My Dogs

First off….. Still NO ICE in the fridge!!!  ARRRGGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Now…
 
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.
 
Bonnie7
 
BonnieX
 
 
 
Baxter is a male longhaired, miniature Dachshund and he is definitely NOT!
 
Baxter 5
 
Baxter in Car 002
 
 
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.
 
MVC-010S
 
MVC-014S
 
 
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!! 
 
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!
 
 
 
 
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17 Responses to My Dogs

  1. _ says:

    When you’ve got the time, I’ve got a story about our old dog. But it’s a looooong story. Also, I was having trouble with the buffering. I got that it was Sawyer Brown but missed the song.

  2. Angie says:

    Awe,
    At least you had the heart first of all, and second, the money to save these great lil dogs ….
    I love my kitties, and miss Foster so much!!
    Comending you my friend……….
    really, this is awesome of you! Not many out there would do this!
    xx
    shupe

  3. Beth says:

    Great looking dogs you have Bob.  They are very luck to have you.

  4. CAROL says:

    Boy you are troopers to have so many animals with so many troubles. You both are special for protecting and caring for them like you do.. NOW about that ice situation.. BROTHER.. I am beginning to think there is a gremlin in your maytag for sure.. I hope you get it fixed soon!!  : )

  5. Isabelle says:

    Just wnat to kiss you and Mrs S…..
     
    I don’t know many masters who loves their dogs as much as you guys….. and it is heart breaking you had to go through all the losses. On the bright side…. tell yourself they gone ones are always the happier because no suffering anymore….. My dad had to take the decision to put down two of our dogs. I remember the extreme sad feeling we all had. It is amazing how animals can become part of our lives to a point that we miss them as if they were our our blood…. 
     
    I loved the pics…. Are you sure Bonnie does not have some German Shepherd blood running in her? She might be small but hey look at eyes?LOL!!
     
    I do hope your little troop brings you even more joy…..if it is possible.
     
    Great post!
     
    Take care,
    Isa 

  6. Isabelle says:

    Just wnat to kiss you and Mrs S…..
     
    I don’t know many masters who loves their dogs as much as you guys….. and it is heart breaking you had to go through all the losses. On the bright side…. tell yourself they gone ones are always the happier because no suffering anymore….. My dad had to take the decision to put down two of our dogs. I remember the extreme sad feeling we all had. It is amazing how animals can become part of our lives to a point that we miss them as if they were our our blood…. 
     
    I loved the pics…. Are you sure Bonnie does not have some German Shepherd blood running in her? She might be small but hey look at eyes?LOL!!
     
    I do hope your little troop brings you even more joy…..if it is possible.
     
    Great post!
     
    Take care,
    Isa 

  7. Holly says:

    Hi..
    Today I can’t to talk with you .
    Very very ….unhappy…
    hehe..
    Let me think..
    er..
    In China is  day but your is night..
    So I only come to here live a message .
    hehe..
    I feel ..
    Now .    May be you have a sweet dream .
    Because you have a so sweet dog.
    I think I always loves Bonnie.
    OK.
     

  8. Holly says:

    Are you busy now?
    er…
    welcome to my QQ space : http://user.qzone.qq.com/359089241/infocenter
     

  9. Zeynep says:

    Your all dogs lovely!!..
    Thanks for signing.
    Have a good weekend,
    cheers, Zeynep xx

  10. Tracie says:

    Aww that’s so sweet to your doggies! 

  11. ♥ Aimee says:

    how cute they are…
    *~*   :o) if you don’t have a smile to give today…  :o) I will give you one of mine…  :o)   *~*

  12. Jay says:

    Your dogs are adorable. There is something about Buzz that I particularly like. He has a look about him. He is really blessed to have you. Most of my babies have been pound pups. They seem to know that they have been given another chance. I really think they are grateful. But we are the blessed ones. So lucky to have them. They make such a difference. I have a little tapestry sign that reads,  DOGS ARE NOT OUR WHOLE LIVES, BUT THEY MAKE OUR LIVES WHOLE. So true.

  13. Ice says:

    Wow.
    What wonderful Dog Parents you and Mrs. Serious are!
    And how blessed your dogs are to have found the two of you.
    ~Ice

  14. Jude says:

    We have ice here…want some??  LOL
     
    Hope things have been sorted out by now…..no need to worry about ice makers here, the last thing you’re looking for in the dead of winter is ice!  ROFLMAO
     
    Hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying your weekend 🙂

  15. Stephen says:

    hi there buddy hope you & the mrs & the hounds are all doing ok? hope that you get your ice thingy sorted before the game on sunday lol can’t do with cold beer can you? hope that your weeken has been enjoyable so far & don’t forget…….. COME ON YOU PATRIOTS. hope to talk to you soon buddy, really do enjoy our manly chats lol

  16. Stacy says:

    I love animals and animal stories.  I am so glad you opted for the surgery.  And what  a cute pic of his zipper.
     
    -S.

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