Wednesday, March 21, 2018

This is what the first day of Spring looked like

Sunday we had some beautiful, sunny weather with temperatures pushing 60 degrees. Three days later, on the first day of Spring, we woke up to a surprise, 4-inches of snow. OK, I'm the only one complaining about it. Bess and Ruff, judging by the looks on their faces, were perfectly happy eating snow again.

By the end of the day the temperature had gotten above freezing and the snow was almost all melted. And that's the way the weather flip flops in Northern Kentucky. Did you know they have a saying in Cincinnati, if you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes.
Next few days we'll have a chance to dry out again, then possibly get more snow. This has been a very mild winter this year and all of the totals from our 5 or 6 little snowstorms didn't add up to 10 inches of snow.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Love the preview of our Spring weather

Ruff had his stitches removed last Friday and his latest blood test came back looking good. So we are all very relieved that this major surgery to remove his spleen and the huge tumor was successful. Thanks to our Vet Dr. Matt McGlasson at Noah's Ark Animal Clinic in Ft. Wright, Kentucky for taking such good care of my precious friend. And, a big Thank You, to the hundreds of Facebook friends who sent their prayers.

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What a Beautiful day today has been, the Sun is shining and temperature is pushing 60. Now its time to explore the backyard and see if it survived the Winter. While Bessie played with her ball me and Ruff enjoyed sitting on the grass and soaking up the Sun. (and taking pictures)
While I was busy trying to get a photo of Bessie catching her ball, old man Ruffin snuck in and caught me by surprise with a big wet kiss.
Updated Monday, 3-19-2018
That last photo above has raised some interesting comments on my Facebook page. "The kind of photos pros dream of capturing. This one was captured by a dog, a Rottweiler. Love it" "Beautiful shot! He is a great photographer that dog of yours! " So I decided to try and explain it by also showing the photo that was snapped a few seconds before it just as Ruff had pushed into me. 
What happened yesterday and how it made for a very unexpected photo.

I was kneeling on the grass throwing the ball and taking photos of Bessie catching it. Ruff was sitting next to me. Just after I snapped the first photo of Bess, Ruff pushed into me and jarred the camera upward as I was taking another photo and gave me a quick face lick. He caught me by surprise even before I got to close my mouth.

The photo of Ruff kissing me was perfectly exposed and even got a beautiful Sun flare in the picture.


Friday, March 16, 2018


When I ordered the St. Patrick's Day t-shirt to put on the bear I had a hard time finding a place that carried them. Has anyone else noticed a shortage of t-shirts saying, "Kiss Me I'm Irish"? Liberals have been very busy dreaming up new sins for everyone to feel guilty about and their newest effort is Cultural Misappropriation. In this case it basically means if you are not actually of Irish descent it is wrong to say, "Kiss Me I'm Irish".

Cultural Misappropriation, is defined as a concept in sociology dealing with the adoption of the elements of a minority culture by members of the dominant culture. 
If you plan on having corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day here is an authentic recipe for Irish Soda Bread passed down from my wife's family. Jacqueline used to make every year and now its been my turn. 
Authentic Irish Soda Bread ( Landen-Osborne Family)

Recipe Makes 2 Loaves
Bake: 35 - 40 minutes
Pre Heat Oven to 375

4 cups. Flour
3 teaspoons. Baking powder
1 teaspoons. Baking soda
1 teaspoons tsp. Salt
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Butter (1/2 stick)
1/2 cup Caraway Seeds
1 - 1 1/2 cups of Raisins
1  large Egg
1 3/4 cups. Buttermilk


1/4 cup Butter (1/2 stick)
Add large handful of Caraway Seeds and 1 -1 1/2 cups of Raisins to mix.
1 large Egg
1 3/4 cups. Buttermilk



PLACE ON GREASED BAKING SHEET. Bake for 35 to 40 Minutes.

1 cup 10x (powdered) sugar
1/2 teaspoon. Vanilla
1 tablespoon Milk

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Kiss Me I'm Irish.

The seasons are a changing. Christmas bear just got a new t-shirt and just in time because this weekend we are all Irish. We are trying very hard to get back into the holiday spirit and when you see lots of people walking around with signs that say: "Kiss Me I'm Irish", you know you've picked the right one.
Of course, it helped to have been married to a girl whose grandparents came from Ireland.


