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I got bit again!

March 12th 2008 12:42 pm
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Hey all! so dad & mom have been super busy lately, so they haven't had a chance to help me put a diary entry lately. But here I am! Just wanted to tell you about my latest and slightly nasty adventure.

So there we were, walking and minding our own business, when I spotted a few squirrels in a nearby tree. While approaching, there were three other dogs walking with their owner, an old lady. So I approached them in a friendly manner. However when they saw me they started barking and growling. I decided they didn't want to play or hunt squirrels with me so I turned around and went looking for mom & dad.

As it turns out the three rascals started chasing me! so I started running towards mom, who had Aullido on-leash (he's quite protective and was already jumping and growling!). These three dogs were on my tail and started gnashing and biting. They bit me in the arse! I was terrified and looking for help. Luckily dad came running and threw a bag at them; this was one of our mutt-mitts for picking up droppings and it was full. So the other dogs got startled and ran away, finally leaving me alone.

The dog's owner lady had the nerve to say "they're all barks and no bites"; mom & dad didn't say anything because at first they didn't notice I'd been wounded.

Afterwards mom & dad checked me to see if I was ok; I had two small puncture bites on my left hind quarter. It didn't hurt too much! but they still freaked out a bit and got very mad at the other lady. They decided to cut the walk short and head home, where they washed and disinfected my wounds. By then I'd forgotten about the event and was already happily chasing squirrels and playing with other dogs. I'm only sorry we didn't get to go to the fountain :( mom said my wound might get infected.

So here's a piece of advice: dog owners, if your dogs have any aggressive tendencies at all, be responsible and have them on-leash; it's also their life on the line, being smaller dogs I could have defended myself and seriously hurt them (luckily I'm too friendly for that!); or, had my owners been nastier, they would have let Aullido loose on the other dogs.

So there! and ow, I can't sit very well cuz my arse hurts! ;) see ya!


French poodle tied to a tree

February 26th 2008 8:02 am
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Hey all! so I was really furious last friday! we were out for a walk with dad when we spotted a furball tied to some bushes. So naturally Bela and I lunged at it; I wanted to see what it was and play with it, Bela wanted to bite it! Dad kept us at bay and it turns out it was a wee dog! a furry french poodle in a very sad condition.

Mom & dad took her home, fed her and gave her water, and showed it to Bela and I (not Aullido, who could have snapped the little one in two with a single bite). She was so dirty, her hair all grown and tangled, was hungry and thirsty and wanted to sleep.

So next day after some rest and food, the little one got taken to the vet, who gave her a clean bill of health (save for her teeth which, due to a bad diet, are in terrible conditions) and a bath and haircut. Now she's the cutest poodle on earth! so naturally it was easy to find her a home, and she's staying with mom's niece.

So why am I so angry? because I hate it when people do that to dogs! she was left there to die or I don't know what. Luckily we found and helped her. So here's to her former owner: na-nah, na-nah, your dog didn't die!! grr!



February 10th 2008 8:56 pm
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Howdy to all my friends! It's been almost a month and a half since my surgery, and a whole month since the vet removed my stitches. Mom & dad found special food for me, to help me regain weight and strength. And I certainly needed it! We've already gone trail-running 3 times this last month. We started slow with a shorter run, but built it up, and I've been able to do the entire route, with mom & dad taking things slower than usual. I still end up quite tired but I'm slowly improving. At least my muscles are almost normal again! We also went to grandpa's house with the big yard, I ran around like crazy, the way I love to. I also had a bath, for the first time in 6 weeks! I really missed it and I was so dirty and stinky! I'm glad to be back to my usual routine!

Now, dad says, I have to have my yearly shots this week. Eek! to be honest, I prefer shots to having my nails clipped. Call me crazy but those vaccine shots don't hurt all that much.

I'll tell you how that went in a couple of days! until then, see ya!


No stitches!

January 15th 2008 7:54 am
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Hey all! so, I'm very happy, and so are mom & dad; last friday the doctor said I was well enough to have my stitches removed. I was also cleared for running (a bit at a time) and leading a normal life. Mostly!

