October 11, 2017 at 1:38 PM #54285
…home all day with sick doggie. This time, it isn’t the older, sickly one…it’s the young whippersnapper…if he’s not coming out of this in a few hours I guess it’s a trip to the vet😥October 11, 2017 at 1:43 PM #54286
The little guy on the left is sick…Crickie, born blind and with an open hole in her skull, plus bone problems and a hernia, and seemingly weak immune system, plus low thyroid….this time she feels great, but poor ol Buttons, young whippersnapper, is having a terrible time with his tum, swollen eye, dangling a back foot, and yelping if we grab hold of him to pick him up…weird assortment of symptoms. Wondering if he got stung and is allergic.
October 11, 2017 at 3:30 PM #54289
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aww, poor pup…hope he gets feeling better soon.October 11, 2017 at 6:03 PM #54297
Thanks, Dave…he seems to be getting better.October 11, 2017 at 7:39 PM #54307
From the picture…well, maybe they got into the corn or something Cricket??I know…you don’t keep any, but maybe the neighbors or, who knows?October 11, 2017 at 8:17 PM #54308
Lol…no, he does look a little tipsy there, but the picture is from another time. Buttons, the black one, the young-un, is feeling lousy today. I’ve stated here with him going back and forth as to whether he needs the vet or not…seems better, then bad again, then better. I’m not sure what it is that’s bothering him. He just ate some turkey, rice, and veggies, so we’ll see if his tummy can deal with that. I’d feel better if the swelling on his face would go down…can’t figure out what in the world is wrong with him. I still don’t know if I need to cancel everything tomorrow and take him in or if he’ll get ok. The vets never can figure stuff out anyway, it seems…yet, if he needs an antibiotic or something I want him to get it. Still not sure what to do bout him. Cricket, the sickly blind one, however, is eating, playing with her toys, running around happy as all get-out. Buttons watches her like he wishes he felt as good as that old sickly blind gal…lol. Poor little dog.
October 11, 2017 at 8:49 PM #54312
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OK, well maybe it’s time for some of Granny’s potient. We never used it on the dogs, because we never seemed to have a sick dog, but it sure worked on me.October 11, 2017 at 10:37 PM #54326
Hope the pup is better soon, Cricket.October 12, 2017 at 7:20 AM #54331
Thanks, John. Rodger, our dogs never used to get sick either. These days, though…seems they get sick a lot. That’s why we only have two…we had seven or eight dogs and a buncha cats before we moved up here, but, these days they’re expensive family members…lol. So far, this morning…I think he’s better.October 12, 2017 at 9:10 AM #54335
Glad he is better, Cricket!October 12, 2017 at 2:13 PM #54344
Thanks Rock…good to see you! Well, he was worse again…went to the vet…abscessed tooth…lots of meds and surgery within next couple of weeks!October 12, 2017 at 4:20 PM #54351
Oh no…I didn’t realize dogs could get toothaches. Cricket, I learned today that dogs are either right or left handed just like people, and if your dog yawns a lot when you are with it, that is a sign of your dogs affection for you and connection. This new dog I have yawns obsessively non’stop when you set down with it…it’s hilarious. Oh..my dog is left handed.October 12, 2017 at 5:37 PM #54357
Glad he is better. We had a very sad day here yesterday. Our 17 y/o yellow tabby, Dillon, left us. Our vet lives just up the street and came to the house to send him to “kitty heaven”. It is so weird here today without him but he was suffering terribly and it was time. Knowing he isn’t hurting helps the missing him.October 12, 2017 at 8:22 PM #54358
Sorry Bruce. I know it leaves a big empty hole when they have to go. Rodger, if your dog learns the fiddle he might have a harder time viewing the lessons unless you can hold a mirror up to the computer screen for him. I think Buttons was overmedicated…he acts like a zombie now and just totally out of it. He has to go back for bloodwork when he gets better and then dental surgery a week after the bloodwork. I hate seeing him act so bad…he’s really a lot worse since coming home from the vet…ain’t supposed towork like that, is it?October 13, 2017 at 6:35 PM #54378
Yay…he ate turkey and veggies plus some rice today and is slightly more Chipper. We were supposed to do the last mowing of the six acres tomorrow, but we’ll stay closer to home for Butt-butt, maybe go mow on another sunny day. This being Friday, Presonus Day for me, I was determined to make something of the viola plus voice Loving Hannah idea I’d had before. Well, with sick doggie in my lap and jelly Crickie feeling upset about all the attention he’s been getting…I attempted Loving Hannah and it was even worse than my first attempt. By the time I was all wore out and the dogs were losing patience, I finally settled in on an old coal mining song, I Don’t Want Your Millions, Mister, an Aunt Molly Jackson song, but I pretty much messed that all up too. I did put it up on YouTube, but it’s not how I wanted that either…once again, big on viola…no fiddle. I think my fiddle might be jelly now too…I think it’s time for me to relax with a good ol fun and EASY fiddle tune, next time! Whew…Buttons got better after supper though. Glad to see that.October 15, 2017 at 4:34 PM #54395
Cricket, I’m glad Buttons is better. And I enjoyed the new tune!
