August 27th 2006 7:17 pm
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Hi all... this is my first diary entry and I want to say I am really enjoying making friends here at Dogster and hope to make many more!
Well, I'll just start by saying I am Opie, a 3 1/2 year old handsome Jack Russell Terrier who was born in Arlington Texas. My parents got me through a breeder there and they said it was love at first sight - Mommy wanted a "baby" and then the great day came when she found me and took me home with her and daddy to live with them forever! That was a happy day...
Here's the sad news... yesterday they took me to a new vet to get a full evaluation on something mommy has been worrying about and the doc checked me out good (he was super nice to me and I was happy and wagging my tail) and then took x-rays. They said I was so cooperative, they didn't even need to sedate me for the x-rays. Well, I wasn't in the room when the doctor took the images to my parents, but later they told me that I have a big "boo-boo" on my behind. They said it was something called Hip Dysplasia and that I have had it since birth - a birth defect I suppose. Well, that confirmed my mom's worries about how I "bunny hop" sometimes when I run really fast. I haven't been in much pain because I really am a happy-go-lucky kinda fella, but since a month ago, I have been starting to be a bit cranky and I growled at mommy when she touched my back legs. So, I guess the news is out... I really don't know what it's like to be without this problem because I kind of gradually grew into it but they tell me it could get worse. The good news is there are treatments for it. Mommy has put me on a higher dose of a better Glucosamine/Condroiton/MSM formula called ArthiSoothe-GOLD Hip & Joint Formula with Ester-C by NaturVet and not only are they yummy but they seem to be helping also. She also gives me baby-aspirin 2x a day on my "grumpy days" which I don't really like to take but it does make me feel better too. Fortunately the doc said that I was in remarkably good condition considering the extent of the damage to my hips... so all the good nutritious foods and vitamins and glucosamine mommy and daddy have been giving me since I was a baby must've sure helped! Also, the ladies there at the vet really drooled over me.. haha... they said I was very handsome and they especially went ga-ga over my beard! But then while I was in the examination room, Sugar went out to use the potty and on her way back there was a young black lab mix who I am told she "kissed"... can you imagine??? So when mommy and daddy went to pay the bill, I saw this fella while I was up in mommy's arms and he came up to Sugar and they were getting all smoochy and I of course showed my displeasure and began to growl. The lab's owners began to giggle and said "Ohhh oh, her man is not happy at all about that!"... guess I got my message across... let it be known from this day forward, "SUGAR IS MY GAL!!!"
Well, today was a good day... daddy took me and Sugar swimming in the big pool and was it fun!! Then mommy fed me some raspberry fat-free yogurt and gave me an aspirin... yummy and then I took a nap. I knew mommy was kind of sad about the "news" yesterday but I kept assuring her that I'm no different today than I was yesterday or last week and that everything will be ok... I will always love her, and I know she loves me too. I guess I'm a very lucky guy!
Hope you have a great day,
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