See, after all my misadventures I lost a lot of strength and stamina; so mom & dad were told to take things slow with me. That said, on friday we went for a 2-km run. I ended up really tired. So I indeed have to take things slow. But I want to run! so dad's been having a hell of a time trying to restrain me with the leash. Even so, I still get tired after pretty short walks. But my condition and strength are slowly improving. My appetite, on the other hand, is great now. But I discovered that, if I refuse to eat my dog kibble, mom & dad usually give me delicacies such as sausages, ham, and the ocasional slice of prosciutto :)

So I'm off to sleep a bit after my last walk. Woofs and licks, and be seeing you!


I'm doing better

January 8th 2008 5:18 pm
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Howdy all! so I'm doing a lot better! I had a vet appointment today, and the doctor finally cleared me to climb the stairs so I can sleep in my own bed (and sometimes, mom & dad's). Also, he gave me the OK to go for walks; though he warned dad to take it easy and start with short walks. I have to take it easy for the next 3 weeks.

Alas, my stitches are still there; the doctor thought it prudent to leave them for another three days so I have another appointment to get un-stitched on friday.

When we came home I was hungry so I gulped half a plate of food. Yum! I also got really tired so it's off to bed for me. Woof to all my friends!


Many thanks to all my friends!

January 5th 2008 12:22 pm
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Hi! so I was lucky enough to be picked as diary of the day right when I wrote about my adventures and misadventures with surgery.

It was nice to have my 15 minutes of fame; but luckier still to have received tons of support and encouraging words, from many friends, old and new. I love making new friends! the best thing about friends is that they're forever.

Mom & dad always say that dogster is the best community site they've seen; and I have to agree with them. Dogs and their owners are extremely friendly and supportive. Mom, dad and I send many thanks to all of you who read my diary, shared our stories and sent paw-mail and friendly requests. We'll be sure to keep in touch!

Thanks and woofs while I recover! love, Tallulah :P


I almost died

January 3rd 2008 9:51 pm
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Guys, I won't lie to you. I almost died! Luckily mom & dad were there to help me and, along with some good veterinarians, saved my life. It's a long story so bear with me.

I got spayed a few days ago, and there were a lot of complications; like I talk about on my previous entry. Anyway, on January 1st, something very nasty happened to me; I went out and barked, and the effort caused my stitches to burst, and my entrails to come out of my belly.

Luckily dad was right beside me, so he grabbed my belly. He called mom who came running, looking horrified, they bandaged me to keep my innards from gushing out, put me in the car and drove away like crazy. I was scared, shaking and feeling bad because I had a hole in my tummy.

Strange as it sounds, this is where my good luck began; since mom & dad were so quick to help me, I wasn't completely eviscerated (just a little, small comfort!). When they started calling our vet, she didn't answer, this being january 1st it's extremely hard to get ahold of people; so they contacted a vet we met when I was bleeding two days ago. He told us to run to a pet hospital he recommended.

It turns out this hospital is really good; they have 24/7/365 service and are very well equipped and professionally staffed. When we got there I was terrified and about to go into shock. They gave me something to make me sleep and took me straight to surgery.

I woke up 3 hours later, really scared and feeling terrible, but, at least, still alive.

I had to spend a whole day there, and the doctors seemed really worried about me. The next day mom & dad visited me, I was really happy! they told me I was very lucky; thanks to my near evisceration, the doctors had a chance to look inside me, and they discovered my first surgery had been very poorly performed; internal stitching gave me an allergic reaction, I had huge carnosities and blood clots inside (due to my bleeding for 2 days straight), I had the beginnings of a nasty peritonitis (which is usually fatal if left to advance), and the stitching, both internal and external, was very deficient; this was what caused my small belly problem. These doctors fixed these problems, stitched me up pretty good, and even ran some tests on my kidneys and my blood.

Mom & dad were very worried; although I'm a strong dog, I'd been malnourished, bleeding, and suffering from an incipient infection (not to mention almost spilling my guts in our garage!). Luckily I hung in there; and while I had to stay at the hospital for almost 3 days, alone and scared, I managed to recover.

Right now I'm back home, with a nice 12-inch cut in my belly; I have to eat and rest for a few days, and once I'm better, I can start going for walks and stuff.

