Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dog Park with Rex and Bogdan

Riley and Rex

Happy Riley after the park and breakfast. 

Today Riley and I went to the GLDP. As we were arriving, a woman and her golden lab, Mercedes, who looked like Riley only with long hair, was leaving. We said hello and hoped we'd meet another day. As I walked in, a boy, about 10, and his dog, Rex, a 1.5-year-old German shepherd/black lab mix were arriving. His name was Bogdan, a name I was not familiar with. He was so friendly and we talked for almost a half hour while the dogs sort of played. Riley wasn't real crazy about Rex, but they ran around the park a few times.

Rex had been a "wild" dog, Bogdan told me. Somebody turned him into the shelter and Bogdan "bought him on half-price day" for $85, because that was all he had. So cute. He takes Rex to the dog park at least three times a day in the summer. And they go on bike rides. Rex jumps in the bayou. And he's gotten off his leash a time or two and killed a duck and other birds. One time he found a bunny head in the dog park. Dogs will do what dogs will do. 

Rex was sweet, but he was one of those dogs I don't fully trust. There's something about him. Through the fence when Riley approached, the hair on his neck stood up. That's a bad sign. But that was the only time. He is potentially aggressive, although not toward Riley, at least not today. 

Bamboo, the goofy Great Dane who often visits the park, apparently hates him, Bogdan says. Vlad says most of the dogs don't like Rex. Well, at least Rex has Bogdan. A better friend a dog could not find. 

It turns out Bogdan is the son of one of the Russian ladies who live in Grand Lakes. I discovered this after I told Vlad about the morning in the park. Vlad sees more people when he takes the dog there after work, including Russians. So Bogdan is a Slavic name.

Friday, June 6, 2014


A real friendship is starting to develop. I think Riley would like for Chella to get rid of the claws. But otherwise, they are fast friends.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Lots to do

Antler after groomer visit. Yum!

 Getting to know cousin Chella.

At the vet: Why won't that puppy quit whining?

Riley has been having an eventful life the past couple of weeks, which she'd, frankly, just as soon not have. Her company for this week, a wonderful and beautifully behaved kitty, Chella, who belongs to Alex, is fun, but oh, so worrisome. What does it mean? Will this feline replace me? So much to worry about. 

We saw Dr. Norma today. Riley is down 6 pounds to 63 pounds, which is good. She's in very good health. She got her rabies, lepto, flu and Bordatella shots today. She has no real problems, just a little gingivitis and some allergies. She'll soon be taking some Claritan to fix some of her itching. And we'll be "brushing" with the chicken-flavored toothpaste.

She doesn't need to go back to the vet until November for a heartworm test. Then meds in December and a Bordetella booster Dec. 3. 

Some notes: 

We'll be getting the $25 rebate from the flea/tick and heartworm meds.

UPDATE: List of shots