We’ve been away…but we are back with some cool news

Howdy, Grizzy, Luke and I are sorry to be away for a while.  This thing called “life” sometimes gets busy.  We are happy to let you know that the “Dodo” will be featuring “Grizzy’s Journey” very soon.  They are putting the finishing touches on his video.  We can’t wait and will share it hopefully this week.  Also, I’m enclosing a coupon for Barnes & Nobel ending today for 10 percent off any purchase.  It’s supposed to rain today, so perhaps a good book is in order.  We have heard that “Me, My Dog and a Sheep” is a good one.  🙂 It is on the shelves at the Danbury, CT store.  Finally, we have selected a new working title to follow “Me, My Dog and a Sheep” to be published hopefully before Christmas.  It will feature Grizzy’s adjustment to coming home from the Rehab Center and his wonderful daily journey today with his brother Sozzi, sister Maggie, baby sister Eli, kitty cat, TiTi, fish friend Hulk and of course Luke his BFF.  So happy Summer Saturday in July.  Make it a good one.

"Don't be pushed by your problems; be led by your dreams."- Unknown


NYC BookExpo and BookCon Show Specials





NYC BookExpo and BookCon are in Full Effect. Come by and visit this once in a lifetime event. We are at booth 1465!


Me, My Dog and a Sheep is a featured exhibitor at:

MAY 30 – JUNE 3, 2018



So far it is a lot of fun and an educational experience.  From Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Bill Clinton and James Patterson, the BookExpo/BookCon features a very eclectic and diverse atmosphere for all book lovers.  There is even now a section of other products that you can purchase at the show.  Me, My Dog and a Sheep will be selling autographed books to the public this Saturday and Sunday.  We also have Grizzy bookmarks, a running contest, and some surprise giveaways.  Word is Mr. Griz may be making an appearance on Saturday.  More to follow on that.  Hope to see you there.


30 Days of Grizzy’s Post-Operative and our Lessons Learned about Home care – Be Aware


It is really difficult to find a rehab specialist that has the resource, skills, and willpower to get a large dog that is paralyzed to walk.  In fact, I looked over the entire tri-state area and found one.  Thank GOD I did.  Shaker Vet, in Lathem NY.  For a dog as bit as Griz, you need inpatient.  This is unless you are very close and bring him every day.  I recently looked at some prestigious surgical center in the greater NYC area.  I have not found one with rehab.  There are rebab centers, but they are going to e-rehab.  What is that you say?  They look at your dog, and they figure out exercises that may help him that you can watch or print and you go home with them to try on our own.  While this price is much lower, I can’t imagine success in many.  Particularly the skill required, equipment, education and skill required to get a paralyzed dog to walk.  Here is a link.  It is just a heads up to be cautioned.  I reviewed the internet for exercises for months, bought books and even had local PT to my home to show me techniques.  In my case and I’d bet any large breed e-rehab will not work unless you are trained in veterinary care.  Here is an example: https://canineexercise.com/


A Year in Review


Just food for thought from experience.  

Meet Grizzy today for a reading at the Imperial Castle in Pawling NY at 12:30 p.m.

We will be doing a reading at this awesome toy store.  If you are local you should really pay the store a visit as it is an old fashion toy store.  They even have colorforms and my barbies of the past.  I get more excited than my son.  Grizzy, Luke, Anthony and I will be there to share Grizzy’s story and sign any books that you have bought, they will be books to purchase and a little secret give away.  We hope to see you there.  

Fondly,  Melissa

“We rise by lifting others.” Robert Ingersoll.  

30 Days of Grizzy’s Post-Operative and our Lessons Learned about Home care – The need to have therapy

As discussed in earlier posts, the need to have rehabilitation available post-op is huge.  If you don’t have that resource coupled with a large breed, you will learn very quickly that you don’t have the tools, skill, and resources to help your furry friend.  This was very frustrating to us and looking hindsight knowing what I know now, our Griz would have never come home post-op in the condition he was in to suffer 4 months of immobility and gone straight to an inpatient rehab facility.  There are few facilities able to take a large breed but thank God I found one in Lathem, NY.  We took Griz to 2 other “rehabilitation” vets and they said they could “treat” a mastiff and they could not.  We went to one in Connecticut that took our intake over the phone, said they could treat and when we got there after renting a van, they said they could not.  Keep in mind with all of these false starts, we had to rent a van, use a human hoist to get Grizzy into the van and moving an already injured dog was very difficult on all of us, particularly Grizzy.  I looked all over the tri state area.  This is a skill and specialty that is not easy to find so you really have to do your homework on the facility that is going to do surgery on your animal and ensure they have post operative treatment and a good reputation.  Our surgical center was a huge very reputable place but they lacked in rehab resource even though they pushed it pre-op we found out the hard way.

I can’t tell you the amount of hoists, harnesses, supplies, and handmade moving gurnies that we used.  Again, I would do it all over again, we certainly have no regrets but I would ensure this important resource was available.  Grizzy is not the only dog that I know now that has come out of this facility and is now getting rehab outside.  Unfortunately I can bet some dogs have been euthanized because of the lack of this resource and the difficulty with home-care.  If I help any family get there animal the correct care through this blog or learn/understand the complexity I will be happy.  That is the reason why I’m doing 30 days of post-op posts.  Attached is a video of a hoist that we purchased by referral from the surgical hospital.  It was roughly $300.00.  You can see it did not work whatsoever and my husband tried to compensate by putting a life jacket on Grizzy to protect his skin, muscles from pulling up dead weight using a hoist, etc.  We were told “get him up,” “touch his feet to the floor so he feels his feet” “do it every day, etc.  I get a headache thinking about it. He was in no condition to attempt to feel his feet and we were trying everything.