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Ruffin Update: He is back home after surgery.

Things moved very quickly after Ruff had the Ultrasound done on Wednesday by Dr. Bruner. Because of the large size of the tumor and the fact that it was cavitated I changed my plans to have his surgery done next Tuesday at the Care Center and Dr. McGlasson, our Veterinarian at Noah's Ark in Fort Wright, Kentucky did the surgery yesterday morning. It was a good thing to move quickly because the tumor had not yet started to bleed. The doctor told me they will not know until next week if the tumor was benign or malignant. Last night I picked Ruff up and brought him home to recuperate in a more familiar surrounding.  You will appreciate hearing that after surgery Ruff spent the entire day sleeping on a quilt on the floor in the back room of the clinic where all the girls were working. I have seen this once before when Ruff spent the afternoon back there. He enjoys listening to the voices of the girls talking.

When I took Ruff home they gave me some pills to help manage the pain, Tramadol, Rimadyl and an antibiotic Cephalexin and something to calm his stomach. Before I picked him up I stopped at Home Depot and bought a new mat for Ruff to lay on. This will also make it easier for him to stand up without his feet sliding on the floor. I made this into a bed for him to sleep on in the kitchen and as soon as we got home he laid down and slept for 4 more hours.

Around 11 PM last night Ruff woke up and I found him walking out of the kitchen so I took him outside and he did the biggest pee I have ever seen at one time. Probably had his bladder filled by all the fluids they had given him intravenously after the surgery. Since I was totally wiped out myself after the long day I took Ruff into the bedroom and we all went to bed early. Ruff seemed stressed and had a lot of heavy breathing so I gave him a dose of his pain medication.
And Bess has been worried about her friend. I love the way she fusses over him like a mother hen, licking his face and his ears. She has been doing this a lot lately. And the day before his surgery she spent some time laying next to him in my den.
I am very concerned about the results from the patholgy test coming back next week. I posted several updates on Ruff on my Facebook page asking for prayers and there have been literally hundreds of people from around the world responding with prayers. We, and I am referring to the Ruffin fans all over the world, are all continuing to say prayers for Ruffin to get well again. If you are not on Facebook and your reading this here for the first time I ask you for your prayers as well. Thank you.
Update on Ruffin: Saturday 3PM
Continuing from last night, Ruff slept on his bed in the kitchen from the minute we got home until 11PM when I found him up on his feet. I am thinking he got up because he had to go out so I took him out and he did the longest, largest pee I have ever seen. It must have been all the IV fluids they put into him at the Vet's.
I tried to give him some of his pain medication but he wasn't in any mood to take it and because we were all exhausted I decided to go to bed early. Ruff went right back to sleep as soon as I brought him into my bedroom and put him on his bed. But a little after 3AM he woke me and Bess up with some scary heavy panting. At first I thought he was having trouble breathing then it dawned on me he was in pain and the drugs from the Vet had worn off. So I gave him a spoonful of peanut butter with a Rimadyl and two Tramadol pills. After a bit he managed to go back to sleep.
We got up at 8AM and when I took him outside to go pee he didn't have any left. Went back inside and fried up 4 oz of chopped sirloin which he ate right away. I tried to give him some Cephalexin and the antacid pill but he spit it out. I put him back on his bed in the kitchen and he went to sleep.
Around 12 noon I took him out and still no more pee but he did do a normal poop. I fried up another 4 oz of chopped sirloin and he ate it but he wouldn't take any pills. This time I refused to take no for an answer and forced him to swallow the rest of his midday pills. He must have had a bad taste in his mouth from having the pills dissolve because he gobbled a large drink of water. Now he is back on his bed sleeping.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Ruff has some serious medical problems

Ruffin will need to have his Spleen removed.

During a routine exam last Friday at Noah's Ark, our Veterinary doctors office, our Vet discovered a tumor on Ruff's spleen. Dr. Matt McGlasson asked me to get Ruff in to see Dr. Bruner a specialist, to confirm his exam. I took Ruff in this afternoon and Dr. Bruner showed me the Ultrasound images and there is a massive tumor 8.4 cm (3.3 inches) wide on his spleen that has already cavitated. There is no way to tell if the tumor is cancerous or not but at least there is no sign of bleeding yet. I have no other information until I get a chance to talk with our Vet tomorrow.

