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Mystery adventure!

July 20th 2010 7:35 am
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Hey all! long time no write! turns out mom & dad have been super busy and haven't had time to help me on the computer, but I finally managed to post somethiing.

My hip and back problem is under control; that's great because I was in so much pain, I couldn't even get upstairs to sleep. Now I can do it just fine. However, I can no longer go on long walks, I can't go running in the forest or play with my friends. I guess it comes with growing older (though I'm only 4 years old!) but I sure do miss playing and running around.

As for mom & dad, about a month ago they bought this huge box for me to sleep in. They took me to the store to see if I fit inside, and I didn't like it! but they bought it anyway. When we got home, instead of the box, there was a kind of cradle with a nice mat inside. I took a liking to sleep inside it, it was comfy and warm. About 3 weeks later, they put the top in and I realized what happened! they tricked me, the "cradle" was the bottom part of the box. But by now I'd realized it wasn't that bad, so I now also like to sleep inside the box.

Now, as to why they want me to get used to sleeping in a box, or crate as they call it, I don't know; but mom & dad say a surprise is coming for us doggies, so I'm looking forward to knowing what it is! and it has something to do with the mysterious box..

keep you posted! see ya!


My humps... I mean, my hips.

May 6th 2010 12:57 pm
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Hey y'all!

So a lot has happened these past few weeks! But I've been pretty oblivious to it all. That's because i've been hurting lately!

It all started about 3 weeks ago, when mom & dad noticed I was yelping while doing certain things, like getting on my bed, in the car, and playing around with my friends. Now, I'm an athletic strong doggie so I have no problem jumping around, or climbing into the car or even the large SUV we sometimes get to use. But lately, when I do these things, I feel like a horrible pinching stabbing pain in my back. So obviously I yell.

Now, since I noticed the pain comes when I climb onto stuff, I started hesitating before doing that sort of thing; mom & dad got concerned when I refused to get into the car or climb on my bed for a good night's sleep.

They eventually took me to the vet, which is something I don't like one bit. Here the vet prodded and poked my back (it hurt!) and diagnosed me with unstable vertebrae and some hip pain. I went home on a heavy dose of pain medication and some cartilage reconstituents.

After several days of pain medication I was still hurting! yeah the pills make it a little better but this is a nerve getting pinched! Mom & dad were still worried. So they called this doctor who came home (I barked at her but she didn't seem to mind) and stuck some needles on my back. At first it tingled but then I started feeling better.

Mom & dad say this "acupuncture" thing might help me with my pain, and indeed it has. However this other doctor said I also have hip dysplasia, which is pretty serious for a dog my size. So now I have to watch my weight and not run and play around so much! sounds boring, but at least mom & dad are a bit less concerned, and me, I'm happy because I'm not hurting so much anymore!

OK I'll let you know how the needle thing goes! see ya!


Daytime walks!

April 21st 2010 7:51 am
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Hey all! Long time no see!

I've been quite busy lately! about a month ago, dad started coming home earlier than usual. He says it's because of this thing called "daylight savings time". Usually this means we get to wake up earlier, which is not so good; we also get to eat a bit earlier, but that's not the thing.

What's nice is that, for our night walk, dad's coming home so early, we actually get to the park when there's still daylight! I'm delighted because that means I get to chase squirrels for a bit. I love squirrels! I even munched on one the other day. Dad was horrified, but eventually the squirrel got away so I wasn't so thrilled by that.

While I look at the squirrels, Mathias gets to play with a tennis ball and with other doggies we find at the park. They're also taking advantage of the sunlight.

Dad says this daylight thing will end in about 6 months and we'll be back to our nightly walks; they are fine with me too, because at night I have no need to be chasing squirrels and get to play with my football.

See ya'll!


A Song for Tally by Mathias

March 4th 2010 11:26 am
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Dear Tally, won't you come out to play?
Dear Tally, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful and so are you
Dear Tally, won't you come out to play?

