Posts from the “Working Dog” Category

Happy anniversary, Lily!

Posted on August 7, 2017

Not long after we got married, Seth found Lily on Petfinder and sent me her picture. He sent it six times that day. "How about this one?" He kept saying, showing me that same photo over and over. Any self-respecting dog lover couldn't resist.

Lily, the laziest, hard working dog there is. Sometimes she loves accompanying me to the farm. Sometimes it's a battle of wills to get her in the car. We've been through a lot as the three musketeers: moves, mold, career changes, cancer, the tiny house, and now the baby.

We're not the type to celebrate dog birthdays, but I did want to give a shout out to the sweetest dog on the block, eight years almost to the day we brought her home. She has matured into a lovable beast, smart as a whip, with eyes that seem human. Especially when she gives the baby side-eye! Lily runs to the baby now when she starts crying so she can lick her face, and will allow Addie to mess with her back legs and paws, but not her front. She seems resigned to sharing us with this puppy-like human.

Eight is a lot in dog years for a dog her size. And yet I can't start thinking about her leaving us, not yet. It hasn't been enough time together. But I feel pretty confident in her staying with us a while longer. After all, the oldest dog who lived was an Australian Cattle Dog, and he achieved the age of almost 30.

Do you hear that, Lily-bil? We have another 22 years before us. Party on, my sweet puppy girl.

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The aftermath

Posted on January 18, 2016

Lily had surgery one week ago to remove three tumors, and she came home groggy and looking like Frankenstein’s monster.  Poor kiddo.  The doctor said she did well.  The x-rays revealed no metastasis of the cancer to her lungs.  And in true Lily style, she bewitched everyone at the vet’s office to fall in love.  Or maybe the doctors say that about every dog.  Either way, we certainly think she’s the most lovable dog on the planet. Then came the waiting game.  The doctor said to keep her coned for the next 12-14 days, and he would call with the biopsy results in 3-10 days.  Give her antibiotics and pain meds, keep her from scratching or licking, and for goodness sake keep that cone…

Unexpected from Lily

Posted on January 2, 2016

In one of life’s twists, we found out this week that Lily needs surgery to remove a cancerous lump from her face.  We’d noticed it growing over her eyebrow this summer and lamented that our little 6-year-old puppy was old enough to grow fatty lumps.  All dogs get fatty lumps, don’t they? And she’d already grown one on her chest that the vet said was probably nothing. Then we noticed another lump growing in her teats, and we figured it was time to bring her in.  She was due for a checkup anyway.  But when the vet looked at samples of all three lumps under the microscope, she said that the one on her face was mast cell cancer.  She also said that mast…

Dog problems

Posted on November 23, 2014

Now that the farm season is winding down, we have a problem. A dog problem. As in a dog who doesn’t spend eight hours a day outside anymore, and who now thinks we are terribly frustrating humans.  It’s not so bad on the weekends when we take our walks, but even then a 1.5-2 hour walk isn’t enough to keep this dog in high spirits. Seth and I knew this would be a problem, but I guess I didn’t realize how much until last weekend’s fall party when no less than four people said, “Is that Lily?  Lily!  I didn’t recognize you inside the house!  You look so different.  Your ears are back and you’re not sniffing everything.” She really, really doesn’t want the…

A natural tick deterrent? Sure thing.

Posted on July 11, 2014

Lily has already had Lyme Disease once.  And since Massachusetts is a high risk state for Lyme Disease, you can bet your sweet bippy we were concerned about Lily spending all day outside hunting through the brush for chipmunks and mice (she still hasn’t gotten the hang of rabbits).   I lost faith in topical chemicals after Lily got Lyme Disease.  After all, what good is a chemical that you put on your dog every month that doesn’t deter ticks, and doesn’t kill them until they’ve been attached for 24 hours?  Lyme Disease can be transmitted starting 18-24 hours after a tick bites.  So there’s a window of opportunity there, or a chance for the ticks to drop off and make their way to one of…

This week on the farm: a dog’s life

Posted on June 9, 2014

It was another bright, sunny day this weekend, and well into the 80s (that’s high 20s if you’re not in the US).  The farm is prepping for the first week of CSA pickups.  The lettuces are ready to pop, and you can see Kenneth harvesting Napa cabbages in the greenhouse on the right.  It was a beautiful day.  The only one to complain was the dog. Not that I blame her for taking refuge in the shade from the lovage.  It’s too hot to be wearing a fur coat. I don’t know if she was uncomfortably warm or glad to have me around, but the dog shadowed me for most of the day.  I spent the morning hand-weeding the cucumbers and squash with a couple of volunteers. Lily…

Working Girl

Posted on April 21, 2014

We recently made Lily the happiest dog in the world. I use “we” loosely, because it was Seth who did it. He got a job as an assistant grower at Stearns CSA farm, who then decided they need a smart dog around the place. It’s a dream come true for our lucky girl. Working outside every day? Learning how to ride a tractor? Chasing off squirrels and bunnies and birds? This dog loves it. Of course the issue is that she comes home, eats supper, and goes straight to bed. We have to coax her to get moving the next morning. Every once in a while when Seth calls, “Lily, time to go to work,” as he puts on his coat, we might have a prancing, grunting dog who can’t wait…