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A second opinion couldn't hurt...

October 26th 2012 9:55 am
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One thing we learned as dog/cat pawrents is to trust your gut. You, not your vet, or the vet tech, or the specialist, live with your pet. We found things with the Chicago Crew that might not have been discovered for months if we'd waited for their next semi-annual physicals.

Dixie developed Glaucoma around Oct 10th, while we were away in Arizona. A trip to see Dr. Mullings the morning after we got back resulted in some human-grade Glaucoma drops & an appointment with an ophthalmologist several days later.

The ophthalmologist decided it was Secondary Glaucoma. More tests, two more drops, but four days later, even higher eye pressure found at the recheck appointment. But, do we have another appointment with them? Nope. They want us to go on a fishing trip with our vet to try and find the root cause of the secondary Glaucoma-systemic disease or neoplasia-before they act on the eye. Covering their butts? Or just being thorough? Who knows...

Dixie isn't eating well, Dixie isn't sleeping well. Eye pressure in the 40s is said to cause pain that is likened to a human migraine. Vision hasn't returned. Enough is enough. We are going to get a second opinion Monday. This ophthalmologist treated a dear friend's blind dog and has seen several dogs adopted from Chicago English Bulldog Rescue.

Pawrents, do what YOU think is right for your dogs/cats. Don't wait on others to make those hard decisions for you.


Surgery & Blood Cancer

October 29th 2012 11:44 am
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Dixie will have Enucleation of her left eye tomorrow morning at Veterinary Vision in Glendale Heights. The pressure in the eye keeps increasing and the pain is increasing. Removing the eye will instantly ease her pain.

Dr. Vernot believes when the University of Wisconsin biopsies Dixie's left eye they will probably find cancer, specifically cells from some sort of blood cancer. We will have a path to follow for treatment going forward.

Dixie has something starting in her right eye. Dr. Jacqueline Vernot started to treat that eye today. I said "to save her sight" and Dr. Vernot corrected me: "No, to save her life". Truth.


one less black button eye

October 30th 2012 4:33 pm
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Dixie came through fine, no problems. Some trouble when we got home, but she's resting comfortably now.


We're having a devil of a time

November 1st 2012 1:21 am
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getting Dixie to take her antibiotics and pain pill. Dixie has always been quite the gourmand when it comes to food. If you offer her something by hand, she'll lean in, sniff it, and gingerly take it into her mouth. If she's not sure about the taste or texture, she lowers her head & drops the food onto the floor, then sniffs it again. If it passes the second sniff test, she'll eat it.

This doesn't bode well for us sneaking Clavamox, Doxycycline & Tramadol past her! She used to take pills with cheese. But, because she ALWAYS chews her food, she caught on fast about that, and stopped eating cheese.

Then we tried liver sausage. We'd give her a piece or two sans pills, then the loaded piece. Dixie would chew each piece before swallowing, and then pittooee, out would pop the pill.

We tried the pill pockets yesterday. Chew, chew, chew, swallow, pittooee! Deja Vu! What a little stinker!

Picked up a feeding syringe today. We tried cream of chicken soup with dissolved pills. Worked somewhat. Tonight, her Daddy tried tucking a pill into the end of a mini-egg roll (paws crossed no Pancreatitis). Of course, it worked!

Can we say "spoiled Daddy's girl"? BOL


all that love can do, will be done...

November 13th 2012 12:33 am
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We will continue to update Dixie's progress on her own Dogster page. Our thanks to those who have offered us support, prayers and comfort.

For those people offering their opinions on Dixie's care, we thank you but ask that you respect our decisions. Hopefully you will never know the heartbreak of having to make these "choices" for your own fur. Please understand that we make them with knowledge and love.


A New Member of the Chgo Crew of Angels

December 18th 2012 11:09 pm
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I wrote your name in the sky,
but the wind blew it away.

I wrote your name in the sand,
but the waves washed it away.

I wrote your name in my heart,
and forever it will stay.


To honor Dixie, our sweet girl,
please consider donating to:

Humane Society Calumet Area
421 45th Street
Munster, IN 46321


We're going Golden again...

April 6th 2013 2:41 pm
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...and couldn't be happier!

We plan to adopt Ernie from the Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster Indiana this month. Ernie was born in Wisconsin, and for the first 3 years of his life was kept tied up 24/7 on a slab of concrete outside of an Auto Repair Garage in Milwaukee. Ernie was fed cat food, and is extremely malnourished. His owner thought they could turn Ernie into a guard dog. A Golden Retriever guard dog? NOT!

A friend of one of the adoption counselors (Michelle) at HSCA saw Ernie tied outside the Garage and asked the owner about him. The owner just gave Ernie away to Michelle's friend, who then brought Ernie to Michelle & the HSCA. Michelle knew we were 2 time adopters from HSCA and that we had begun looking for a Golden, so she called us! Wooooo Hooooo Arrrooo!!!!!!


"Burt" & Ernie

April 13th 2013 1:17 pm
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Today we received two packages in the mail. Inside one was "Burt" & Ernie; in the other, a rubber ducky. You can see them in the picture that makes up our page background. How this very special lady found the time to do this for us in between running to various appointments, making phone calls, and lining all her ducks up in a row ;) I don't know how she does it.

Thank you, S&S Mom, with our love.


Ernie had never seen TV

April 14th 2013 7:16 pm
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until we turned on our 52" tonight. He spun, reared back, and started to bark at it, lunging a bit at the screen! One of many firsts today, Ernie's Gotcha Day.

Ernie is really enjoying all the toys we saved from our Chicago Crew. One of the last birthday presents Remo received was a stuffed Jack. Ernie had some fun with it tonight.

Burt & Ernie went for a walk tonight over to Senka Park. It's only a couple of blocks from our house. The park was Crawling with people! People running, people on bikes, people flying kites, people playing basketball... people, people, people. We sat for a while and Ernie was so excited he twisted his leash into a braid.

On the way back home we walked down Lawndale, stopping at each alley and street saying "wait, wait, watch it, watch it". Ernie caught on quickly that we stop and stay until he's told "ok". The walk took a lot out of him, but as soon as he was back in "his yard" he got his second (third, fourth?) wind.

Tonight Ernie and Burt had their kibble, some Salmon Oil, some pumpkin and some chicken breast chunks. Ernie is so skinny that I can almost make a circle with my hands around below his rib cage in front of his hips. I'm sure if Lar tried he could encircle him and touch fingertips to thumbs. Burt is used to eating in a separate room from Dixie, so that worked well. Later they got a couple of bits of pizza crust (no sauce) and sat next to each other waiting to "take it nice".

Right now Burt is sleeping in front of Lar's chair and Ernie is sleeping next to me in front of the TV. Some dogs are barking outside and Ernie's ears aren't even twitching. We've set up our nice crate that we got for Dixie (never used) and tossed his blankie & duck in it. Ernie has gone in and out of it a couple of times. We hope he has a peaceful night in his furever home.

We love our boys...


Recap of Day One FB Posts

April 15th 2013 12:09 pm
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Burt and Ernie's Meet n' Greet. For the most part it went well, until Burt turned into a Velociraptor! We are all home now, and they are both napping on the living room floor. :)

Surrounded by toys, Ernie catches some zzzz's after a meal of kibble, Salmon Oil, pumpkin and skinless chicken breast.

well, it's 1a.m. Burt & Dad are in bed and Ernie is digging for gold in his crate in the dinette. But no whining or barking. And now... silence. Day One is over. Golden.

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