I'm a lucky dog. Mom says it appears as though a higher power was directing events; from my accident bursting my stitches, to the way they *didn't* find our usual vet, to the recommendation we received for that excellent hospital from a vet we'd only known for a few days; it all fell in place, because otherwise, the bad first surgery I had would have ended up killing me from a nasty infection or other complications.

So it seems it wasn't my fate to die. Maybe I'm meant for a higher purpose? but really, what higher purpose could a dog aspire to, other than being with her family? that, for me, is the best thing about having been lucky enough to survive; not only to be alive, but to be with them.


Nasty boxing day present

December 31st 2007 8:42 am
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Hi all! sorry for not writing for so long. It's been a hectic few weeks! first the run-up to christmas, presents to buy, food to eat, christmas trees to smell. Mom & dad tried to tire us out before christmas eve and I think they succeeded; by taking us for long runs the previous days, come party time we were so tired we hardly bothered anyone.

For boxing day, mom & dad gave me a nasty present and had me spayed :( It's not that bad in itself, they say i'll feel better and live longer but I don't know; I had post-surgery complications and gave everyone a pretty good scare.

For some reason my wound refused to clot properly and I had a lot of bleeding. Our vet told us it was not life-threatening and would stop in a couple of days. For mom & dad, it was a couple of horrible days, first when I had to spend the night at the vet's, and then when I came home dripping blood. They had a second vet visit me, and called another two, just to be sure, because they weren't about to let me bleed to death! but it turns out our vet's judgment was accurate and they all agreed on waiting until the bleeding stopped.

For me, it was a sad first night, without my family and alone in a strange place. I was happy to be home, but confused, and it was gross having to sleep on a blood-soaked mattress the first day. Things became easier when mom & dad put a bandage on my wound, which also helped stop the bleeding. Aullido and Bela also helped a lot by keeping me company and protecting me from strangers (Aullido almost bit the vet, crazy dog). Their presence really lifted up my spirits.

Due to the surgery and blood loss, I'm still pretty weak; also because I started being pretty finicky about what I eat; I survived on electrolyte drinks for the first two days. Luckily I feel better now, so I can eat sausages, steaks and cereal.

I also feel good enough to go for a walk but dad won't take me! they say I'm still in a delicate condition and whenever I exert myself, the wound starts oozing; mom & dad are a bit concerned but they say it's probably nothing as it's not blood but a strange post-clotting fluid. Hey I wouldn't know, I'm just a doggie! all I know is I like to lick that liquid :P

All in all, I was pretty scared, and mom & dad were terrified I was going to die. But don't worry guys, I'm not about to leave you, just as I know you weren't going to let me bleed to death. Thanks for taking care of me :)


big tv!

November 27th 2007 9:56 am
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Hey all! I've never understood humans and their enjoyment of TV. Usually when mom & dad watch TV, I fall asleep on my couch or the bed and don't pay attention to it.

Aullido, however, seems to really like TV. He discovered that by lying on the floor right at the foot of mom & dad's bed, he can watch the screen. So usually when he sees the big screen coming down and the show about to start, he gets comfy in his position and watches TV with great interest.

Me and Bela, we don't like the TV so much so we just sleep. But sometimes, barks and dog noises come from the TV. So we start barking back, even though we can't see the dogs. So mom & dad usually prefer NOT to watch dog shows on TV. Except, of course, when it's the dog whisperer on! damn, I wish they didn't watch that show! they're much more strict with us since they started! but they also walk us a lot more. So I guess it's not so bad anyway. Woof, see ya later!


My birthday

November 6th 2007 9:25 am
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Hi all! I've been in heat for almost a month, and it's really making me feel bad. But guess what! it was my birthday last week! I turned two years old; it's a major milestone for a great dane because I'm now officially an adult; I can stop eating puppy food, my growth has all but stopped and I'm much better-behaved now.

Mom & dad were really busy that day so they didn't throw me a party or bake me a doggie cake like they did with Bela (a good thing, because we ate so much that day, mom & dad were worried we'd explode). But I got to sleep in until late, then went for a walk with mom & dad and Bela and Aullido.

Actually, us doggies don't care that much about birthdays and special ocasions; I got to be with my family, and that's the best for me; love and attention are the best presents for a dog and, luckily for us, it's something we get every day.

So thanks mom & dad and Bela for putting up with me for two years already! here's hoping for many more ;)

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