Well, as close as we can tell. We think he’s like 4 or 5 but to us he is still 3. As you may or may not know, Buzz is a rescue dog that we got from a city shelter two years ago. When we got him he was totally covered with ticks, had a serious ear infection, and was infected with parvovirus and corona-virus. He was in BAD shape!
Our Vet encouraged us to give him back to the shelter because of all of his problems but we refused!! He was just too nice of a dog a deserved another chance in life. So we took him to our vet, but he refused to let Buzz enter thru the front door and instead made me enter him thru the back door. Some Tick removal, some medications and much love later and Buzz was back to being a normal dog.
At the time we still had Baker, who was a beautiful 13 year-old Sheltie who unfortunately was slowly dying. He and Buzz became best of friends but within a few months it was obvious that Baker needed to be put down. The wonderful Vet that we have arranged it so that we could have the ‘putting down’ performed in our home. Of course it was sad, but we felt it was much better for Baker and us!! Buzz just sat and watched, not quite sure what was happening,
Fast forward 6 months. Buzz wakes up and jumps out of bed. We hear this horrible HOWL!! Buzz cannot stand or move!! We gently bundle him up and rush to our Vet!! After a thorough evaluation he tells ud that Buzz has ruptured 6 disks in his spine and blood is seeping into his spinal fluid!! He gives us the address of an animal hospital, calls ahead and sends us on our way!
By now, Buzz is in great pain and howling!! We get to the the hospital and are met by a very nice English doctor. He performs a few X-rays and a CAT scan and comfirms that Buzz has indeed ruptured 4 or mose disks. He then informs us that he can ‘repair’ Buzz’s spine with a "Spine Transplant" using plastic disks to replace the ruptured ones. Hmmmm…..
Do we really want to do this?? And if so, WHY??
It’s only a dog that we have had for less than a year!!
And the cost will be $4000!!!
Are we crazy???????????????
The surgery went perfectly!! It took Buzz 4 months until he could even THINK about standing. In the meantime he would drag his hind legs around so that his ‘knees’ (do dogs have knees?) and the top of his feet were always a bloody mess! Our job was to hold his butt up in the morning and late afternoon so he could poop. The wrap a towel around his waist, hold it up, and walk him.
After 4 weeks, not much progress had been made, although his doctor beleived that Buzz was healing nicely.
Then we had a brainstorm!!! Mrs Serious’ cousin lives a few blocks away and he has a POOL!! With hispermission, we took Buzz there and literally threw him in the pool!! Amazingly, Buzz began swimming, and using his hind legs!!! We let him swim around for 30 minutes that first day and when he came out, he Walked!!
Since then he has walked almost perfectly, although there’s still a little hitch in his giddyup!!
So today we are celebrating Buzz!! For not only his birthday, but for being for one of the toughest guys I have ever known!!
Happy Birthday BUZZ!!!!