My Breed:: I wish people would realize what special dogs us Cotons are, and wouldn't just take us for another fluffy little dog. Mixed breeding a Coton de Tulear with a toy breed is a sin to our working background! Most people do not know that we were developed in Africa to hunt wild boar. In fact, a threatened population of Cotons de Tulear still roam wild in Madagascar.
We are a hunting breed, not a toy. While we thrive on human companionship, and are easy to train, we are not for the novice handler.
I can outrun any whippet you throw at me, and I've been known to climb a 8-feet wall. I can even haul 100 lbs.
We truly are a working man's dog.
I love sprinkler season!!! I love hoses! I love pools! I love ponds! I love lakes! I love swimming! But then my mom won't let me back in the house because I'm all drippy wet.... But who cares? I love sprinklers!
For some reason, some of the humans in my house have been buying all sorts of new stuff, and not letting me have any! I saw them! I saw then go to Tisol, and I saw them bring home a whole bunch of new toys, and even a new bed in a bag! Then they brought home a bag of food, that they won't let me eat. And they won't give me any of it. No matter how hard I stare at the stuff, they won't give it to me. Anyways then they opened the bag, and I noticed everything was pink, so I figure, who needs new toys anyways?
I don't know why they're hoarding all that pink stuff though. (There's even a pink leash & collar in there!) Any ideas???
I feel so much better now than I did two weeks ago! I was taking Torb (morphine) every day, hoping that the pain would just go away! I had to miss out on a lot of fun stuff like picnics, ball games, and other dog events too. :( I couldn't walk, I couldn't stand up, I couldn't chase balls, I couldn't even drink water out of my bowl by myself... Not only did my bum hurt, I couldn't poop so my tummy hurt too, and everything looked all funny. It was no fun at all! Being sick is icky! Luckily it is much better now, and all the skin is healing, so I can go out without worrying about infections.
My bum is still itchy sometimes, and don't you dare touch it!
I didn't sleep a lot while my bum was bothering me because it kept me up at night, so after it started to get better I slept for almsot two days solid. But now I'm up for new challenges, and showing off my 4-foot-high jumping!
I also managed to tear my carpal pad open. It hasn't been a very good month! Mom keeps touching my pad (the one up on my wrist), and it hurts so much! Even when I scream she still keeps touching it and putting stuff on it. :( It's fine as long as nobody touches it, and I can't even feel it when I'm walking, but mom keeps trying to peel the sliced skin back. She says something about airing it out... Whatever! If airing out means it stings like crazy, I don't want it!
Kirby is currently bedridden at home, and will be for several more days, possibly a week and a bit. He is recovering (slowly) from surgical treatment to repair an anal fissure caused by an abscessed anal gland. Lots of drugs are keeping him together, and he is having a difficult time walking, (wouldn't you, if you had a very hurt bum?) and his entire back end is very bothersome, and it keeps him up at night (who in turn keeps me up at night.)
This is a real blow to him, especially in the summer when crazy dogs like him are usually out for inhuman multiple-kilometer hikes, and hours upon horus wrestling at dog parks. Kirby is not very happy without being able to walk, let alone run, jump, or swim.
He can stand/walk only for about 10 seconds at a time before the pain attacks him and he falls into a sitting position. This means that he cannot eat or drink normally without having his bowl brought up to him, and pooping is plain out of the question for now! Thankfully he is easy to pill. He is constantly trying to itch it, and is not very cooperative when it comes to applying topical ointments!
The road of recovery for an active dog seems so long and winding. After the recovery period, his owner is going to need a recovery period!
Please wish him well, and he will be back to talk to you soon! Hopefully this pitiful pooch will be up and at 'em by the end of the week!