April 1st 2014 12:31 pm
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Buddy boy, today is the day we celebrate your second birthday. As you are a rescue, we don't know the exact date of your birth, but everything pointed at early April.
You had a hard start to your life, but luckily you lived very close to the President of the Northern Animal Rescue and she eventually convinced your owners to relinquish you to the care of the rescue. We know you were chained outdoors day and night without shelter or adequate food and no veterinary care up to that point.
There was a time, shortly after you came to us, that I thought you wouldn't make your first birthday and now here we are at your second. You came to us on August 31, 2012, shortly after our faithful companion of 11.5 years, Abby, went to the Rainbow Bridge. A few days later you became ill. Off to the vet we went and you appeared to have a bladder infection. We got a two week supply of antibiotics and thought, after that course of treatment you would be fine. You appeared to be fine and then a couple days later you were sick again. This continued for a couple months. We got different drugs and you were on them for different durations and once you finished them, you were fine for a couple days and then you got sick again.
It was after your 3rd or 4th course of medication, that you became very sick. I was up with you all night and I remember calling the emergency vet at 2:00 a.m. in the morning to discuss your situation. I got some pointers and then sat down on your bed, you came and sat on my lap (all 65 pounds at that point) and finally fell asleep. When morning came I got you the first appointment with your vet that I could. Upon arrival you were so sick that they thought you might be in kidney or liver failure. The vet and I discussed our options and then I left you there for some tests while I drove home. I was hoping I wasn't going to lose you, and with your daddy working out of the country right then, I was hoping I wouldn't have to make that decision on my own, especially so soon after losing Abby.
I asked the vet before I left if she thought you might not overcome this infection. She had to think for a while and cautiously said, she thought you could overcome it, but it might be something that financially we couldn't do. Then your blood work came back and showed that your kidneys and liver were fine. The rushed biopsy of your prostate gland came back and it showed a marked infection. That nasty E. coli infection that had started in your bladder had moved up to your prostate and because you were so young, this came as a shock to everyone. You spent the night at the vet and they started you on yet another round of antibiotics.
Now prostate infections, as I have found out, are very hard to treat. The tissue is very thick and it takes a long duration of antibiotics to get in there and get rid of any infection. The next morning I picked you up from the vet and started you on your 12 week course of antibiotics.
That 12 week course of antibiotics ended at the end of February 2013 and I held my breath and waited. But this time, it seemed that we had finally whipped that nasty E. coli infection into submission. On April 1, 2013 we happily celebrated your 1st birthday with a very healthy pup.
Now here we are at your second birthday. You have blossomed in the time you have been with us. From a pup that was terrified of the broom, the mop and the vacuum, you have turned into a pup that regularly barks at these things. You no longer run and hide when you see these items. You went from a pup that walked with its tail between his legs to a pup that walks with his tail up and confidence in his stride.
Except for the odd ear infection, which you wouldn't get if you didn't insist on digging to China and sticking your head in the hole and thus getting your ears full of dirt, you have been very healthy. Oh, and then there was the time you ate something that caused a slight obstruction. The vet said you would be ok, and you were in the end. You also should really stop sneaking the odd rock, you know.
You have spread dirt, drool, mud, toys, fur, you name it, literally through every room of the house. But you have also spread a lot of smiles and laughs. You love you, Buddy! Happy birthday sweet boy!
March 12th 2014 6:28 am
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Mom was messing with the profile parts of my page (bad mom) and this info was lost and now can't be saved back into my profile. Good thing momma had my profile copied!
PDPC Santa Paws Christmas 2013, PDPC Prince Charming September 2-9, 2013; Rosetta Pup in Rotties Rules, September 16-23, 2012. King of STAFU Garden - October 15-21, 2012; Diary of the Day - September 29, 2012, December 1, 2012, February 12, 2013, February 19, 2013, April 17, 2013, May 9, 2013, July 18, 2013, November 4, 2013, November 17, 2013, November 24, 2013, November 28, 2013, PDPC Prince Charming - March 3-9, 2014
Now don't play with the profile anymore mom!
February 24th 2014 2:08 pm
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It is staying cold up here in the Great White North! As the humans like to say up here, "At least it is a dry cold!" Now being part Husky, I lubs the cold weather! Every morning before we go on a walk, mom always checks our inhouse weather station. This morning the weather station told her it was -39C with the wind! That is -38.2F for those of you that don't use Celsius for your temperatures!
