Totally Hip

“Hear you got a new hip on Tuesday,” Spence says.

“Was it that noisy?” say Admin.

“How do you feel?”

“No complaints.”

“Can I play with your crutches?”

No reply.



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78 Responses to “Totally Hip”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:37 am on January 16th, 2015

    Good morning, everyone! Hey OFA, if the hipster is true, HEAL, move and follow directions. Great post from AJ at the end of yesterday’s blog. sniff, sniff.
    Friday? Already? We may have some down hours here this afternoon as mom decided to put U verse on the phones, etc.
    Have a frisky Friday and kick up your heels (except for Spence).

  2. O'Howlers
    8:51 am on January 16th, 2015

    Good morning. A new hip? Wow, that is not a small deal, but we know many people who have had that recently, and they all seem to heal quickly and better than ever. Best of luck, Admin.

    AJ, we appreciate your posts. Now, can you encourage Philip to come on this here blog and tell us details of his race, along with telling us about each dog on his team for that race?

  3. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:57 am on January 16th, 2015

    What? A hip replacement, out of the clear blue? Is that for real? Admin is sorta young for that isn’t he? If so, remember p.t. is really important.

    Morning all. Mild and quiet here today, high of 30, no snow in forecast.

  4. Billy's Buddy
    9:04 am on January 16th, 2015

    We always suspected that you were totally hip, Admin. Good for you!

    Cloudy and dreary here as usual, but 24 degrees ABOVE zero. Won’t complain about that!

    Back to read AJ’s post from last night.

    Good morning all.

  5. Billy's Buddy
    9:10 am on January 16th, 2015

    Great story, AJ.

    Hope you are better today, Dawson. Pain is not good. No, it is not.

  6. Herd of Hounds
    9:10 am on January 16th, 2015

    In 1995, the Queen Mum had her right hip replaced. She was 97 and they had her up and walking the next day.
    B’sB, 24? YOu’re havin’ a heat wave!

  7. Billy's Buddy
    9:25 am on January 16th, 2015

    HOH: It feels pawsitively balmy! Must be the legendary January thaw.

  8. Herd of Hounds
    9:36 am on January 16th, 2015

    B’sB, Are you sure it in’t the carrot being dangeled and if you don’t respond the whip comes next.

  9. Billy's Buddy
    10:18 am on January 16th, 2015

    HOH: Snort!

  10. Diane C.
    10:18 am on January 16th, 2015

    A new hip! It seems like so many are getting these. Do you know what it’s made of (titanium, e.g.)? Congratulations, anyway (and take the PT part seriously…)
    Good Morning All–Still chilly here, but I, for one, am champing at the bit to tackle some challenges.
    HOH–Tell you mom good luck on the U-verse (and thanks for reminding me about something related…)

  11. O'Howlers
    10:20 am on January 16th, 2015

    Admin, about that PT….we happen to know that sitting still tap tap tapping out new stories is excellent PT. Just sayin’!

  12. B.Stover
    10:21 am on January 16th, 2015

    Yikes! I hope you’re feeling better Admin. Please take care.

    Good morning all.

  13. Diane C.
    10:33 am on January 16th, 2015

    Just read AJ’s recent post–Aww…it sounds like Twig wants to do it with his Team, so maybe she does have another one in her.
    On an unrelated topic (of which everyone has probably by now had enough): Aren’t mules neuter animals (as in neither male nor female)? If so, why is it “I’ve got a mule and her name is Sal”?
    wouldn’t “I’ve got a mule and his name is Cal” work just as well?
    Hmmm…too much time on my hands and brain–time to accomplish something, whether it needs it or not…

  14. Tupper and Gilly
    10:35 am on January 16th, 2015

    Morning all. Love the story about Twig. Especially the part about “strong female leadership”. You betcha!

    OFA told us about the upcoming hip upgrade in July. Said he was still playing tennis, even though his hip was bone on bone. Owie! He postponed the surgery from September. Something about a book tour and remaining tennis weather.

    With AJ’s tantalizing tidbits on training, we are starting to waver on buying into the Insider. Watching that little flag move from checkpoint to checkpoint….

    But then again, Mama is going to be going home for most of Iditarod time, and will be in and out of Internet connection. We may just have to depend on youse guys for the news.

