December 17th 2011 11:44 am
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We are very thankful that we have had a mild winter so far.
I'm doing pretty good but have had some bad moments and scared Mom. The last being when I did a faceplant on the stairs and cut the side of my eye.
My fur is still falling out in chunks. People at the pet stores said that they had heard of other dogs having "false sheddings" due to a cold snap in November, followed by warm weather. We have our fingers and paws crossed hoping that that is what is happening to me.
I am off ALL meds.
I'm in good spirits and still enjoy my little walks and cuddling with Kitcat.
Mom has decided that she won't be spending much more money on vet visits as they seem to have no idea what is going on with me even after all of this time and money. And we have had second and third opinions. She has decided to spend money on keeping me comfortable as best as possible instead. The latest being my new dog house (larger than my other, to allow for my decreased ability to turn around in a small space) and my heating pad. I already had a heated water dish. And, I'm getting the highest quality of food that Mom can afford.
Mom is closely monitoring my quality of life. I for sure still enjoy our walks, my frisbee, chasing dogs along my fence, cuddling with Kitcat, and food.
Oh, and my elbow pads are working very well. My elbow hygroma is completely controlled by my elbow pads. Cool.
I LOVE SNOW! And we are about to go out and play in some right now.
December 11th 2011 10:18 am
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The puppy was such a handful that Mom was very glad to come home to me and the kitties. She understands how grandparents love their grandkids but might be glad when they go home and they can get some peace and quiet.
Charlie Boy - at work.
Mom is looking forward to watching Charlie grow into a fine dog.
December 10th 2011 1:31 pm
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It is the night for Mom's staff Christmas party. But, she has to work. Meanwhile, one of her coworkers just adopted a chocolate lab puppy. He might bring the puppy to the workplace for Mom to babysit while he goes to the party. If he does, Mom will take pictures. The puppy is named Charlie. I will probably not get to meet Charlie because Mom is afraid that if I am in a grumpy mood I might hurt him. I probably wouldn't but Mom does not want to take that chance. Even if I accidentally stepped on him I could hurt him. He isn't as fast as the kitties for getting out of my way.
December 10th 2011 1:26 pm
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Mom has not seen me use my new dog house and heating mat because I am still spry enough to hear her coming and greet her at the gate! But, she feels my ears and my toes and then goes and feels the bottom of my house and knows that I am using it. Plus I dragged out my pillow a few times while getting out of the house. I also have my heated water bowl so my water doesn't freeze. We have not gotten really cold yet but I am sure appreciating the help that heating mat and house provides. So while Mom is at work, I can go there for shelter. When Mom is home, I spend as much time in the house as I want and sleep most of the night in her room. She keeps the temperature real low in the house so I don't get too hot. The kitties usually pile up on top of her part way through the night. So we all end up in Mom's room at some point.
December 2nd 2011 9:30 am
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We have had a mild winter so far, except for a couple of days. Mom knows that older animals (and people) have a tougher time staying warm than young ones. Also, for some reason, my fur is falling out in clumps. And, I am almost bald on my belly and on the insides of my thighs. She was going to take me back to the vet, yet again, about this. But, she thought, money might be better spent on setting me up for winter instead. We have two insulated dog houses but they are small for me. They worked fine while I had full mobility, but I now have a hard time getting in and out of them so hardly use them. I can't easily turn around in them anymore and really struggle when I try and go in and out of them. So, she is going to take the money that another vet visit would eat up and buy me a heating mat and a new dog house. This is for when she is away at work on cold days and for nights that I am too restless to sleep in the house. We will take pictures of the new setup when it is ready. But for now, we are luckily not too cold. It dips below freezing, but not by too much.
November 23rd 2011 9:42 am
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I'm having my good days and my bad days. But I'm generally doing okay. I am sleeping in the house at night for as long as I want. I wake Mom up when I want to go out for the rest of the night. Sometimes I stay in all night, other times I go out around midnight.
Mom notices that I sometimes have a hard time moving around. Especially after laying for a long time. So, she brought out my treat ball. I haven't used it in a long while but remembered it instantly. So, she uses that to get me moving around before I go outside and have to do the deck stairs. She is afraid that I will fall down them if I am not limbered up before I go outside. So far so good! If we get some bright sunshine, Mom will take a video of me pushing that treat ball around.
