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The Dog Got Benched
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I would gladly share photos of Duke on the treadmill, as so many of you have sweetly requested... but he's been benched.  The vet confirmed Mike's suspicion that he has a sprain and he's officially off treadmill privileges for awhile.

And just so we're clear, NO, the treadmill is not the reason for the injury. It's perfectly safe. What is NOT perfectly safe is Duke's method of going down the stairs that lead to our basement. He's quite afraid of stairs. When we first got him, he had to be forced to go near them.

Now, he just gets it over with as fast as possible. That may work well for taking bad tasting medicine, but for stairs? Not so safe. He's a big chocolate lab, and his method involves flinging himself off the top stair, stays airborne at least 3/4 of the way down, then tumbles down and smashes into the wall at the bottom. In his mind, this is far less scary than just walking down the stairs, but I don't see how.  Anyway. He sprained something. Go figure.

I suppose if I can get a dog to workout on a treadmill, teaching him to walk on stairs might be next.

But since you wanted pictures, here is one from last weekend's rodeo.

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Wow. My eyes look sort of scary in a drugged sort of way. huh. 

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See now, I was just thinking that is a gorgeous picture of you, seriously.

on Apr 4, 2007 9:33:05 PM

darn...I really wanted to see the dog on the treadmill. Well, I hope he will be okay. We use to go to the Rodeo when it came to town. What a great time.

on Apr 4, 2007 10:40:43 PM
LeAnne Said:

I think that is a good picture! Looks like ya'll had a good time! I'm sorry about your dog.....

on Apr 5, 2007 6:54:56 AM
Jeana Said:

So I guess his treadmill regime will not be followed by step aerobics anytime soon?

on Apr 5, 2007 8:07:57 AM
HolySister Said:

Remember the dog Murray on the show Mad About You? They'd say, "Get the mouse, Murray!" and he'd run across the set and as soon as he was off-screen you'd hear a big thud when he ran into the wall. Duke's stair-flinging thud/landing reminds me of that.

on Apr 5, 2007 11:27:50 AM

Hey Kelsey, I just finished reading a cute book about a lab, Marley and Me, by John Grogan. His dog is really funny -- so bad! :) It's actually a book about family life -- love, marriage, postpartum depression, and parenthood. I loved it.

Congratulations -- I just saw your blog in the Top 100 Mom Blogs list at www.mothersdaycentral.com. Way to go!

on Apr 6, 2007 8:41:34 AM
GiBee Said:

I thought it was a cute picture! Love the colors.

on Apr 6, 2007 10:12:42 AM
Shalee Said:

Shut it Kels... You're gorgeous! Seriously.

on Apr 6, 2007 10:24:26 AM
julie Said:

Hi, I just came across your blog. I enjoyed my visit. I would really like to see the dog on the treadmill!!! Happy Easter.

on Apr 6, 2007 1:55:37 PM
Stacey Said:

I don't see the problem with how he goes down the stairs... that's what I always do :-) J/K

Cute picture of you and Seth!!

on Apr 7, 2007 11:14:57 AM
Jennifer Said:

Happy Easter!! I read your blog all the time and thought I would post!!

on Apr 8, 2007 5:49:11 PM