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Age: 15 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Big Red Beast, Trash Hound, Sofatablelampski, Chewbaca

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-mutt-pound dog-disabled

December 7th 2001

Water for wading, water for splashing, water for walking, water spraying in my face, frozen water, rain and tennis balls. Oh and Mom, of course!

My brother stealing my tennis balls and stockpiling them in his dogloo. I really hate it if the water bowl is too small. How is a dog supposed to splash around in a 8" bowl?

Favorite Toy:
Water, tennis balls, the "cyclone" and the squeaky frog

Favorite Food:
Anything Mom or Dad eats! Including grapefruit and lettuce. I can't turn my nose up at those tasty little snausages either.

Favorite Walk:
Walk....what? If I had to walk then I choose any place next to water but my preferred mode of transportation is the 4 wheeler.

Best Tricks:
Mom's favorite is "take a bath". I go get in the bath tub or shower.

Arrival Story:
I was hanging out in a kennel outside of the town pound. Mom drove by everyday for like 2 weeks, it felt like forever. Then she couldn't take it anymore and she just came to get me,. The pound people couldn't tell her anything about me but she didn't care. It was love at first sight! I can't really remember where I lived before then because I was just a 6 month old baby.

On October 15, 2007, I was playing ball like always and wham I fell down and could not get up. My back legs were paralyzed! I was rushed to the vet and they did a bunch of tests. I was diagnosed with a fibrocartilaginous embolism, the also call it FCE. It is sort of like having a stroke in my spine. It doesn't hurt but I have to relearn to talk to my legs. But don't worry, I'm not letting it keep me down and am learning to walk again. I'd love to hear from other dogs who have also had an FCE or are recovering from an FCE. You can read more about my recovery in my diary.

Forums Motto:
One step at a time!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
The Mitey Mitey Buh-ens Party!

I've Been On Dogster Since:
November 14th 2007 More than 9 years!

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Recovering from paralysis, one step at a time.

Bionic Dog

July 8th 2010 7:36 pm
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Well, ya can't keep a good dog down! That's what I say. We are now 3 weeks into my 8 week lockdown for my ACL surgery rehab. All is going quite well except I am so bored! BORED with a capital B! So when mom turned her back for 2 seconds, I RAN out the dog door. Seriously, it was like the 50 yard dash! I was free! She was hot on my trail but I made it through the door before she caught me. Freedom! Yeah, these metal plates make me the bionic dog. I'm definitely fast again. One more week and we get to start going on walks. Watch out you kitty cats! I'm coming for you!


Copper improvement project

June 18th 2010 9:10 am
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Well, I've done it again. We knew the chances of blowing my other ACL were good when I had my first surgery 1 1/2 years ago but we were hoping that for once I would have some luck. No dice. Yesterday, they fixed my ACL on my right leg. I really haven't been able to get around all that well for more than a week but mom was in Alaska. But as soon as she got home, she got me in. Now I'm pretty much on house arrest for 30 days followed by another 30 days of yard arrest. I won't be outside without being on a leash for 2 months! Yikes! I so love summer and won't get to enjoy my pool this year. But in the end, I'll be back to chasing tennis balls by the fall and I'll be good company to mom while she works on home improvement projects. At least the Copper improvement project is well under way.


Frankenstein's dog

May 8th 2010 2:39 pm
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Even Frankenstein needed a best friend, right? Well, I might just be that guy. I had to have a salivary gland removed yesterday and I have an 8 inch incision and drain tube in my neck. With the stitches across my neck and drain tubes on either side, I could be Frankenstein's twin. It's not pretty but I'm not feeling too horrible. Sure, it might have something to do with some loopy loo pills the doc gave me but I guess they say I'll be good as new in 10 days. Until then, I think mom should head straight to the store and get me some Frosty Paws Ice Cream!

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