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Pancake Puppy

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Little Libby went for her first walk a couple of days ago. No, let me rephrase that…she went for her first combination walk and carry. Allow me to elaborate.

It was a beautiful Friday afternoon and I decided it would be good to take a walk up to the drugstore to pick up my prescriptions. The drugstore is only about a half a mile away so it sounded like a good idea. Then I got the even brighter idea to take a pup along for the walk. I chose Libby. That is when the bright idea began to fade…rapidly.

Due to Libby’s harsh first few weeks in this world, she is still afraid of things outside of her comfort zone. The comfort zone includes her home and her backyard…that’s about it. When she’s in the zone, she’s happy-go-lucky and prances with the best of them. When she steps outside of the realm of perceived safety, she “pancakes”. Picture a puppy flattening itself as close to the ground as she can get and refusing to budge…“pancake”. Add to that an uncontrollable shaking and even the Grinch would be moved to sentiment.

The first “pancake” episode occurred as we left the front yard for the street. A tiny bit of coaxing and we were back on our way. Suddenly, a large metallic monster rounded the corner and panic set in…“pancake”. My neighbor was driving the monster (Ford Taurus) and, upon seeing Libby’s reaction, slowed to a near crawl and coasted to his driveway. God bless that man. The danger had passed and Libby once again decided to go forward.

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Babies

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Mommy got a little camera happy. Sophie and Mollie couldn’t be bothered though. I guess they were just too tired after playing all day! Click the photos to make them bigger. Enjoy.

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The Saga of the Crusty Nose

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

This is the first time I have posted here about this so don’t think you missed something. Some of you know that I have been dealing with a problem with my oldest pup, Sophie (she’s three). She has a habit of jumping into the lattice which I have attached to the top of my fence all around the yard. I initially installed the lattice to keep Miss Long Legs from accidentally going over the fence. Of course it would be an accident if she went over the fence! She loves her Mommy and would never intentionally go over it. Just take that notion completely out of your mind.

Sophie doesn’t jump into the lattice just for something to do…no, no…she is usually barking at the top of her lungs and trying to alert the neighborhood that an interloper is in the area. The interloper is usually in the form of a rabbit, a cat, or a stray pup. Whilst barking she of course must jump as high as possible to be sure her alert is carried to the far reaches of the neighborhood. Herein lies the problem. She continually smacks her nose into the lattice and not only damages the lattice, but damages her nose as well. The nose damage actually worsened when I lined the lattice with “poultry fencing” (that’s another story completely) to keep said Town Crier from breaking the lattice off and, again totally by accident, going over the fence.

In many ways however, the “poultry fencing” has decreased her bouts of jumping into the lattice since smacking one’s nose into “poultry fencing” can be quite uncomfortable. Her nose however, doesn’t seem to want to heal. I know that continually reinjuring the nose doesn’t help either but even using Neosporin on it hasn’t seemed to help. Plus, she licks that off anyway. Eww.

This past Friday I took her to the Vet for her normal check-up and Dog Doctor Dude got very concerned about her nose and even busted out the medical books to show me pictures. He suspects that she has an auto immune diease (like Lupus, etc) that is causing the problem with her nose. WHAT? I certainly didn’t see that one coming. I also didn’t see the $367.00 bill for the necessary bloodwork to rule out an auto immune disease. Thank God for tax refunds.

Anyway, he opted not to give her the shots she was due for in case we are dealing with an auto immune problem and they could aggravate it. Now came the waiting for the bloodwork results to come back.

Here’s a photo of the Crusty Nose:

I finally got the results Tuesday afternoon and they were all negative, thank God. Dog Doctor Dude, however, was still pushing for an aggressive treatment and recommended a biopsy of the nose. Again, WHAT? He explained the cookie cutter type of procedure the biopsy would entail as well as the fact that she would have to be put under anesthesia and would have stitches. Again, WHAT?

After sufficiently scaring the *#%#$$ out of me, he did acquiesce to a much less aggressive avenue in which we would treat her with antibiotics and a topical solution in the hopes that she simply has a skin infection of some sort that has been made worse by slamming her nose into the lattice and “poultry fencing”. Another $142.00 and I have medication for her for the next two weeks.

The antibiotics are no big deal as I can just put them in her food and she eats them without even noticing. The drops are another story however. She is not liking the drops. I was hoping for a gel or cream but no…they are drops. Dog Doctor Dude even went as far as to direct me to try to keep her from licking the medication off of her nose for a few seconds. Yeah, ok, like that’s gonna happen. She did lick at it but she apparently didn’t like the taste too much so she didn’t lick too much.

Still, this is going to be an endeavor but I hope that it does the trick and we don’t have to go the cookie cutter route. Ouch.

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Mommy Freaked

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

I know I’ve been AWOL the last few days and I do so apologize. Please accept. Allow me to share with you what greeted me when Libby rolled over for her ritual belly rub Tuesday morning…

Yes, Mommy promptly had a stroke. A trip to the vet told us that the internal stitiches from Libby’s recent spaying surgery have not yet dissolved (can take up to 60 days…didn’t know that). Some of the stitches at the top of the incision had formed a clump and were irritating the underside of the incision…eww…eww…yuck.

The doc was able to open the area and remove the clump. He said the clump came out easily and there did not appear to be any pus involved. He then cleaned the area out real well and glued my baby’s belly back shut. He said she was as good as gold and never once objected to what he was doing to her. Me? I was pacing a hole in the waiting room floor. ;)

He sent her home with some antibiotics, just to be on the safe side, and said things should be fine now. I am pleased to report that the owwie looks 900 percent better and I am recovering nicely from the stroke…thank you.

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Libbers Update

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Libby is doing wonderfully. She wants to run and wrestle with her sisters but I won’t let her off the leash. Doc said she needs to stay calm for the next few days. I just counted and she has 14 bones out. Now I ask you…how can one little pup chew on 14 bones? I guess that would explain her nickname… “T-Bone”!

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Little Libby

Friday, November 10th, 2006

My little Libby girl got spayed today. She did very well. Mommy, that’s me, nearly had a nervous breakdown. Give me a break…she’s my baby. She is still quite loopy so she’s been sleeping pretty much ever since we got home. The girls (Sophie & Mollie) don’t understand what’s going on, especially since I won’t let them get anywhere near her right now. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow. I’ll keep you all updated.

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…and so the Border Collie appears

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Some “Libby Love” for all you folks wondering what she looks like now!! Although this pic makes her look a bit bigger than she actually is, rest assured that she still only weighs about 14lbs.

Click the pic for a bigger version.

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Libby

Friday, July 21st, 2006

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This is what happens when someone cares. Kudos to Science Diet as well!! By the way, these pictures were taken 6 weeks apart. She’s my baby and even I have a hard time believing it’s the same pup. :D

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Puppy Lessons

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Libby is an eager student and Mollie is a pretty good teacher. Oh the cuteness!!

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Sweet Libby

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Only three months old and the cutest little girl in the world has stolen my heart. I don’t want it back ;)

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