Likes: Tug of war, rawhide bones, eatting left over crumbs, running, tummy rubs, laying down on blankets, relaxing in the sunny spots, and just being around her family
Pet-Peeves: Anything involving water, eggs, big and loud trucks, car rides, men that she hasn't met before, the doorbell, and Prance (our cat)
Favorite Toy: Any tennis ball that she can destroy
Favorite Food: Any food that someone has dropped on the floor
Favorite Walk: Up the street, around a loop, into a development, past the bakery, to the park, and then back home
Best Tricks: Beg, up, sit, down, paw, hold the treat on your nose, spin, and speak. She also knows hand signals for sit and stay.
Arrival Story: My family and I had spent about a year browsing dog adoption agencies online and around New Jersey. We visited a few, but the agencies wouldn't allow us to adopt a dog because my brother was only 2 years old at the time. We gave up with adoption agencies and moved on to a pet store called Gail's Pups N' Stuff. I wasn't well educated about pet stores at the time and didn't know how awful they were until after we had bought Abby. (Although, I wouldn't change getting Abby for the world.) At the store we found lots of cute little puppies, but none that my mom and I could agree on. Finally, in the back of the store, my mom came across Abby. She was in a huge wooden box along with her sister and three Golden Retrievers. The owner of the store said that Abby had been the result of an accident litter. Abby came right up to us and gave us those puppy dog eyes. We played with her in a section of store for a while until we decided that she was absolutley perfect. We brought Abby home that day, and named her on the car ride home.
Bio: Abby is my best friend and always keeps me laughing. She is quite the clown! Abby's birthday is 7/10/06 and we bought her on 11/11/06. She is great with kids and loves any baby she meets. Abby is easily annoyed by puppies, though, but most of the time puts up with their antics. Abby is slightly over weight; this has caused our family members and neighbors to dub her 'tootsie-roll'. Abby was also diagnosed with Lyme's Disease in June '08 after several blood tests and x-rays. Abby handles her disease well and is on antibiotics. Abby is very sweet with people she knows and protective of her family. She can be nervous around new dogs, but eventually warms up. Abby is apart of my family, and I wouldn't want it any other way!
GREAT NEWS! ALL OF OUR PRAYING WORKED! Thank you so much everypup for all of your kind support for Abby!
Abby came home today with an almost perfect recovery! She's a little shaken up from the vet's office, but besides that she's doing wonderfully! Abby will always have her Lyme's Disease, but now it's under control. She's walking fine again, no limp, and no vomit! Abby also lost 4 pounds, which she desperatly needed to lose! BOL, she was 7 pounds overweight! Also, the had to shave Abby's front 'wrists' right above her paws. Now it looks like Abby has bracelets like Wonder Woman! BOL!
This is Abby's mom, Jenna. Today we brought Abby to the vet and we left her there. We will be picking her up Monday morning. The doctors want to give some injections, an IV, do more x-rays. She will go on a special dog food blend and will be carefully watched. The vets aren't sure what caused her vomit 25 times in one day. All they know is that this is highly unusual. They think that something may be wrong with her intestions. They also think that maybe switching back and forth on medication and shots may have caused her stomach to upset.
I'm scared out of my mind right now. I'm so worried for Abby Girl, and I just pray that the doctors can find a cure for her. It was the worst feeling, leaving her there. But I know it's for the best. The house feels so empty without her.
For now all I can do is pray and wait. The vets will be calling us with updates twice a day.
While my birthday yesterday was wonderful, today is not going as well.
I've thrown-up about 15 times today, so far. Jenna's mom called the vet again and I have an appointment for 3:45 pm EST. I haven't had any food or water since last night, the vet told me I'm not allowed to eat or drink until after my appointment. This is really bothering me because I'm HUNGRY! And since there is nothing in my stomach to throw-up, I keep vomiting bile. It's awful...
On a brighter side, my limp is almost completely gone! But if this new medication is going to cause me to vomit, we're going to have to find another medication. And that new medication may not work as well as this med. We're all worried, but I'm sure everything will work out okay.