First off….. Still NO ICE in the fridge!!! ARRRGGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For those who did not know me from my last space, I thought I would do a sort of re-post about the histories of our dogs.
We currently have three dogs of about 4 years of age. Bonnie is a female Cairn Terrier and is definitely the pack leader.
Baxter is a male longhaired, miniature Dachshund and he is definitely NOT!
Then there is Buzz, a mixed Terrier with some Water Hound in him, we think. We rescued him from a shelter a few years back.
Before these dogs we had two Shelties, Beatrice and Baker (Yes, all of our dogs have had ‘B’ names! Don’t get me started about Belle!). At 13 years old, Bea had her Gall Bladder burst, spent a week in the animal hospital, but could not be saved. She was euthanized in our arms. After she died we acquired Buzz as a companion for Baker, however Baker did not last long as he passed away from either an undiagnosed illness, old age or from missing Bea. The Vet came to our home and euthanized him on our living room floor. So we lost out 2 best friends within weeks.
Now as for Buzz, come to find out he had been living on the streets since he was a puppy and had many health problems including Parvovirus, Bortadella, Kennel Cough (Coronavirus), ear/eye/sinus infections, plus he was loaded with ticks. Also, the pound where we got him from had a procedure of spraying down the dogs with disinfectant so his belly and genitals were burned. When I took him to our Vet and he was checked out, I was warned NOT to bring through the front door again because he was so contagious, so I would have to wait until an attendent came out and brought him in through the back door.
He had to sleep outdoors at night, which probably seemed normal for him, as to not infect Baker any more than he already was. The Vet picked off 40 ticks until he gave up and gave Buzz something to kill the rest. After a few week though, Baker was dead but Buzz was cured. At that point we bought Bonnie and Baxter and we were one big happy family!
About 2 months later, I was in the bathroom shaving and Mrs S was in her office when we heard a thud and a howl! Rushing in we found Buzz on the floor and unable to stand (apparently he had jumped off of the bed, and YES they sleep with us!). We rushed him to the Vet (a NEW one) and X-rays revealed 3 ruptured disks in his spine. We then raced him to the animal hospital where we were given 2 options…. put him down or pay $4000 for surgery to replace 12 disks in his back. As you probably can guess, we opted for the surgery. Here is a pic of ol’ Zipperback!!
He wasn’t able to walk for months but rather, dragged himself around by his front feet. Which meant that the tops of his hind were always either rubbed raw or bleeding. Walking him meant wrapping a towel around his torso and letting him walk on his two front legs. And as for ‘potty time’? We had to hold his hindquarters up while he did his thing. Yuck!
Then a minor miracle happened and Mrs S’s cousin phoned and offered the use of his pool as a form of ‘water therapy’! We would just throw him in and he would swim like a champ!! Within 2 weeks Buzz was walking and now he is running around like a normal dog, but he does and always will have a little hitch in his giddyup! They said his spinal condition was congenital but hopefully, with the ‘new’ spine, he will live a full life!
One weird trait he has tho… whenever he hears a rooster on the TV he goes crazy!! Thinking that as a street dog in the semi-country, he was invading henhouses and got caught by the ‘head honcho’!!
We still miss Bea and Baker but this crew is a pack of pretty great dogs and Buzz is the bravest dog I have had the pleasure to know!!
Sorry this was so long but hope you enjoyed the pics!
I thought I would play an appropriate ‘DOG’ song tonight!