Sex: Male Weight: 51-100 lbs
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May 6th 1997
Being petted, being with his human "sister"
People who think Chows are mean dogs!
Anywhere his friends Ginger and Pooch went
Mikey started out at an animal shelter in Texas. There he was adopted by a family with 4 children (including a friend of mine), who soon found out they did not have the time for a dog. One day they had friends visiting from Chicago who were thinking of getting a dog. They met Mikey and fell in love, and they drove him all the way back home to Chicago! They did not know what type of dog Mikey was, but I am sure he was part Chow and possibly Golden Retriever and/or German Shepherd mixed in.. About a year later, the family had a baby. Mikey because very attached to that baby and he followed her everywhere, would not even go on walks unless she was coming along in her stroller... The baby loved Mikey, too... He was her protector and in return she cuddled and played with him. Even when she got rough and pulled on his fur or tail he was tolerant and never growled.
Mikey passed away in 2004 from a intestinal blockage (see diary entry.) ............................. Mikey was not my dog, he belonged to good friends of mine but I felt like I almost owned him because I loved him and petsat him at my house when they went on vacation... His owners did not have much time for him but whenever I came to visit (often with Ginger) I would give him a lot of attention and bring him a toy or treat. I always told them if they ever decided they didn't want him anymore (their last dog went to an animal shelter) that I would take him home.
When he was at his own home he would not go on walks-- he would actually drag you back to his house if you tried to take him on one! But when he was staying at my house he loved to go long walks with my dogs. Mikey was best friends with my Golden Retriever, Ginger and friends with my terrier Pooch. He even got along with my cat. He was a great dog who got along with everyone, not a mean bone in his body...
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October 9th 2005 9:29 pm
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Warning, this is a sad story with a sad ending...
Mikey started to get sick in the summer. He was throwing up and having stomach problems, so he was taken to the vet. The vet put him on special food and antibiotics, but he continued to have problems. So, back to the vet where x-rays were taken. Nothing was found on the x-rays, so he continued on the special diet which he was not eating much of and kept getting antibiotics. This went on for a while, with several vet visits and more x-rays. He seemed to keep the food down sometimes, but them would have diarrhea...
When I talked to his owners I asked if the vet had said anything about barium x-rays to check if there was anything going on that could not be seen in a regular x-rays, but the vet had told them this was not necessary... About 3-4 weeks after this started his owners went on vacation. He was doing a lot better at this time but still not eating much. He came to stay at my house while they were gone, and I was able to entice him to eat while he was staying with me, by mixing in canned pumpkin which he really seemed to like. He kept the food down most of the time except for one instance when he threw up. I was encouraged that he seemed to be doing better, and sent home some pumpkin when his owners came back. About a week or two later, I got a call from my friends, Mikey's owners. Mikey had been getting worse. He was taken back to the vet and another x-rays was taken. This one showed an intestinal blockage. They had tried to do surgery but when they started the surgery they found that a large section his intestines had died due to no blood supply because of the blockage. There was nothing more they could do, so they had to put him to sleep. Mikey's owners gave me his things, his dog dishes and other things, which I will be keeping to remember him by.
I sometimes wonder, if there was anything that could have been done... Mikey liked to chew on the baby's toys and they think this is what cause the blockage. If he had gotten a barium x-ray, might they have found the blockage soon enough to save his life? There is no way to know...
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