Rodger, I had seriously never thought about dogs being left- or right-handed (pawed?) before. I guess I just figured they were ambidextrous. 🙂 That is interesting that your dog is a leftie.
I did read a study a few months ago that observed dogs sneezing when they reached a consensus. So, it makes sense that a yawn would also have meaning. Here is the study.October 15, 2017 at 5:25 PM #54403
He’ll need dental surgery one of these days. I have a hard time sneezing to that idea, but I guess it just can’t be helped…yawn…October 15, 2017 at 7:30 PM #54406
Nobody would believe how this dog does the yawn thing. If I walk out to the kitchen & she jumps up on the couch, (so she’s happy) she just starts non-stop yawning with only a few seconds between yawns & no way she’s even remotely sleepy.October 15, 2017 at 8:10 PM #54407
Dogs are such good people, aren’t they?October 16, 2017 at 12:12 PM #54427
Amazing…I didn’t realize this new dog I have, has developed what is to her, a very important ritual for her feeding time. The routine that has developed involved me going out on the porch to get her dish, (after she impatiently has been telling me how slow I am) then she leads me in the house to the pantry telling me how hungry she is and when I fill the dish she begins a fantastic dance…jumping over the couch, spinning circles, leaping & singing, etc. etc..Then I put her dish on the porch & she dives in. Well, this morning the routine got disrupted and I learned that it is not a simple random routine but a very important ritual for her. I already had her dish in the pantry because I had some yummy scraps in it, so with her outside I just filled it up and stuck it out on the porch. She refused to touch it until I let her in the house to go through her dance/celebration ritual, after which she ran out & dove into her food!!October 16, 2017 at 1:58 PM #54430
Ha ha…yes, I’ve seen dogs behave like that…can’t get to point B until you’ve completed point A! My daughter fosters dogs for a shelter now…they’ve got a really harsh case right now…little doggie that was thrown from a moving vehicle…small dog…he’s so terrified of crates, people, everything…he cowers under a bench on their porch and only comes out to eat, etc., when nobody’s around. If you even look at him he totally freaks. I sure hope he can come around and become adoptable…it’s awful to think a dog would have to be put down because he was so abused that he couldn’t ever trust people. But…nobody adopts that kinda dog. I sure would take him, myself, but our dogs have had so many medical bills I don’t think we have the economic means to commit to another mouth to feed and to take care of. It kills me to see his fear…terribly fearful.October 16, 2017 at 6:58 PM #54450
I took fearful foster doggie for a walk tonight…it was hard…he hated it and was so paranoid and afraid🙁October 16, 2017 at 10:16 PM #54475
When I adopted Otis he was the same way…just heartbreaking to be around him…almost 2 years later he shows vast improvement and is a pretty darn happy pup. It took huge amounts of love and patience, and a regular routine of confidence building that he can count on, to get him there….
I still only let him meet one person at a time and we take it slow, letting him make the advance if he’s interested while the “stranger” is instructed to ignore him until he asks for attention…this seems to work best for his comfort and confidence…
He still has some quirks…when camping he will never walk far from the camper unless forced…it took over a year to get him to look me in the eye…took him a month per room to manage the courage to go into each new room in the house..and so on.
