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Y’all know I have a dog. A big dog. A hairy dog.

There is always dog hair in the corner’s of my rooms, stuck around table legs, in the carpet, on the sofa and under the tv cabinet.

Yuck!

I am not a fan of vacuuming, and really, I’d have to constantly vacuum to keep the hair at bay. I just don’t have the motivation for that.

But, when my mom was here, she bought Glacier a “present,” a shedding blade*.

I know, it sounds like I’m going to shave my dog, but really, I’m not! It’s a little shoe-horn looking**, loop shaped metal tool that has small teeth on one side and is flat on the other. You take the side of the blade that has teeth and brush your dog with it, removing dead and shedding hairs. Check out what I removed from Glacier in one 5 minute de-shedding session:

I should have put something next to it for scale, but that is more than a fist-sized ball of hair. And I didn’t manage to collect everything that came off. It really grosses me out actually, but hey, all of that could be on my floors right now, and isn’t.

The best part? Glacier is really into being brushed we when use this. Our old brush, not so much. Now, she’ll lay down, roll over, and do just about anything you ask, as long as you keep brushing her.

My goal is for her to be brushed everyday. I’m hoping this, and increased vacuuming, will significantly decrease the amount of hairballs I find blowing across the floors. And that, will be a good thing.

* This is not the shedding blade I have, but it’s the closest thing I could find.
** I described this to Hubby as looking like a shoe horn, but didn’t actually know what one looked like when I did. See what a shoe horn looks like, and tell me what you think. I mean, it kinda sorta looks like the shedding blade. A little?
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Last night, I decided to play around with my still new to me camera, using Glacier as my model. She’s not the best model, mostly because she doesn’t like to sit still for me, but eventually, she resigned herself to the torture. Of these photos I took, these were my favorites:

We’re back from the vet and Glacier is fine! She squealed when the vet touched her hip area, and she determined that Glacier probably bruised one of her muscles. She might have fallen down the stairs when we let her out, or when she was chasing her soccer ball, she might have skidded hard into the frozen ground. They gave her some pain medication, and she seems to be doing MUCH better!

After work yesterday, Hubby and I suited up and went to play in our snow with Glacier. We played hard for about an hour, especially Glacier who bounded around and pawed vigorously at her frozen soccer ball.

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When we came in, she laid at our feet (not too unusual, though she is normally on her bed) and whined (pretty unusual). We thought she was just worn out from her play time.

This morning, Hubby went to let her out of her room (basement) and she was laying in her crate. Normally, she is standing at the gate waiting to be let out, and RUNS up the stairs and clamors to be let out. This morning, she wouldn’t get up. I called the emergancy vet, who first thought I left her outside all night (in 13 degree weather!? I love my dog way more than that!) and when he understood, told me they were closing and I should call I regular vet. During my phone call with the regular vet’s office, Hubby helped her up and she came up the stairs. She seems fine now — has eaten, gone outside, etc., but this behavior is very unlike her. We went ahead and made an appointment for this afternoon, and I’ll be staying home with her, just in case, until then.

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The receptionist suggested she has a soft tissue injury, and I’m hoping that’s all it is. After all, we were play soccer with her, and one of us could have accidentally kicked one of her legs. :o(  She’s a few days past due for her rabies shot and well as her bordetella, so I hope its nothing related to my epic failure to get her an appointment before February ended. She’s been very healthy in the year we’ve had her, so I didn’t feel the need to take her to the vet since she had just had an exam when we brought her home. I’ll kick myself if I could have prevented this.

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Just a 20-something girl living on the East Coast, trying to figure out life. I'm a wife and mom to two. I'm trying to rediscover my love for long walks, yoga and pilates. But not hiking. I still don't like hills. I was raised at the beach, but I don't like the beach. I like to look at it, but I don't like to swim in it, I'd prefer a pool, thanks. I'm just trying to become the best person I can be -- the woman God wants me to be. That's easier said than done!

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Hubby is my all-time favorite guy. A perfect mix of serious, sarcastic, laid-back, handy and nerdy, he is the perfect complement to me. I love his strong work-ethic and the way he always loves and supports me through everything. Some of Hubby's favorite things include: hiking, Virginia Tech football, woodworking, and his family. When I married him in July 2007, I had no idea what an amazing journey we were headed on, and how I could come to love him so much more each day.

Our oldest, Colton, is three years old. He is equal parts sassy and hysterical. He loves all things train, car, bus, truck, and machine related. He has a penchant for made-up words and loves to be the clown of his pre-school class. Our younger son, Nathan, was born this May. He is pure joy and full of smiles! He is such a blessing and a perfect fit for our family.