Happy 12th Birthday Tucker!

Tucker is 12 today!

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A couple of things have changed for Tucker in the last year–he has lost most of his hearing so his world has become much more visual.  Typical strong-willed Tucker, he doesn’t miss a beat and just keeps wagging his tail and enjoying everyday.

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Tucker gave us quite a scare on 12/31/12–his body was riddled with infection.  QAG was out of the country – this was my worst fear–that something would happen to Tucker when QAG wasn’t here to be with him.  Thankfully Tucker’s amazing vet team diagnosed the issue and got him on an aggressive treatment plan.  About 48 hours after starting treatment, Tucker was back to himself.  But not after first enjoying a little TLC from me and Kostas.

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We’ve also noticed a change in the relationship between Tucker and Kostas.  They still get at each other about things like tennis balls and food bowls, but there’s a lot more of this going on between them

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T and KThat never would have happened a couple of years ago.

I’m also happy to report that I’ve let a little light into Tucker’s world in the past few months.  In the form of peanut butter.  Just as I never got to have a big wheel or eat sugared cereal as a child (terrible, I know), Tucker grew up in a home where licking dishes in the dishwasher, licking out containers, and helping in the kitchen were not allowed.

The funny thing is that he’s almost worse than Kostas now when it comes to being in the kitchen.  Could it be because in order to get him to take his meds in December/January, I gave them to him doused in peanut butter?

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This weekend Tucker will get extra hugs and kisses.  Everyday is a gift with our pups!

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Any fun pet stories to share?  Do you allow your pet to clean out containers (yogurt, peanut butter, etc)?

Heart Attack Grill. Really?

You may have heard the news yesterday that a man in his 40s who was dining at the Heart Attack Grill (Las Vegas) suffered from symptoms of a heart attack while  eating a 6,000 calorie burger called The Triple Bypass.  (Source)

A restaurant that serves Single, Double, Triple, and Quadruple Bypass (8,000 calories) burgers.  And all you can eat flatliner fries (fried in lard). Really?

A restaurant that has a house policy that any diner over 350lbs eats for free.  Really?

Add 5, 10, 15, 20 bacon slices to your burger?  Really?

Source: moxiebird

A restaurant whose spokesman weighed 575lbs and died last year at age 29?  Really?

Enter my opinion:  It’s not funny, it’s not cute, it’s not healthy.  I’d like to see Rip Esselstyn pay this restaurant a visit.

If you’ll excuse me, I need to go eat an apple.  Or hug a pineapple.

Source: 3fatchicks

Side note:  Today’s is Rip Esselstyn’s birthday.  You can wish him a plant-strong Happy Birthday.

Question:  What’s your take on the Heart Attack Grill?