  15. Herd of Hounds
    10:42 am on January 16th, 2015

    Diane, Mules are a cross between Horse and donkey and are biologically sterile. They are sexed and the males are “jacks” and the females are “jennys”, they just don’t get to make “little Johnnys” together 🙂

  16. Herd of Hounds
    10:52 am on January 16th, 2015
  17. Herd of Hounds
    11:12 am on January 16th, 2015

    With a new hip, does that mean that OFA can go hippety hop to the barber shop?
    (That felt kinda good. Heven’t put an intentional pun on in a bit.)

  18. Tupper and Gilly
    11:18 am on January 16th, 2015

    HOH – excellent explanation of mules!

  19. Herd of Hounds
    11:43 am on January 16th, 2015

    T&G, ah shucks, t’weren’t nuthin’. (Mom’s relatives are from Iowa)

  20. Tupper and Gilly
    12:42 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Oops – post of 10:35. Mama will be HOME as in New Mexico

  21. Buddy and Leno
    1:03 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Hip hip horray?

    Dogs are amazing. They just want to keep on going. Except when they don’t, of course.

    Hope everyone’s tip top 🙂

  22. Herd of Hounds
    1:11 pm on January 16th, 2015

    T&G, Home is where the heart is (and the weather conditions we grew up with!)
    Buddy and Leno, sorry to torture y’all with our puns, but sometimes, we just can’t help it. Hey, what is 2/3 of a pun? P U chuckle, snort, gawfaw!
    OFA…Oh, de hip bone connected to de, leg bone, de leg bone connected to de knee bone…so what’s next????

  23. Buddy and Leno
    1:42 pm on January 16th, 2015

    I rather like puns, which, according to Spider Robinson’s Callahan Chronicles, is a particular special kind of illness. It’s one with which I don’t mind being afflicted.

  24. Herd of Hounds
    2:17 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Buddy, be very careful what you say. This Plunderer has the SPD (spoken pun disease) and when appropriate or not can do some politically incorrect things :/

  25. Herd of Hounds
    2:31 pm on January 16th, 2015

    OK, got to do this for Admin…(bet he’ll remember it) Oh, CHESTer have you EARed about HAIRy, CHEST got BACK from the ARMy. EYE EAR he NOSE how to wear a rose, HIP, HIP hoorah for the ARMy.

  26. Tupper and Gilly
    2:33 pm on January 16th, 2015

    If Rio is being nice, and makes a pug, does that make him “Pun-Gent?”

  27. Tupper and Gilly
    2:34 pm on January 16th, 2015

    ARRRGGGGG- Makes a PUN!
    Dam otter!

  28. Tenzing
    2:37 pm on January 16th, 2015

    I just tucked SQ/PA under the Quilt and the dancing giraffes are warming up for their first number. Wait until Spence sees their second act. It is always a special treat.

  29. Tupper and Gilly
    2:50 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Wait – here is the first act, and it is pretty special too!:

  30. BearSpiritDog
    2:50 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Admin the Bionic Author! We have No Doubt you will Soon be leaping over buildings with a single bound.

    AJ: Sniff…Great Story…We could Feel the Joy as Twig raced down the trail.

    Hounds: Youse Lost Me on that last one.

    Hey! It’s a Sunny Day. Time to Go Out & Play.

  31. BearSpiritDog
    2:56 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Of course Giraffes Can Dance! At one time or another We’ve All Seen Them.

  32. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    3:30 pm on January 16th, 2015

    HOH is not totally correct on the mule question. A mule is a hybrid cross between a male donkey (Jack) and a female horse (mare). If the cross is the opposite – male horse (stallion)and female donkey (jenny), the offspring is a hinney. A mule still is sexed male or female, but almost always sterile (due to different chromosomes). A female mule, usually called a mare mule, still comes into heat and a few have carried a foal. These fertile mare mules are called a molly mule. There has never been a male mule (sometimes called a john) that has been fertile. They still need to be gelded or they will have stallion characteristic, and will not be as docile.

    A mule is more popular than a hinney, and is stronger, smarter, and has more endurance.

  33. Herd of Hounds
    3:41 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Whooda thunk!

  34. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    3:44 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Barb was once proud owner of Daisy, a beautiful riding mare mule, back in the early 80s.

