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OH No - Another Surgery?

March 3rd 2009 8:47 am
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----------Mighty Max's Version---------------
Yep, Another surgery - looks like it. Momma took me to the vet again and dropped me off and left me there! All day and boy was it a busy weird day. But I got lots of attention so that was not so bad. And I had VIP service this time - I had my very own vet tech with me ALL day! That was pretty cool. So they gave me this stuff that made me sleepy, and that nice lady doc was there, and then they brought me back to my travel bed and I napped, and and then Mom came and got me and I couldn't get comfortable all night. I was really hungry, I just wanted to be around mom and kept making these weird noises, I don't know why, and didn't want to sit, didn't want to lay down, didn't want to sleep long, I didn't want to go out and WHY did I feel so weird???.....

-----------Mom's version--------------------
Mighty Max's eye mass regrew again and it was time for another dental so the vet combined the two to save me money thank goodness. Because of his reactions to shots and food allergies etc, he was assigned a vet tech to be with him the whole day and watch him closely, which I loved of course. He actually had 2 eye masses removed and lost no teeth - yay! He was very groggy and whiny from the anesthesia and milking the fact that he knew something had gone on and he didn't know why he didn't feel right, but overall he did just fine! he hated the cone-head look but only really had to wear it when I went to work or couldn't watch him.


Mighty Max needs your help and vote in Spay Awareness Human- Society Contest

February 12th 2008 3:56 pm
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Mighty Max is in a pet photo contest sponsored by the Humane Society to promote Spay Day awareness.

Please check out his entry and vote for him!

Go to this page to vote:

Enter your little cutie too!


(you do have to enter your email but you do NOT have to check the box to get more information and then you click to vote.


Kathleen (Mighty Max's Momma)


A dog's Purpose Email was a good one

January 28th 2008 5:00 pm
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My mom got this email and it was pretty cool so we thought I would add it to my page -

A Dog's Purpose (from a 6-year-old) -

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a

ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron,

his wife, Lisa, And their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to

Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I

told the Family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered

to perform The euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their


As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they

thought it would Be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the

procedure. They felt As though Shane might learn something from the


The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat

as Belker's Family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting

the old dog for The last time, that I wondered if he understood what

was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition

without any Difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while

after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal

lives are Shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been

listening quietly, Piped up, "I know why."

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his

mouth next Stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting


He said, "People are born so that they can learn how

to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice,

right?" The Six-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how

to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn

things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your
face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close
by and nuzzle them gently.



A doggie stroller? - What in the world??

May 15th 2007 3:46 pm
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Well I love to go for a walk any time any where - of course! But sometimes Mom walks too far for me! We will go with our friend Kristen and walk down by the river. There are lots of people to capture the attention of as they go by, lots of trees to mark (or dry mark when I just keep trying to mark but am uh... "empty") - and lots of grass - and other dogs - it is a blast.

But sometimes my little legs just can't make it as far as the girls can so mom has to carry me part of the way back. I am big guy for a pap (about 15 lbs ) so Mom gets a bit tired of carrying me all the way back and puts me back down to walk more when I am already tired- bummer. That being carried thing is fit for a king and I am one right?

SO - my friend's grandmother had gotten her cats a pet stroller. We used that on our last couple walks and I just LOVE it! Mom and her friend can walk as much as they want - and I can ride when I get tired. It is awesome. I get SO much attention when I am riding in it. PLUS I get the wind running through my ears/hair/ face and it is just glorious!

Mom took a picture and posted it so you can see - but I hope she borrows that thing all the time! Check it out and you will see how happy I am in it - anyone want to go for a walk?


Got my stitches out and am Getting back to my Handsome Self!

April 16th 2007 3:27 pm
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Well, Mom took me back to the vet on Saturday and this time I got a little nervous! Then once I walked in the door and everyone was so excited to see me and calling my name - even with that stupid cone thing on my head - that I just got excited and forgot about being nervous. Until I went into the doctor's room, I remembered something was not so fun last time we were there - so I hid under the chair! But my mom just picked up the chair and Dr. Wood's picked me up. Bummer,silly chair - not as good a hiding place as I had thought it would be!

Dr Woods got the stitches out just fine and it didn't even hurt! She was as happy as I was! Since she had to use such small stitches during the surgery, she thought it may hurt me to get them back out. But it was not a problem at all.

Plus - good news - the pathology came back and my tumor was benign - (whatever that means). All that means to me is that Mom was really happy - so was the vet and all the staff! Mom said something about it being worth paying one month's worth of the mortgage to get me all better and that it was nothing personal but she hoped not to be coming back to see them anytime soon. Everyone laughed, but I didn't get the first part - but I don't want to go back any time soon either! I was just happy and ready to go home.

The swelling has gone down and the hair is starting to grow back over my eye lid and I may just let mom put a new picture on my page soon. I also am just glad that I don't have that goo put in my eye every 12 hours and that stupid cone thing on my head anymore. It has been retired to the top shelf of the closet! Whoo hoo!

Better days ahead for sure.

Mighty Max


Cyclops no More!! Had that nasty cyst finally removed from- my eye! Yay! Day 1 Recovery

April 5th 2007 6:29 am
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Well I had my eye surgery yesterday. Things went really well! Which of course made Mom really happy. They did remove the cyst/mass/tumor thingee from my eyelid. The doc said she didn't think it was cancerous from the ones she had seen before, but some of it looked funny - so she is still sending it off to the lab to be checked out anyway. They were able to just lance off the new one on the lower eyelid, so I should be good as new soon!

Now of course I was whiny from the anesthesia making me feel weird and having that cone thing on my head is no fun either! (Yes, I have to wear that upside down lampshade looking thing). I was actually pretty hyper and wired when Mom picked me up but couldn't really do anything - except whine... and moan.... and whine some more.... mostly all night. The pain meds they used, not Rimadyl, help me not be in pain but don’t make me tired so I wanted to play, but still couldn’t. . But Mom was ever so patient with me. She even hand fed me since I couldn’t get to my food and water real well and the cone had to stay on since I kept going for my eye the second it came off! When mom took it off of me, I started to pick at my eye with my paw - which of course I tried to do in the other room but Mom came in and caught me! Of course I froze with that "I am busted" look on my face but she knew what I was up to immediately! Then she tried to put the collar back on. Operative word being "tried" - since she put it on upside down - which for some reason she thought was hilarious! I still couldn’t move - not at all - but she figured it out and put that darn thing on the right way again. Oh well, at least she got laugh out of it.

So I had to pretty much wear that collar all night. I did have a small problem with the stairs. I am a pad trained doggie so if I have to go in the middle of the night, I just go downstairs to the sunroom where my puppy pads are and do my business. Well that is what I did at about 3 AM. But I just could not get back up the stairs - that darn cone thing was heavy on my head and I was tired. I moaned on every step going down and whined on the first 4 back up - that was about as far as I could go. So I just moaned and whined until Mom woke up and came and checked on me. I just sat there in the middle of the stairs, looking pitiful and whining until she came and picked me up and carried me back up to bed. Good ol' Mom, I gave her lots of kisses for that one!

Mom gave me a break with the cone/collar thing this morning for a while but since she had to go to work.... it had to go back on while she is gone. So I am suffering through it and gave her plenty of guilty looks before she left for work. Let’s see how things go tonight when she gets home.

I am sure things will be back to normal soon but I can’t wait to not be a “cone head”!!!

Since Mom and I just ended mostly sitting together last night – it reminded Mom of a great quote she read from her friend’s dogster page:

A quote from Milan Kundera:
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace."

Isn't that a great quote?

Mighty Max


Hey Man - what is Up with my EARS? Momma Can't you make it better yet?

