Spotlight on Samson plus other bits and pieces

Sitting down catching up on the week's happenings and something is making me smile.  It's our Samson and that gorgeous face of his.  Over the last few weeks I've noticed small changes in his mobility.  The thing which was troubling me the most was how he seemed to trip or lose strength for a split second whilst walking.  It was quick and he would go back to walking and even running afterwards.

Monday morning I decided to have it checked so off we went to the vet.  Jumped straight onto the scales because he knows a treat follows.  Weight is 37.1kg which is perfect.  After a good thorough check and test the vet explained that the message from his brain to his right hind leg is delayed.  She bent his paw under and placed it on the ground.  It took about 10-15 seconds before Samson turned it back around.  Same test on other leg and he turned it back immediately.  This is why he sometimes loses his footing.  Part of getting older.

I just look at him and smile.


He was given an injection to help his joints and reduce inflammation for his osteoarthritis.  He will have three more injections each being a week apart.  He has already shown improvement in the way he moves about especially in the morning and when off lead he is like a puppy again.  

One of us was satisfied and it wasn't me.  Oh who cares look how happy he is.

The vet gave him gold stars.  For an 11 year old Labrador he is doing extremely well.  Range of movement in his hips and even his osteoarthritis are usually seen in much younger dogs.  She sees a lot of 6 year old Labs in his condition.  Well done Samson.

Whilst on the topic of pets our chickens are a very happy bunch indeed.  They are always out in the yard scratching, bathing, eating and sometimes hiding eggs.  A few weeks back I found an egg in the dirt bath and then this morning a tiny egg under the trampoline.  I go on a little 'egg hunt' each afternoon just in case.  I know most of their hiding places now.



The above egg was found under the trampoline.  Not sure who it belongs to but it's the smallest we've had so far.  

A few days ago I harvested our very last cauliflower.  Such a late one which I'm putting down to the weather which didn't seem to know what it was doing.  I think it confused the cauliflower.

Our very last cauliflower.

It grew to a good size and turned into a beautiful Cauliflower Mash.  Yum, yum, yum!

Cauliflower Mash.

There is always something cooking in our kitchen.  I enjoy it that much it's like a reward for me.  My motivation to get the days tasks complete so I can spend time in the kitchen.  The AWW The Country Table cookbook has made another appearance.  I'm currently working through a section titled 'See you at three' one recipe at a time.  This Boiled Chocolate Cake was next in line.  

Boiled Chocolate Cake.

A huge mix so I have frozen half the cake for another day.  I also reduced the amount of sugar.  It is certainly being enjoyed by everyone.

Currently have a few books on the go.  Thoroughly enjoying Charlotte's Web which I'm reading with our daughter.  Year of Wonders is on our son's reading list for English which he needs to read over the holidays.  I'm having a read and really enjoying it so far.  

Another book I was searching high and low for was Best Recipes from the Backs of Boxes, Bottles, Cans and Jars.  Our library didn't have one so I checked Inter Library Loans Victoria only to discover it wasn't available at any library.  I completed a 'Purchase Recommendation' online and our library purchased the book which I have borrowed.  Such a great idea as I've found a lot of our recipes from packets which have been really good.


Time to wind down now after another week which has flown by once again before we head into a brand new weekend.  Enjoy.












12 comments

  1. I like the sound of that book Best Recipes from the Backs of Boxes, Bottles Cans & Jars! I have so many cut out and torn off bits with recipes laying around, a book makes much more sense!

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    1. I know what you mean Kylie. I tend to lose them too. Years ago I had cut out a wonderful lasagne recipe from a pasta box however misplaced it. Everyone loved that lasagne and it always received comments.

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  2. I love reading your blog, especially about gorgeous Samson and your chickens! Year of Wonders is a great book and I can certainly recommend Geraldine Brooks' other books too. Enjoy! Melanie ��

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    1. Thanks Melanie. I'll add Geraldine Brooks to my 'want to read list' on my Goodreads account. Quite a list now which is great.

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  3. Full credit to you that Samson is as healthy as he is for his age, you watch his weight, walk him and feed him well, just as every good owner should, I guess us humans would do well to treat our own bodies the same way!

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    1. Thankyou Cheryl. It's easy to over feed a Lab as they always look hungry but keeping it all in line keeps them so much happier and healthier. They keep us healthy too as they make wonderful walking companions and get us out rain, hail or shine.

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  4. Samson is doing well for an 11year old! Our Sir Steve dog is around 9ish now and doing well too. He occasionally "trips" like Samson does but it doesn't deter him any. Meg:)

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    1. It doesn't seem to deter Samson much either however sometimes he may twist the wrong way when it happens and has hurt himself that way. The vet said if he was human he would be using a walker to prevent that happening if he did fall. Your Sir Steve looks very happy and healthy too Meg - you look after him well.

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  5. Wonderful post, Kylie. I love reading about dear Samson. It makes me miss Carlie. I'm glad that you got some help for him at the vet. He's such a special dog. Animals teach us a lot about aging. Lans's skin condition has healed, thanks to getting a second opinion. I'm elated. Your chocolate cake looks divine! Happy baking...

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    1. Glad to hear her skin has healed. You are right in that animals teach us a lot about ageing. Their needs are different and you slowly change in the way you look after them. They're showing us along the way and I guess learning with us. Sometimes though I think he exceeds his limits when off lead as he is so excited. He rests for the remainder of the day which is good. Very satisfied too.

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  6. Samson is lucky to have such a dedicated owner who looks after him so lovingly. Our old lab lived until she was 15 and by then the poor old girl had really arthritis, but still loved her food! Cheers Lyndie

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    1. 15 years old is fantastic. Another Lab who was obviously looked after well.

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