Photo Comments Age: 12 Years Sex: Male Weight: 51-100 lbs
Leave a bone for Olley
Olley Puppy, Smooch, "pistol pete"
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July 21st 2002
Running- catch me if you can! Going to the dog park, sleeping outside in the sun.
Thunder, fireworks, cats
Rope, small furry animals that I can chase.
Woods or Fields - anywhere he can run.
Escape Artist, curls his lips up and shows his teeth when he is really happy or excited, likes having his nails clipped- he acutally voluntarily sits and gives paw for us to trim his nails!
Pure bred adopted from local animal shelter at age of about 1 yrs old - to keep our Weim w/ separation anxiety company. At the pound he was in a pen of about 7 dogs who were all jumping up at the gate, while he was busy sleeping through it all on the hard concrete floor. He looked like a dog that "belonged in the back of a pick-up truck" and it was love at first sight.
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Olley is a skilled escape artist - a few weeks ago he even managed to lift a 6 foot x 6 foot gate off of its hinges. The gate has been repaired and he is probably plotting his next attempt. We are guessing at his birthdate since we got him from the city pound. We are certain that he is purebred English Pointer since he has a tatoo. He probably previously belonged to a hunter and got lost/ran away while out hunting or was let go by the hunter because he wasn't very good at it or wasn't properly trained. Olley had perfect manners from the first day that we got him and is overall really a sweetheart. It took him a whole year to learn how to give kisses and show affection- but now when we come home he happily greets us at the top of the stairs and will give a little a smooch or two. As the only dog in our house with a tail he wags it freely and hits just about everything in the process. I'm so glad that we were able to provide a home to such a great dog and that his numerous escape attempts have all failed.
To pee...or not to pee
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September 6th 2008 2:13 pm
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hi thanks for all of the rosettes everyone! one week later and doing good. no problems eating & enjoying the wet food & cooked venison meals. incision is looking great- no redness or swelling & all staples intact. They gave up on trying to crate me after the first day when I broke out of the crate twice. I even got to go for a car ride to the hardware store today! With a few diet changes & changes around the house hopefully we won't have to worry about bloat/GDV again. We're going to get smaller, more frequent meals w/ less dry food & more wet food & cooked meat. Mom bought some pro-biotics (dry bacteria) & some yogurt to add to my food to help w/ digestion (strawberry yougurt on venison just ruins it, but I don't have a choice). Food bowls are lowered to the floor- before, they were up, but new research says to lower them. And we're not allowed to eat any grass at all, ever again (unless we can sneak some when mom's not looking). Because I am a blood donor dog we got 60 - 75% off of the emergency vet bill! Surgery was estimated at $3,000-$5,000 & it ended up being $1,300 instead. Mom says that I'm worth every penny but the discount really helped. If there's a blood donor program in your area you should check it out. Hope that you are all enjoying the end of summer.
September 1st 2008 5:08 pm
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Hi all - This is Olley's mom Jenny. Olley is recovering from emergency surgery - his stomach twisted on Saturday night, a very deadly situation. Luckily we caught it early & it looks like he wil be OK. I just want to warn everyone about the warning signs. He was vomiting (nothing coming out), wimpering & turning in circles (like he couldn't get comfortable/was in pain). At first we thought that maybe he had been stung in the mouth by a bee. Then after 2-3 minutes Steve (his poppa) noticed that his belly was bloated. Immediately I knew his stomach was twisted & we knew that if he was not at the vet in an hour he would be dead. We threw him in the truck & being a city girl I drove faster than I have ever driven on a gravel road in my life. Even though we just moved to the country, we know the location of the emergency vet well (Chase has had 2 knee replacement surgeries) & we were there in 30 minutes. Doc said that his stomach was so stuffed w/ reeds (we have really tall grasses at our new house) that even when they cut a hole in his stomach to get them out they couldn't & had to leave some of them in there. Doc said without the surgery the dog only has 2-4 hours & the faster you can get them operated in the better their chance of survival. Luckily Olley's stomach had minimal bruising & his spleen looked OK. His stomach is now sewn to the abdomen to help prevent it from happening again. Now he is crated & on forced bed rest for two weeks or more while his stomach & very very large incision heals. While some people think this only happens in very large dogs (great danes & Weims), the vet says that he's seen it in all breeds. We were only aware of it because we have 2 weimaraners (a breed that has a higher occurance of GDV) & because it happened to our friend's dog (a Great Dane). I hope that you all will never need any of this information, but if you dog is trying to throw up w/ very little coming out please take them to the vet immediately to be checked out.
We had hoped to report about what a great time we were all having at the new house in the country. Hopefully Olley will be back to running in the big yard sometime in a few months
January 12th 2008 11:00 pm
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Right before Christmas my momma's mom's dog Stella passed away. It was not expected, she was only 7- her spleen ruptured & when they took it out they also found cancer inside her so they made the difficult decision to let her cross to the rainbow bridge. We will miss Stella - we would stay at her house and play with her every holiday & everytime we went to visit grandma in Chicago.
On a more pawsitive note, yesterday I had my first official doggie blood donation! It was a little bit scared, but just because I thought Momma was going to leave me there. Back in May I had my blood type checked & I was approved to be a potential donor because I'm A-. First they took blood from my leg because they have to send it away to the lab to check & make sure it's disease free. They already did this once before but lost my results & had to do it again. Then they vet was gonna check me over but we kinda skipped that part because he was too busy helping other sick animals. The appointment to donate was at 7:30 but we didn't get out of there until after 10 pm because of all of the emergencies they were having at the ER. A cat came in that got hit by a car & then right after that they brought in a 13 yr old dog that was run over in her own driveway by her own person! Ouch! Don't worry, they said that she would need surgery Monday to fix a broken leg but that she would probably be OK. All you people drivers out there need to make sure your pup is in the car with you & going where you're going that way you can't run them over. Anyways, they were suppose to sedate me to take the edge off, but they kinda skipped that part too. They took me in back & took the donation- but I was freaking out because a person was using that scary vacuum machine in the same area where I was while they were trying to get the blood! Momma didn't get to watch but it took a long time - hopefully next time they can do it in a quiet private room with no scary vacuum machines & some drugs to make me a little bit sleepy. I'm fine now though & I got good cookin' (wet food) for dinner last night & a cool blue doggie blood donor bandana to hide the spot on my neck that they had to shave. They said that they will need more donors to keep a good supply on hand - I have to wait 2 months before donating again. My brothers might try to donate soon though.
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