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This is Jade


She is 13. Yes I know that’s old but besides some hearing loss (mostly when it’s convinient for her) and laying around all the time she’s been really healthy. Actually she’s been really healthy most of her life. 

She came in from being outside and a little while later kept scratching at her mouth and licking and making weird noises. I looked at her, Jared looked at her and we couldn’t see anything but old lady teeth and red gums. So I google doctored her and was sure she had late stage periodontal disease that was spreading to her heart and that we were going to have to put her down. I spent the night worrying, crying, wondering how I’d tell the boys, if they should come… (and I’m not the one who normally worries)

I took her to the vet first thing in the morning

I should also mention that she hasn’t been to the vet since 2002. So I just knew that they’d give me a lecture about being the worst dog mom on earth, heart worm, vaccinations, teeth brushing etc etc

He came in asked how she was doing looked at her gums and asked how active she was. I told him that she pretty much just layed around, will pick up a toy now and then but usually doesn’t do much. He asked to take her back real quick. And literally came back 10 seconds later with this

This was stuck horizontally in the roof of her mouth far enough back that both Jared and I missed it. She came back completely normal. I didn’t get a lecture and no more questions were asked. We got home and she skipped in grabbed a slipper and bounded to her bed. Seriously dog? 

I told Jared now that she’s not dead she’s in big trouble. He asked what I’m going to do when it’s really time. I’m not sure. Obviously I’ll be really upset. I haven’t gone through anything like that. I’ve had her for 13 years since I was 16. The boys haven’t known a world without her in it. I’m hoping she lives a lot, lot longer. 


My doggy

He loves her. We started giving her Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplements and he alone makes sure she gets her pill twice a day.  I love our furry family members.


Allison Waken is the founder, writer, photographer, and content creator of All for the Memories and All for the Boys.


  1. I'm so glad that your furbaby is okay!

    We actually had the exact same thing happen to one of our dogs years ago. We could actually see the stick, but she was so scared that she'd try to bite us every time we reached to take it out. We took her to the vet, and they ended up having to sedate her to remove it! She was just fine after that, though.

  2. oh my goodness that's crazy!

    don't feel bad about not taking her to the vet, we haven't taken our dog in over two years. and i'm always concerned something will happen to him and then i'll get a lecture too.

    glad she's better!

  3. As i started reading your post I thought where are the tissues it looks like i am going to need them and for a minute I wondered if I should continue . I am so glad that I carried on. I bet from now on your going to check the roof of Jade's mouth just to make sure there are no sticks up there, haha. I lost my Labrador 2yrs ago , she was nearly 15. Nothing can prepare you for the day when it comes but I always took video and pics and that makes the healing process easier. Glad she is ok. Look forward to more of Jades stories.

  4. Megan Ring

    Hi there!

    I'm a Vet Tech turn Stay at Home Mom– so I totally know where you're coming from with the pet stuff! I can't believe that stick got stuck on the roof of her mouth! What would a wolf do if that happened?! Haha!

    Anyway, I'm so glad she is okay and that it wasn't a scorpion sting or something! When you said "licking her lips" I was thinking, oh no! Yikes! I also live in the Phoenix area, by the way! I'm loving your blog(s), so much fun and talent you have! 🙂