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Monday Mischief: Tomato Thief

Jolie discovered the tomato garden all on her own. I never had a dog that ate our tomatoes before. I read that they are fine for dogs to eat, just not too much because of the acid. She was very proud of herself. Now I guess I need to put a fence around the veggies. 

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2022 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Jolie’s Back Story

The story that we were told by the rescue:

  • They got a call from a Deacon of a church that a woman’s husband died and he had 4 small dogs in a kennel that she wanted nothing to do with.
  • The only dog that had been spayed or neutered was Jolie.
  • The woman gave away one of the dogs (to her grandmother?). The other 3 were taken into foster in February of this year.
  • They said she was a Yorkie mix on the paperwork. (She looks much more like a Shih Tzu than a Yorkie, but clearly, she is a mix of things (aren’t we all).)
  • They were supposedly allowed out of the kennel once a day. They were covered with urine and feces when they were rescued, so my assumption is that they lived in that situation for a very long time.
  • The foster said she was house trained, and then the day they were coming, they said ‘by the way, she tends to have accidents.’ It is clear she is not housetrained.

She came to us in the pouring rain and looked like a MOP with paws. She has the sweetest personality for someone who has been locked up for years. The adoption paperwork says her birthday is February 14, 2016  (which is the same day as our boy, Nine, the cat who just left us in March), but that would make her 6 1/2, not 5 1/2. What a very long time to live in those horrible conditions.

They were right about her personality. Mini Cooper, the cat, liked her immediately, Charles, the Pomchi, was OK with a youngster in the house (he’s 14), and after a week or so, even Noel, the Christmas Cat, at 15 1/2, decided that she was OK.

The first order of business was a haircut. After all the hair was gone, the MOP showed us her spots (she looks like an appaloosa). Such a difference. I think she really liked being freed from all those mats. Sonya, who groomed her, said that her feet are burned, most likely from standing in all that uric acid for so long. She doesn’t like them touched much and gave Sonya a fit to trim them, so I try to hold hands with her to get her comfortable with her feet being touched.

Jojo went to the Vet last Monday and we found that she had a fractured molar and several rotted teeth, is overweight at 21 pounds (should be 17 or 18), has an ear infection, some skin problems, and loves everyone. You know what that means: Cytopoint injection for the skin, ear drops twice a day, exercise, and an appointment in October (because that is our Vet dental month with a 10% discount) to fix the teeth.

Even though she is 6 1/2, it is like having a puppy because of her lack of training. I take her out, she pees, and then immediately comes in and pees on the rug. She does not like the feel of grass on her feet (is it totally new to her?) so I am teaching her that it is ok. When she is kenneled and I am not in her line of vision, she screams. There is a lot to learn in this world. She absolutely loves her walks in the morning and wants to constantly go outside with me (though she does nothing but sniff).

She is sweet and loving and happy. Now to teach her what a toy is and how to behave in public.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2022 in Dogs

 

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DogDaz Zoo: Charles Turns 14

2022 has been a rocky year for Charles so far but it is only going to go up from here (or so Mom says).

14 years young in little dog years hopefully has a lot of runway left for adventures and treats.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. HANDSOME! 

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2022 in Animals, Dogs

 

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Wonderful Wednesday: Hello, Miss Jolie

For Charles’ birthday (well, maybe more so to help Mom’s heart heal from the loss of so many furbabies over the last few months), a sweet matted soul named Jolie has come to live at the zoo. The minute she got here on Saturday (in the pouring rain, of course), she took over everyone’s heart (and Mini’s couch pillow). Noel is still a little suspect of the new ‘MOP’ in the house but otherwise, she just fit right in as if she had always been here.

I will tell you her story another day, but for now here are the main things we know:

  • They said she was a Yorkie mix but she definitely looks like Shih Tzu to me.
  • She is 6 years old according to the birth year they gave us, but they said 5, so we are not sure.
  • Her birthday is the same day as Nine’s was (Feb 14). Isn’t that a wild coincidence?
  • She is way over-weight (over 22 lbs and she should be more like 17 or less).
  • She is in desperate need of grooming (Sonya will cut it all off on Thursday).
  • They said she was housetrained but she does not have bathroom training as far as we can tell (it is like having a puppy all over again).
  • She has the sweetest personality and loves everyone and everything so far.

What a blessing!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2022 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Pillow Hog

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

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Posted by on July 11, 2022 in Dogs

 

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DogDaz Zoo: Louise Is Now An Angel

There are almost no words to express the deep pain that we feel after the loss of Louise last Friday, June 17.