  35. Tupper and Gilly
    3:51 pm on January 16th, 2015

    The things we learn on this here blog….

  36. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    4:08 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Kelly actually broke Daisy, and road her on some all mule trail rides in the Ozarks. They are very sure-footed.

  37. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    4:11 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Sorry, that would be rode her! LOL

  38. Herd of Hounds
    4:15 pm on January 16th, 2015

    But Barb, ya gotta give that “little Johnnys” are few and far between 🙂 OK?

  39. Staff
    5:32 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Tonight Mr.Fireslippers and I are going to see Arnie Fogel tonight. He will be singing Frank Sinatra songs. First I get to have dinner out. Chinese! I am looking forward to our night out.

  40. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:48 pm on January 16th, 2015

    HOH, you are correcto! I think it is because horses have 64 chromosomes and donkeys have 62. So mules end up with 63, which affects their fertility. Mr. Mules are willing and able, they just shoot blanks. Poor guys!

    Diane, aren’t you glad you asked?

  41. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:51 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Staff, I love Chinese food. Have you ever had Moo Shoo Pork? Not sure if that spelling is right, but it is one of my favs.
    Did you get a chance to check out the book that we sent?

  42. Mollypop's Mom
    6:17 pm on January 16th, 2015

    More pictures from ice skating on the old entrance to the Erie Canal.

  43. Mollypop's Mom
    6:23 pm on January 16th, 2015

    This map shows how the entrance looked around 1850. At the bottom left, the blue shows the water coming into the canal from Lake Erie. Around 1900, this was moved farther north and the water came in from the Niagara River.

    A Canadian might notice that there’s curling here.

  44. Mollypop's Mom
    6:28 pm on January 16th, 2015

    And here’s Sammie’s Girl with a favorite sculpture, Shark Girl.

  45. Mollypop's Mom
    6:39 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Barb, there are also ice bikes at Canalside. They are constantly rented with people waiting. The bike has a blade in place of the front tire. Do you have ice where Josh could sell these?

  46. Tupper and Gilly
    6:55 pm on January 16th, 2015

    MPM – ice bikes look very cool. If we liked cold weather, we might even be tempted.
    Staff – have a wonderful time. Have an egg roll for us.
    Barb is starting to scare us a little- she knows how many chromosome pairs animals have? Very impressed!

  47. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:00 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Love the picture of Sammie’s girl. Assuming she is the cute on on the right?
    I will ask Josh about those bikes. Sounds interesting.

    T & G, Have to admit, we looked that up. Knew they had a different number, but snagged that info on Google.

  48. Masquers
    7:10 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Sun shining and 53 degrees. What a purrfect day. ^..^
    Kool ice-bike MPM.
    Staff & Mr. Fireslippers, Have a nice dinner and fun at the concert.
    BML: When we want information we just “ask”.

  49. Masquers
    7:11 pm on January 16th, 2015

    and a very cute Sammy’s girl!

  50. Herd of Hounds
    7:20 pm on January 16th, 2015

    More than once mom has been told she is as stubborn as a Misouri mule. We agree! (but her ears are shorter)

  51. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:21 pm on January 16th, 2015

    MPM, The article says they are locally made. Do you think they might sell some or is it just a Buffalo attraction?

  52. Herd of Hounds
    7:22 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Yep, we learn all kind of things. Next person, pucker up for RIO.

  53. Herd of Hounds
    7:24 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Oops, a bit late. B&M&L, Pucker up for a slobbery PUG kiss.

  54. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:29 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Rio doesn’t seem to be around yet, so maybe we’ll let it pass.

  55. dawson
    7:30 pm on January 16th, 2015

    A new hip!
    And I’m complaining about the pain of a couple knife cuts. Well, it isn’t bad now that I have the giraffe hallucinating and sleep inducing pills. Off the bus and into bed for a long nap. Will catch up tomorrow.

  56. Mollypop's Mom
    7:31 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Barb, I think the ice bikes were made locally particularly for ice biking on the canal. But I also saw someplace where they are for sale. Canailside is going to be buying more because they’re in such big demand.

  57. MTMP
    7:52 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Ooooo Mom wants to ride an ice bike. She loved the snow bikes at Durango, except for the falling down part. The ice bike looks like you wouldn’t be able to fall, always a plus.

