Poor Murphy

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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My poor dog. Look at that sad, sad, sad pug face. It breaks my heart to see him so miserable.

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Yesterday, when I was having a grand old time with my mom and sister, Mal and Murphy were at the vet. (I’m a terrible pug mom. I feel so guilty.) Recently, Murphy has had some gross eye boogers when he wakes up in the morning, but Mal and I didn’t think anything of it because he always has eye boogers (and constantly wipes them on us). But, then, yesterday morning, Murphy’s eyes were really watery and booger-y and he was squinting a lot. Obviously, something wasn’t right, so Mal took him to the vet.

It turns out that Murphy has ulcers on his eyes. Poor guy. The vet thinks he probably got something in his eyes and then scratched at them, which damaged the outermost layer of his corneas. Once this protective layer has been torn, the area becomes irritated and painful, which causes the dog (or other pet) to squint and the eye to tear. Typically, the outermost layer of the cornea heals pretty fast, but the slow-healing ones are referred to as ulcers. Apparently, this can happen to all dogs, but those with short noses and prominent eyes (pugs) are more likely to develop this problem.

So, now Murphy is wearing a cone on his head and we’re giving him two different medications in his eyes five times a day. He absolutely hates us touching his eyes (I’m sure they’re sore and painful), and I feel terrible when I do it, but I know it’s for his own good. Hopefully, the drugs work quickly and he’s back to his old self soon. I really hate seeing him so uncomfortable. Poor Murphy.


After breakfast this morning, I headed to CrossFit for a workout. We started with a 3 rep max for Front Squats and the moved onto the WOD, which was a descending ladder of Squat Cleans and Burpees.


Front Squat 3RM.
Rest 2-3 mins between sets, more rest as it gets closer to max weight.
Beginners 5 x 5 with a moderate weight


For time:
Squat Cleans

Rx: (135, 95)
L2: (115, 75)
L1: (95, 65)

I worked my way up to 125 pounds for Front Squats, which was a 10-pound increase from my previous one rep max. I actually think I could have done more weight, but we ran out of time. Bummer. Next time!

Today’s WOD was rough. I actually stopped for a good 30 seconds between reps 8 and 7 to catch my breath and drink a sip of water, which is something I rarely ever do during a WOD, but I was totally spent. After banging out 27 Squat Cleans and 27 Burpees, picking up the bar to do more Squat Cleans and Burpees felt so awful. But, once I got past the 7 rep round, I was home free. I still rested a little bit between Squat Cleans, but not nearly as much. Plus, I was almost done, so I just plowed through to the end. I wanted the WOD to be over! I used 85 pounds and finished in 14:07.


After CrossFit, I came home, quickly showered, and then mixed up a protein shake to take with me to NuVal. I forgot my wedding and engagement rings at CrossFit (I took them off for the WOD), so I boogied to get myself out the door, so I could stop by the box to get them. Thankfully, I got my rings and made it to NuVal right on time!



At NuVal, I ate the first part of my lunch, which was a Greek yogurt and an apple. There were slim pickings in our kitchen and I was in a rush, so I just grabbed what I could.

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On my way home from NuVal, I stopped by the grocery store to get some necessities for the weekend. Obviously, horseradish-flavored Pub Cheese is a “necessity.”

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I was starving when I walked through the door of my house, so I made a wrap with sliced deli ham, mustard, tomato, salt, and pepper. I ate it while standing in my kitchen. I was that hungry.


I’m off to hang out with Murphy and cuddle him to death. I’m planning to take his cone off, so he can have a little break from it, but I need to watch him like a hawk, so he doesn’t scratch his eyes. Poor guy. I feel so bad for him.

Happy Friday, friends!



  1. Sad that he is going through it but catching it early will save his sight. My rescued mastiff had an corneated ulcer that ended up making him blind in one eye with the blue tint going over it.

  2. Aaaahh! I am so stressed out for baby Murphy! I have a pug/weenie dog (that I have been meaning to send you a picture of) and her eyes are a bit prominent..guess I better watch out for those ulcers!

  3. Aww that poor Murphy! My pug had just recovered from eye surgery from an ulcer when I got him from the rescue. I too had to put drops in his eye and he has a white dot on one eye from the surgery. But all is good now. Hope Murph feels better soon!

  4. Poor guy! (and poor you!!) One of our dogs has spent a lot of time in a cone this year due to surgeries, and last time they gave us a soft cone. Absolute life saver! It wasn’t nearly as traumatic for her but it still kept her from scratching where she wasn’t supposed to. If you can find one it might make the cone-wearing a little easier on all of you!