Dear Tally, catch this funny ball
Dear Tally, see the squirrel run
The tree is low and you can jump
To tell her: hey! come down to play
Dear Tally, won't you play along with me?

Look around, around
Look around, around, around
Look around



The infection!

February 12th 2010 8:44 am
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Hey all! sorry for not writing this past month! the rascal has officially been adopted, and he even has his own dogster page now! So as you can imagine he's kept us pretty busy. Mom & dad tell me I was worse than him when I was a puppy, but I don't believe it! luckily he gets tired pretty quickly so I also get to rest a bit.

Anyway, about 3 days ago I started feeling this urge to pee every 2 minutes. Dad looked at my pee (how can he? yuck!) and saw I was leaving a small drop of blood every time. So him and mom got very worried. Well, not THAT worried, because they scheduled a vet appointment for that evening. So off we went to the vet. Mathias came too, although it was only a walk for him. I'm the one who got the whole treatment!

The vet was quite thorough, they took some x-rays to rule out kidney and bladder stones, then an ultrasound to see if I had adherences, and finally a urine sample to check for any bacteria. How do they take the urine sample, you ask? did I have to pee in a cup? nope: they put me upside down, then stuck a syringe into my belly and all the way into my bladder, and took the sample from there. It sounds nasty, but it didn't hurt; I really was more frightened about being on the exam table. That thing is tiny and slippery!

I also had the same horrible experience on the X-ray table; only that time I kicked and squirmed, it took 3 people to hold me in place and I even moved the table a few inches to one side ;) Mom & dad kept saying what a bad dog I was, but deep down I know they were proud of my strength ;)

Anyway, now I'm on antibiotics so the infection is starting to recede. I'll be like new in a few days! So until then, be seeing ya!!! Kisses to my friends *lick*


Month-versaries and new friends

January 15th 2010 8:46 am
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Hey all! Hope you're doing OK this year!

We're still thinking about Bela and Aullido, and numbers certainly don't help. As a doggie I don't understand those cycles humans use, save for day/night; day is for playing, taking sunbaths and eating; night is for going out on a walk and then sleeping.

Anyway, mom & dad said today marks one month and one day since Aullido died; also, two months since Bela died. So the mood was a bit gloomy yesterday and might be so today.

Me, I was a bit sad, but lately there's been something keeping me busy! Mom & dad rescued a puppy from the streets a few days ago. He was tied to a tree, so we took him in. He's under 3 months old but is already quite large; mom says he's probably a giant breed and will grow almost as big as myself.

The little rascal is quite a handful, playful and full of energy. I try my best to keep up, since I love to play too, but sometimes I'm just too tired. I'm a mature dog now! Still, he's quite happy with us, and though it's hard raising a puppy, mom & dad (and myself) are not about to abandon this little one.

We're still unsure about whether to keep him. Tragedy is still too close for us to wholeheartedly embrace this puppy. Only time will tell. For now I'm off to see what the little dude is yapping about. See ya soon!


It's cold

January 8th 2010 8:30 am
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Hey all! My first entry this year is about the cold! it turns out, the cold spell that's hitting most everywhere is also hitting hard here in Mexico! it's really cold and also rainy, which is unusual this time of year.

So, I prefer to cuddle under the blankets and sleep late. However, mom & dad have started taking me out for walks in the morning too. Of course, I prefer a good, brisk walk! I'm not such a lazy dog!

Still, after mom & dad leave, I have to stay outside. So, since it's cold, they leave me with my doggie sweater on. I don't like it! I've tried ripping it to shreds to get it off but I can't. So well, here I am, at least I'm not cold!

Greetings to all my friends! Be seeing ya!


In remembrance of Bela and Aullido - Happy New Year

December 31st 2009 9:49 am
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Hey all,

A few days before Christmas, mom & dad got the car ready for a trip to the mountains, where we as a pack enjoy going for a run (with dad, who's a bit lazy, on his mountain bike). It's usually a happy event, but this time the mood was a bit gloomy, as our family has grown smaller. I soon realized why mom & dad were nostalgic: neatly packed in dad's backpack were Bela's and Aullido's remains, and the point of this trip was to scatter their ashes in a valley we like very much.

