It's a Bugg's World, or at least Our Dog thinks so!
My dog Bugg turned 10 months old September 24. I would like to share with you, a day in Bugg's life and a few other dog related stories.
- Bugg wakes up
- Bugg can be sneaky
- All that sneaky business makes for a tired pup
- The house comes alive.
- Bugg, my morning dog
- Bugg eats
- Why we left it on the floor
- The reason why we still kept it up
- Off to get Bugg
- We brought Bugg home.
- He grows some more
- Back to Bugg's day
- 15 minute countdown
- They say Labs love the water.
- He goes for it
- He gets it!
- Sneaky Bugg , strikes again!
- All tired out.
Bugg wakes up
Bugg likes to wake me up at 6:30 am. I call it dark thirty. I grab a cup of tea, then we go out side. Bugg runs around a bit as I try to get the sleep out of my eyes. As I am rubbing my eyes, Bugg already working on his plan, you see...
One of Bugg's favorite games he likes to play is, sneak the pine cone by mama.
I can tell when Bugg has a pine cone in his mouth, just by the way he runs to the ramp so carefree, as if to say, I have nothing, no really, I dont.
I am being a good boy, really!
Bugg can be sneaky
After Bugg thinks he is in the clear, Bugg walks up the ramp, ever so slow as he turns his head so I wont see the pine cone he has hidden under those big jowls of his.
Bugg actually thinks if he turns his head and acts as if he is only looking around, I will not see the pine cone as he slowly advances further up the ramp.
But today, Bugg will not pull off "operation pine cone" and the funny thing is, he never does with me. Now, he will pull it off every now and then with the rest of our family members.
I am sitting at the top of the ramp so Bugg knows he has to get through me, before his 'operation enter pine cone' is a success. Poor Bugg will never get it, I will always be the victor of this battle..
Bugg continues up the ramp, I look at him and say, drop it. Bugg hesitates for a few seconds, realizes he has lost this battle and then drops the pine cone.
We then enter the house.
All that sneaky business makes for a tired pup
Bugg might not have accomplished his mission of 'operation enter pine cone' but, he did accomplish his other mission and that is, waking me up.
All that hard work of having to lick his mommy's face to wake me up and then having another try at 'operation enter pine cone' was such tiring work.
So it is now time for Bugg to get some shut eye.
I actually like this time in the morning and if I am very, very quiet, Bugg will stay asleep for a full hour.
I am then able to accomplish some of my tasks I need to do throughout the day. I mean, there is more work to do than just taking care of Bugg and do you think Bugg would agree with that?
Let me answer, no!
The house comes alive.
Bugg loves to greet every one as they wake up.
At 8:00 Bugg awakes from his nap and goes about the house sticking his nose in every ones face.
I have found that the best alarm clock a person can have is...
Not only a dogs cold nose in your face but, also having a yellow lab has helped, as they will lick anything.
Bugg goes over to say hi to Uncle Billy and gives Tristan a kiss.
I can not blame Bugg, the first thing I want to do in the morning is to also give my grandson Tristan a kiss.
Bugg, my morning dog
Having had a few dogs in my life, I can honestly say I have never in those years have had a dog as happy as Bugg, especially in the morning.
Bugg's daddy has never been a fan of dogs licking him hi but, he has allowed Bugg the priviledge of doing so.
Well, after I told him this story that is...
One morning Bugg went to say good bye to his daddy, he tried to lick his daddy's hand at the door and his daddy said "No Bugg!", then his daddy left and bugg sulked under the kitchen table.
Daddy has never denied Bugg a lick or two since then. Bugg's daddy now understands, Bugg is a yellow lab and they are just very loving dogs that want to show you, they love you and how they do this is by giving you a kiss.
Heck, we have soap and water.
After Bugg's daddy leaves and the rest of the household is off and running, Bugg then has his breakfast.
I know it looks like a small bowl but, I feed Bugg small meals throughout the day.
The reason why is because, bigger dogs can experience bloating, if fed too much at one time.
Yes, that is Bugg's mattress on the floor.
We put it down over the christmas holidays for extra company we had visit us for a few weeks.
Why we left it on the floor
Max, our old guy had a accident, he fell through a broken slat on our side porch.
This is a ramp and porch he had used for 3 years and there were no problems until,
the night we had a storm and a tree branch broke one of the slats.
Max is blind and he got confused when he went out the side door and he fell through the slat before I was able to see it was broken, the night before.
Max did not break any bones but, he had a lot of bumps and brusies and with a old guy and also him being a diabetic, it was a long time before he recovered from his fall.
That was when we brought the mattress up from the basement, so Max would have a comfortable bed to recover on.
To learn more of Max's last days, please visit my page on, Our Dear rottweiler, Max
The reason why we still kept it up
Well the reason why we kept it down after Max passed some months later is, we had a hard time getting a dog bed that fit Bugg, Bugg was growing so fast and it seems every time we would pruchase a bed, he would out grow it within weeks. This is the first dog I have ever had that I actually would witness him growing on not only a daily basis but, at times, even on a hourly basis.
But let me start from the beginning, my husband and I had been thinking of getting Max a dog.
Max was use to having two dogs around and his best friend/daddy Boo passed away May 19, 2009 and after having Boo around him constantly for almost 11 years until Boo passed, Max just moped around.
