December 4th 2009 5:53 pm
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A few weeks ago, I began episodically favoring my left, hind leg. Mom thought I'd suffered a minor sprain so she minimized my running. Some days I would be fine, others I wouldn't.
I don't know about every other pup, but I have only one trigger and that's having my nails clipped, paws touched and yes, sometimes even LOOKED at. Luckily I run my nails down, but I won't let Mom look at my paw if it's injured. She tried, but - uh, uh, uh - no peaking at the paws, Mom grrrrrrr! So, it was off to the vet's for me.
I was wonderful during the exam, except when I was violated by the thermometer! I told her, "Hey Lady! I'm here for my paw!" Geeze!! Anywho, I received A LOT of compliments about how calm I was with the other patients in the waiting room, and my Mom BEAMED!! But Mom had to leave me, as I required sedation to receive a more detailed paw examination. Believe it or not, my dogtor found NOTHING in my left paw but removed a sharp, short thorn from my right paw! Despite the thorn's removal, I walked out of the vet's office continuing to favor my left paw.
Within a few days, I would occasionally refuse to weight bear with my left paw only after my run. I had x-rays run, too, none of which were abnormal. I was relegated to the dreaded leash while out with my family. Within a few days, a digit appeared swollen. Finally, a visual clue!!!! Apparently, the microscopically-sized thorn/splinter migrated from its entrance site without leaving a discernable puncture.
Our dogtor decided to try an anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and warm soaks with Epsom salt in hopes of bringing the nasty foreign body to the surface. Not too bad, except the worst part of the above "anti" regiment is "anti-RUNNING" till I'm healed. I've begun acclimating to the warm soaks. While I won't admit to enjoy them - I do love when Mom rubs my ears and tells me happy Tucker stories during the soak:)
So the good is.....following two days of soaks and meds, my toe is noticeably less inflamed. I'm thinkin' pretty soon - I'll be back to my old hunting tricks again!!! Watch out critters - here I come - with all four paws soaring!!!!
The bad is the dogtor showed Mom the location of my lymph nodes. Needless to say, she can't STOP checking all of our nodes :) And if I hear "Who's next to get their lymph nodes checked?" one more time - I'm outta here!!!
September 30th 2009 11:39 am
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This diary entry is about a very special girl and her very special dog, G and Buddy, respectively, as below. I think once you see them, your heart will melt as you read our (their) story.
Buddy and G
Mom received a very special package in the mail today from a very special Dogster pal named Buddy.
To begin, Buddy was an amazingly smart, Border Collie mix who, over the course of his short life, would learn over 25 commands and hand signals. He loved playing fetch with his family and lived to please. He was a fun-loving, happy pup:)
I learned of Buddy through a pawsome pal, K10. K10's Dad encouraged me to take a look at Buddy. Apparently, three months prior, Buddy began to lose weight and had considerable dysenterry. He wasn't eating earerly and was lathargic. Buddy's Mommy, whom we'll refer to as G, was reaching out to Dogsters for information and advice, since despite a battery of tests and various treatments, Buddy could not rebound.
Despite various veternarian treatments and a lion's fight, Buddy grew sicker. On September 21, 2009, Buddy was far too weak and impaired and the family regrettably decided Buddy could no longer manage. Surrounded by all he loved, held in G's arms; the last words before journeying to the Bridge were whispered softly in his ear, "I love you, Buddy". The family returned Buddy home where he was carefully inturned on the property he loved most. His resting site, now adorned with flowers and a cross handcrafted from tree branches, is visited daily by G. She leaves flowers at his grave that she's picked from the yard.
In today's mail our Mom was suprised to receive a package sent by G. Contained within the meticulously-wrapped envelope was a clipping of beautiful thick, black fur secured in a plastic blag. Also enclosed was a photo, seemingly laminated with Scotch tape. Mom knew instantly - it's Buddy. Also enclosed was a handwritten letter to Mom by G. On the back of the picture, the following words are written "The Buddy I Remember".
I'm (Lisa) is very emotional and continue to fight back tears as I type. But I'm honored to be entrusted with pieces of Buddy's fur. I'll forever treasure these offerings. So much so that the fur will be placed right next to my beloved Alex's urn, on the mantle within my home.
I've posted Buddy's page below for those inclined to offer this young girl some much needed solace and support.
September 23rd 2009 6:44 am
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I've been tagged by TWO of my pawsome pals, Pocono and Sophie Claire!
Here are the RULES of the game:
Answer all questions, post them in your diary, then tag 5 friends by sending a rosette or PawMail.
Questions and Answers:
1. What color is your collar? - Red or orange.
2. What kind of food do you eat?
I eat Wellnes kibble, but not too much, mixed with lots of Core wet or Mom cooks chicken, potatoes and kale for us a few times a week. I always get one to two dollops of plain yogurt mixed in along with frozen blueberries and brussel sprouts. I also like when Mom buys us cod, Bumblebee canned Salmon or Spot's Stew :)
3. What are your favorite treats?
Frozen beef bones. chicken skewers or Eagle's Salmon nuggets :)
4. Do you have a Valentine or significant other?
Nope - still single and LOVING it :)
5. Do you get table scraps?
I love bread, but otherwise no, because Mom doesn't eat as healthy as we do :) BOL!!!!
6. What is your favorite toy?
Mom's bed pillows :)
7. When is your Birthday? October 3, 2003
8. How many times a day do you get to eat?
9. Do you have a favorite color?
Whatever color the critter at the moment happens to be is my FAVORITE color :)
10. Do you hope all your pals put this in their diary?
Absolutely!! I would enjoy learning a little bit more about my pawsome pals.
Hope to see your answers soon!
Hugs from your pal,
Now I'm off to tag: