Nicknames: puppy, pup pup, bud, wiggle worm, Elvi the brussels with the muscles
Likes: Lucy, greenies, soft blankies hot out of the dryer, dryer sheets, bath time, catching and eating lightning bugs, the doggie beach in Florida, hanging out with nana & pop-pop, long naps with mom & dad.
Pet-Peeves: Elvis waits all day in the window for THE MAILMAN!!! He grabs the mail right out of the mailman's hand as he's putting the mail through the mail slot and throws it all over the house growling like a wild beast. Elvis also hates getting out of bed.
Favorite Toy: his stuffed toy named priscilla, he is crazy for ping pong balls and if you give him a new toy he will be so proud of it that he prances around with it in his mouth and makes sure to show everyone his brand new toy.
Favorite Food: Innova small bites, bubble gum, cat food, beef jerky, popcorn, cheese burgers, ice cream, candy, bird seed and anything else dogs aren't supposed to have
Favorite Walk: running in circles around the dining room table at 90 mph.
Best Tricks: Elvis loves to give high fives. He also knows BANG BANG!Ask him if you can have a kiss and he will gently touch his nose to yours! And as you can see in his photos, Elvis has also taken up Karate to defend himself from the flying monkey ninja we call Lucy
Arrival Story: We were taking care of this amazing Griffon named Oscar for our friend. When it came time to send him back home, we were heartbroken. We became so attached so quickly. A few months later, we came across a photo of Elvis on a puppy search web site and the second we saw him our hearts skipped a few beats and we knew he was ours. We were to meet our new puppy at the airport, we were so excited. Except the flight crew told us they must have misplaced our puppy when they were transfering planes because they did not have any dogs on board! It turns out that Elvis was so small and in such a small carrier that he was underneath the luggage! And I was so surprised because I had thought that Elvis was already 12 months old but it turned out that he was 12 weeks old! He was so tiny! He is an amazing puppy, incredibly smart, and sensitive, and has a great personality. We're so glad he's ours!
Bio: Elvis loves meeting new people and puppies and giving lots of kisses. He also loves wearing clothes. He just loves the attention that he gets, and he acts like he is just the most handsome dog you'd ever seen when he has on a new outfit. He is incredibly smart. He understands more then you think a dog would, and if he doesn't then he will try to figure it out.
One morning during a walk Elvis just stopped peeing. He was trying to, he just stood there with his leg up, for a long time, almost like he was pee constipated. When we got home he actually layed down on the kitchen floor and started to cry. Elvis never ever lays on the floor, why lay on the floor when you can lay on the couch? And he was crying and crying, it was so heartbreaking. We rushed him to the Emergency Hospital since it was Sunday morning and our vet was closed. We met a really nice vet and it turns out she also has a smoothy brussels griffon! His bladder was extended and his urinary tract was blocked so she took x-rays and ultra sounds and sent of a urine sample to the lab to be tested for crystals, she also relieved his bladder with a catheter. She took great care of him and sent him home with us only if we promised to take him right to our normal vet in the morning, which we did of course. He peed a tiny bit that night, but in the morning he couldn't again. And off to the vet we went.
Our wonderful vet did tons of tests and x-rays and found stones that needed to be removed surgicaly since they could not flush them out or even move them. The surgery went well, they found 7 stones and sent them off to the lab to be tested. The vet told us this was a life threating situation because if the dog cannot pee, then it can infect his kidney and poison him, or his bladder would burst. Poor puppy. The surgery was a few hours! What a great vet we have, once again she saved our dogs life.
The lab results came back from both the emergency vet as well as our regular vet. Elvis had cystine stones and crystals in his urine. Now he is on a very very strict diet only science diet U/D and science diet bones, NO TREATS! ouch. I wanted to find out as much as I could about cystine stones and kept coming across the name Dr. Urs Giger at the University of Penn. So I contacted him by e-mail to find out more about cystine stones and he asked if we could make an appointment to see him. They took more samples and ultra sounds and x-rays. We thought after the surgery and being on a strict diet that we were ok and in the clear. That was the middle of December, now it is the end of February and we find out that Elvis has another stone and tiny stones forming in his bladder. (insert scream here).
Our vet, thankfully, wants to try to everything she can first before doing anything extreme. She has us giving Elvis baking soda in his food, this is hopefully going to break down the stones and change the ph in his urine.
It's only been a few days with the baking soda, I hope to heaven it is working.