January 24th 2007 3:40 pm
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I had to go back to the vet on Saturday. I had my dental last Monday and had done so well... until Friday. First Momma took off from her second job to say home and “baby” me after that dental thing– as she should – so she was with me Monday night. I was a little whinny and uncomfortable but basically it was not too bad. Then Thursday and Friday came and MAN my ears were REALLY bugging me. I kept trying to get my paws in there to scratch ‘em, and tried to shake my head really hard to get whatever was in there out of there. I was shaking my head constantly and pawing at my ears and chewing on my feet. Nothing seemed to be working. I was a pitiful mess. Momma thought that I might have ear mites or just need my ears cleaned. So she cleaned out my ears and put in some ear drops in case it was mites.

I was obviously still very bothered by bedtime and we put in more drops Fri night and Sat morning. Saturday I was not any better so we went back to the vet. The vet took a look in one ear and said, "oh, I have never seen anything like that before" -- not what you want to hear!

She said I had abscesses in both ears and she had Momma look down in each ear with the endoscope thingee. There were 3 little holes in one ear and one hole in the other!! Poor lil' me!

All the docs took a peek at my ears and then they cultured them (sticking long qtip things in my ear is NOT something I enjoy - but I was very tolerant of these folks - they were all so nice. Anyway, they did cultures of both ears so they can see just what is going on. They put me on another stronger antibiotic and Momma has to flush my ears with just simple saline solution EVERYDAY- I HATE THAT!

She does give me some of that bubblegum flavored baby benedryl when I am really freaking out so I can calm down and not attack my ears. At least I have not had to become a “cone" head again. You know that upside down lampshade looking thing they put on us! At least not yet….

So we go BACK to the vet on Tuesday and the cultures that had been taken were not ready because the lab had sent it off to NY for some reason, (even the vet was confused as to why that happened on that one).

BUT my ears did look better, but not great yet. They flushed them out really well - AGAIN – man I really hate that! I have to stay on the stronger antibiotic a couple more days. The docs were still not sure what was going on but they think it is either a reaction to the first antibiotic OR a food allergy reaction to the small bites of hot dogs Momma sneakily hides those stupid pills in when she gives them to me.

So it may be the hot dogs since I do have terrible food allergies, which is why I only get to eat Duck and Potato and Venison and Brown Rice food - only. (Big choice there – gee thanks Mom!) We had done pills in small bites of hot dogs in the past - since the duck and potato is hard to form around a pill and I find the pill every time! Food allergies can show up in the ears like that - so now I don’t even get the hot dogs for the pills now! So much for small pleasures when you don't feel good!

Momma said thank goodness the Venison and Brown Rice will form around the pill - it did this morning - so I think we will be ok, at least getting the pills in.

At least my ears are somewhat better - Happy dance! But we will see how much longer I will put up with the daily ear flushing from Momma!

Stay tuned!


I hear Momma say "Mighty Max had his first dental!" - So THAT is what that was!

January 16th 2007 7:44 am
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I could tell something was up before we even went to bed on Sunday night because Momma was fawning over me - MORE so than normal. Don't get me wrong, I loved it! I was brushed a lot longer than normal, got extra tummy rubs, cheek scratches and ear scratches and even petted off to sleep a couple times before we even went up stairs to bed! Once we went to bed things seemed normal until the alarm went off and Mom got up and picked up my water bowls and went back to sleep. Weird. She said something about you can't have any water after midnight and it is now midnight, so that is it for today on the water. I went and got into her warm spot in the bed and just went back to sleep - humans can be odd sometimes - you just love them for who they are right?

So we got up yesterday like a normal day, Momma started to get ready for work, but she didn't even go near my bowl to feed me! I thought she had never forgotten to feed me before .... uh oh, what's up? Then she got my travel bed and I got so excited I forgot .... but then we we got in the car I thought wait we just went to that vet guy 2 days ago. he didn't do anything but hmmmm, maybe I should be all nervous anyway!

Ok - Mom is breaking in on me to tell the rest of the story!

Ok, we did it. Yesterday Mighty Max had his first dental. He is 5 1/2 and he did well. :)

We went in on Saturday and talked to our vet so he could answer ALL my questions, which were numerous thanks to this group of folks on the dogster health forum helping me learn what to ask!

We did decide to do the pre-screening blood work and pre-and post antibiotics since Mighty Max is SO sensitive to everything. I love my vet's office staff, everyone was so patient with me, my nervousness, and all my questions. Thank goodness they all seem to adore Max too.

