Ginger Jogging is Back!!!

That’s right!  America’s favorite exercise craze since Prancercize is making a come back!  

What is ginger jogging, you ask?  Well it’s jogging… with a ginger!  What’s not to love?!

Unsure if you have the right equipment? Minimal equipment is required.  Generally you just need a ginger, and then whatever you wear to jog.  

For example, here you can see my Ginger Jogging supplies.  I have a ginger (the four-legged variety) and some shoes and bam! I’m ready to get on with my Ginger Jog.

Now, if you are short a ginger there is no reason to get discouraged.  Gingers can be found in almost any environment if you look hard enough.  Do you have a particularly frisky ginger cat? Good enough! Have a goldfish? Throw that bad boy in your camelpack and take him with you! Red Angus cow? A perfect jogging buddy! Human gingers also work particularly well as they are generally very friendly, just be sure to introduce yourself appropriately otherwise things can get wierd quickly. 

Pepper and I are going to be posting our Ginger Jogging updates as we go along, so feel free to share yours as well.  Happy Running!

Heartworm Treatment- We survived Week 1

Heartworms are the worst.  Seriously.  I’m not generally a fan of parasites in general, but heartworms are definitely my least favorite at this moment.  

Along with being grossly underweight and boasting a nice case of Kennel Cough, Ruby was, of course, heartworm positive when I brought her home from the shelter.  So after a course of antibiotics followed by a “rest period”, Ruby had her first injection of heartworm treatment last week.  She came home looking no worse for wear other than a small shaved square on her back at the injection site.  But the injections aren’t the hard part, oh no.  The hard part is keeping a two year old hound on extreme exercise restriction for the next eight weeks.  Oy! 

No running, no jumping, no walks, no chasing a ball, no playing with Pepper, no sternly woofing at squirrels, no excitement, and no fun.  

I honestly think it’s just as hard on me to keep her calm than it is on her.  I’ve decided not to crate her (yes, I know, that’s what they tell you to do) because I feel she would be more worked up in the crate than she is out of it.  So, I’ve been keeping her confined to either the kitchen if I’m home and can supervise her or my bedroom when I leave the house.  Pepper is happy to hang out with her in whichever room, so she doesn’t get worked up due to separation.  

Oh, and a bit of Benadryl with her breakfast doesn’t hurt either!  It seems to take the edge off a bit and encourages lots of naps.  So all of this combined with lots of bones to chew is working so far.  I just hope we can keep this up for the next seven weeks! 

And then there were THREE! 

So a lot has happened since my last blog update a few months ago.

1. I finally moved into my new house (more posts on that later)!!!  I didn’t manage to move in by Christmas, much to Mr. Big’s dismay, but I did move in at the beginning of January. 

2. I loving work and getting my ducks in a row to start applying for my Master’s.

3. We have a new addition to the family.  

Meet RUBY:

For the record, I was not planning on getting another dog, but hey, sometimes life happens.  The American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue has contacted me mid-february to ask if I could foster a Coonhound at a local New Orleans shelter.  I couldn’t foster until the beginning of March because I was still taking care of my parents’ dog while they were on vacation, but I said I was interested. 

Well, long story short they couldn’t find any other fosters after a week or so and she was out of time at the shelter.  She was on medical hold for kennel cough and heart worms and had been in medical isolation for three weeks.  They had no more room to keep here and she was up for the pink juice. So…. I took her.  

She was so skinny!  And that was after putting on almost 10 lbs at the shelter. Yikes!

I don’t think she was ever abused, just neglected.  She didn’t seem like she’d ever had much human interaction and everything about being in a house seemed new to her. 

She also ate (!!!!) my cellphone on day 2 of having her, but I guess she just knew I wanted a new phone…

But look how sweet she is! And her and Pepper get along really well, so after a week I decided to keep her. 

We have a lot of training to do, and of course heartworm treatment beginning next month, but for now we are just trying to put on weight and learn how to be loved. 

Beach Day

Pepper and I have been trying to make our way to the beach all summer and for whatever reason we never actually made it, until today! Our friends Will (human) and Louis (dog) joined us and it made for a fun day out.  We had the most perfect weather, we were the only people there, and the water was lovely and warm.  

We swam a bunch, chased some tennis balls, lounged on a sand bar, and Pepper may or may not have tried to swim-chase a pelican but she quickly realized how big they are and thought better of it. 

Pepper Eats Her Feelings

Someone (Pepper) ate a box of 8 donuts while I was out last night   While assessing the damage, I realized that kind of dedication to junk food binging can only be caused by a handful of possible scenarios.  1. she got dumped by her boyfriend for a younger, hotter bitch, 2. She just saw a particularly sappy engagement post on Facebook that serves as a painful reminder that she’s not married like all of her other friends or 3. she’s realized her modeling days are behind her and her dream of being featured on the cover of “Horse and Hound” will never be realized. 

Thank God she can’t open the freezer to get to the ice cream.