Ruby


Rat Terrier
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Home:Van Buren, AR  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 16 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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   Leave a bone for Ruby

Nicknames:
Pudge

Doggie Dynamics:
 Energy 
sleepyenergetic
 
 Intelligence 
sillygenius
 
 Friendliness 
aggressiveaffectionate
 
 Playfulness 
not playfulvery playful
 
 Disposition 
anxiouscalm
 

Quick Bio:
-purebred-pound dog

Birthday:
April 30th 1998

Likes:
Peanut butter & molasses biscuits

Pet-Peeves:
Having heartworms, Elvis and Piper

Favorite Toy:
Ruby doesn't understand what toys are

Favorite Food:
Duck, Lamb & Potato

Favorite Walk:
Front yard

Arrival Story:
Ruby was an OTI at an area pound and was going to be put to sleep because of her age. The pound had no information on her, not even her name. When they walked her into the lobby, she looked so dejected, not lifting her head to look at anyone. I couldn't say no. She smelled something terrible and I had an awful feeling, so I stopped by a clinic and had her heartworm tested. She is positive. Once home (I'd already thrown away the urine-stained bandana they had on her), she was bathed and made comfortable in a crate, needing to keep her confined while we waited to get her prognosis.

Bio:
The vet said Ruby is high-positive and would not survive the regular treatment. Because she's coughing and has a heart murmur, she has to take some meds before treatment can begin - the vet is doing a quarter-phase plan on Ruby. She is such a sweet girl and lets you know how much she appreciates what is being done for her. We were hoping to place her with an older person or couple, but this will not be done until she has a clean bill of health. Looking at Ruby, it hurts knowing this was preventable and she could lose her life for not being given a $3/month pill. She's actually funny, ignoring the big dogs unless they bump her, then she grumbles at them. She did the same with the smaller dogs, but will also snap at them if she thinks they're being disrespectful! She's a crotchety little coot, but still so sweet and happy to have something soft to lay on and a bone to chew. Ruby must make it thru the treatment, I can't deal with any more loss of life.

Forums Motto:
Protect against heartworms!

I've Been On Dogster Since:
February 25th 2007 More than 7 years!

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Heartworm treatment - Round two

June 20th 2007 8:13 pm
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I went for a full body-weight injection yesterday. OUCH! I screamed and wiggled, because I HATE needles. They did it with FM in the room and she plugged her ears and turned her head so she wouldn't cry. She'd rather be the one getting stuck with needles. Actually, she was last week - right in her hand. But she said my shots are way more important.
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Ruby went on vacation (road trip to mom's, nothing fancy!) with me and the crew the week of Memorial Day. She rested the entire way and was such a good girl. She was even good at my mom's, staying pretty quiet in her exercise pen. It was hard for mother to believe her prognosis was so poor, because she's such a happy girl - and quite bossy when she's hungry. The vet said she needed to receive the next injection after we returned, because her condition was "stabilized" based upon the last bloodwork. Those results came back with major improvements and the blood was gone from her urine. The additional meds ($$$!!!) were definitely helping her.

The next couple of weeks will be tough, once the heartworms start dying. They'd BETTER start dying. This old girl has put up such a fight that she deserves a little bit of life with those horrible things out of her body. Even if she gets only a year being heartworm free, it will be the best year she's ever had, I'll make sure of it.

 

Heartworm treatment - Round two

June 20th 2007 8:11 pm
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I went for a full body-weight injection yesterday. OUCH! I screamed and wiggled, because I HATE needles. They did it with FM in the room and she plugged her ears and turned her head so she wouldn't cry. She'd rather be the one getting stuck with needles. Actually, she was last week - right in her hand. But she said my shots are way more important.
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Ruby went on vacation (road trip to mom's, nothing fancy!) with me and the crew the week of Memorial Day. She rested the entire way and was such a good girl. She was even good at my mom's, staying pretty quiet in her exercise pen. It was hard for mother to believe her prognosis was so poor, because she's such a happy girl - and quite bossy when she's hungry. The vet said she needed to receive the next injection after we returned, because her condition was "stabilized" based upon the last bloodwork.

The next couple of weeks will be tough, once the heartworms start dying. They'd BETTER start dying. This old girl has put up such a fight that she deserves a little bit of life with those horrible things out of her body. Even if she gets only a year being heartworm free, it will be the best year she's ever had, I'll make sure of it.

 

Still hanging in there!

May 14th 2007 6:37 pm
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The vet drew more blood last Thursday to see if her CBC has changed, because her urine stopped showing signs of blood (was a dark maroon) and also to check her liver and kidney, since the last tests were messed up by the lab. Her gums are still pale, but the vet said she thought there was a slight improvement.

Ruby continues to pretend she's healthy, even pounced on Elvis when she finished her bone before he did his, the little wench! Her nub goes non-stop. Her appetite is still very good, she dances for her food. I know that she's going to drop one day while doing that little dance and it's going to hurt like you-know-what, but I will also know that her last memory will be something that made her happy.

 
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