Even with it being cold, mom makes sure I get one really good long walk every day. Usually the morning is the long walk and in the afternoon, I get a shorter one. This morning mom and I both got bundled up and headed outside. Mom even made me wear my snowsuit! You will have to check out My Blog to see what I look like in my snowsuit.
This has been one of the coldest February's on record in our area for a very long time. Hopefully spring is just around the corner for everyone and then we can start complaining about the summer heat!
Stay warm everyone!
February 8th 2014 9:05 am
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First the bad news: Folks on the Dogster forums groups discovered that the archives would not work when they had no Internet connection. That implied that the download would stop working once Dogster shut down.
THE GOOD NEWS: Dad has updated his blog with new scan rules. The new scan rules mean the gift archive now works. Thumbnails in photo comments now work. Badges can be retrieved. And much more. We would like to thank the many Dogster and Catster members that have verified these new scan rules work. These scan rules can also be used on Catster now. This has been a very steep learning curve for all and it could not have been done without the help of these Dogster and Catster members. Our memories of Dogster are very important to us and we hope these new scan rules will help others preserve their memories.
Please share the link to daddy's blog so that others can retrieve their memories.
Thank you in advance.
January 31st 2014 2:50 pm
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So once again momma took a picture of yours truly and she sent it off to a local tv station this morning. Yup, I am gonna be featured on the 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. newscasts once again.
You can read all about it by reading my blog, BOL!
January 23rd 2014 8:58 am
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My typist doesn't really know what she is doing but she thinks I now have a blog!
When you look at the title of my blog, you will note a took a pointer from Whitley and Fizzy! My first blog entry is entitled Buddy's F.U.S.M.!!! That stands for Buddy's Friends Unite through Social Media!
Ok, here is the link to my blog:
If you stop by, please leave a message!
P.S. Just don't leave it as anonymous, I like to know who stops by!
January 6th 2014 6:41 am
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Wow! Is it ever cold up here in the Great White North, but I know a bunch of my pals in the U.S. are also experiencing very cold conditions and lots of snow.
This morning with the windchill it was -47 C or -52 F. Mom thought she was walking into a freezer, then she thought about it, and she thinks the freezer is warmer! BOL! Yesterday evening mom was gonna take me out and she said to daddy that the temperature was a little better outside. Yup, it had warmed up -37 C! BOL! You know it is cold when your pee freezes into a peesicle and your poo really is a steaming pile of, um, that is probably TMI!
Anywhoodle, I am sending warm thoughts to all my pals and am hoping that it warms up soon for all of us.
December 29th 2013 11:09 am
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I hope all of my pup pals had a pawsome Christmas. Thank you so much for the Christmas tree rosettes that were sent to both Angel Abby and myself. They look so pawsome on our pages and we are sorry we missed sending them out to our pals.
The peeps and I took a road trip for Christmas and went to visit my grammy, mom's brother and dad's sister. It was a long trip and sure was cold when we left. It was -36 C the day we left and stayed cold until Boxing Day when it warmed up a bit. We came home a couple days ago, and now we are back in the deep freeze for a while.
First we visited my grammy and I needed permission to visit her. Mom walked down to the office where grammy lives and said we were visiting her mom and had brought our pup along and he would be with us. They said ok, but first they had to meet me. I charmed them! When I got down to the office I rolled over and had everyone give me a belly rub! Yup, they liked me and I had a great visit with grammy.
Then we continued on to where the the peeps two siblings live. We had a pawsome visit and during one of my walks near one of their places I found a lost pup. Just as mom was walking me to the park, a van rolled up and asked her if she had seen a dog. She said no, and we continued on. We got in the park and this pup comes running to me. I was giving her the play bow and she was barking at me but would not let mom pick her up. Mom noticed the van slowly circling and motioned them to come over. Sure enough, that was their dog and she ran to them when called.
Well, I hope everyone had a pawsome Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year to all!!
December 18th 2013 6:46 am
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Long ago in the deepest of winters all of the animals on earth were abuzz with the news.
"He is BORN! HE IS BORN!" Cried the snowy owl.
"Come one and all rejoice!" Roared the mighty lion.
"Bring gifts to the new King!" The deer hurried.
The forest grew bright with the din of excitement. Every creature was running towards the star. The noise was so loud and joyful that it traveled distant lands.
