Nicknames: Dee, Deed, Deedilah, DeeDee the Doggy, Baby
Birthday: September 9th 2001
Pet-Peeves: Toe nail trims
Favorite Toy: Dr. Noy's teeny tiny ducky
Favorite Food: Whatever human food is being eaten
Favorite Walk: Anywhere with kickable pinecones. I love the chase!
Best Tricks: Heel
Arrival Story: For the longest time, my mommy was a *gasp cat person. Her family never had dogs growing up, but then she started working at a vet and got to know how temperamental cats can be. Then, she starting loving dogs more than cats. But, she still likes cats. Sometimes she pets older auntie's cat, and I wonder why she's not petting me instead. **** Anyway, she would scour petfinder.com
in hopes that she would find the perfect dog. Eventually, she found me in the classified ads section. My old family couldn't keep me due to financial reasons and decided to sell me and let me have a better life with someone else. **** In June 2003, she drove almost 2 hours up north and when I saw her (at the time, my name was Crystal), I thought she was a nice lady and I showed her my belly and let her give me a belly rub. I didn't know it, but she was going to be my new mommy. She thought I was perfect. She talked to my "then-mommy" and got as much background and information on me, but I don't think my "then-mommy" told her the truth about everything. Anyway, the new nice lady gave my "then-mommy" some money, and then my "then-mommy" went away. It was kind of scary, but I laid on the new nice lady's lap and slept on the way to my new home. ****
My mommy renamed me DeeDee, and I'm glad that she's my mommy now. She's the best ever! I love her so much, and she loves me!
Bio: Apparently, I don't have luxating patellas or hip problems, but sometimes I hop along on my front two legs and only one back leg--the one back leg changes from time to time. I've been looked at by three different vets and have had x-rays done, but I've been given a clean bill of physical health. I can't tell my mommy what happened before so she can only wonder: Was I injured before? Is this just a weird habit that I have? Is there any reason that on some occasions I become a three legged doggy? I guess she'll never know.
May 2009: I do have luxating patellas meaning my knee caps slide out of place. They luxate laterally (to the outside of my legs) which is more common in larger dogs. It's very mild and I'm not likely going to require surgery, but it probably explains my three leg hop.
Mommy signed her lease today and we will be working to move her into her new condo this week. It's a nice end-unit two bedroom with a deck and huge large common area back yard. We even have a basement too! Unfortunately, it's all hardwood floors, but Mommy is going with her mommy to clean the place, move some small items, and potentially purchase large rugs. Mommy will also need to purchase more baby gates for the new place.
Also, I had been ill since Mother's Day. I am better now though Mommy is still being cautious and I'm still taking medicine. It was an interesting awakening on Mother's Day for Mommy. I had diarrhea then vomited once then continued to have diarrhea. Mommy was supposed to go with Grandmom on a trip the day after Mother's Day, but the morning of their scheduled departure, my diarrhea was black. This is called melena which is evidence of digested blood meaning I was bleeding from my upper gastrointestinal tract. My gums looked a little pale to Mommy so she and her Mommy cancelled/delayed the trip so that I could go to the veterinarian. It's funny that Mommy is a veterinarian and has to take me to a veterinarian, but she doesn't work at a veterinary clinic or hospital and doesn't have the equipment or an entire pharmacy to dispense me medication. She took me to the original vet that she worked at. She loves everyone there! They took x-rays to make sure there wasn't any evidence of something obstructing my GI system, ran a little bloodwork to make sure I wasn't dehydrated and didn't lose too much blood, did a physical exam, and put me on special & exceptionally yummy canned food and medication. My black diarrhea stopped a couple days later and I seemed slightly less peppy but I was doing fine. Mommy and Grandmom took an abbreviated trip and visited Grand Haven and Holland while oldest auntie took care of me. I have been doing pretty good since then and have enjoyed eating wet food. Mommy started adding in my regular, dry food today and hope that I can be on my normal food in about a week if everything goes well.
On another note, Mommy's friend's doggy had a seizure on Sunday. This was the first seizure that anyone had witnessed and Mommy's friend's dog is the right age for them to show up if it is idiopathic epilepsy. He's four years old and if a dog has epilepsy, it's likely to start up with a dog is between ~1-5 years of age. Since his seizure was short and none have occurred since Sunday, Mommy's friend is just going to monitor his dog and keep track of any further seizures. If there are many seizures or if any seizures last longer than ~5 minutes, Mommy's friend's dog will have to get to the vet and get medication. We hope everything will be okay and that perhaps he may not have any further seizures. If he does need medications to help reduce and control the seizures, it will be okay too, but we hope it doesn't come to that.
Well, Mommy is excited to be moving into our new place so I better wrap this entry up. Hope everyone is staying cool if it's hot out there like it is in Michigan!
Mommy's graduating this Friday and then we'll be moving after she takes a few trips. First, she'll be going to Mackinac Island to have fun with her colleagues to celebrate and say good bye since everyone is moving all over the country for whatever lies beyond school. She is also taking me to the school for my annual visit and booster vaccinations, heartworm test, and maybe so she can look at my eyes. She has been learning a lot on her last clinical rotation, ophthalmology. Doggy and kitty eyes are no longer just round organs for vision anymore to her and she enjoys examining the different parts of the eyes. I hope she doesn't really look too much at my eyes since she uses equipment that shines bright lights. Anyways, I hope my visit goes well. Also in May, two of Mommy's friends will be getting married, then Mommy will be going to Chicago with her Mommy, and then she'll be going to California to help her friend move there. When she gets back, she and her sisters are going to have a spa day, and eventually, she and I will spend wonderful quality time together. She's still trying to find our home for the next three years, but she thinks she has almost decided on where we will end up.
First of all, Happy New Year and bah to superstitions. Mommy received good news today which made her happy on this Friday the 13th. After graduation from veterinary school, she's going to start a residency. Her top choice offered her the position so we can start making plans for the future. It's a three year program so Mommy will continue to be busy, but she's excited. I'm happy when Mommy's happy. Also, she found out yesterday that she passed her licensing board exam which means that there is only a few months until she becomes a doctor once she graduates.
In other news, Mommy bought me a new bed that is like a cave. Of course I prefer cuddling up to Mommy or being cozy on Mommy's bed, but it's neat. Also, I love the dental chews that Mommy bought me for my birthday. I can't have them every day because they make my poop too soft, but I enjoy them a 2 or 3 times a week. Check out the chews at tartarshield.com. Delicious and good for my teeth!!!