March 6th 2010 9:52 pm
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I thought you'd all like to know that I will be going to my new home in a week! My new family is going to do something called foster-to-adopt. I think this means I'll be living with them for a little while and they'll see if they love me enough to adopt me forever. FM and I are sure I can win them over - after all, I am mellow, sweet, and very charming! (Not to mention super cute!) My new daddy is a little concerned that I might be calm for the first couple of days, but then I will change and become hyper and unmanageable. I guess they had a not-so-nice experience with another rescue dog, and they tried hard to work it out but the dog was injuring their child and they couldn't hold onto the dog any longer. I heard that the other dog did get a home, however... so now it's my turn! I know I can make this work!
FM will be bringing me to my new home next Saturday. I have to go back to the vet on Tuesday to get neutered and microchipped. I still don't know what either of those things are, but I really hope neutering isn't what I understand it to be... that sounds like it hurts, and I don't want to be in pain when I go to my new home!
One of my favorite new things to do is to steal FM's pillow. She will sit up and not be using it, so I figure I can put my head on it and go to sleep! FM says this annoys her, but I see her smiling to herself when she thinks I'm not looking... I know she finds me irresistible!
February 24th 2010 7:21 pm
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FM took me to Petco today with my "Adopt Me" vest on. I am still too skinny for it to fit properly, so it kept flopping around on me. FM says this adds to my awkward charm! The vest I was wearing must be magical, because EVERYONE wanted to stop and pet me and talk to FM about me and the rescue organization that saved me. This one couple was the nicest to me... the lady was really pawsome because she had a pocket full of treats and kept feeding them to me! She made me "sit" and "touch" her hand and "leave" the treat, and I listened beautifully - so I got the treat every time! The lady was impressed that I was so young and so well-behaved. The man she was with remarked that I had a mellow easygoing demeanor about me and I didn't seem too wired. I would say that's pretty accurate... I am an easygoing guy for sure! Anyway, FM spent a long time talking to this couple while we were in the toy aisle. The nice lady asked if she could buy me a toy, and before FM could even process it fully, the lady had pulled one of the biggest loofie dogs off the shelf and was heading toward the register to pay for it! Oh my Dog! A toy JUST FOR ME? That made my tail wag really hard! FM thanked the nice lady over and over for thinking of me... then the lady really surprised her... she gave FM $20 to give to the rescue! She also asked FM for the FFLI information so she could spread the word about me and our rescue group. FM was so touched, and I was super-happy! I can't understand all of the things that people talk about, but I picked up enough to know that this lady and the man with her were kind, sweet people. I bet they would have made a nice forever family for me... but they told FM they just adopted a dog a little over a week ago. Oh well... I think it's nice that they adopted at all! There are so many of us rescue pups out there, just waiting for good homes to call our own!
Speaking of homes... FM is taking me to see a potential family tomorrow morning! YAY! I am very excited and hope they will like me! I will be on my best behavior... and FM even gave me a bath so I will look and smell my best tomorrow! (Well, that and the fact that I sort of was covered in poop. That MIGHT have been another reason for the bath.) Wish me luck, Dogsters!
February 20th 2010 8:00 pm
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Last night I scared FM big-time. (I will spoil the ending of this story right now though by telling you that I am just fine. No need for any of you to worry!) She came home late because she had to pick up my Honey from the vet... they made her stay overnight! Oh my Dog was I sad the other day when we both went to the vet and only I got to leave! My poor Honey! FM says they gave her some stuff to kill the baby heartworms in her bloodstream and they kept her overnight to make sure she didn't have a bad reaction to it. Whatever the reason, I was sad that she didn't come home with me! I love my Honey!