In a quiet glen, under a bramble bush, a small lonely dog raised his head from his slumber and heard the sounds from afar. He raised his little head and wondered. Slowly he raised his tired body and sniffed the air. He knew something was amiss - but he knew not what.
A voice ever so sweet was singing in the distance, this he could hear. The words were not at all clear, but the sound was of waterfalls, and misty mornings and everything dear...Eagerly he followed the sound and soon saw a star. It shone so brightly his little eyes watered. What was this shiny thing that happily glowed? What could be happening that would bring about such a lovely sight?
His little legs beat the path for many days. He became tired and hungry but still he walked on. He had to follow the sound of that voice. The voice that reminded him of warmer and kinder times. He had to follow the light of the star. The star told him of happy things to come.
At last he came into a clearing and his eyes beheld a mystifying sight. Animals were everywhere, and each had a precious gift. Some brought shiny berries from the forest, some brought beautiful leaves, some brought twigs from the rarest of trees and even some brought the most precious wildflowers of the field. They were laying these gifts at the entrance of a stable. Above the stable the light of the star twinkled more brightly than before.
He turned to the deer and asked: "What is all this? Where have I come?"
"You have come to see the new King. He is Born. Where are your gifts for the child?" asked the deer reproachfully.
"I have no gifts...I didn't know..." said the lonely little dog with his head hung low.
The deer sneered and snubbed and quickly walked away as he tossed his head indignantly.
The little dog's body trembled all over, his little tail flew between his little legs, and his little head hung lower than ever. He was ashamed. And yet...he still he wanted to get a little peek at the New King.
Quietly, ever so carefully, he creeped over to the stable. He was so small he could easily hide under the other animals. Ever so sleekly he crept up to the manger and peeked inside.
"WHO ARE YOU!" Boomed the voice of the Lion. "WHY DO YOU DARE NOT BRING GIFTS FOR THE NEW KING?!!!" and the little dog cowered, much humbled...he laid his little head at the foot of the manger and hid his eyes. He was ready to be killed by the Lion, and yet he spoke ever so quietly, ever so meekly, ever so bravely: "I have no gifts, I have no berries, or twigs, or bright flowers of the field...all I have is my life and I will gladly give that, for I have shamed all my brethren tonight..."
He waited - with his eyes closed, thinking that if he did die tonight, at least he would die beneath the cradle of his King. That's when a warm and gentle hand was upon him.
He did not dare to open his eyes, until he heard a woman's voice speak: "Do not fear little one. You are safe here. This bramble in your fur speaks of the gift you have brought to him."
The lonely little dog opened his eyes and looked up at the woman.
"But I have no gift to offer, save for myself, and that is very little..." he shyly protested.
The woman smiled and scratched his ears. "Little dog, you traveled far to see the King...that is gift enough when it comes from your heart. What gift is more precious than one given in innocence and humility? No - little one, you are welcome here." as she spoke she raised the little dog up.
"Behold, your King, the Son of Man. You shall serve him well."
and the baby smiled...
So it came to pass and dog was lonely no more...
And dog has served man ever since, loyal to a fault, and humble he remains. A gift from God to us, for who, but dog will travel miles without explanation? Who, but dog will cower from you even if he is not wrong? Who, but dog will take a scolding even when he is not to blame? Who, but dog is content to die at our feet if he so must?
Let us care for him well.
December 12th 2013 6:53 pm
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Momma and I were out walking last night. We were just down the half mile road by our place and mom decided to turn around and head back home. This is the usual walk we have every evening.
Last night we turn around and mom shines her flashlight and sees two dog type creatures slinking down the road towards us. Out of the corner of her eye she sees two more dog type creatures in the field beside us. Now I wanted to go after them, but momma thought it wasn't a good idea and kept a firm grip on me. She shone the flashlight on them and started yelling at them and the two coming towards us started to very slowly retreat. Then the flashlight goes dead!
Mom stands up as straight as she can and keeps a firm grip on me, she is yelling a loud voice and walking slowly towards to the dog type creatures. Eventually they move into the field and mom continues walking slow and shouting loud as we get to our driveway and start for home. Mom thought if she ran, they would definitely come after us.
She thought at first they were coyotes, but there have been reports of wolves and wolf/coyote hybrids in our area and she is now thinking it was the latter as they appeared quite big.
We won't be walking that far at night by ourselves again!
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