July 31, 2010

The First of Many…

Yesterday was Maggie’s first of many trips to the vet’s for her injection. I’ve told mom to use that word instead of shot, it doesn’t sound as harsh, just doesn’t have the “ouch” factor. So here she is on the ride there…this is one car ride I don’t mind missing…just sayin’

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Maggie and vet

Poor Maggie’s tale was between her legs, she’s no dumb pup ya know she knew exactly where she was! I taught her well, sniff and investigate before going forward, BUT go forward like a brave powerful girl! You never know what’s waiting for you on the other side of those doors, whatever it is you certainly don’t want to look like a fool, so suck it up and put your best paw forward and it’ll all be over before you know it. And wouldn’t you know it mom said she did excellent, took her shot like a soldier and left with her head held high! Little does she know she has to do that 6 more times. shhhh

Maggie in store

Of course after the vets you always have to make a pit stop at Petsmart. Here’s Maggie and dad picking out some vitamins and wouldn’t you know it they brought me home something!!!Yeah well it wasn’t a nice big juicy bone or squeaky toy or a stuffed squirrel…not very exciting but I will take what I can get!

Ok, alright I haven’t told you the whole story!! Geesh, I hate it when mom’s looking over my shoulder! The truth is Mom and Dad came home the other night with a nice comfy bed for Maggie to help with her hip. Where was mine?! I may not have bad hips but I do like comfy!!!

So here I am refusing to get out of Maggie’s crate, why mom always has the camera handy at these times, I will never understand…blackmail I’m guessing!

Miley in crate

Here I am in my own crate with my OWN new bed. That’s my “ha ha very funny, mom” dirty look I like to give her…

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……behind bars!!!

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July 30, 2010

Thank you!!!

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Just wanted to send out a great big thank you to everyone for their wonderful comments about Maggie! Your advice and stories have helped us more than you know! We are feeling very optimistic about her future and the treatments that we have chosen.

*To answer everyone’s question: Yes, we immediately contacted the breeder…just trying to stay positive on this blog and I have nothing positive to say about that situation! Thank you for your concern.

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!!!

 

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July 29, 2010

Unexpected News…

For the past few weeks Maggie has been limping so we just thought maybe she has been playing a little too rough with Miley and somehow twisted something. So off to the vets she went and they thought it could either be lyme disease or  her achilles tendon. Lyme test came back negative so they decided to keep her over night and do a complete x-ray exam in the morning.

Yesterday we received a call from the vet, the news was worse than we thought, her right hip is 3/4 out of the socket, she has hip dysplasia. Not only that, her right knee is in terrible shape with signs of arthritis. We were devastated and in shock to say the least. How could this happen to an 8 month old puppy? They believe she was born this way, the thought of her being in pain all this time and we didn’t know it absolutely kills me. After hours of tears and disbelief we met with the vet and discussed her options and decided we will first start with pain management, see where that takes us and get a consult with an orthopedic surgeon to discuss what can be done down the road as she is young right now.

So for the next 4 weeks she will be getting Adequan injections twice a week and the pain reliever Zubrin as needed. Then hopefully we will be able to space out the injections a little further and see how she does. A supplement called Dasuquin was suggested to us by a nurse in the office. It contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM so of course I scoured the internet and found some very promising information and stories. We are definitely going to try it and hope for the best. I also came across some  success stories with the vitamin, Ester C. Something to think about and discuss with our vet, I guess.

In meantime we will be making sure Maggie’s weight stays where it should be, taking her on some easy walks and best of all she can swim all she wants. Unfortunately living in the northeast that only leaves us with a little more than a month before we have to close up the pool. And as for her aspirations to be a frisbee champion…that is totally out of the question, jumping is off limits for her.

~If anyone has any information or advice I would truly appreciate anything that you can offer! Thank you!

Thought I would share some pictures of Maggie in her glory, these were taken over a month ago…

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poor Miley is about to get torpedo’d!!!

July 27, 2010

Confessions of a Golden

Forgive me Lord furiends for my mom has sinned, it’s been a gazillion 3 months since my last blog….

Mom has been super lazy busy, what can I say?! It’s a tough job floating around the pool with an umbrella drink in hand taking care of all of us and working on her jewelry. Ya know what I say??? Excuses are like….you get the point!!! Humans, can’t live with ‘em and we sure can’t live without ‘em!!!

Here are some pics for you to enjoy!!!

DSC03353Is the bench getting smaller or is Maggie getting larger?!?!? Oh, you just wait and see!!!

DSC03356Sharing a pinecone….or not!!

DSC03392 Every dog needs a good vacuum…I think she’s enjoys this just a little too much!!!

DSC03526 What do you mean the pools not open?!?!?!

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Sitting pretty…

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Maggie is growing up so fast!!!

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She can play a serious game of tug-o-war!!!

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Can’t end this post without Belle, she’s back outside and up to her old tricks again!!!

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