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Summer Time fun! I posted on Twitter!

July 9th 2010 1:13 pm
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Hi!I live in the Now popular town of Edmond, Oklahoma! with the Hi this is Rufus!My Family members and Jewell (horse at our barn)
My Favorite Activities: I love driving my mom’s car..(not really ) but I love car rides, love to swim, loves to go to the bank, drycleaners, Sonic, traveling to Corpus Christi, TX. I love Sooner Football, chasing a tennis balls or chasing those pesky squirrels.
As you can see I love Sonic and long car rides. If you need anymore pictures just Pawmail me.
I am 5 years old. I try to maintain my weight at 13lbs. I am named after a former Sooner football player. I am a huge Sooner fan and I share the same birthday at Coach Bob Stoops, I hope one day to meet him. It would be a treat to go for a walk at Owen field. I love chasing the tennis balls that Ryan throws out for me in our tennis court. I love walks with my Mom. I love watching the Ellen Show! I want to go on the Ellen Show so I can dance with Ellen. I have been preparing to go on the Ellen show by focusing on my “Shake the leg Dance! I am on Dogster, I was Dog of the day on Saturday, June 12, 2010. My dogster number is http://www.dogster.com/dogs/406755

 

6 Months of good recovery (back surgery)

June 30th 2010 2:47 pm
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Well, it has been a solid 6 months of recovery from my back surgery that i had in late January 2010. i am in full recovery and doing very well. i am so very thankful to all of my pup pals on Dogster. have received so many beautiful pawmails since my horrible back surgery in Jan. 2010.
I want to thank the Furs that sent me those prayers and to the furs that prayed all along..Charlie,Ziggy Moonbean, Howard, Jessi, Tessa, Cpt. Thumper, Tuckie, & Lucy. I know that I need to mention many other pups and kitties! Again, I want to thank you all so very much for the prayers! I love dogster! But most of my Dogster pals! Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!
Woof, Kisses, and Tail Wags,
Rufus

 

WAS DOG OF THE DAY ON DOGSTER

June 13th 2010 12:17 pm
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I AM SO HONORED BUT VERY HUMBLE.

 

Thank you for the Generous Gift.

April 19th 2010 2:09 pm
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I just received this beautiful message today. while my mommy was subbing at the middle school!
"The guardian of Lady Marian, Kisser, ♥ Cheyenne ♥, ♥Buffy ♥, Captain Thumper , ♥ Mattie ♥, Thumper and Princess Davia, White Socks, Hobo, Lucy, Sasha, Peanut ILM 1991-1995, Scooter, Milo, Smokie, Buster, Mattie & Brutis Brewster, LaLa, Angel Dusty Rose, Angel Dixie Susanne, Dodger, Flight Captain Denver, Hawaii Kitty, Kisser & Menes Wedding Page, and Lala and Dakota's wedding page has bought you a subscription"

I cannot thank you enough for this gift. I look forward to posting more messages and posting newer pics! I love you all so very much!!! Gracias! Hugs Rufus and Mommy

 

Catching up!

April 18th 2010 6:17 am
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My Human Sister, Rach helped me return alot of pawmails yesterday..i have received so many beautiful pawmails since my horrible back surgery in Jan. 2010.
I want to thank the Furs that sent me those prayers and to the furs that prayed all along..Charlie, Howard, Jessi, Tessa, Cpt. Thumper, Tuckie, Lucy, and I know that i have missed many others! I want to thank you all so very much...I love dogster, but mom paid thousands of dollars for surgery and now we wont be able to do dogster plus this year...i am sad really sad...but i love you all so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Woof and Tail Wags,
Rufus

 

HAPPY EASTER PRAYER FROM BIBLE FOR YOU

April 2nd 2010 7:22 pm
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O' Lord, I have so many enemies;
so many are against me.
So many are saying,
"God will never rescue him!"
But you O'Lord are a shield around me,
my glory, and the one who Lifts my Head High.
I cried out to the Lord,
and he answered me from his Holy mountain.
I lay down and slept.
I woke in safety,
for the Lord was watching over me.
I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies
who surround me on every side.
Arise, O Lord
Rescue me my God!
Slap all of my enemies in the face!
Shatter the teeth of the wicked!
Victory comes from you O Lord
May your blessings rest on your people.

( this was David's prayer )

 

Rufus is Back!(momma's boy)

March 11th 2010 9:59 am
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I am back (Rufus is back home)
I am doing very good! Thanks to everyone for the sweetest prayers!
I love all of you! I am still recovery from my back surgery in January 23.
I want to thanks Charlie, Sissy Paws for sending me so many doggie pals prayers.
I want to bark out to Dogster and all of my pals!
I am relaxing and doing good! Totally healed.
Love my doctor in Oklahoma, Dr. Tanger!
He is the best! He prays before every surgery that he does on animals!
Love him.
Thanks to my family, Dad and Mom for helping me heal. For being patient,
for the extra kisses from my sister! She also had her Pastor Pray for my back to heal!
God is great! Also, extra wet kisses to my mommy for staying with me on the floor until my back healed. Love my Mommy!

 

Ru Ru is home! Praise the Lord!

January 23rd 2010 10:02 am
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His back surgery went very well. His neurological exam was also reported as very good too. We are so happy to report that he is home with us.
Recovering, after prayers, hopes, and praises to the wonderful Doctors and Nurses, we are still praying he will be back to his normal frisky and spunky little self...
Thanks for all of your wonderful prayers.................thank you for taking time out of your very busy day....to Pray for Rufus...
Ru and his family in Oklahoma are praying for all of his buddies and the Haiti doggies. God Bless to all of his pup pals.
Love Ru's Mom and Rufus

 

Rufus Back Surgery 1-20-10

January 21st 2010 11:13 pm
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Rufus had surgery for his back.
This information is kind of an example what he has experienced.
We are praying that his neurological exam on January 21, 2010 report is good!
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In surgical cases time is of the essence, the longer the disc material presses against the spinal cord the more damage it does. Your dog can go from walking to not walking overnight. Durning that time they start to loose nerve impulses, the last is deep pain, which is bone pain. This is tested by pinching the dogs toes and watching for a response. A withdrawl is not a "real" response, it is a reflex. Deep pain response is dialation of pupils, crying, if the dog is panting it may stop, they even turn to look at you or the toe you are pinching.

If a neurological exam determines the dog may need surgery they will undergo a procedure to determine where the herniation is. Either a myelogram (dye study of the spinal colum) or MRI can determine this. Spinal x-rays cannot and are generally not helpful to a neurologist. Myelograms generally can take from 30 minutes to an hour start to finish depending on the size of he dog and how well the dye flows through the colum. MRI take significantly less time, but in most cases they are not always accessible. Surgery is usually performed in the same day, they animal goes from myelogram to the OR. Depending on your surgeon it could be another hour. The process is quite simple, locate the lesion, clear it out and get out.

Expect you dog to stay overnight at least for 24-48 hours depending on the extend of the lesion, and their condition prior to surgery. After surgery you will be required to keep your dog on STRICT cage rest for 2-3 weeks. This means carrying them outside to potty and right back to the cage.

Picking a surgeon. It is my personal experience that I would recommend you find a neurologist/neurosurgeon instead of a general surgeon. no offence to the good ones out there, but they tend to cut corners. Dr. Chauvet (the neurologist I worked for) was adament about fenestration. Fenestrate means window, and it is when the surgeon creates windows in the discs above and below the herniation, this process helps in the event of a second herniation. If that happens the disk has a place to go and is directed away from the spinal cord. If you choose to go with a general surgeon ask if they do this, if not, ask why, and if they will, or can. Consider a university for the surgery, but don't expect it to be much cheaper than a neurologist :)

.Asking for many prayers for Mom to be strong and get Ru back home and get him his much needed strict cage rest or home rest...without NO Pain for Ru.
Mom is Praying

 

Prayer for my sweet dachshund friends 449759

January 12th 2010 8:35 pm
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...could use some thoughts and prayers.
Her back once more had given her trouble,but this time it is far worse.

Now her disk have calcified and the vet said he said it could snap at any time. She no longer can stand on her hind quarters. He has her on steroids and he said if this doesn't work, she is going to have to have surgery and that may not work at this point. She went down so fast. Either that or she just tolorate it until she couldn't any longer. Mommy Nancy is going to have to carry her outside or to the potty pad. She can't do it on her own any more. They gave her an IV as she was dehydrated. If this med doesn't take care of the pain, he will put her on something.

Will you please pray that the meds will help her,She can't walk.Her upper spine does not look good.The Dr said from the looks of the three discs they could go anytime. If that happens it will be Tucker all over again. She is going to scream with pain. She is partially paralized now.She is going to have to learn how to get around without the use of her hind legs.
Taking a deep breath.....please send some thoughts and prayers...the POP to my wife Princess

http://www.dogster.com/dogs/449759

 
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