...

Umm, no, it CANNOT be possible that Lightning had his TWO year-old vet exam!! (This is the exact same way I feel about people's kids that are babies one day, then going off to school the next!). You just brought him home as a puppy like 4 months ago, right?? I wish we could freeze time, especially with dogs, since they have such a shorter lifespan than most of us humans do.

Then again, puppyhood is rough sometimes, so I guess I don't wish that they would stay puppies forever! The only thing that keeps us from putting a "return to sender" sticker on them is that they're so darn cute!! :)

Good to know about the black walnuts. Not sure that we get them around here, but I will be sure to keep an eye out for them.

Elyse and Riley (who also grew up on me!!)

Anonymous said...

Oh and I got so nostalgic that I forgot what I meant to say in that last comment!

I had (well, still have, actually) a seat belt harness for Riley...she always would get tangled up in it, no matter how I rigged the thing to hook to the seat belt. Ugh. The majority of the time, she'd have a little freak out and would start yelping because she was stuck and I would have to pull over and unhook the seat belt. (Plus, I'm always paranoid that she's going to get her legs tangled and somehow "undo" her 2 knee surgeries! Or hurt her hips somehow when she freaks out and flails around).

A crate sounds like a good idea, but I just don't have the room (or the time to be constantly rearranging things in my car with Bailey's car seat in there and folding over the seats) to make it fit.

Oh, but I can definitely relate to the whole whining the whole way thing! Not with Riley, but with Chloe. Chloe doesn't get anxious, she gets super excited about wherever she's going and will whine the entire trip. She's a little bit better on the way home (because usually it's to the park or beach and she gets worn out there). Since she's gone mostly deaf in the last 3 years or so, she hasn't whined as much in the car...don't know if that has anything to do with her hearing, but I'll take it! :)

(Sheesh, two long comments in a row! Sorry!). :)

Ruby said...

WOOOHOOOO!! Nice vettie report Lightning!! Butts I could have totally told you that ~ you are a fine specimen of a pups!! BOL
Good works on that seat belt thingie! I wish mine was that easy! Ma has me teathered to a baby seat hook in the cab of the such luck escapin' that...butts, where would I go anyhu??! BOL
Now, I'm glads to hear those were walnuts and not 'Lightning nuts'!!! BOL!!! (and, YES, I'm still laughin' at that one....)
Ruby ♥☺

Karen Jo said...

It's great to find out that you are so healthy, Lightning. I'm glad that you stayed in the back seat when you got out of your seat belt. Stay away from those nasty black walnuts. Treats are much better.


Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Nice job with the seat belt challenge, little buddy! We did the same thing hahahahaha. Hard to believe that you are already old enough to have a 2-year exam but VERY glad that you are in the peak of health. Meanwhile, EVERYONE stay away from those walnuts.

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

Lightening you are such a rebel - an an ingenious rebel at that!
Very happy to hear your vet checkup went well and you are fit as a butcher's dog.
Dip Bridge and Elliot x

Molly The Wally said...

Glad all is OK with you Lightning. So the SSS have been invading your kingdom and leaving you mouldy nuts? I will come over and deal with them for you pals. Hmmm squirrel inards!!!!! Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Glad your Momster got that strange nut figured out. :)
How come WE NEVER get treats from the vet? (Mommy - because you probably won't even eat it).

Ruby and Penny said...

We are so happy you are healthy Lightning. We love getting treats at the vet, but the rest is a pain in the butt.

Love Ruby & Penny

Pees - have you tried the Thundershirt for car rides.

Mitch and Molly said...

Mom is forever telling me, Miss Molly, that I need to be in a seatbelt. Thanks for the escape tip, Lightning!
Congratulations on a good vet report!

Love ya lots♥
Molly and Mitch

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

I don't get it, Lightning... You are a perfect boy in perfect shape and they clearly love you at the vet's. What's not to like?


Sam said...

BOL - love his face!

Just don't get a soft crate - we got one of those for Monty and when we opened the back of the car he jumped out, crate and all, and galloped down a hill.


Bobby said...

2 years where have they gone it just seems like last month we were thinking of a name for him.
We love all the facial expressions
we are glad all is okay, we hope Phantom is well too and the rest of course. John said I was heading for the rainbow bridge but I said you first.
Licks Bobby& Pip

Mollie said...

Glad you found out what they were, we had no idea. Your a clever dood to get out of your harness..tell us the secret how to do it..BOL xxooxx

Mollie and Alfie

Chicco said...

Very happy to hear that Lightning is healthy and that you found out what they were.
Have a nice weekend.
Woof, woof,


Anonymous said...

Oh Lightning you lucky boy getting such a GOOD report and figuring out how to get out of the seat belt (but don't tell you Mom I said that part...tee hee). I'm glad you got treats - we should ALWAYS be rewarded for letting the V.E.T. have his/her way with us on a checkup! IT's only fair!

Kitty Hugs, Sammy

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you got good news from the vet, Lightning. I agree with you, cars are bad rolling cages and a trip to the vet is a no-go. I can unleash my harness too , you should see the puzzled faces of my staff as they saw the "Free Willy" on the back seat!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh Lightning thank goodness that terrible vet visit is over. Great job unbuckling the seat belt. Very easy to do. Hope you guys are making a plan to hunt down the tree rats
Benny & Lily

Lovable Lily said...

Yeah for a great yearly exam! It's always pawsome to hear you don't have to go back for another year. That's so funny Lightning that you figured out the seat belt. You are one smart cookie fur sure.

Lily Belle & Muffin

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Lightening we are so pleased you got a good vet report.

<3 all of you so very much, try not to drive your Mom crazy.

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

Congrats on the good report!

jen said...

Lightning reminds me so much of Leroy. Could you imagine if the 2 of them ever got together!
Thanks for the info on the walnuts!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Lightning, you are too smart dude! Tell your mom to take you in the car more often and then you will be a good boy!

Rebekah said...

Handsome boy. Glad the checkup went well.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Lightning- how did you ever get to be two? Your so beautiful!
I am so glad your vet appt was good!

Little Reufus said...

Nice work, Lightning!!! Congrats on a job well done and great results!

Fanks also for the report on the black walnuts! We find those all the time! I will tell yeu, like the Mom tells me... stay away from them!

wif lubbs from Little Reufus

PS Come around when yeu have the time. I miss yeu!!!

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello woos its dennis the vizsla dog hay lightning i am sorry yoo had to go to the vet but glad the reeport kaym bak so gud!!! yikes those blak walnuts sownd skarry toxic mold??? choking hazard??? i think those skwirrels hav it in for yoo!!! ok bye

What Remains Now said...

Congrats on the good vet report, Lightning!

FiveSibesMom said...

Love Lightning's pics - especially the tongue ones! Hope the vet visit went well...I can't believe he's 2 already! Time sure flies...hope Mom is doing well!