Wednesday, February 24, 2010
We have officially renamed our "pup" as of today... He is BEAR... And boy did he turn out to be a bear!!! The first four hours he was home were AWFUL!!! I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown. I cried even!!!
The ride home was fine. We got out of the car and he took care of ALL potty business. We came inside. He took about 15 minutes to scope out the joint, and then he and Phoenix did their meet and greet for the second time. All was well so they started playing a bit. Only one serious disagreement, but both were fine. HOWEVER, within a half hour of arriving, he crapped again... IN THE HOUSE!!! I startled him to cut him off and threw his butt outside to finish. Cleaned up the mess and went back to normal business. He jumped up on the arm of the couch, the kitchen counter, my bathroom counter... He humped me twice... He was a TERROR... OH... And SHOCKER... They never bathed him before he was neutered yesterday, and of course now he can't be bathed. Mind you, I took him out separately to pee four times... And then he came back in and peed in the house 10 minutes later. Startled him again and threw him back outside.... There he promptly ran all over the top of the pool for 15 minutes... THANK GOD it is frozen over and he didn't fall into any water on the cover or do any damage.
I called DH in tears... He picked up dry shampoo and brought it home. We cleaned him up the best we could and got him all brushed out. I have to admit for the most part he was very well behaved after I had my nervous breakdown and threatened to follow through on the 30 day return policy.
I know that several things played into the breakdown. One of which is a health issue... I'll blog about that tomorrow, and the rest was the frustration that came about when I picked him up. They waited until today to do ANYTHING with him. So... I had to wait while they gave him his very first annual shot, rabies shot, and bordetella shot. Now he hasn't been wormed (I'll have to do myself for the next 3 days), has only had one DHLPPC shot (needs to go back next week for boosters), and they are saying he'll need another worming set next week. I'm going to call the vet tomorrow since we already had an appointment for next Thursday. I'd really like to know their thoughts...
He also gave me the gift of vomit. I'm sure that they limited his food prior to surgery and probably post surgery as well as the effects of the anesthesia wore off. I gave him 20 oz. of dry food. He ate approximately 16 oz. (1 cp.) very quickly and then proceeded to throw up 4 oz. of it in the back of the crate. At least he did me that favor and didn't walk through it!
Ahhh... Or is it ARGH!!! The joys of new motherhood... So... No new pictures tonight. I'll try for some tomorrow though. I'm hoping things are even more settled down then. Pray for my sanity all!!!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Well, we went back to the shelter today with receipt in hand for the neuter fee. We paid for it to be performed next Wednesday, and I had scheduled to take off work. I had my fingers crossed so tightly that I would be able to take him home with that level of commitment. It was to no avail. They insisted that the only exception were made for dogs that were too ill to go through surgery or too young. The only thing that made it easier was that he is doing MUCH better now. He is very much like the dog I met on Monday again. They have moved him to the "Puppy Room" with much younger and/or less aggressive dogs. He is happy and playful and outgoing once again. He was thrilled to see us. We took him out of the kennel to play and romp in the snow for about 30 minutes. It was cold, but he insisted on making puppy snow angels and having his belly rubbed until he almost fell asleep outside! He caught on very quickly to his "new training" courtesy of his new momma. It went something like... Jump up, be told to sit, not get love until he sat, then get heaps of praise and lots of love. He is starting to approach you and sit now instead of jumping as a greeting. Praise God for that! It is going to take consistency for a while, but I think he'll get the idea. He is VERY smart!!! When we walked in, there was a man there trying to adopt him. The director said, "Oh, here's the couple that's adopting Pip now!" He told us how glad he was for the dog to get a home but how he sure wished it was his... Made me feel a little bad because there are so many dogs needing homes, and he told the director he wasn't interesting in offering a permanent home for any others that were available. It was my understanding that he ended up taking four puppies as fosters though. It's going to be a long wait until Wednesday, but I sure am glad he's doing so much better in his temporary home...