On the plus side Dr. Bruner said Ruffin was in excellent health and should have no trouble surviving the surgery.

I am still amazed at how Ruffin is acting. In the last three weeks he has been in to see three doctors and he takes it all in like he enjoys the adventure. Before, during and after Ruff has had no change in attitude and shows no sign of discomfort. This morning was typically normal for him. He got up, went outside did a pee and a poop came in and took a nap.

At the Vet's office this afternoon he flirted with two female staff and one woman in the waiting room. While waiting for the Doctor he smooched one of the nurses. Back home, he ate a big dinner and another chopped sirloin burger to raise his blood count up and is now taking another nap. Nothing seems to bother him.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

It may be a month early but it already feels like Spring

This past week we have had more crazy weather. Yesterday we had a fast moving snowstorm that gave us 3 inches of snow. And by this morning it was all melted away. Well, at least Ruff and Bess enjoyed it for a few hours. Here are some photos.
Gotta say one thing about the weather map today. It sure is colorful. Our little snowfall may last awhile. The darker blue band is moving Northeast right over us. Hey, we just got a Saturday Surprise Snowstorm. OK, only a little one, but every snowflake counts. (no pun intended) but then it kept on snowing.
3 hours later the little snowfall that could turned into a snowfall that did. Now we have at least 2 or 3 inches and Bess and Ruff are having a good time. Weatherman said it will all go away by tomorrow.

And today it was all gone. And everything was muddy again. They say it isn't over till its over but I think that Spring is taking the upper hand and Winter is losing its grip. Even when we get a brief change in weather. And speaking of change, here is our 7-day forecast.
And just to put everything into perspective, after I went through some old snow photos of our Rottweilers enjoying some deep snow I happened to look at the dates and they were all taken in the month of March. So this is going to be interesting.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Weather Report: Extremely Muddy

This Winter so far has been one of the mildest as far as snow is concerned. But never-the-less, it has been one of the wettest. We had enough rain to make at least 2 feet of snow but luckily most of it came down when the temperatures were above freezing. Most of the grass has disappeared within 25 feet of the front door and that is because as soon as Ruff gets outside to pee that's as far as he gets. And the bare earth has become super-saturated and very muddy. Since Ruff lost his eyesight I have to take him out on a leash. He used to wander a lot further to take his pee breaks when he could see where he was going.

So it looks like the first outside project to be addressed when the weather gets warm is to put down some new grass seed. And don't expect any pictures. I am worn out from mopping up muddy footprints and sweeping up the dried mud in the front hallway.

I miss having at least one deep snow because the Rottweilers just love plowing through it and having a fun time. Now that we are spending most of our time indoors everyone is getting lots of nap time. Speaking of which, Ruff tried to take an after dinner nap. Bessie thought he needed company.
When Bessie isn't giving Ruff so much attention she lets me know how badly she wants to have someone to play with. Every time I see her out alone in the fenced yard around the pool she seems to be looking for a playmate. I am seriously going to look for an adult Rottweiler around her age so she has someone to run around with like Ruff had with Axl years ago. Meanwhile in the house, this is what I have to contend with.
Another rainy day and more muddy feet. So passing the time on FB. But someone isn't happy about this. I think she wants me to throw her the ball. I love to play catch with Bess outside but we can't do that in the house. Too many times that ball has bounced off her nose and flew around the room.
This morning after breakfast Bessie went outside by herself and Ruff went over and laid down on one of the doggie beds outside of Bessie's little house to take a nap. As soon as Bess came in from the backyard she went over and laid down next to him to keep him company.
The weather out here this year has been crazy. I think I mentioned within one week we set a new daily high temperature record (55 degrees) as well as a new daily low temperature record (-7 degrees). One night we had an ice storm and the next few days the trees and shrubs lit up like sparkling diamonds covered in ice.
And a few days ago we had a very enjoyable ice cream party. One of the all time favorite treats that our Rottweilers love is ice cream. Too bad they can't have it every day. Too much milk or dairy products gives them tummy aches so we have to limit this to once in awhile.

So long for now.