He has turned into a very well behaved, loving animal…but it took effort on my part…most people don’t want to put in that kind of effort, or don’t have the time, understanding & compassion it takes to help an animal with these type of trust issues.October 16, 2017 at 10:20 PM #54476
Haha…Roger, that’s hilarious!October 17, 2017 at 6:50 AM #54478
Well there’s still hope for this little one, I guess, then. Our two have abusive histories and don’t like people they don’t know. But this little dog can’t be approached by anybody at all, by this point. Annie is busy with a lot of stuff and was taking a break from fostering when they called her…she usually ends up with the problem dogs and they work hard to get them ready to be adoptable. She’s really too busy to spend that much time…it’s hard to get him outside to toitee, even. He won’t step into their house, but stays hidden under a bench on their porch, which is closed in but not warm. It’s starting to get cold a little…he just stays under that bench. It’s very sad. I just read on my Facebook today somebody found a dog swimming across the Ohio River too…wonder what that one’s story is or where that dog will end up…October 18, 2017 at 12:41 AM #54496
Rodger, that sounds like a fun ritual! So funny that she wouldn’t eat until you allowed her to do it properly. It reminds me of the pre-game rituals that some athletes have to perform in order to fell comfortable starting the match. Dave and Cricket, thanks for taking in those dear pound pups. Kindnes towards animals is a very good trait in a person!October 25, 2017 at 9:34 PM #54711
Well poor ol Buttons got his pre-surgical bloodwork today and appointment to go in Halloween night and have his tooth extraction(s) 6:00a.m. The next day. Gonna feel so bad for him going through it, but hopefully this will be a one time deal and he won’t lose more than one or two teeth. We’ll find out once they can get going with it.November 1, 2017 at 9:16 AM #54981
How did Buttons’ tooth extraction go?November 1, 2017 at 11:33 AM #54984
I still don’t know anything…I got ahold of them after trying to call several times and they said he was still in surgery…you can’t get ahold of these people…it’s a very busy place. They were nice on the phone, and understanding, but no info. I’m still on the edge…about to lose my mind, but thanks for asking. I want my little doggie back!November 1, 2017 at 2:50 PM #54995
Sounds like you’ll have to figure out how to help buttons eat now with her mouth all operated on. How will you do that? My new dog is so smart she is getting me trained instead of me teaching her. She absolutely has to have a bite of everything I’m eating. I kind of have something in my hand I’m eating all day long. She loves carrots and even if I’m eating a carrot she has to have a bite of it. She went out and dug her own out of the garden, but now the ground is frozen. I hope she didn’t read your post about her playing the fiddle, cause I wouldn’t put it past her to try…November 1, 2017 at 4:27 PM #54996
That’s funny, Rodger. Ok. I feel better now…Buttons is home. Buttons and Cricket got so excited to see each other again. I don’t know how we’re supposed to feed him…he had unexpected vomiting at the vets and they didn’t tell us…these are pretty good vets and understandably very busy…big place, but I’m not at all pleased with how this whole situation was handled…they were asking me what I fed him late last night…I’m like, you guys made me bring him here at 4… I didn’t feed him anything past lunchtime. Anyway…then of course they figured he was just reacting to anesthesia…they pulled one tooth and said “with bone loss,” which, after reading the net about little dogs getting teeth pulled, I’m thinking means they broke off jaw bone with the tooth. Anyway they noticed he had some missing teeth already, so who knows what happened to them…it was obvious when we got him he’d never had any medical care in his past. But he’s barking a lot and trying to run around with cricket, but I’m. Trying to discourage that and keep him quiet. Rodger, your dog likes his carrots, both Cricket and buttons do flips if they see me chopping cabbage…they love raw cabbage, the raw green beans, other raw veggies. I usually just feed them what we eat…they’re little so I can afford to do that: grass fed meat and organic cooked veggies, but they eat the veggies raw too. I do keep dog kibble out in case they want it, but they usually don’t want much with all that real food in front of them. Since they’re only six pounds each, it’s not expensive to feed them our people food. I fed other dogs people food in the past…chicken rice veggies, etc., but it was cheaper stuff. These guys are lucky they’re small enough to eat as good as we do. I’m not sure how to feed buttons…I’m thinking to put his supper in the blender tonight, but neither one of these two likes anything mushy.November 1, 2017 at 5:38 PM #54999
I sure hope he’s not gonna need false teeth after this Cricket…but I’d think it would be hard to gum a carrot…November 1, 2017 at 7:26 PM #55007
Cricket, I’m glad Buttons is home and feeling better!
