February 22nd 2012 5:27 pm
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Hi Dogster pups! Sorry my typist (momma) has been so lax but we'll try to bring you up to speed on what I've been up to for the past (almost) 3 years! Let's see, where to start...
2009- Well I started off my second full year doing "therapy visits" as momma called them. I went to the local nursing home several times over about 6 months and visited with all the nice people there. I liked it best when they were all sitting in one spot and I could go from one to the other and get lots of petting and attention. But I wasn't too fond of having to go from room to room and being in tight quarters and momma decided we might be better off finding another place for us to visit. In January I got a new foster brother Guiness who had a broken elbow; in April the poor old boy had to have his leg removed and in May mom and dad said "he's staying". I had several foster brothers and sisters that year to play with - Tommy, Beau the basset, and Dalton. Then in December this hairy guy by the name of Luke came to stay with us for a few days with his two Pyrs, Murphy and Hudson. That crazy trio was walking across the country from Austin TX to Boston MA for a cause called 2 dogs, 2000 miles to raise awareness and funds for canine cancer and mom and dad helped them along in their journey a bit. That was fun to meet all of them and make such wonderful new friends!
2010 - Now that was a fun and busy year for me! I went up to Connecticut with Mosey, mom and dad to walk in the first ever "Puppy Up" walk for 2dogs2000miles. Lots of nice people and dogs there and Animal Planet even filmed part of the Great Pyr portion of the Dogs 101 program there - very cool! Then in June we all went up to Boston to join Luke, Murphy and Hudson in walking the final mile of their +2300 mile journey from Austin to Boston. There was LOTS of people and dogs, a celebration in the park afterwards, and mom & dad even saw Murph & Hudsy dressed up in fancy-ware at a gala celebration that night - me and Mosey were pooped from all the walking that day and napped back at the hotel. I also did more fun stuff like visiting the dog park and lots of walks with momma in town and to the cool pet stores around. We only had a couple fosters that year - Lazarus, Lexi and Yukon. Mostly cuz Laz was with us quite awhile from 11/09 to 7/10 but I liked him and didn't mind having him around at all, he's a sweet old boy. Lexi and Yukon were fun and liked to run and play with me and Yukon stayed for awhile too but he got adopted early the next year to a great family. :)
2011- This year started off slow but got crazy from there. At the end of April momma realized I was getting a snotty nose sometimes. We went to see my Dr Wayne in May and we thought maybe I had a respiratory infection, then a fungal infection, maybe something stuck up my nose. I was only 3.5 years old so who'd have thought I had something bad growing up there! He did xrays and a biopsy but couldn't find anything and nothing worked. In August he said I needed to see a "specialist" since he didn't know how to help me anymore so momma took me to a local vet who calls themselves a "specialist". Unfortunately they weren't and charged momma lots of money to run the exact same tests Dr Wayne ran over the past few months but got the same negative results. In October my snotties got worse and Dr. Wayne said we should go to a real specialist hospital so we went down there and I spent the night for more tests. That's when momma got the bad news that I have cancer and have a tumor growing in my nose. :( Not even 4 years old and I had an inoperable tumor. They said she could do radiation but I'd have to live at the hospital for a month and even then I might have a year left here on this earth with my family. Since I HATE to be confined, mom and dad knew that month would be torture for me so they decided to bring me home and let me live the rest of my life being a happy, spoiled diva like I always have. In the months that followed I celebrated my 4th birthday a couple times (Mr Luke even came and celebrated with me!), walked in the Puppy Up walk in Jersey City NJ for 2 million dogs (the new improved version of 2dogs2000miles), and had a wonderful Christmas and New Year holiday with my family! We had lots of wonderful foster pups during this crazy year that kept me busy and having fun while all this was going on- Dallas, Smidgen, Cole, Brutus and Missy. Then Winston came in December. Momma wasn't going to get another foster since I wasn't feeling well sometimes but I had pepped back up (momma started me on lots of vitamins and natural supplements) and she thought I might enjoy a playmate. Boy was she wrong. He's okay but he's a young, rammy, teen Pyr and although I tried to play with him at first he was just too arrogant for my liking. We coexist okay but he's not my favorite dog in the house. Mom and dad love him though and adopted him in December. He's okay I guess, guess he can stay.
2012 - So here we are now. The doctors told my momma in October that I would have only 1 to 3 months left here with them. It's now February and next weekend, March 4th, will be 5 months from the date momma got the bad news that I won't have long with her. I've been on a new diet, a couple supplements, and some vitamins since October. Although I've gained some weight (don't listen to momma when she says I'm "wide", I'm just fluffy), have a snotty nose alot of the time that she insists on wiping, and can't sleep soundly sometimes, I'm still holding my own and momma and I are still enjoying every day and making memories! I'm eating well, keeping young Winston in line, still patrol my yard, and give momma lots of snuggles. I even went to the Pet Expo earlier this month, met lots of people, and helped educate them about 2 Million Dogs, canine cancer, and comparative oncology. Life's still good and barring any big changes in the c-monster growing in my nose, me and momma aren't ready to give up just yet. Here's hoping for me to prove the doctors wrong even more - to me surviving with this 5 or 6 months or even a year or more! Cancer can't keep a good dog, especially a Diva like me, down! Hugs to you all.
