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DogDaz Zoo: On Losing Nine

Mr. Nine crossed the rainbow bridge into the big meadow unexpectedly on March 10.

If it isn’t weird enough to have 1 pet with oral cancer (Louise has Canine Acanthomatous Ambleoblastoma which we have been dealing with for months), who would ever expect to have another pet with cancer at the same time? Though they are different oral cancers.

I did not know that oral cancer is the 4th most common cause of death in cats. Cats are stoic animals, and sadly, by the time Nine’s cancer, Feline Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma, was even discovered, it was too late to treat. His jaw had disintegrated and though we tried to treat the secondary infection for over a week, we knew that he needed to be out of pain before it got out of hand for him. The growth had doubled in only a week. He didn’t want to eat and he clearly was in discomfort.

We are all in shock. Poor little Mini Cooper is lost without him. She is crying and wandering all around looking for her buddy.

There is a large hole at the DogDaz_Cats2 Zoo and in our hearts. We are keeping a light burning while he makes his journey to the big meadow over the rainbow bridge.

The vet took his paw print and made a little stone for us.

“IN THE RISING of the sun, and in it’s going down, we remember them. From the moment I wake till I fall asleep, all that I do is remember them. In the blowing of the wind and the chill of winter, we remember them. On the frigid days of winter and the moments I breathe the cold air, I warm myself with their embrace and remember them. In the opening of buds and the rebirth of spring, we remember them. As the days grow longer and the outside becomes warmer, I am more awake and I remember them.” – Hebrew remembrance

NOT Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2022 in Cats

 

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Wonderful Wednesday: Zen

Nine likes the new zen fountain. It’s a ‘Kodak’ moment.

 

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2022 in Cats

 

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Caturday: Catmas Past

May all your Catmas wishes come true. Happy Holidays!

Noel was almost 2 back then (she is 14 now).

Zack and Cuddles (our Russian Blue twins) and Miss Constance Kitty (the funniest cat ever at the zoo) have been over the bridge for many years now. But we remember every cat with great fondness. Especially at Catmas.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2021 in Cats

 

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Black and White Sunday: Among or Amongst

There is nothing as sweet as a cat sleeping among her toys.

Have a wonderful Black and White Sunday.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2021 in Dogs

 

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Wonderful Wednesday: What Happened to Nine

About a week after I was home from the hospital for my back surgery, Nine started to sneeze, a lot. Then a few days later he started throwing up and stopped eating. Then he started throwing up just bile because he had nothing in his stomach (at least that is what we figured). We monitored his output and we were not seeing much (with many animals in the house, though it may sound weird, we know the box habits of each – some cover, some don’t, some use the side – Catpeople know what I am talking about.) Something was not right and we were worried. He was sleeping more than usual and we hoped that it would pass.

Days went by and he was not eating and the gagging continued. He looked dehydrated and failed my pinch test. I tried to get him an appointment at the Vet (it was Friday) but both my vets (our dogs and cats have different ones, don’t ask) were booked until next week. On Saturday, we were getting overly concerned (it has been over a week), so we decided to take him to Vet Emergency (thank goodness for them). What if something was blocking his stomach? What if he was dehydrated and we could not help him? What if…. I researched cat flu, viruses, everything I could. A big fear of mine is that whatever it is will pass on to all the other animals.

Nine must have overheard me making the appointment at Vet Emergency because he totally disappeared. We assume it was into the rafters of the basement (he does like to hide up there). We could not find him for hours. Remember now that I just had triple disc back surgery, so I was of very little help to V around all this because I could not bend, lift, or twist. I called Vet Emergency back and told them that as soon as he reappears we will get him there (it was now late Saturday afternoon).

Finally, he reappeared and we were able to scoop him into the carrier, and off we went to Vet Emergency. Being that it is COVID time, of course, we could not go into the appointment with him, but they make sure to let us know that it would cost lots of $$$$ and they asked if we were ok with a minimum of $XXX before they did anything. What could we do? We said “sure.”

We waited and waited and waited, and then the Vet called and said they did not see any problem upon examination and could they take x-rays, and other things, and of course, you know what we said, “Please find out what is wrong with him.”

We waited and waited and waited, and the Vet called and said they did not know what the problem was but they would send him home with an expensive appetite enhancer and see if that worked. Or we could bring him back on Monday for a $900 test if he was not improving.

5 hours later we all came home (I was not supposed to be sitting in a car that long right after surgery but I forgot that until I tried to walk, the things we do for our loves). Nine went back to his bed and we just shook our heads and wondered what we just put him and ourselves through to have no answers.

Over the next 48 hours, he continued to be sick, not eating, not outputting. Nothing appeared to change. So finally, I gave him this appetite enhancer. Later that nite he was a little hungry, so we started to give him some wet food, then some dry food, then anything he wanted. I gave him the appetite enhancer again the next day. It took a few days, then he appeared to be his old self again. Actually, worse, he is beating everyone up, and being the very spring has sprung Tomcat, running the house and everyone in it.

We will never know what the cause of his illness is or was, but for now, all is well.

Nine – Hitting the camera because he wants more food

 

P.S. When I had cataract surgery a few years ago, Nine decided to run out the door and get lost for a few days. He always seems to do something when I am at my weakest. Thanks, Nine.

.Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2021 in Dogs

 

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DogDaz Zoo: Merry Christmas 2020

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There is magic in the air.

There are lots of boxes and bows and things to play with.

All our people, large and small, are zooming this year.

We love Christmas morning. It is a special day. And we will let nothing stop it from being that way. We will still watch our loved ones open their stockings and wow at their gifts, even though it’s through a camera (so, we might send a gif).

Christmas day at the DogDaz Zoo humbles us every year, as we celebrate how lucky we are to be a family, to be together, to be warm, to be fed, and most of all, to be loved.

May the light of the season guide you and bring you peace.

Your friends at the DogDaz Zoo

(Clockwise from the top right)

Sofie Bear, Louise, Charles (the Mugwump), Nine, Mini Cooper, Stella, and Noel (the Christmas Cat)

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2020 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: September Review

September came and went. In the flash of an eye, we went from the heat of summer to the chill of fall. I love fall and so do the animals. Cool walks and neat smells. We hope you enjoy this quick review of September.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2020 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Wonderful Wednesday: A Cat’s Life In 3 Lines

HAVING SLEPT, THE CAT GETS UP BY KOBAYASHI ISSA

Having slept, the cat gets up,
yawns, goes out
to make love.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2020 in Cats

 

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DogDaz Zoo: 2019 Year In Review

When you look at a whole year in less than 9 minutes you realize that your life is full of moments that are so valuable. We were so blessed this year with everyone at the DogDaz Zoo staying relatively healthy and happy. We look forward to another year of moments and cuddles and licks and love. The greatest lesson I learn from documenting life with my Zoo is that consistent love and caring make everything flow in just the direction it should. Oh yes, as long as we do it Queen Noel’s way.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2020 in Animals

 

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Wonderful Wednesday: Looking Out

When I drive up to the house after work and pull into the driveway, I can always hear the dogs barking their heads off because I am home. But what warms my heart tremendously is the sight of Nine in the downstairs window, checking me out when I get out of the car. I am not sure if he is glad to see me or he just wants dinner (because I am the preparer of all things food).

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2019 in Cats

 

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