When she goes to work, she blocks off those dangerous stairs so that I won't have an accident while she is away. I like being on the deck but she doesn't like the way I run up and down the steps when I see something interesting at our fence. So, when she is at work, I cannot be on the deck. She learned to fear those steps when Tasha got trapped once. Tasha was at the beginning of her troubles and had a few legs slip between the house and the stairs. (I actually hip checked her into that predicament.) Had Mom not been home, Tasha would have been in big trouble. Mom lifted her out of there. Since then, Mom blocks those stairs when she is away.
We have had a few cold days. Right now it is very yucky. A rainy November day. Just borderline snow. We would rather snow than this cold, almost freezing, rain.
Also, Mom has put down this playground mat stuff at key places in the house. Because, when I come in with cold, wet feet, and step on the kitchen floor, I slip and slide and wipe out! That has helped a lot. So I have that when I first come in and by my food bowl. Some of it near the TV for when I relax there and my mat in Mom's bedroom for night time.
It isn't fun getting old!
October 28th 2011 10:51 pm
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Kitcat loves Lobo
Kitcat just loves me. What can I say?
Squirrel was nearby chewing on her toes.
Auntie Lilian sent us the music for this video.
October 17th 2011 11:35 am
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She made a really early vet appointment for me and wanted to give me a chance to do my business in an appropriate place instead of at the vet clinic. So, there we were, out in the literally freezing temperature, going for a little stroll in the dark.
Just before that, she found out I was diary pick! That was cool! I think the diary entry that got picked was the one about how my "Dogleggs" are helping to keep my elbows in good shape. My vet confirmed today - that my elbows were looking good and that if I kept wearing my elbow pads, for most of the time, I wouldn't have to worry about my elbows anymore.
I'm feeling pretty good as of late but have these weird sores appearing all over my body. This was the main reason for the vet visit today. The vets were quite puzzled but think I have "Sterile Nodular Panniculitis". Mom is just reading up about it now. I have to take 2 pills (250mg, each pill, of the antibioticTetracycline), 3 times a day, on an empty stomach for possibly 3 months!!! Also, we are waiting for another prescription of a vitamin. Poor Mom! She is quite certain that we won't be entirely successful at that pill schedule as she has to work full time and I do have to eat. Lately, I've been eating 3 times a day. But we will do our best. If my sores clear up, we don't have to go the whole 3 months.
I guess the good news is that this sounds treatable and isn't really bothering me all that much.
The thing on my neck, the vet confirmed what our Dogster friends told us. It is a sebaceous cyst. He squeezed it and a bit more junk came out. He just told Mom to keep an eye on it, and polysporin on it.
The only other thing we all discussed was my deafness. Normal for an old guy.
He said I looked very much stronger and better than the last time he saw me in regards to the way I moved. In fact, he told us that he could not have even imagined such an improvement in me. He checked my heart and it is sound. We knew that.
Then Mom took me for a proper walk, in the sun. But, she did give me two pills just before we started out.
October 12th 2011 1:27 pm
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Mom took these photos.
Photo one is of my elbow on the day before she ordered my Dogleggs elbow pads.
Photo two is of my elbow after only wearing the pads for 4 days. And I only wear them for about 16 hours per day. Cool!
Elbow Before And After Wearing Dogleggs
October 9th 2011 12:10 am
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Right after I sported my new "Dogleggs" Mom took off my collar and checked on a lump that I have had since my yearly checkup back before my troubles. At the time, the vet said it was nothing to worry about.
Later, when I was getting laser therapy, that tech found the lump and agreed it was nothing to worry about but pulled off a scab from it. She kind of went, "Hmmm". But that was the last of it.
Today, just before Mom left for work, she pulled off a scab from it and found that it was oozing. She ended up squeezing it and a whole bunch of gross stuff came out of it. About a thimble sized amount of green/red/white cottage cheese consistency type stuff. Mom almost puked but kept on squeezing the stuff out. It didn't hurt at all. When she was done, I was left with a hole about the size of a 22 caliber bullet on my neck. Mom rinsed it with saline, packed it with Polysporin, and then covered it with gauze. Then she went to work.
She just got back now, had a look, and it is looking okay. She cleaned it again but didn't squeeze it.
Of course Mom will ask the vet about it, but meanwhile, anyone have any idea what it might be?
We wonder if there is any way on earth that whatever this is has been the cause of my difficulties over the last 6 months.
Mom lost my collar and cannot find it.
Good, I hate the way it messes up my fur.