  5. Poor Murphy! I hope he is feeling like his pugself soon!
    Our yellow lab has a tear in her lower lid and it rubs against her eye causing irritation. The vet gave us a miracle cream and I put it in her eye at the first sign of infection and it clears right up.

  6. Hi, vet student here! :]

    I would probably NOT take the cone off his head! Its for his own safety. Often, when you remove the cone, the dog gets a little rowdy and excited because he’s so happy to have it off, and you might not be able to control him and stop him from scratching his eyes. More importantly, Murphy probably dislikes the cone very much right now, so it will be difficult to get it back on him properly. Plus, the cones we use at my clinic are one-use only cones and can’t be put back on after they’re removed (the sticky part won’t stick.)

    Hope he feels better soon!

  7. Poor little guy! I hope that the meds start making his eyes feel better soon (and if not, I’m sure that cuddle session and the peanut butter kong you have planned will help!)

  8. Poor little Murphy. Sometimes its hard being a pet parent when your buddy is sick and you have to do things for his own good (my cat hates me sometimes for this very reason). At least you can still give him cuddles and kisses. This will soon pass.

  9. Hi! Your smoothies always look amazing– one question for you– what do you mix them in? I love starting the day with a protein or spinach/banana smoothie but sometimes the clean-up deters me….do you use a blender most days?

  10. poor lil murph!!
    Fun workout! I have done one similar but you start at 20 pc then 1 burpee, 19 pc then 2 burpees.. etc… until you reach 1 pc and 1 burpee! KILLER!

  11. Poor little guy! I had to do the eye drop thing to my cat for the same ulcers, and weirdly, the thing that calmed her was if I “sat” on her by kneeling with my legs on either side of her, with her head facing forward, and my butt pressing her back down a bit. This actually was easier than having a second person hold her down while I did the drops.

  12. Ohhh nooo Murphy looks soooo pitiful 🙁 Even his little ears look red. Poor baby…my pugs are my children and when they are sick or not feeling well I worry like crazy. Pug kisses and hugs to Murphy!

  13. Poor, poor, little Murphy. Bless his doggie heart, he really does look pathetic with that cone on his head and sad look on his face. I hope he enjoyed the cone-less snuggle time and gets to feeling better soon!!

  14. Poor Murphy! Seriously! I have had corneal ulceration in the past. I was just telling someone yesterday that there is nothing like eye pain; you just can’t get away from it. Give him lots of hugs from all of us!

  15. I never comment but I just wanted to say that I love your blog and I love love love Murphy! My cocker spaniel had to wear a cone recently and it was so heartbreaking…we are all wishing Murphy a speedy recovery!

  16. Oh, I feel so bad for Murphy! It’s always tough to see animals so miserable. I hope he feels better soon!

  17. Sending well wishes Murphy’s way!!! I look forward to seeing all that you write about him and the pictures….. He is so good looking. Poor puglet.

  18. My dog has the same thing!! I took her to the vet for a follow up appt today. Her eye is healing slowly and she’s getting back to normal. She used to hate getting the drops but as it heals she’s tolerating more. My vet said to keep the house dark as the light hurts her. She didn’t have a cone though. Hope Murphy feels better. Doesn’t it just break your heart though…He’ll feel better soon!

  19. Aw I hate to hear about Murphy. I had to take my pug, Darien to the vet yesterday. He pulled a muscle in his neck. Everytime I touched his neck he would yelp, some for when he got up from laying down. He is now on muscle relaxers and pain meds. Now he is one relaxed pug!!

      1. @Tina:

        He seems to be feeling much better this morning. He is acting like a wild man!! I’m glad to hear Murphy seems to be doing a little bit better!!! Poor guy!

  20. I am a rare commenter, but that picture of Murphy breaks my heart, and I could not resist! As a dog/pug-lover, I want to get one so badly but know that it’s just not feasible given my work schedule. Thankfully, I get to live vicariously through C&C – thanks for sharing your wonderful dog with your readers. Hope he heals quickly!

  21. Be sure to let Murphy know that everyone here is hoping he recovers quickly! That poor little guy.. He’s like the baby of this blog, and he’s definitely caught my heart! Give him lots of hugs and kisses for me, please! 🙂

  22. So sorry to hear about Murphy’s little eye condition. I hope he feels better soon. He is in good hands with You and Mal being his parents. Give him lots of hugs, kisses, and snuggles. Get well soon Murphy. 🙂

  23. Horseradish flavored Pub Cheese? I have never heard of it. Maybe I’ll have to give it a try? What do you eat it with?

    Just stumbled upon your blog a few weeks back. Love!

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