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What's Shakin', Bacon?

I'm Kinda a Big Deal! BOL!

October 31st 2011 8:59 am
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Dear Diary,

OMD! Sattermaday were kinda like the novfull about the David Coppermafields or were it Tails of Two Kitties, both of which Bacon readed in him's spare times between zoomies, bullies, and squeakies..."It were the bestest of times, and it were the worstest of times."

Furst I were so excited, cause me & Mama were going some place by ourselfses and Beanie did not get to go. Beanie always gets to go by himself with Mama, on account of he does not get the violent gasses and turn green when he goes Bye-Bye Car the way Bakey does.

And then I were so excited because we went to see Bacon's name in the lightses! Bacon Beesun are famerous!
Bacon's Big Day

And also my picfur were in the paper, too!

But then, Bacon finded out it were NOT all fun and gameses. We had to go inside to see Dogtor Jackie!

Bacon Beesun are offurshully a speshull needses doggie at the vet. OMD. I will let Mama tell you the restess, as it are so horrorbull, Bacon can not evfun talks about it.

My Happy Go Lucky Angel, the smilingest boy in the world, turns into a snarling, ferocious wolf at the vet. I was horrified in June when he had to have a blood draw. He had to be muzzled. They had to take him in the back room, because it was just awful. So I talked with the vet ahead of time. And my favorite vet, the one I have a better rapport with, came in to work with him.

She spent so much extra time with us, and she was very reassuring that it might take time, but it would get better. She barely used any restraint at all with him today.

Part of his prize for winning the costume contest was a nail trim, but we mutually decided that it would be best if we didn't add one more thing to the visit that would potentially traumatize him.

He got his bordatella in a shot instead of up his nose because he goes so crazy. He still had a couple of scary moments, which absolute shock me, because you would never in a million years expect this kind of behavior from Bacon. I mean he is the happiest dog alive. But he has a fight or flight response that would scare the living daylights out of you. It really opens your eyes to fear responses and biting incidents. Bacon honestly acts like he is defending his life. He did not snap at us, the vet tech, me or Dr. Jackie, but he very seriously warned us. And the vet tech said, "Stay back, you don't want to get bitten," to me when I had my face close to his as one of his shots was about to be administered. Bacon! Can you imagine?

I try not to wonder why he can be so afraid, what may have happened to him, or if perhaps this is just his personality. But I am grateful that I have a vet who is patient and kind to him. I brought his bully sticks, his favorite toys, his treats, and we fawned over him and lavished him with toys and attention. Like Dr. Jackie says, if he ever gets sick or hurt, they have to be able to examine him.

Oh, and one more thing!! Guess who's a wee bit overweight? Well, besides the Beesun Mama!!! BOL! Little Mr. Bacon is turning into a chubalub. Ernie George is mighty proud. But Mama has been warned. Time to start laying off the treatses!

Happy Halloweenie, from the Beesuns to all our Dogster Furriends

Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

October 31st 2011 at 9:40 am

Oh Mel....

I DO undedrstand the fear response. Both my Boys are great at the vets.. but Flicka as you know is also a rescue (and Lucas.. but slightly different). Flicka was 16 weeks ish when I got him just 12 hrs short of "time Up". He is the most loving.. the most loyal beautiful Boy... but he had... a fear aggession to those he didnt know and he percieved as threats. Its taken 5 yrs.. and alot of understanding and patience.

I had never experienced that in all my years with dogs. I felt so alone.. and I have to say the encouragement..and finding I wasnt alone.. from the folk on this site... helped more than I could dream.

We will never really know what happened to our beloved Furs.. but we learn the triggers.. we learn to mitigate them alot. As the Flicka I have now is still work in progress.. he is 2000% better than where we started... this too is your Boys.

You have done SO much for YOUR Boys..... its just a time factor... and we cannot mend all the troubles.. but we CAN find a place in their world where they can at least tolerate.