I let our little dog Bella out a couple of weeks ago and all of a sudden I heard a lot of shooting. I guess she got scared and ran, haven’t seen her since. Deb cries and looks for her but nowhere to be found. She offered an award for her but nothing. We sure can get attached to our little pets, they are like family to us. I miss the little girl! I asked Deb if she wanted to get another dog, that didn’t go over to well! So we just wait and watch for her I guess.November 1, 2017 at 8:50 PM #55010
Aw, gosh, Rock…that’s awful. Did you call local shelters and ask if they’ve gotten Bella somehow? Or vets? Or make posters to gang around the area…tell Deb I’m sorry to hear about it and sending my best wishes and prayers that your dog returns.November 1, 2017 at 8:54 PM #55011
Rodger,.,yes, I’m thinking the raw veggies will be harder for him with three missing teeth! Remember there was a story several years ago about this guy who made his own false teeth from rocks in his driveway? We might have to resort to that! So far Buttons has eaten his blender free range, local organic chicken…two helpings…tummy seems ok. We gave him his pain medicine but he moans a little…his face is swollen again so I think it must be hurting pretty bad. I hope it gets better in a day or two.November 1, 2017 at 9:09 PM #55012
Cricket, I went door to door all around here. There are not a lot of houses around here tho. Pictures at the vets and Deb has it all over facebook. We have had sightings all over, even in other towns but none checked out. We are hoping someone has her and returns her!November 1, 2017 at 9:30 PM #55015
When I was in South Dakota I had a German Shepherd that was the runt of the litter, so he didn’t get nearly as big & heavy as most. He got bit by the biggest rattler I think I ever saw. I didn’t know what to do. We were out on the edge of the Badlands, (30 miles south of Wall Drug) if you ever heard of that. Anyway, ole Major just dug a hole down in an old collapsed spring house type cellar and I didn’t see him for most of a week. I didn’t think he could live and thought he died down there. One day he came out as good as new. That rattler could have got me if he hadn’t been ahead of me. The rattler was at least 5′ long, but it was really huge & big around.November 1, 2017 at 9:49 PM #55016
Rock, my dog that just died here a couple months ago, was from up in the northern Yukon. When I lived up there we made a trip down here for a month and held a summer camp for the kids. We were camped across the river in a remote spot in a big wall tent for about a month. About a week before we had to leave to go back to the Yukon, our dog ran off in the woods with another dog and the night before we had to leave she still hadn’t come back. I was just sick thinking we’d have to pull out the next morning and leave her behind like that. We hadn’t seen her for a week. I was up after midnight worrying about it all. There wasn’t any roads there, just old wagon trails through the woods. Well, without knowing why I did it, I got in the pickup and drove up the hill as high as I could get and I just sat and blew the horn for a while. It seemed like a stupid thing to do. Then I went down and went to bed. I had a frame built for the wall tent and even framed a floor. Before I went to sleep our dog came busting in the tent and jumped around celebrating. Wherever she had been she must of heard the horn and knew it was me calling her. Funny thing is, I don’t ever remember blowing that horn before and I doubt she had ever heard it before that night.November 1, 2017 at 9:53 PM #55017
So Rodger, he saved you and you left him down there to die? You really loved ole Major, huh?November 1, 2017 at 10:09 PM #55018
We have had sightings all over, even in other towns
Rock, about a hundred years ago, before anyone had heard of flying off in a balloon, some adventurers got the idea of being the first to travel to the north pole by going in a balloon from Norway over the pole. This was really a hair brain idea, especially with the quality control issues of the balloon, but they actually launched & off they went. Weeks went by and it became apparent something went horribly wrong…well newspapers all over the world went viral with the news and asked anyone who may have seen this odd thing in the sky to report it. Thousands of sightings poured in from sincere observers from places like California & all over the world, when the fact is, it crashed up in the polar regions and no one, except possibly an Eskimo camp had ever seen it, and it was before there was any king of flying craft in the sky anywhere. Newspapers really made hay of printing all these sightings and it was quite a phenomena. The fellows survived the crash, & walked for hundreds of miles down to an Arctic island where a whaling ship would have found them in the spring, but they died from carbon monoxide poison from their camp stove, inside their tent. It was all a mystery for most of this time until their camp was finally discovered in some melting ice on the island. They had lived by hunting and had lots of meat….polar bear & seal.
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