So Dan and I decided we needed to get another friend for Max. Every night Dan would look on craigslist for dogs. I would be off doing work around the house and then I would here, "Denise come look at this one!". I would go look at the dog Dan had found, I would walk over to the computer and say "yep, that's a dog." and then go about my business.
Off to get Bugg
One night I was going about doing things around the house when Dan yelled "Hon, come and see these puppies!", I rolled my eyes and went in the study but, to my surprise, I was so taken by the picture of Bugg, his brothers and sisters, I called the owners right away.
They told us to come by and we informed them we would be there in about 40 minutes.
10 minutes to get our new puppy's room ( bathroom) ready and 30 minutes to get to their house.
I even called my daughter and asked her if I could use the new puppy bed I bought for her Bentley, that I had not yet sent her. Krystal said "Of course Ma", just as I knew she would.
So we fixed up our new puppy's room, I put down the bed, a water bowl and newspaper.
Then off Dan and I left to visit the small town of Cottonton to pick up our new family member.
We brought Bugg home.
When Dan and I arrived at the folks house, they had all the pups out and they were swarming all over the place, I could hardly take a good look at one, as they were all jumping up and down trying to get Dan and I's attention.
But the one that kept catching my eye, was the one that gave me no mind. All the other puppies were swarming around me, they were as cute as a puppy can be but, my eye kept going back to the big puppy that was laying in the corner. Not even excited that there was company.
So after around 15 minutes, I decided yes, I want the big silent one, I mean he was so darn sweet just laying there, giving no one any problems. He was well fed and looked healthy, so off we went with Max's present.
When we were driving home, it seemed like this pup was getting bigger and bigger, the further we got down the road, the longer I had to stretch my arms, to keep a hold of him. A few weeks later, I now know why, he actually was growing constantly.
I was so excited to put this new pup in his room and also, he was so tired from all that traveling. I went in the bathroom, laid him in his bed and only half of him fit in the bed.
Dan and I laughed and laughed.
We then gave him Boo's bed.
He grows some more
I wish I had a camera during Bugg's first trip home, so you could have seen that puppy, half in and half out of his new bed but, I dont.
I do have a picture that shows just about how it looked, when I placed him in his new baby blue bed.
This picture was taken 5 months after Bugg first came home with us, this was his first bed.
I'm sorry the picture is blurry but, It clearly shows that yes, Bugg is a big boy. By the way, this is the biggest dog bed they have at Petco so...
Since Bugg has clearly outgrown his first bed and there were no larger beds to accomidate him, so we kept the twin mattress down on the floor for our big guy.
Back to Bugg's day
At 9:00 it is time for me to do some more chores.
I just let Bugg play in the house and he loves to play with his toys.
I also want to let Bugg's food settle.
You should allow your dog to rest 1 hour before eating and one hour after eating, before they do any strenuous exercise. Especially in large barrel chested dog.
A dogs stomach can flip (bloating), which is called volvulus and this small measure of making them wait before and after eating can help your dog, so they do not end up having volvulus, it 'could be' a deadly condition.
15 minute countdown
After about 45 minutes, Bugg starts to get a bit more playful (his food has settled) and he then will start doing laps around the house, with his ziggy piggy in his mouth, of course.
This also is my 15 minute count down for Bugg and I to go outside to play.
They say Labs love the water.
This morning, I am going to have Bugg's Uncle Billy do what I usually do, as I need to take the pictures.
I started to play water with Bugg when he was very young.
Because of a physcial ailment of mine, I am not able to walk long distances. I thought maybe he would like the teadmill but no, he hates it.
While I was washing the front porch down one day, Bugg ran over and he started to chase the water. After about 10 minutes of playing water with Bugg, he was exhausted.
He goes for it
This was a game I could do without much pain and Bugg really seems to enjoy it all.
It was actually a lot more aggressive workout than just walking.
Since Bugg was getting bigger, we eventually had to take the game to the back yard. The porch was no longer big enough for the big guy.
Uncle Billy, Bugg and I go out back. Billy gets set up, tools in hand and as you can tell, Bugg is ready to play, water.
He gets it!
In Bugg's mind, it also gives him a sense of purpose and I find that, those kind of exercises are not only good for his physical condition but, it also helps with his mental conditioning as well.
All you have to do is, stand there and squirt the water hose and try not to let him grab it. it is as easy at that.
Bugg catches another squirt of that big bad water.
Sneaky Bugg , strikes again!
I appreciate all of Billy's help but, Billy is not moving the hose fast enough and Bugg is getting too much water.
I told Billy to stop, thank you for your help but, I will take over.
When all of a sudden, Bugg sneaks up from behind and catches that bad water once more.
Yes, Billy's work is done.
All tired out.
If you have any question if this 15 minute work out is enough to tire out a 10 month old puppy, just take a look at Bugg when he was done playing and he wanted to come inside.
No this is not his bed, Bugg actually got on the guest rooms bed and crashed, Bugg was so tuckered out, I just didn't have the heart to tell him to move.
The sheets need to be washed any ways.
After this workout, Bugg will sleep for a good solid hour.
I then am able to do more of my work but, I must be very quiet while doing so, we don't want to wake up the baby.
I need a break!
I think this is our time to stop for now.
When Bugg wakes up in about a hour, his day will continue because, as we all know...
It's a Bugg's world!
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