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A Phone Call We Could Have Done WIthout

August 22nd 2012 4:54 pm
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Well, Dixie isn't getting her teeth cleaned and her cyst biopsied tomorrow after all. Before we left the vet last week, I had her draw Dixie's blood for testing too. Got the call today.

Dixie's one liver enzyme is elevated. Don't know the reason why. I'm so very careful about everything they eat, after WINston was poisoned by MenuFoods/Nutro back in 2007. They get NOTHING made from China. I research where the ingredients that make up their food and treats some from, because even though a product is made in the USA, ingredients could come from China (the poisoned Nutro was made in Canada with ingredients from China).

Our minds are spinning. The vet said she's fairly confident in the Cushing's diagnosis for Burt, but the tests tomorrow will point us in the right direction for treatment or for an ultrasound. Dixie? Who knows. I want to puke.

Good case scenario with Cushing's is about lifespan of two years after diagnosis if it's caused by tumors. I am numb. This can't be happening again. I can't lose them both.


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Weeeeeellllllllll, seeing as how both Dixie and Burt's bloodwork came back with liver enzyme problems, I'll update on D&B's joint page. http://www.dogster.com/dogs/1084910
D&B-Chicago Crew's BlackPearls

 

It's not a tumor... oh wait, it is.

August 18th 2012 6:38 pm
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Well, It's that time of year--time for the dreaded dental. I eat the EXACT same thing as Burt, but my teeth are all scummy. Burt's? Pearly white! The Mom and the Dad decided they weren't going to have my teeth cleaned anymore because last year and the year before I had a lot of problems with anesthesia--super low heart rate, which the vet thought was a reaction to acepromazine. The second time we didn't use the Ace, but I still had a low heart rate. Then vet hooked me up to an ekg during my next physical and low and behold, periods of irregular heartbeat!

Fast forward to Thursday. Burt & I spent the day with Doc for our semi-annual physicals, and the vet was going over what she found with the Mom. The Mom was going to tell the vet about the decision not to do a dental. Before the Mom could open her mouth, Doc told her about a pea-sized tumor that she found in MY mouth! Right above my front teeth, attached to my gum. So, I have to be put under so Doc can remove it and send it out for diagnosis. Might as well do the dental while I'm resting my eyes.

Will let you know how things go next week.

 

Happy Gotcha Day, Dixie BlackPearl!

February 11th 2012 1:45 am
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So, they say it's your Birthday! A day to celebrate the wonder that is YOU! The one word to describe our darling Dixie? JOY! Not joy. JOY! Happy, happy, JOY, JOY! The JOY in which you approach the day. The JOY you make us feel when you're with us. The JOY that explodes from you when we're together. Happy 9th Birthday, sweet baby girl. We pray for many, many, MANY more!

 

Dixie Doodle-Bug

August 28th 2011 11:05 pm
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Three years ago, after losing Remo and Lucy, we were no longer a Triple-Dog Family, for the first time in over 20 years. How very, very strange to have just one dog. Dogs are like Potato Chips--you can't only have one!

But our hearts were very bruised, and we hesitated to open ourselves up to love, and eventually lose, another dog. Lose yet another piece of our hearts.

But we took a chance on Dixie BlackPearl, and she took a chance on us. A shy, timid, frightened shelter dog, the volunteers had worked with you for over six months. You needed someone to believe in you. To take a chance. And little did we know how much more we would need you just three weeks later.

Dixie, thank you for saving our hearts.

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Dixie has been having episodes of irregular, slow heartbeat. Please keep her in your thoughts as we begin this journey with her, exploring any and all options.

 

Thundershirts Ordered!

August 29th 2010 11:40 pm
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So, the Mom hopped on the internet and ordered Burt and me our very own Thundershirts! The website not only offered the original Heather Grey Thundershirt, but also a Pink Rugby and a Navy Rugby Thunder Shirt--perfect for diva Dixie and dashing Burt. We'll be stylin' real soon and we'll be ready for the next TStorms that roll through ChiTown!

For those pups not up on what Thundershirts are for, well, the name says it all. From their website, www.thundershirt.com :

With its patent-pending design, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. It is this pressure that has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. From real world experience, we know with certainty that Thundershirt DOES WORK. That is why we are able to offer a money-back guarantee. Based on surveys completed by over 1,000 Thundershirt users, over 85% of dogs show significant improvement in anxiety symptoms when using Thundershirt.

Thousands of veterinarians and dog trainers now recommend Thundershirts for their anxiety cases. We recommend just putting on a Thundershirt and observing the results (No training!). You very well may see significant improvement for noise, crate, travel, barking and others with absolutely no training. For more complicated anxiety cases, we recommend using Thundershirt as part of a behavior modification program.

