Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thankful Thursday

We are participating today in Brian's Thankful Thursday Bloghop.  

Some of you asked how well our Paw Plunger worked.  We are very thankful to say that we all now have clean paws.

Mom says the contraption actually works very well IF you have cooperative pups.  Surprisingly Timber was very cooperative - hmmm, wonder what will happen the next time.  Misty did not like it at all, but she survived. And Lightning was fine with his front paws, but trying to manipulate those back legs with his uncooperative 70 lb. NO WAY attitude was quite the challenge for Mom.  The problem in our yard is that there is a dip in the property right at the fence line where we like to run with our neighbor pals.  When it rains, the "track" fills with water, followed by mud.  Our Kansas clay soil does not drain well.  Mom and Dad have tried to grow grass there but it never lasts.  They have planted shrubs there to try to break up our path, but somePups manage to run them down, chew them down, and/or uproot them. We have consulted with a number of landscape/irrigation folks to come up with a remedy that will work.  Some have suggested French drains and then a cover of rocks.  But no one will guarantee that the French drains will solve the problem.  It is a multi-$1000 project, so the Mom and Dad want some assurance that it will solve the problem. Mom wants to reinstall our invisible fence inside the real fence to keep us in a more confined area, but Dad says we will just create a new track.  The ideal solution would be to make an area that has a concrete base where we could have our own run area, but our homes association won't allow that.  So we continue to deal with mud and hope for a good solution to come along.

Meanwhile, let's get back to being thankful.

Mom says she is thankful to see the areas of the yard that DO have grass are starting to green up.  She is also thankful that most of our indoor remodeling is done, except for the new carpeting for the second floor.  She thinks it is time to get started on some outside "remodeling".  We will see how that goes.

All of us are also thankful that our human sister K has reached the halfway point in her radiation treatments.  It has been and continues to be a challenging and worrisome period for everyone, but we are grateful for all the progress that is being made and for all the support she has received from so many.

And we are thankful to be able to go outside together again (at least for now, weekend rain expected).  And we will be ever so thankful if we can each get one of Trader Joe peanut butter treats that we all love so much.

Hope you all have many reasons to be thankful today too.

Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber


pilch92 15andmeowing said...

For that cost, I can see why you want to be sure it will work. I am glad you all got to go out together :)

Ann Adamus said...

Wish we had some advice on the Paw Plunger, once in awhile Dougie Dog fusses, but most of the time now he is very cooperative. BTW: we shop at TJ's all the time ... what's the PB you refer to? Maybe we need
to try some ...
Your Woos would have loved our Snow Day yesterday, sorry we couldn't
share it!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Well... I'm impressed with the pearly white paws.

Madi and Mom said...

OH my Lightning I understand..I'm rather protective of my back feets too....
gotta be sure the bunny kick mechanisms are not disturbed.

We too are very thankful for your brave sister K and continue to keep her in our purrs and thoughts
Hugs madi and Mom

Brian said...

I'm glad y'all got clean paws again and I'm thankful that Sister K is making some progress and we send tons of purrs and prayers to her. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

Millie and Walter said...

We don't use a paw plunger but we access our backyard from our garage so our pawrents can towel off any muddy paws or bellies before we get in the house. We're glad to hear human sister K is doing well with her treatments and will keep our paws crossed for her and your family.

C.L.W.STEP said...

I got good and muddy today! You should see the bathtub after I got washed off!
We have a low spot in the yard too, behind the silver maple where the grass doesn't want to grow. We try piling all the leaves there, but sooner or later they break down into yet more mud! That part of the yard is where the birdies and other critters go too, so I am always very interested in it.

We're glad to hear your human sister is getting through her treatments. We'll keep sending lots of POTP!

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

Thanks for the explanation. You have a lot to be thankful for. Prayers for your humans sister

Kinley Westie said...

Sendin lotsa POTP for K.

MommyB said...

I'm so impressed with the way you all sit together for pictures! Best wishes to your human sister. She's in good company with the love of three dogs!

Idaho PugRanch said...

Mom's human daughter has one of those paw plungers - they work pretty good. so glad to hear that sister K is on the downhill side of her radiation treatments.
Hazel & Mabel

Ruby said...

OMD, I would NEVER EVER EVER lets my paws into one of those water plungers!!!! HOLY COW PATTIES! How did you SURVIVE???!!!! Oh man! just the thought of WET FEETS! Why, I don't likes to go in my raised mulch bed (where I likes to do my business), cause it's all wet! Luckily, there are two mulched places under the canopy that are kinda dry. Oh Woos, I hopes you dry out so you don't have to do THAT again....*shivers*
Ruby ♥

Ruby said...

Almost forgots....sendin' lots of POTP to your Sissy! {{{hugs}}} and lots of AireZens!!!

Mark Muller said...

that are super reasons to be thankful... and we are thankful for all that too ;O))) hugs and potp to your sissy... all paws are crossed !!!

Molly the AireGirl said...

That's wonderful news about K! We continue to send her lots of positive vibes and AireZen!

Sue said...

We don't mind more rain this weekend but we don't look forward to more mud. We've still got all our paws crossed for your sissy.

BeadedTail said...

Much to be thankful for especially thankful that the clay soil there makes good mud! We're sending continued purrs for K!

Marg said...

Sure glad to hear that sister K is hanging in there. Just remind her to try to stay positive.
Could you fill the running path with sand???
Wishing you luck.
Sending lots of purrs to sister K.

Caren Gittleman said...

sending prayers for "K" and YAY about being halfway done!

Rosy said...

We all have so much to be thankful for ! I am thankful for my forever home and to have you as friends ! Titus

Anonymous said...

Nice clean paws and the plunger is a lot better than a BATH! Right? We are sending POTP for your human sister with her treatments too!

Love, Teddy

Murphy said...

Our pawrents have similar complaints BOL!

Keep Calm & Bark On!

Murphy & Stanley

tweedles said...

No one can come near my paws either!

The Gang at LLB said...

Our Mama is going to have to try that plunger for messy muddy Rosy!
Jakey, Arty & Rosy

Wyatt Airedale said...

That is much to be thankful for. Carpet and clean paws are all good and Sister K's road to recovery is best.

Huskies622 said...

You all have so much to be thankful for! (Except for having to get your paws cleaned!) All that and peanut butter treats too!?

Kiki and Nala

Tails Around the Ranch said...

We continue to send oodles of poodles POTP for your human sisfur.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Mom is chukhkling at the paw khooperation - she knows what she would get here!

We are still sending lots of khanine and huMOM vibes fur your K - not easy fur any of woo - not to mention The Momster!

Khyra&Holly&Khousin Emmy
PeeEssWoo: PEANUT BUTTER!!!!!!!!!!!

The Florida Furkids said...

Yay for clean paws and POTP for your human sister.
The Florida Furkids

The Army of Four said...

We are so behind reading all the blogs! Mom's had way too much stuff going on!
We are so happy for the update on K! We continue to pray for her and her family --- including all of you!
Also ... we were wondering about those Paw Plunger things! Very interesting! Mom uses a small bowl of warm water to dip our feety-feet in when we get muddy -- but wow, is it ever easy to "accidentally" bunny-kick that thing over. Ha roo roo roo. Not that I'd do that. Well, OK, I would, but it's not like I'm the first member of the Ao4 to ever do it! My great-brother Zimmie was aces at it! Mom always says I'm a lot like him! Anyway, this looks harder to knock out of some-mom's hand; she might have to try it!
We've missed seeing you guys and hearing your news!!!!!
Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher