Carving pumpkins with dogs is a real operation

So there we were, enjoying a nice quiet dinner when the unthinkable happened.funny pumpkin, dog, surgery, hospital, marking our territory, doctor, puppy

Mr. Pumpkin burst into our apartment complaining of chest pain

Normally we don’t take calls at home, but our in-house dogters rushed to Mr. Pumpkin’s aid.

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Dogter Eko and his resident intern Penny are the best in the biz

funny pumpkin, dog, surgery, hospital, marking our territory, doctor, puppy Eko had Mr. Pumpkin hold the stethoscope. The exam confirmed Eko’s suspicions – Mr. Pumpkin needed to be rushed into surgery 

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Luckily we have a full pumpkin operating room at home. While the patient was prepped, the doctors and their surgical nurse scrubbed in.

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Lead surgeon Eko deftly made the first incision

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“Dogter Penny, we’re going to need to crack his chest open. You’re up!”

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“Chest is open!”

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“Dogter Eko, I’ve found the problem – he has a pumpkin stuck inside him! I’m going to get it out…”

“No, Penny – that’s his heart!!”

funny pumpkin, dog, surgery, hospital, marking our territory, doctor, puppyBut unfortunately Eko was too late and I had to call this one in.

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We did our best, Mr. Pumpkin. We did our best

Happy Halloween from the staff at Discount Pumpkin Surgery Center!

Halloween Dog-Costume Party

While we may not make it out for trick-or-treating, that certainly won’t stop us from dressing up like fools to celebrate Halloween. With two days to go, we still have to make a final decision on what to wear. Here’s a few of our favorite options:29.1

Eko, as Elwood Blues, is a go-to classic costume

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And Penny, with plenty of puppy crimes to her name, can pull off the grizzled prisoner look quite well

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I tried to add a little magic to the holiday with these costumes, but in retrospect they kind of look like dunce caps – a costume best suited for the photographer

Speaking of magic, I do think Eko looks good as one wizard in particular:

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“Mr. Eko? Here at Hogwarts!?”

Eko’s not the only one with powers. Penny is pretty super herself:

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Supergirl looks cute, but she may need to lift weights to fit into her costume

“These costumes are ridiculous!” you say. “Have some pride!” you implore. No problem, I got a pride coming right up for you:

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My pride! (and joy)

If we’re feeling a bit more prehistoric, we could turn back the clock a few (million) years:

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“Clever girl…”

Halloween started early for these pups, they couldn’t believe all the treats they got for these costumes!

So, now we need your help for the big day itself. Which costume do you like best?

Trick-or-Treating: A step-by-step guide for dogs

Trick-or-treaters aren’t born, they’re made. With that in mind, Eko gave Penny a demonstration of good form for her very first Halloween.Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, beach, marking our territory, adventure

“Ok, so first you run up to the house.”

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“Then you ring the bell like this and yell ‘Trick-or-treat!'”

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“You have the yelling part down, but you should probably stand a bit further away.”

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“What? No, you are not allowed to tackle kids and take their candy!”

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“Why not? Because how would you like it if a bigger kid tackles you and steals your candy?”

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“No one would be crazy enough to try that? Well, you may have a point there.”

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“Ok Will, I think she’s ready!”

On second thought, maybe we’ll just hand out the candy and leave trick-or-treating to the neighborhood kids.

Telling Time in Dog Years

Over the weekend I took another look at the photos from our trip to NJ. That led me on a trip down nostalgia lane and I looked at some even older photos of puppy-Eko. I’m terrible when it comes to remembering dates and times, but when I looked at the old photos I realized I have a much stronger memory when I consider things in “dog years.”

If I see an old photo of myself, I often struggle to date it, but I never have that issue with the pups.

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I know exactly when each of these photos was taken simply because I have Eko as a reference

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And although the chair and sun moved for this photo, Eko moved with them so I’ll never forget I took this on our most recent trip

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Since I know Eko was 8 months-old in this photo, I know exactly when I took it

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Some things never change, but when they do I usually have a dog around to help me remember!

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I’ll never forget the spot on the trail where I took this photo of puppy-Eko

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When I see this photo I’ll always remember how the sun felt that day 

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And I will never forget the hilarious moment when Eko ripped up a newspaper and hid under the table because he thought I couldn’t see him

So while I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast yesterday, I’m glad I have Eko and Penny around to help remind me of all the good times we’ve had together.

There’s no way I’m alone here. I know other people out there start remembering a moment by asking, “Well let’s see, how old was (insert pet’s name)…”

Vacation Round-up

Late last night we wearily arrived home in Chicago. While the pups ate a hearty dinner, I unpacked with my eyes half-open. I organized shoes and jackets outside our front door and was emptying my bags when I heard a knock from the front door. I opened the door to find…Eko!?

Somehow Eko snuck past my tired eyes and was hanging out on the foyer for five minutes before knocking to be let in. It was a long day. And so today, in continuing with tradition, today is a vacation from vacation day. The pups are knocked out on the couch and I’ll take the day to get organized and sort through video from the trip.  While I do that, here are a few more photos from our week in NJ.

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Eko loving a fall walk along the trail

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A synchronized romp at Emily’s

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Emily completely oblivious to the epic battle happening behind her

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A tanning session on the back porch

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I thought it was too cute how my pups would lay in the sun, but long-haired Auggie preferred to rest in the shade

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We even had time to work in a little fashion shoot

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I think the hat fit Eko just a bit better

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Can’t forget all the great fires we made!

We had a blast in NJ, but there’s no place like home. Thanks for following along, and thanks to everyone who recommended I check out buying an electric fireplace. I think it will be a hit with the pups this winter.

Next Stop: Chicago!

It may have been a short trip back to NJ, but it was certainly not short on fun.
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We had a great visit, but now it’s time to wrap things up

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We left no stone unturned in search of a good time

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Penny even got to experience her very first fire!

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There’s another thirteen hour trip in store, but after this week I don’t think the pups will have any trouble snoring the whole way through

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Hugs all around, time for us to hit the road!

I took a bunch of video this week of the pups in action so hopefully I’ll have some fun stuff to share on Friday. We’re on the road all day today, so we’ll catch everyone tomorrow back home in Chicago!