  58. BearSpiritDog
    8:17 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Barb,Magpie,Lucy: Sniff. Was that the Last Episode of Parenthood last night?

    Dawson! Ouch.

  59. Herd of Hounds
    8:21 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Dawson, the giraffes say: an a 1. a an 2, we are waltzing with you!

  60. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:21 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Hipster!….snort!…I always knew Admin was really a Hipster disguised as a retired grumbly writer…chorkel!…He now lets the youngster, Spencer, bring home the bacon…heh!heh!

    MinPin!….You were in Durango ridiing snow bikes?…snort!

  61. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:45 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Bear, Two more episodes, I think. We will have tissues handy.

  62. Herd of Hounds
    8:46 pm on January 16th, 2015

    WE, We, we want to see ML fall off an ice bike!
    Dawson, follow the Dr’s orders, take care and slee tight and don’t let the bed-pugs bite.

  63. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:02 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Knives!…I hope Dawson found some hot New Mexico chilies to take home before she got into that knife fight…yeeep!

  64. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:03 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Dawson, Did you have out patient surgery and then take a bus home by yourself?

  65. Mollypop's Mom
    9:08 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Dawson had the man of the house with her.

  66. Tupper and Gilly
    9:18 pm on January 16th, 2015

    My dog, what a woman that Dawson is.

  67. Herd of Hounds
    9:37 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Dawson, take care of Dawson.ML, you or the choped liver need to continuing checking witfh us, pretty please?
    Nighty night.

  68. Martha
    9:55 pm on January 16th, 2015

    I am enchanted with the idea of ice skating on the Erie Canal. I do not know why. A good and painless night to those with new hips, wounds, or sore muscles from skating.

  69. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:09 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Hips!….So when they replace a hip and you get to come home the next day – it doesn’t seem like a very serious surgery….gurgle!….But it must be, sort of, right?…snortle!

  70. Tenzing
    10:27 pm on January 16th, 2015

    An OFA shaped lump under the Quilt and now an Awesome shaped one? The Quilt is coming up Tenzing. I better restock the snacks.

  71. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:36 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Rio, When Barb had her knee replacement, the hospital stay was 3 days. Then home if one has help. Otherwise about 7 more days in a rehab center before going home. They say the knee recovery is a little longer than the hip. Seems like it would be the other way around.

  72. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:37 pm on January 16th, 2015

    His surgery was Tuesday, so that is really 3 days.

  73. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:24 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Barb!…Still seems like they booted him outta the hospital pretty quickly. Course him being grumpy Admin, who can blame them?….heh!heh!…Now ole pointy-head Spencer has to take care of and deal with his every demand. I wonder if Admin has a little bell?…chorkel!

  74. Abbiethekitty
    11:31 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Staff says if you think you need to stay in the hospital a few more days then you should throw up when they come to talk to you about leaving. It works fine for her. She did it twice!

  75. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:35 pm on January 16th, 2015

    Abbie!…We all know Staff is part Kat. Did she throw-up hairballs or hospital food?…grunt!…Admin! You should have thrown up more pal!!!…wheeze!

  76. BearSpiritDog
    12:14 am on January 17th, 2015

    Gah. This Hairball Discussion is not something I want to hear right before a Midnight Snack.
    Signing Off before my appetite is gone – Bear

  77. dawson
    12:24 am on January 17th, 2015

    Rio: I did check at a Walmart while I was in the big city but they did not have chiles. I go to an even bigger city next week but I am not sure I will have any extra time to shop as I arrive on the day of a scheduled MRI and then leave the next day at 7 am. I may have to wait until I visit Minneapolis again to make your friend’s green chile recipe.

    MPM: I think it would be grand to go skating or ride a bike on the Erie Canal.

    Hip replacement surgery is definitely major surgery but I believe the best results are achieved if you start moving right away.

    I think I will take a couple more giraffe summoning pills tonight, then give them up tomorrow. These pills put me down for the count.

  78. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:37 am on January 17th, 2015

    Awwwww!….Shucks! Dawson, you gave those chilies your best damned try…sniff!….That means a lot to us here. Sleep tight and get better gal!…snuffle!

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