Golden Retriever
Picture of Jojo, a male Golden Retriever

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Home:Perth, Western Australia, Australia  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 14 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Baby boy, B. , Jo when he's in trouble

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:

May 31st 2002

Loves to play, loves to go for his walk, loves to dig up other people's garden, loves snapping at insects, likes to eat bees too.

When he gets ignored, when Li goes to work in the morning.

Favorite Toy:
Anything you give him is his favourite.

Favorite Food:
Rawhide bones, think he's recently taken to liking fish oil capsules.

Favorite Walk:
Shelley Bridge where there's sand, the local river, the ducks, other dogs and people.

Best Tricks:
To speak, remembering to bring back the ball after a day out at the park.

Arrival Story:
We were at a shopping mall about to watch a movie and did our usual round of checking out the pet shop. When we went to a pet shop, there were 2 golden retriever puppies. We fell in love with jojo because of his golden ears and because he did not step into his water bowl like the other one, and would hop actively around. To make sure that it was love at first sight we went back after the movie to confirm our decision and finally brought him home.

The Groups I'm In:
Perth Pups

I've Been On Dogster Since:
March 25th 2004 More than 12 years!

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Jojo's very own diary

Dosage adjustment

June 20th 2010 8:40 am
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Hi All,

What a relief it has been the medication that sis was giving me made me felt even more sick than I originally was. Initially they were giving me 2 tablets twice a day and it made me extremely thirsty and uncomfortable. I swear I could have died from over drinking... (water)

So now that I'm taking 1 tablet twice a day, I'm not drinking as much, I can finally eat. Sis and mum still fuss over me though, saying that my blood level hasn't increased and that I need to eat more red meat and high protein stuff to build up my blood levels.

Human's are so silly sometimes so much fuss just to get me to eat. Well, I guess being hand fed isn't all that bad. I've always hated having to lick food out of my bowl. So much work for my tongue and half the time the food smells horrible and tastes disgusting. Not to mention it gets my mouth all dirty!

Coming from the hands of someone however, the food seems to tastes much better!! I can't get enough of it!

I over heard mum and sis discussing the other day that it might be easier to hand feed me than to wait for me to finish my food and often leaving lots of wastage. Hell Yea!! Took them long enough to decide that!

Human's are quite dumb, it takes them ages to figure out what us dogs want and more often than not they get it wrong. Whereas us dogs however, we get it straight away!

Well, I'm finally getting my appetite back which is good, i can see sis and mum worry less now that I am eating. As much as I dislike them fussing so much over me, I also don't want them to worry for me.

I remember on the 1st night when I was diagnosed with possible cancer I had to keep sis company in her room because she was so upset. It seemed to make her feel better that I was there with her. It was not a comfortable sleep! She kept waking me up!!

Ah well, anything to give her a peace of mind I guess. The sacrifices us dogs do for our loved ones.


Ultrasound results

June 15th 2010 4:04 am
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Hey I'm back,

Feeling much better today except that there wasn't any breakfast this morning even though I was STARVING!!

Sis took me to the vet today. I had a blast! Got to stay there for a bit longer than on Friday and that wore me out quite a bit so I had to take a nap after I came back.

So the results from what sis and the vet was talking about was that the ultrasound didn't find any traces of tumour, but there was something wrong with my splin rejecting the red blood cells thinking it was a foreign object. She also said it's not known why my body is rejecting the blood cells it could be because I am allergic to something and it could be from anything even insect bites. Stupid insects.. you wait you wait...

So, Sis and the family seemed very relieved which is good, they can stop fussing over me as much now. I still don't have much appetite, but sis is good she made me beef meatballs tonight and I had some liver and more of that yucky lactade solution and medicine. Yucks!

Apparently, I have to go back for blood tests over the next couple of days to check on my blood level. It was very low last Friday when I went in. The vet said if it had gone down to 12 or something I would need a blood transfusion and last friday I was down to 24. Too close for comfort!

Anyway, I have the best of care from sis and the family so I think I should be fine from now on. I just got to make sure I don't exert too much because that wears me out a lot especially when I don't eat.

Well, I'm tired again... I best get going. I'll keep you all posted on the next update. The vet says I look better today, my blood level has gone up to 40 from 24.

P.S the vet really gave everyone a scare... I think everyone should be able to rest better tonight after knowing that I don't have cancer. Phew...


4 years later... (Monday 14th June 2010)

June 14th 2010 2:20 pm
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Hey all,

Sorry it's taken such a long time to write another entry. Things have been really great, lots of fun times, walks, beaches, new places, more toys and new friends I've met over the course of the past 4 years.

I'm a lot older now, things have slowed down, but on good days I really enjoy spending time playing in the backyard with sis. She still makes me lovely treats and pampers me heaps.

Though she always complains I'm spoilt and I'm fussy. I'm not fussy!! I just know what I want!!

Well, I guess firstly I've got a little bad news. I'm kinda sick.

On the 10th June 2010 things felt a bit off, I didn't feel too well and I didn't feel like eating. So thought I'd sleep on it a little maybe I'll feel better the next day.

Then the follow day after my walk dad says he noticed that my pee was very redish in colour and sis booked an appointment with the vet immediately. The test results of the urine sample came out that there were unusually high levels of red blood cells or something.. you know technical terms... dogs and my sis alike don't know much about such stuff, but it wasn't good news.

The vet said he suspects it could be tumour in the liver, but that didn't mean anything to me at the time. I was more interested in the dog in the next room at the clinic. I love going to that place!! It's awesome!

So anyway, they took a sample of my blood and on saturday 12th June 2010 the results apparently was inconclusive and I'd need an ultrasound scheduled for Tuesday 15th June 2010 which is tomorrow.

I haven't eaten much, but sis have been fussing all over me for the past couple of days. Sometimes I'd wish she'd just let me rest and stop disturbing my sleep! Same goes for mum when she's in the kitchen chopping away!! I'm grouchy cos I'm tired!

Though the upside is, sis has been making lots of home cooked food for me. Yummy roast chicken, roast beef, potatoes, toasts all sorts, but I really don't have much of an appetite. She hand feed me most of the time now, she says I have to eat so I eat a little for her.

She also keeps feeding me these lactade solution and medicine which tastes disgusting!! She says it's suppose to make me feel better so I entertain her by eating it. It's better than having it forced down my throat. Yes... I'm a good boy....:) I have always been and will always be a good boy.

Anyway, I'm tired now. I'll update you tomorrow after my ultrasound. I should rest a bit more before sis give me anymore of that yucky tasting stuff again.

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