He didn't lose any teeth and did pretty well last night. He was whinny and unsure of where he wanted to lay down, so he moved around a bit, whinned and signed heavily upon the next move to a new sleeping area, or to my lap, but he did well. He was starving! But since the vet said to only try about half of what he normally eats, we did it in stages, first the soft food and that stayed in (and down) and then the dry food. He only ate the dry after I wet it with some warm water to make it soft for him, but then he chowed it all down and was ready for more. We were doing so well, I didn't want to push our luck... so I made him wait a bit before giving his antibiotic in a small piece of hot dog! yep, he got bits of a hit dog - he was SO excited!

Momma got a few grey hairs through out the day waiting to hear how he would do, but all in all it went well! He didn't get sick or react to anything and did great - Mommy is doing the happy dance for sure....

Of course I had a hard time leaving him this morning to come to work but someone has to pay for the dental and the meds right? So here I am and he is at home, probably not as pitiful looking as he was when I left since I am sure that was all show for me!

Thanks to everyone for helping me make this decision and sharing your experiences and information! I really appreciate it!



Merry Christmas - Finally!

December 29th 2006 8:46 am
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Boy am I glad Christmas finally got here! I was really having a hard time seeing my stocking hung by the fireplace and NOT being able to get to it! I know my stocking from every other stocking up there and I kept a close eye on it all the time. Every single day, I would sit in front of it and look directly at it and then at Momma and then back at my stocking. She knew what I wanted, I know she did. I did my best dance on my back legs and beg with my front paws, and even spin in circles in front of it, but my Momma wouldn't budge. She kept saying Santa Paws had not come yet.

It was worth the wait! Whoo hoo! I got some new toys, Octi-octopuss who is orange and squeaky but at least has legs I can grab onto to drag him around. I got Tom the purple turtle, Sammy the Seal, who are both small beannie type toys, some new small balls to play fetch with - oh and I got this really cool toy called an Orca something.... It is like a small kong with holes on both ends big enough for plastic strings to run thru it. The strings have small balls on the end so they don't come out when I chew on them. It even bounces funny when it gets thrown! Man I love that thing.

But for me, getting to have treats that were not Duck and Potato or Venison and Brown rice was the best! I got Beef and Bacon ones. My eyes ran, my tummy got red... but I was a happy yet itchy boy! Momma gave me some baby benedryll and all was well.

How long until next Christmas?

Well Happy Pappy New Year to everyone. I wish you all many bones and happiness in 2007!

Paws and kisses -

Mighty Max


Met my Uncle Jamie and Aunt Debbie

November 30th 2006 3:35 pm
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Well, it has been a long time since I updated my page! I have been bugging Mommy but she has had one tough year and no online time in months! BUT since we had visitors recently - I get to update my diary!!

My Uncle Jamie and Aunt Debbie live in some place far, far away called England -- across some pond or something... anyway - they came for a visit for the very first time EVER. My Mommy is adopted (I was too - adopted by her that is) and this is her biological brother and his wife. They came to meet my Grandpa Ed and Grandma Nancy and my Uncle Ed, Aunt Lisle - and cousins Leila and Mary Catherine (the humans) and Abbey, a golden and Mocha a brown Lab.

I LOVED their visit! They stayed at my house and played with me a lot. They had a golden and a lab that both have now gone on to Rainbow Bridge - Jake and Bo. SO they loved playing with me too. Don’t you just love DOG people? They let me give them as many kisses as I wanted, and chased me, and threw every toy I brought to them - AND even rescued my "jiggle" ball that had been stuck under the sofa! I was SO excited to get that back into my toy rotation!

Oh speaking of toy rotation – my Mommy keeps checking out which toys I am playing with and which ones I am not playing with as often as the others. She did this last year and took some away. She said I was “sharing” with other dogs that don’t have as many toys as I do. I can’t understand that exactly but I am just as happy playing with the toys I still have… or will get from Santa this year. After all, I have been a VERY good boy!

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