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If monetary rewards were issued every time I uttered the words “don’t jump” over the last 48+ hours – I would be financially secure right about now.

Jaxson was neutered Friday. There were no complications and he woke up with that same goofy smile and happy disposition. #grateful

When it was time to bring him home, I sat with Johnna (vet tech) as she reviewed his “post surgical home care instructions” with me. She covered three sections.

The first two seemed really easy to comply to –

  • FOOD & WATER – ✔︎

But that third one #saywhat?

  • EXERCISE – 🚫

What in the doodle! –

no running, jumping or free access to stairs for 7 – 10 days?

For a brief moment I actually thought about asking them to keep him. Talk about an impossible feat. I felt doomed before I started.

There’s a reason I call Jax the “maniac.”  He doesn’t walk or climb. He runs, hops and jumps everywhere and for everything.

Our forecast promises gorgeous weather for the next 7-8 days. Clear blue skies, low humidity and average normal temps for this time of year.

Yet they’re asking me to:

  • keep him on a leash
  • don’t let him run around the yard
  • no racing up and down the stairs
  • and no doodle romps with Harley OR Finley from next door #shootmenow

The hospital staff watched with empathic faces as he pulled me through the doorway towards the car. I glanced back at them with a crooked smile, trembling lips and eyes that begged “help me.”

They promised lied and said he’d be groggy and sleepy Friday evening. #not

By Saturday afternoon each sentence I used had the phrase “don’t jump” in it. I’m talking EVERY conversation. Whether it was about Jax or not.

For example. I’m on the phone –

Hi, yeah, I can’t wait either JAX – DON’T JUMP I’m excited about the bridal shower too!

Or, I’m talking to my husband –

Honey, do you want JAX – DON’T JUMP any bacon for breakfast?

Even Harley has had to learn my new language –

Harley do you want JAX – DON’T JUMP to go potty?

By Sunday I was trying different languages:

  • No Saltes (Spanish)
  • Ne Pas Sauter (French)
  • Wala Kuruka (Swahili) #byanymeansneccesary

It’s difficult to contain Jax on a leash and we’re not used to spending ALL day indoors.

With Harley’s help I created an outdoor cell for Jax so we could at least have a change of scenery. I placed an old puppy gate up against the stairs to our deck.

It’s not “quite” wide enough to lean securely against the rails, so I placed Harley on guard duty. His only job was to alert me when Jax got too close to the gate…


He did an excellent job.

When the neighbor came to visit, Harley clung to her for dear life. You would have thought I’d had him in solitary confinement…


Jax was “all over her” but by then I’d given up – I just couldn’t say those two little nasty words again – I just couldn’t…


He broke my heart when he cried for Finley. He watched her and whimpered as she ran around her yard…


I’ve got to keep this routine going for at least another 4 days. But please know he’s doing just fine…


It’s me who’s going to loose her mind #doodlenuts

I am joining the Monday Mischief blog hop brought to you by Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog BlogMy Brown Newfies. The Hop that wraps up the weekend.


  • Amanda
    August 24, 2015

    Oh man, I am not looking forward to this! We have Piper’s surgery scheduled for next month, and I am already nervous about trying to keep my little Texas Tornado still for a week! Your post encourages me to work really hard with her over the next month on “down,” “stay,” “settle,” and “wait” commands! Sending you and Jax well wishes!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 24, 2015

      Thanks Amanda. I can tell Jax is healing nicely because he is moving a little easier. I’ve lifted the ban on stairs today – so no more gate on the deck. But I will not play ball with him or allow Finley to come over just yet. Probably wait until the weekend #ifIcan 🙂

  • Rich Henriques
    August 24, 2015

    I agree, Vets live in a dream world.
    We have a fenced back yard and Teddy, (7 Month GD) wants to play in the backyard, the house and on his leash. It’s not getting any better. He walks, runs straight ahead and bangs his collar against anything in his way.
    Good Luck,

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 24, 2015

      Rich – you said it! “dream world” I stared at her like she was from another planet on Friday when she told me to “keep him quiet” I love my vet team so I couldn’t be upset. But I’m half way there, so I will continue to keep the faith. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Elaine
    August 24, 2015

    That is the hardest thing, dealing with an active dog after surgery. It’s almost like you have to keep them crated because they want to jump and play all the time. I’m glad Jax is doing great and making a speedy recovery!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 24, 2015

      I want to tie his feet together Elaine like they do with cattle LOL If he would only stay still for a bit. I’ve got a final dress fitting with my daughter this afternoon, I can’t wait to leave this nuthouse!

  • Emma
    August 24, 2015

    When Bailie was spayed it was just as bad! She was ready to be her old self less than 24 hrs after the surgery and keeping her down was a project. I wanted to play with her too, which Mom said did not help things. Trust me, time seems like an eternity now, but it will be over before you know it and in the long run, it’s only a few days! Good luck, don’t jump!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 24, 2015

      I’m thinking the same way Emma – I figure I’ll eat this elephant one bite at a time – meaning I will only think about the day that I’m in, and not worry about tomorrow until I wake up again. It’s like my own little countdown.