One thing is for certain, for a very large percentage of dogs, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a terrific calming effect. This has obvious benefits for most types of anxiety. But Thundershirt is also a very useful tool for managing excitability or hyperactivity with strangers, on the leash, or in a training environment. Thundershirt’s calming effect helps a dog to focus (or refocus) her energies in a more constructive direction, allowing training to be more effective.

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We'll bark back about our results ASAP!

 

Seizure Activity Ramping Up

August 27th 2010 8:29 pm
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My seizure activity is ramping up. The Mom had to take Wednesday off when about 4am I went into overdrive with panting. My heart felt like it was going to pound out of my chest. The Mom gave me 2 Melatonin, but that didn't even take the edge off. I was moving around a lot, and burping from all of the air I was panting in. The Mom first thought I had bloated, but my tummy was soft and there was no retching or drool. Nothing the Mom did could calm me down. The Dad said It was like I was on doggie uppers.

The Mom finally remembered about applying pressure (TTouch, Anxiety Wrap, Thunder Shirt...) so she slung her leg over me and pressed down on my flank. She put one hand on my breastbone, one hand on my spinal column mid-back and pushed. Holding me firmly like that, I finally closed my mouth and started breathing through my nose, but still fast. Slowly I came down, and finally fell asleep. Trouble was, if the Mom started to drift off and loosen her grip on me, I'd wake up panting. This went on for about 4 hours.

The Mom picked up the Comfort Zone DAP (dog appeasing pheromone) diffuser and that seemed to help me. Instead of sleeping in the pawrents bed or on the wooden floor, I laid in the dog bed right by the DAP. I seemed ok for the most part on Thursday, just a couple of fly-catching incidents, but this afternoon I had a smaller episode with the panting and racing heart. It's a concern because I can't take most sedatives--I go too far under. Vet gave me Acepromazine (sp) once and almost lost me when my heart rate slowed too much. The Mom is going to order the Thunder Shirt ASAP.

It's always something, isn't it?

 

...something wrong with your life.

April 30th 2010 10:17 pm
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"if you don't own a dog,
at least one, there is not
necessarily anything wrong
with you, but there may
be something wrong with
your life."
--Roger Caras

 

Today I Went & Burt Stayed Home

April 22nd 2010 6:24 pm
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Of course, it wasn't anyplace FUN... I went to Samantha's (the Groomer). The Mom said my fur was out-of-control, so I had to go in for a bath, blow-out and trim. Burt really, really wanted to go with me. But if he knew where I was going, I think he would have changed his mind. The first and only time Burt went to Sam's he hid in the corner of the shop until the Mom came to get us. I stayed with him in the corner--for company, you see.

The Mom said that HoneyBunny (one of the Chicago Crew of Angels) would actually walk up the ramp into the tub all by herself! Without the Bather even telling her to--she liked bathes that much! The Mom said that since I put on weight I look more and more like a Black Pearl version of HoneyBunny. The Dad really loved her very much (still cries about her even after four years) so to be compared to HB is a GOOD thing!

 

Why Not Both?????

April 16th 2010 8:04 pm
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The current Dogster poll has got my backhair up! And Burt's too!

The question: If you could add another pet to the family, what would it be?

The first two answers:
- A wonderful rescue pup.
- A beautifully-bred dog.

My question: Why not both?

Over 25% of dogs in shelters on any given day are pure bred dogs. Pure. Bred. Dogs. Or, as the poll so cleverly words it "beautifully-bred dog(s)". So how about SAVING a life and adopting your next "beautifully-bred" dog?

If you are leery of shelter dogs (and, as a shelter dog, I ask Why???????) you can contact any of the hundreds of reputable "beautifully-bred" Rescues across the United States. For info on breed specific rescues, go to www.akc.org, and click on Breed Info, select the breed you are interested in and then click on Breed Rescue for lists of breed-specific rescues by state.

So, again, I ask, why not both?
Why not a Wonderful, Beautifully-bred Rescue pup and save a life?

Until there's NONE, rescue ONE!!!!!

 

I am Fly-Catching

April 8th 2010 4:43 pm
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I went to the vet yesterday for some shots and my semi-annual checkup. I have been coughing a lot, and the vet took xrays to make sure I had no growth or obstruction in my esophagus. Everything with that was a-o-k.

The Mom talked to the vet about my "fly-catching". It's a very mild form of epilepsy. It's call "fly-catching" because of the behavior. The dog or cat will fix their stare off into the distance, staring at nothing in particular, their eyes fixed, non-blinking, and almost pop-eyed. In my case, my mouth is closed and I breath really fast through my nose (I'm normally a mouth-breather).

Nothing disturbs me when I go into one of these trances. The Mom can be right next to me, calling "Dixie", "Dixie", "Dixie", but I don't even hear her or even blink. The vet asked the Mom to keep a diary of when I have these episodes. The vet didn't seem too worried about it, and neither did the Mom. Just another part of the uniqueness that is Dixie!

 
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