This valley is high up in the mountains; so once we got off the car and started running, I knew we were in for the long haul. I decided to honor the occasion by putting in practice what I learned: the easy trot I learned from Bela, with which she could run for hours without getting tired; and the protectiveness I got from Aullido, whose job was always to guard the pack.

It was a grueling climb, for all of us. Had it not been for the special mission we had, we probably would have stopped much sooner. But the memories of our loved pack members, the ones who are no longer with us, kept us going, and we finally arrived at the valley after about 2 hours of arduous climbing. Mom says all the energy and effort it took us to get there is like an offering to the memory of our beloved ones.

The small valley, surrounded by pine trees, was beautiful this winter morning. Though a cold breeze was blowing, the sun was shining through some thin clouds. The silence was almost complete. Down the path, bordering the valley, quite far from us, a few mountain cyclists were going by. Other than them, we were alone in the valley.

Mom & dad said a few words about Aullido and Bela, while I watched. Then they scattered the ashes. After a few moments of silence we gathered our stuff and left the place. The way down was easier but undertaken in silence and remembrance of our two family members.

Although it was mainly a symbolic ceremony, it did feel like we were setting their spirits free. We all know dogs go to heaven; but heaven is inside us, in our hearts and minds, where we keep and cherish their memories, and all we learned and got from them. They made our lives richer, more purposeful, and a whole lot more fun. For that we will be forever thankful, and we will keep them close to our hearts, taking them wherever fate might direct our steps. Happy New Year, Bela and Aullido, wherever you may be.

To all our friends here at Dogster, we wish you a great New Year, one filled with success and happiness. Greetings and Happy New Year!


Our family: struck by tragedy again :(

December 15th 2009 9:40 am
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Hey dear friends.

Last time I posted I was sad time for my family, after Bela's death. This time we're truly devastated; less than a month after Bela, Aullido, the Bouvier mom & dad adopted over 2 years ago, passed away from an intestinal obstruction that complicated rapidly. He went into shock while dad was visiting him and didn't wake up from anesthesia after emergency surgery. Although he hated the hospital (we all do), dad was with him in those final, difficult moments; at least he didn't have to die alone, among strangers.

I'm at a losss as to what to do. Mom & dad loved him a lot, they are so sad and my face licks don't seem to help as much as before. I myself am only adjusting to Bela's absence when I find myself being the pack's only dog. I'm sad too; Aullido protected and took care of us, and I wonder if I'm up to the task.

We will eventually adjust to how our pack is now. However, the losses of both Bela and Aullido, so close to each other, have been terrible blows to my family. I've never seen mom & dad this sad. I guess as a doggie my job is to comfort them and be there for them.

I can only hope to last as much as possible, in order not to make my humans sad once I'm gone; I know at least that Aullido and Bela are together (he always liked herding Bela, who looked like a little cow to him); and I know that eventually, many years from now, we will all be together as a family for our final journey, wherever it may take us.

My friends, thanks for your support, we will keep you posted.


Bela, my dear friend!

November 15th 2009 4:53 pm
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Hey all! I'm a bit sad, let me tell you why.

My paw is almost completely healed, so I can run and jump again. However, the past couple of days we'd been going to the park with Bela, who had been really sick, mom & dad wanted to see if going out helped her a bit. So I guess what I'd wished for, to go for a walk with her again, did come true.

However, today (Sunday the 15th) Bela died :( and I'm so sad :( of course, so are mom & dad. Aullido is playing tough but I know he's a bit sad too.

I'm really sad because Bela had been with me since I got here. I remember when I came home, a scared little 2-month-old puppy, and she let me curl up next to her. The first few months we slept together. Eventually I grew too big and dominant and I even fought with Bela a few times. But I always cared for her and worried about her.

Now she's gone. Where do doggies go when they die? I don't know, but when my time comes, I'll be happy to know Bela is there waiting for me.

See you all soon!

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