Friday, February 19, 2010
We took Phoenix to the vet tonight. She has been lame off and on for the past two months. There doesn't seem to be any tried and true pattern to the lameness, but it was always on the same back leg and seemed to be in the knee. It *seemed* to occur more after she would go "Psycho Dog" in the snow and play hard and crazy trying to make quick cuts and such. Well... Fast forward to this past Tuesday. She is doing her normal "I want to play, Mom" whine... I say, "Go get your toy," and she starts to trot to pounce on her toy. She makes it halfway across the room, lets out a blood curling scream/cry, and drops where she stands. I jumped on top of her. She wouldn't bear weight on her right front or right hand now. I checked her over VERY well, there was nothing. I checked the floor, there was nothing. She still seemed to be in pain, but it seemed to be "without obvious reason." I called the vet's office, and they were able to see her tonight. I was very upfront and told the vet that I had given her a Tramadol that I had on hand from Tyler and that seemed to ease her discomfort. I told her that I perceived her problem to be in the knee more than anywhere else. She agreed that she was obviously lame still on the right hind. She palpated it, and Phoenix was in obvious discomfort. She also showed some symptoms of discomfort when her right hip was palpated. The vet asked if I wanted her put on an anti-inflammatory and a pain med or if I wanted to get a more definitive answer (MAYBE) with some pictures. After EVERYTHING I went through with Tyler. I told her that I would feel more comfortable with pictures. The good news and the bad news. The x-rays of her knee and hip are PRISTINE... She has about the most perfect joints/prints I've ever seen. At nearly seven, she's WAY better than Tyler was at 3. Which didn't explain what I described or what the vet was noticing. She took another film... This time of her spine... Like mother, like daughter, (AND LIKE MOMMA_BEAR "NANA" TOO)!!! Her spine shows VERY OBVIOUS arthritic degeneration. She is currently carrying 12 pounds that need to come off IMMEDIATELY. The vet hopes that with the 12 pounds off, we can take her back off the pain meds, but for now, it's a diet, exercise, and meds to control her discomfort. The degeneration has caused compression/narrowing between her lumbar vertebrae and bridging in the intervertebral space, and the nerves are being pinched. I imagine that what she experienced that dropped her on Tuesday night was some type of a nerve pinch. God only knows what it felt like to her or how she perceived it (what she thought had happened to her)... She is resting comfortably now, and she will learn to adapt to the changes in diet and some forced exercise for a while (even if her dear mother would rather be on the treadmill than out in the cold)... I REALLY wish they had an indoor dog park!
All prayers for my dear furbaby are greatly appreciated...
We still hope to bring our new boy home on Saturday...
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
So... I cried tonight. Joe (DH) and I went to shelter so I could introduce him to "Pip" and see if there was the chance we could bring him home until surgery or ??? State law says the dog must be neutered, but you can have the procedure done by your own vet and provide verification that it was completed. We got there close to the time they were to close, and went back to the kennel area... POOR PIP!!! He is not even close to being the same dog, and he's only been there since Monday... His tail is tucked, he is unsure and frightened of all the other dogs. The dog that was outgoing with people on Monday used me as a human shield today. I'm sure he is very overwhelmed as they are very overcrowded right now. I pretty much begged to take him home (to no avail). The Director wasn't there today because she had a death in the family and the kennel manager and another woman that I'm going to *kindly* refer to as the troll (I'll assume Office Manager) said absolutely not. So... At the earliest, I can try to stage another break for Saturday... Dogs are resilient I know, and I'm sure he'll bounce back, but it made me cry to see him so out of his element, and it didn't give Joe an accurate impression of the dog that I met on Monday as he was just brought in from a home environment. The next two days are going to be VERY long... HELP!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Momma, McKenzie and I spent the day checking out dogs at the shelter. There are a lot of pets looking for homes right now. I know the shelter has been flooded with dogs post economic bust as many people just haven't been able to afford their pets and their families. Of course to me the two are synonomous... I digress. After the storm that passed through our area, some were left without power/heat/etc. Many had to abandon their animals all together. We went to the 4H building at the fairgrounds where some of the pets are being held, and then made our stop at the animal shelter. It may have been kismet. A humane officer had brought in two dogs that had been seized that day by the court... One a beagle and the other a border collie. I'm a BIG fan of working dogs and herders in general. I actually think that I might like to do some agility training, but more than that, I admire their intelligence. There had been a border collie at the 4H barn that was 7-9 years old (female). I thought it was the same dog, and not realizing the back story about the humane officer picking her up that day, I refused to look at "her" at all. I can't bring another dog home to have it get old and "lose" it again. Not that that can't happen at any time, but adopting an elderly dog sort of lends itself to heartache in my opinion. Anyway, I had picked Phoenix up from the groomer and decided to try her out with what looked to be the sweetest, quietest Pit mix puppy. That thing was a HOLY terror when he charged out of his pen. He had my poor high strung Phoenix a mess! The manager of the shelter encouraged me to try the Border Collie and said it had just been brought in. I went in the kennel area, and only saw the dog that I thought was the female. The girl brought "her" out and immediately the dog cuddled right to me and I started sobbing!!! I thought I was having a mental breakdown. I said I could never take that old dog home to have it die on me... I probably looked like a blubbering idiot! I went back to talk to the manager again, and she looked at me like I was crazy. She said that the border that was just brought in was an approximate 2 year old male... I don't know if it was the other dog fixed in my mind or what that I couldn't get past, but I ended up spending some time with Phoenix and the border... After talking it over, we decided that we will try to foster him for a few days to see how they get along at home. If all works out, he will have a permanent home. I should be able to pick him up sometime later this week. It's state law that he be neutered first...
Pip (not sure if I like that name) standing up with shelter volunteer
I have been thinking of calling him Charlie... Like Charlie Chaplin... Thoughts???
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