You and yours are doing GREAT... celebrate the victorys.. small and big.. and keep sinking the not so good days.


Flicka ∆,,∆ & Lucas /..| Cleo (I.M.) ∆,,∆ & Pam X
Barked by: Hamish McDuff (Dogster Member)

October 31st 2011 at 9:54 am

We were so proud to learn of the great honor bestowed upon you with your name in lights! The prize is nail trimming? How is that a prize for a furry guy? He would much rather have a new toy or treat.
Anyway Mum says she had a kitty like that. Total personality switch when he felt threatened. I, of course, am an angel. You would expect nothing less! Good to hear that the Dogtor is taking the time and we're all sure that in time this too will get better. It's only been a year and some behavior takes a lot longer than that to overcome. Hugs to you all and Happy Halloween, Arooooo!
Barked by: Roudy (Dogster Member)

October 31st 2011 at 10:04 am

Bakie, you will get better and better wifs time! Plus, when you're good, you will get a treat!! Da vet place doesn't skeer me, fankfully; I just go in and pee on everyfing! BOL! Mommy gets so 'barrassed. I see da vet times as anudder chance to be petted by all da peeps and extra wuvs from Mom afterwards coz they gives me shots in my hiney.
Barked by: Angel Petey- In Loving Memory (Dogster Member)

October 31st 2011 at 10:07 am

OMD!! your sign was marvelous, and so glad that you got to see it in person like that.
Well we do have our moments and if youre is at the vets office, it will get better.
Barked by: Fizzy (Dogster Member)

October 31st 2011 at 3:07 pm

Congratulations on your win, Bakie! I bit Daddy at the vet last time I went cause they shoved a thermomomometer up my pooper. I understand, pal.
Barked by: Hunter (Dogster Member)

October 31st 2011 at 7:44 pm

I unnerstand how you feel Bakie! I hates habbing my front nails clipped, and they have to be VERY careful cause I've thought about biting the hand doing the clipping! Your mama and patient vet are sure doing the right things to help you not be so scared.
Barked by: Scooter (Psst on the left) (Dogster Member)

October 31st 2011 at 7:58 pm

Your name in lights! How wonderful.
Sometimes Mom takes me on a car ride and takes me into the V-E-T and I get a SNACK and skritches then we leave. It is supposed to fool me so I think good thoughts about the place. But I still love to get out that door and pee on the tree at the corner.
Barked by: Misty (Psst on the right) (Dogster Member)

October 31st 2011 at 8:01 pm

Mom calls it the Gizmo moment. That point when Gizmo gets water after midnight and turns into a Gremlin.
Barked by: MrJackFreckles~SirLick-a-Lot (Dogster Member)

October 31st 2011 at 10:42 pm

Condogulations on your win..and more on your vet being such a winner, too.

Growlmy says I have that type of issue, too..but she has had me since I was a wee not sure where that came from. We work with it, cause we know about it.
Hang in there, he couldn't have gotten a better set of peeps and furmily to be in to try and undo/work with that Jekyll and Hyde stuff...
Barked by: Nelly (Dogster Member)

November 1st 2011 at 6:18 am

Mel, remember how long it took Bacon to adjust to getting the ear medication? And how different it is now? Bacon has had every single day to learn to trust you and Ez. He only sees the vet occasionally and that makes for a more difficult relationship as far as trust goes. You are doing such a great job with Bacon and Beanie and have done a wonderful job with Izzy. It'll come and, if it never really does, you and the vet will deal with it. Bacon is not the only dog who doesn't like to go to the vet so I imagine they are used to trying different strategies for different dogs. Hugs to all of you...your wonderful pups are very lucky to have you and Ezra!
Barked by: ✨ Whitley ✨ (Dogster Member)

November 1st 2011 at 9:26 am

Nail trimming as a prize??? Dat don't sound like no prize to me! I'd get snarly if that was my reward too.




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