March 22nd 2009 2:26 pm
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I got to go play at the dog park for the first time today - woo hoo!!! Mom and I went out to the store to get me some food and I was still looking for something to do when we were done there so we went to the park. Mom had stopped there a couple times before but there were never any dogs and their people there. But today there were between 10-15 dogs and their people!! I had a blast meeting lots of new friends and running around chasing everyone and letting them chase me! I felt bad that I scared a couple of the smaller dogs just because they weren't used to a dog my size running with them. I guess they were afraid they'd get stepped on, because I wasn't going to hurt them and just wanted to see if I could catch up to them. But I had a great time and we were all friends real quick - what a great day. Mom said the people there were really nice too so hopefully we'll go back soon. Time for a nap now though, I'm worn out.
November 20th 2008 6:48 pm
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Mom's all excited anyway - she said I passed my Canine Good Citizen and therapy dog test, whatever that means. We went to where we have training classes last weekend and two new ladies asked me to do some of the stuff I've been learning and some fun new stuff and I took it all in stride. I'm now a year old and (finally) starting to grow up a bit so mom thought maybe I'd do okay on the CGC test and thought she'd do the therapy test while we were there but I showed her what a good girl I can be when I want to:) The two tester ladies said I did great and that I passed - go figure!! Now I might even get to go visit people in the hospital and stuff so that'll be fun - I love meeting new people and having them pet me and I'm super careful around youngsters and older or frail people. Mom's excited since she's realized the goal of me being an "obedience dog" might be a bit lofty but this is something we can do well together and maybe help some other people a bit too. Guess we'll see!
June 4th 2008 7:25 pm
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Well, it's been a fun couple of months! Since I never did let Mom & Dad convince me that the crate isn't an evil torture chamber, I've been going to a Doggy Daycare. I started out going 5 days a week but now I go 3 days a week since I'm older and don't get into (much) trouble anymore. I only tried to chew the couch once (hmmm, the next day I started daycare.....) but otherwise I know where my toybox is and I'm happy to chew on them. On days I'm not at daycare, I'm home with my big sisters and we hang out in the family room and I sleep the afternoon away with them and wait for Mom to get home so we can go out to play.
I had to go for surgery a couple weeks ago cuz Mom said I'm six months old and it's time for me to get spayed. I went to the doctor's office in the morning and I came home that night so I don't even remember being crated (gasp!) during that day. I was supposed to stay quiet for 2 weeks while my belly healed but you know that's just near impossible for a young playful pup like me! But my staples are out, my belly's healed, and my hair's growing back and I'm back to my bouncy self and ready to play again! Mom says I'm a good puppy and she really does love me. She said I'm spoiled though and she lets me get away with stuff cuz I'm cute so now that I'm older it's time to start "training". Yeah, I'm good at Sit and I know what Come means but I mostly ignore it. Unless there's a cookie involved, then she has my complete attention:). So I'm looking forward to getting her trained real good!
There's been a couple other pups come and live with us for awhile and Mom calls them my "foster" brothers and sisters. Sasha was lots of fun and can run like the wind, Jasper was my favorite since he's a pup like me and we played all day long, and now my latest friend is Zena. She likes to play too but she plays too rough sometimes but I like her anyway. I hope she doesn't leave like the other ones - that makes Mom cry when they leave. But then she says something about "saving another one" and I get a new playmate. I wish she'd make up her mind whether she's happy or sad when they go to what she calls their "forever home" because I can't tell.
So that's what I've been up to. Everyday is a fun day when you're a 6 month old pup! Hope you've all been well and enjoying the sunshine!
February 14th 2008 3:42 pm
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From doggy daycare at my doctor's! From day one I've let my mom & dad know that I do NOT like that nasty crate and would scream & cry & work myself into a frenzy for hours so they were afraid I'd hurt myself. No matter how much they tried to help me see it's not a bad place, I HATE the crate and won't even let them shut the door without starting to get frantic. So I've been going to puppy daycare at my doctor's office for a few hours each day when nobody's at home. They've been trying to help me get used to the crate too but I ain't havin none of it! Today they had to put me in a crate so they could go do something else and I broke one of my baby canine teeth while I was biting the bars - ouch! So mom says they told her I can't go to daycare anymore cuz I'm too big to stay behind the front desk anymore, I just barge my way out, and they're afraid I'll hurt myself even more if they try to crate me. Auntie Felicia is very sad that I won't be visiting them every day anymore but mom & I understand. They are great friends and have been SOOOO sweet to me for the past 6 weeks - I'll sure miss them.
So I'll be home with Sadie & Mosey tomorrow - woo hoo!! I'll try to be a good girl and make mommy proud but she knows I'm only 13 weeks old and might have accidents. What else can mommy do with a little Diva like me??
January 10th 2008 4:09 pm
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I left my mom, brothers and sisters, and the only home I've ever known 4 days ago now. My first day was exhausting with new people, new sisters, and a new house to get acquainted with. But I'm settling into my new home and have my humans trained nicely, I must say. I taught them that if they want to sleep at all, that I am not to be crated at night. But in exchange, I let them sleep most of the night and don't make a mess in their bedroom. They still make me go in a crate when they're gone for part of the day but I'm slowly getting used to it and didn't make any mess at all in it today - yay me! And Sadie's even starting to play with me - very gently and with mom watching of course, but I'm glad to have another pup to play with a bit. Mosey still thinks I'm an alien and just avoids me but I know she can't resist my charms forever! Time for a nap, I'm worn out now!