Boxer/American Staffordshire Terrier
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Home:Long Island, NY  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 12 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Otis Potis, Potie Otie, Otis Potus

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-mutt-pound dog

dog parks, pig's ears

when the cats won't play with him, the big black garbage can (TERRifying!)

Favorite Toy:
any squeaky toy, slippers, or my son's stuffed animals

Favorite Food:
the leg bone (gross, I know)

Favorite Walk:
hiking trails or the beach

Best Tricks:
"place", stay in yard, sit, down, leave it (used OFTEN!), and he's learning to catch

Arrival Story:
The cutest and only puppy at the shelter due to his RAGING case of scabies, but we nursed him back to health (mostly, still has mites and a staph infection) and he's doing much better. He was a bit undernourished when he was rescued, only 17 pounds at 3 months (but with paws the size of grapefruit!) Well, he just passed the 50 pound mark at 5 months! Otis loves to give puppy kisses and to be a pillow for our 4 year old...He is our son's new "brother"!

We've had Otis a year now, and it's taken that whole time, but he's FINALLY scabies/mite free! Who'da known the "free" shelter dog would cost so much in medical bills? But honestly, a year later, we can all say he's worth every penny and then some. This is a sweetie puppy-boy! Yes he is, he's a cuttie pootie! Go Otie!

Forums Motto:
I like rope toys, I poop string

The Groups I'm In:
Long Island PuPs

I've Been On Dogster Since:
September 27th 2004 More than 12 years!

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Otis' Ordeal

August 5

August 5th 2005 6:10 pm
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Well, I'm just about 15 months now, and I'm ALL BETTER!!! FINALLY! The new vet did great, and that specialist too, and now I'm not itchy and apparently not nearly as stinky anymore, either. No more constant baths! And strangers aren't too grossed out to pet me anymore! I get to go to the dog park all the time and play with all my doggie friends, which is good, cos I still keep trying to play with Howard and Harriet (the cats that lived here before I showed up) and they are just not having it. Scratched my eye so bad, mommy had to take me back to the vet. Just eye drops this time, no more needles, but still, if I just keep crying and whining at them, I bet those cats will play with me some day, I just know it!
That last picutre is my daddy snuggling me just after my 1st birthday. He must be strong cos the vet said I'm 81 pounds now! I still like to cuddle though! And yay, no more itching!!


April 15: The saga continues...

April 15th 2005 4:14 pm
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Well, I've now had to see 2 different vets AND something called a dermatology specialist, and I still itch! The little boy helps alot by scratching me and now I'm big enough that he can almost ride me around, but I sure wish I could stop this scratching. My mom was really worried when she had to name her credit card (whatever that is) "Max" (whatever that means) to pay for all my medicine and I think that means I'm costing alot of money. Just in case, it's true, I've been EXTRA nice lately...following her around and snuggling her every chance I get...jsut to make sure she knows I appreciate all she's doing. I even take all 10 pills every day without hardly spitting them out at all! Hey, I'm tryin'!
Oh, well, at least the injections are done for now...I HATED needles! And, My first birthday is coming up very soon, so maybe I'll get my wish and be done with all the itching once and for all!


December 22

December 22nd 2004 1:34 pm
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Well, I'm stuck at the hospital today. I was doing really well for 2 whole weeks and then my family had to fly across the country. I got boarded by the really nice nurse from my vet, but apparently it was just too much stress and now I'm in pretty bad shape. Scabies, mange, yeast infection, bacterial infection...I'm getting dipped right now and my family is home worrying about me. My vet seems pretty concerned cos I just can't seem to get well and stay well. Since it's Christmas time, if everyone could say a little prayer to help me kick these problems, maybe my family could have a Christmas miracle. I know the little boy REALLY wants me to come home and I miss him, too. Seems like I've spent more time at this vet than at the dog park, which is WAY more fun. Oh well, time for my next injection...I wish they'd stop sticking me with those needles. I wanna go home! Merry Christmas everyone and enjoy being home with your families every minute that you're there.

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