  • Earl Lover
    August 24, 2015

    When Ethel was spayed, it was hard work keeping her rested in her crate. She’s a fairly high-energy dog, and loved it when she could return to normal and bounce around again!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 24, 2015

      If I remain “still” with him, he is fine, but that is just not realistic these days. I did that Friday night and he slept on the couch next to me. He’s using the stairs freely now, and I’ve been checking his wound area. Everything looks rather normal, so I guess we’re okay!

  • DZ Dogs
    August 24, 2015

    Oh my doodle, that is soo hard!!
    We can sympathize, we had Jack neutered shortly after we got him and it was terrible trying to keep him down and following doctors orders!!

    Best of luck!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 24, 2015

      It’s a trying experience to say the least DZ but I think the worst is over. Jax has been wonderful, he doesn’t seem to be in any discomfort, in fact all he wants to do is play – so we’ve been doing a lot of cuddling lately. 🙂

  • Lauren Miller (ZoePhee)
    August 24, 2015

    Oh no! LOL!! Poor Jax! Just so you know, you can request sedatives if you need them. I don’t know why more vets don’t realize that owners with young puppies need them and just prescribe it automatically. I’m sure you guys are doing fine, but I thought I’d let you know. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 24, 2015

      WOW! I had no idea Lauren. Doodle Doc is such a minimalist I doubt she would go for that 🙂 Jax seems to be healing well. I will still try to keep him as calm as possible for the rest of the week. I can only try!

  • Tenacious Little Terrier
    August 24, 2015

    I hope you still have your sanity by the end! I’m glad we didn’t have Mr. N when he was neutered. I would have been nuts too.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 24, 2015

      It’s Monday night and I think I’m gonna make it! I’ve been going to bed at 9:30pm LOL and will continue to do this for the rest of the week. It should help.

  • Jen
    August 24, 2015

    I can only imagine how tiring that has to be for you! You’re in the home stretch now!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 24, 2015

      Girl – I \’ve been going to bed like a 4 year old. As soon as the street lights come on, I start yawning. LOL

  • Ann Staub
    August 25, 2015

    Oh no! You are doing a great job at being his puppy mom 😉 The only words of relief I can offer is be thankful he’s not a girl dog. It’s much more serious when they jump after spays.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 14, 2015

      So I’ve been told Ann, hats off to all you girl dog momma’s #yourock!

  • De Hufford
    August 25, 2015

    Not an easy assignment. Having very active dogs, we’ve been through it. Good thing, it ends and all returns to normal. ACTIVE!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 14, 2015

      Yes De – I would agree. Some would say it’s mission impossible! But we survived it and he’s all better now 🙂 #thankthedoodle

  • Jan K
    August 25, 2015

    I told you! LOL Cathy, this was hilarious. My favorite lines “for a brief moment I actually thought about asking them to keep him”, and “I glanced back at them with a crooked smile, trembling lips and eyes that begged “help me.”

    I also used the gate on the deck trick when Luke was neutered (and later when he had his bad knees checked), but I had to leave the girls on the other side so I could play with them and not have them get out of sorts! I tried some of those Nina Ottosson games to occupy Luke too, but he wasn’t that impressed!

    Honestly, with all the dogs I think we gave up before the full time was over (and thank goodness never had an issue).

    Hang in there…you’re almost there! 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 14, 2015

      Jan – I’m going to start a petition that puppies should be neutered BEFORE you bring them home LOL We survived the week, and had no issues at all. #thankthedoodle

  • Jackie Bouchard
    August 26, 2015

    Oh, man, that’s some mischief! Hope he’s recovered by now and can JUMP again! (We totally cheated when our beagle had her surgery long ago. We just couldn’t keep her quiet as long as they said, but she was fine.) It’s hard to keep an active dog down!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 14, 2015

      I’m beginning to believe they tell us all that so they can get a few laughs imagining us trying to do the impossible. I was doomed for failure from the start!

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    August 31, 2015

    I’ll be honest and say that after the first day when the puppies came home, we didn’t keep them still. They healed really quickly, but having 2 puppies in a 4 dog home made keeping them still an impossibility. We were lucky.

    Rodrigo and Sydney, on the other hand, were drowsy and slept forever after they came home. Different vet, definitely different meds.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 14, 2015

      Someone wrote me telling me that their vet gave them a sedative to give their dog for the first two days to keep him quiet. She said it worked like a charm! Jax did okay, Doodle Dad was great staying upstairs with him most of the morning while I did other things, then we switched roles. Harley seemed to enjoy the solitude while Jax was quarantined LOL

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