Okay, anyway... FM came home late and I had made a big mess in my crate. I couldn't hold it anymore - she was gone the whole day for work and then even LONGER because she had to drive far away to pick up Honey! So I pooped in my crate. I also threw up in there... some bile-y vomit stuff. FM was not happy that I made a big mess because she was really, really tired. She had to clean it all up and then give me a bath because I was a mess, too. I cried the whole time in the tub, which FM thought was weird because I'm not much of a crybaby. I really wasn't feeling good then, but I had no words to tell her. I cowered while she was toweling me off and then she brought me downstairs to hang out with the other dogs. I immediately curled up on the big dog bed. I REALLY felt sick... my tummy hurt sooo badly... and no sooner had FM settled onto the couch, than I started to throw up. A lot. Projectile vomiting, to be precise. I was throwing up everywhere... and FM was screaming, "Oh nooooo!" The other dogs all jumped away from me like I was something scary. I ran and curled up by the couch into a little ball. I felt so terrible, both because I was feeling sick and also because FM seemed really upset. I vomited up a ton of stuff that smelled horrendous and looked like diarrhea. FM panicked and called the vet. I guess she is used to dogs throwing up but she was scared because I was such a sick puppy and she thought maybe I was getting really sick again, or having a reaction to the shots I'd gotten the day before. She spoke to the emergency receptionist and they said they'd call her back. She cleaned up all the mess and then called Rosanna and the president of her rescue. They both said to take me to the vet right away just in case I was getting sick again... but just as it looked like FM was going to put me in the car, the vet called her and talked to her about me. What they were able to conclude was this:
I pooped in the crate because of FM's long hours. Since my system was empty, I threw up bile. Then I got really hungry and figured I would eat some poop since it was right there. I guess that wasn't the greatest thing to do, because it made me sick and I projectile vomited to get rid of the poop I ate. I did start to feel better and act more like my happy self once I finished projectile vomiting... My behavior change wasn't immediate, but as FM was on the phone she watched me get more and more normal. She knew I was fine when I started chewing on Honey's neck again - that's my favorite thing in the world! The vet said to give me some plain rice and some Pepcid and this would help me feel better. FM got us Chinese food and fed me some white rice in a bowl - I loved it! It was yummy! She even fed me some rice off one of those plastic forks and she was laughing as I sucked the rice off the fork! She says I sounded funny! I loved the rice, but I did NOT love the Pepcid. FM gave it to me but I kept spitting it out... so finally she just opened my mouth, put it in the back of my throat, and closed my mouth and rubbed my throat so I'd swallow. EWWW! I didn't like it much but I complied. She was nice and gave me more rice afterwards. I am doing much better today and have kept down all my rice. FM even gave me a little canned Merrick Puppy Plate tonight for dinner along with my rice - DELICIOUS! I love that stuff! I licked my bowl clean and then banged it around the floor hoping FM would notice and give me a refill! (Sadly, she did not.)
I am so happy that FM has been home with us all day, and that my Honey is back! I've been trying to play with her a lot, but FM only lets us play for a minute or so and then breaks us up. Darn it! She says Honey is still on "restricted activity" for two weeks so she can't play with me too much. This stinks! All I want to do is play with my girlfriend! Why can't the vet understand that?
Oh yeah, and speaking of the vet... I am a HUGE favorite over there at the vet's office! When FM brought me and Honey in the other day, all of the vet techs and the doctors made a big fuss over me! Everyone remembers me and everyone loves me! They all said how good I look and that they're so happy I got better and gained weight! (I have gained six pounds since coming to live with FM! I weigh 31 pounds now! They say I still have a ways to go, but I am looking better all the time! Yay me - and yay FM for feeding me so wel!) Honey's doctor, Dr. Coleman, saw me when he came in to examine Honey, and he was saying what an awesome dog I am and asking FM if she was going to keep me. She said I am an amazing dog and she loves me very much... but she can't keep me because then she can't foster anymore. Dr. Coleman said he may want to adopt me, and FM encouraged him to! She doesn't think he was all that serious, but I would love to live with him! He IS a vet, but that would probably be a good thing in case I ever got sick - he could just take care of me right at home! Right? Anyway, my doctor said I looked really good and she took an xray, took some of my blood, and gave me shots, so now I am up to date on everything! My doctor said the xray showed that part of the right lobe of my lung is still damaged/collapsed and I have some scar tissue, but she says that I am getting much better and with time, my lungs will heal up more. This was a good visit! FM says that next week I can go to get neutered as long as my bloodwork comes back okay. I don't know what neutered means... I asked my foster siblings and they told me something absolutely ridiculous! There's no way THAT can be neutering... is there?