It’s no secret that Leo is what one would call a “mission oriented” Doodle!

From the time he raises his head in the morning – till the time it hits the floor from exhaustion at night, he is one busy little dood…


Doesn’t matter where we go, he will grab “Wilson” and follow me EVERYWHERE


I can ask him to leap, sit, stay, and pose almost ANYWHERE, and he will…

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But for the past couple of days my lil furrbaby had been functioning at a slower speed. Everyday he seemed to be running low on doodle fuel. By Tuesday afternoon it was clear – Leo just wasn’t feeling his ole “happy-go-doodle” self…


Wednesday morning it “really” hit me (literally), when I came downstairs and was greeted by a “vile” and unpleasant surprise. Coffee would have to wait as I was forced to grab (what I’ve named) “the furrend I’d rather not see”


Since this “doodle belly typhoon” had surpassed my 72 hour test (if I can’t cure you in 72 hours then it’s time to see Doctor Doodle) I called his vet and got an evening appointment.

I don’t panic as much as I used to, but I do feel terrible when they don’t operate at 100% because try as they might, they can’t tell you what’s wrong.

DIAGNOSIS: Who knows!

PROGNOSIS: Whatever it was, I knew he would survive it, and I prayed Harley wouldn’t catch it!

REMEDY: A bland diet of boiled chicken breast for a few days along with some meds to “evict” whatever germ had tried to move in and take occupancy.

Friday night was uneventful, and Saturday morning he seemed to be on the mend, so we decided to try Agility Training. By the time we arrived, so had the rain, and once again we were forced to return indoors for some “creative fun.”

As soon as we entered the room, Leo gave a stunning performance miming his feelings about coming to class. He found a tiny corner of the couch to squeeze up on, did so, and refused to come down…


The other pup students were busy solving treat puzzles…



…while the two legged folks talked…


I explained Leo’s temporary meal plan to Karen the instructor. Since “boiled chicken pieces” weren’t in the treat toys, I thought it best to “pry” Leo from the couch and take him back home.

Harley was more than ready because he looked extremely hungry when we got to the car…


So far, so good! Since Saturday morning, he’s had multiple helpings of chicken, no loose stool AND plenty of back rubs….


I believe we are making a turn here for the better!

PS: Carpet is back to glistening, love my BISSELL

Thanks for reading, caring and sharing – I’ll keep writing.

  • Caren Gittleman
    August 5, 2013

    Glad to hear that Leo is feeling better. He probably got into something. That happens and often we just don’t know what!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 6, 2013

      Thanks! A reader suggested that perhaps I need to start wiping “WIlson” off from time to time, since it spends so much time in Leo’s mouth. Not a bad idea especially when we travel to “public places” (dog parks, pet events, etc…) Thanks again for reading, Leo is actually on the mend, back on his regular food menu starting today!

  • Yvonne
    August 5, 2013

    So glad to see my boy Leo back from the land of doodle runs. I’m sure it must of been something he ate or something on Wilson rolling all over other folks yards. So Cathy try cleaning Wilson off after my boy Leo plays with him maybe that could of caused his upset tummy.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 6, 2013

      Not a bad idea! I do have those baby wipes in the garage! I’ll have to try it, thanks for the tip!

  • Lonnie Shapiro
    August 6, 2013

    I’m so sorry Leo was not feeling well, but glad he seems to be recovering. I’m sure he and Wilson will hook up and start having lots of fun and romping around real soon:) I can’t stand it when Libby is “under the weather” and she can’t tell me what is wrong! I mean, they are so human, why can’t they just say a few words:) LOL

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 6, 2013

      Well now Lonnie – If he had of spoken to me, I truly don’t know what I would have done! Leo is actually back on his regular food regiment – Harley is happy, he was even getting tired of just “chicken” The things we do for our doods! Thanks as always for reading…

  • Ophelia
    August 6, 2013

    So happy that Leo will soon be back up doodling around. You are the best DM!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 6, 2013

      Awwhh – What a pawgeous thing to say! Thanks for reading…

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