Celebration Time & Book of the Week

Yes, it is celebration time here at Chez Herd. Natasha’s blood work from yesterday shows that her liver has returned to normal functioning! Her blood work just over a month ago before surgery to remove her spleen and part of her liver showed liver results that were off the charts.

Feeling good - Celebration time

Feeling good.

We knew that she was feeling much better. Appetite is good. Enjoys yard time with the rest of The Herd. Her usual yelling at the youngsters for not behaving. The desire to go on walks with everyone.  So with her actions stronger, we were hoping that the medical tests would confirm the good news. The liver results were right smack in the middle of the acceptable range – a better result than we could have hoped.


Apparently, I need to yell at Qannik for photobombing me with his tail.

We will test again in about 4 weeks with more bloodwork and an ultrasound, but pardon us while we have some celebration time here at Chez Herd!

back into shape

Time to whip everyone back into shape.

Book of the Week

Our last several book of the week recommendations have been specifically about dogs. But our other passion is hiking the beautiful mountains that surround us. One of the funnier books we have read lately on the topic is A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.

We could fairly label it a “How Not To” book on preparing for the excruciating hike, but the author’s self depreciating humor makes for an entertaining and enlightening book. The book is a #1 best seller and currently has 4.2 stars from Amazon and 4.05 stars from Goodreads.

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  1. KB on August 11, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Yay for Natasha. Great big smiles from our mountain to yours!

  2. rottrover on August 11, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Celebrate! Celebrate!!

    A Walk in the Woods is one of my favorites. One of those laugh until you cry – at some points – books. Shawnee the Shepherd’s mom recommended The Things You Fnd on the Appalachian Trail, a memoir of discovery, endurance and a lazy dog by Kevin Runolfson. It was GREAT – different, but great and there’s a DOG!! Highly recommend 🙂 Got it on Amazon…

  3. Marilyn on August 11, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Excellent news!

  4. jan on August 11, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    We’re doing a happy dance as evil returns to your pack.

  5. Sue VerSchneider on August 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Yahoo on your results QNTE. Youre such a pretty baby.

    The book is a great read. I listened to it on haha cassette tapes years ago. Like card it.

  6. Maureen Smith on August 11, 2015 at 10:39 am


  7. DJ Riendeau on August 11, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Yay! Such wonderful news! So glad to hear this! Cierra and Maggie say aroooooooh and are both doing their “Happy Dance” for the Queen and her subjects!

  8. Juno's mom on August 11, 2015 at 9:21 am

    So wonderful to hear good news. Her expression shows how good she feels.

  9. Carolyn on August 11, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Too often these situations end up so differently. Am so happy for the entire herd, dog and human.
    Love that book! I listened to the audio version that Bryson did. It was so much fun.

  10. Beth Lowe on August 11, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Yay! That’s fantastic news! I’m so very happy and relieved for all of you. Many pats and woos going your way. ~ Beth and Winter

  11. cheryl seybert on August 11, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Couldn’t have received better news!!! Congratulations party on Herd!!!

  12. Mom, Ice 'n Ebby on August 11, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Mom, Ice ‘n Ebby all join in and say Owoooooos for ‘Tasha, on her wonderful recovery. We are SO happy to hear about her blood work coming back “almost normal”! (ICE sez, “in fact, Mom sat in front of her computer with tears in her eyes, when she read what you said about The Queen’s recovery! I think that’s because me ‘n The Queen are so close to the same age)

  13. Susan McManus on August 11, 2015 at 5:05 am

    This is wonderful news. Tokyo, our Norwegian elkhound, and our family join yours in celebration. Long live the queen.

  14. vincent porrazzo on August 11, 2015 at 4:42 am

    Just wonderful how quickly she has recovered her health and spirits.

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