She was such an excellent soul. Quiet and gentle; the cats all wanted to be her friend; the dogs all looked up to her. She never complained even at the end when I knew how much her back must hurt with a compressed or ruptured disk that made it almost impossible for her to walk. Stoic to the end – she did not like me helping her to get around and especially not to go to the bathroom. What is weird is that, since the oral cancer diagnosis last December, we thought that was what would take her from us. But, I guess, the powers that be had other ideas.

We want to believe that she is running free in that big meadow in the sky over the rainbow bridge with Sofie and Nine, and her big brother Squash, who left when she was only a puppy. Now I hope she is with her best friends Mojo and Amy, who she missed every day since they too left this earthly plane, and whom she never stop sniffing for.

Go softly, my sweet Louise. Your memory will always be a blessing to us. Thank you for letting us be your family for 12-1/2 years.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2022 in Animals, Dogs

 

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DogDaz Zoo: Bang Your Drums for Lulu

Louise’s health has taken a turn for the worse. Actually, it is not the oral cancer but other issues. Last week her anal glands got infected and on Saturday her back went out again. We believe that her disks are compressed and she is not responding to medication the way she did in April. Dignity and honor are our codes here at the zoo. We never want them to be in pain or to be so debilitated that they cannot function.

I don’t think I can post for a while until her health stabilizes if it does. And we are also dealing with Charles’s enlarged heart, kidney stones, and bladder stone situation. Bang your drums, say your prayers, and keep them in your thoughts. This has just been a horrible few months. We are not over losing Nine and Sofie in March.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2022 in Dogs

 

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DogDaz Zoo: Not Good News for Charles

 

We thought Charles had a UTI so off to the vet we went. When he starts licking himself more than usual, that tends to be a sign.

As you can see in the picture above, Charlie was not too happy when the vet said she had to take him in the back and look at his privates.

Because Charles has a known heart murmur, she wanted to do an x-ray to see how his heart was doing. Well, we were surprised at what the x-ray told us.

First – Charles’ heart is enlarged. An ENLARGED HEART (dilated cardiomyopathy) is more common in large dogs (our luck). Not knowing the underlying cause we can’t say if it was because of an infection or some structural problem. Right now, we are just in watch mode due to other issues. From the x-ray, his lungs are clear (all that nice dark area around the heart in the ribs is the lungs), which means that they are not currently seeing congestive heart failure (which would be very bad). The vet said that you should be able to fit 3 hearts in that cavity.

Second – When they took the heart x-ray she notice that he has KIDNEY STONES (arrow above but see closer image below). This was an ‘incidental finding’ since she was actually x-raying his heart. According to pethealthnetwork.com, metabolic kidney stones, those that form due to some blood or urinary imbalance, are a bit more common than those from infection. The most common type is calcium oxalate. There are several different types of stones (we are learning). Stones tend to be a small dog thing but usually females. We are hoping they are not calcium oxalate but actually something called Struvite. That is a composite of magnesium, ammonium, and phosphate and can be dissolved, where the calcium oxalate can’t.

Third – and most critical at the moment – was the finding of BLADDER STONES, and a ton of them. Again we have no idea what caused all these stones, but the poor man has a ton in his bladder. Some theories are that the stones are caused by bacterial infection, body metabolism, previous disease, or dietary factors, like a lack of certain vitamins. Like kidney stones, there are several types: struvite, urate, xanthine, cystine, and calcium oxalate. Our hope is that these are struvite stones because they are the easiest to deal with.

I know your next question is how does one deal with the stones. There are several options.

  1. Dietary Dissolution
  2. Surgical Removal
  3. Non-surgical urohydopropulsion
  4. Ultrasonic dissolution

First, we are trying dietary dissolution. He is on a special Royal Canin Urinary SO diet and absolutely nothing else. The hope is that this food will begin to dissolve the stones. If nothing else, the vet hopes that it will at least make no new ones grow. He is also on an antibiotic (because he probably does have a UTI which is what we thought). Luckily, so far, he likes the food. I mix both wet and dry. We are making sure that he is passing urine every time he goes to the bathroom because the biggest concern, especially with a male, is a urinary blockage because of the stones. The vet said we need to take him to ER immediately if that happens. We are blessed that there is an Animal ER in town.

We go back on June 24th for another x-ray to see what is going on. He seems less lethargic and happier the last week, so maybe the food is working. Beat your drums for him. He is going to need all your prayers.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2022 in Dogs

 

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Wonderful Wednesday: Guarding Lulu

I do not know exactly what Noel and Mini Cooper knew, but when they started guarding Louise while she slept, I got nervous. I know that animals are much more in tune with each other than we are with them. They know who is sick and who has something going on long before our senses even begin to wake up. So when the cats gathered around Lulu, I was on alert.

Noel had started to stare at Louise and stay close. That is unusual behavior here at the zoo, though sometimes if Mini can, she will try to lick a dog’s face and ears, which quickly Lulu will tell her to ‘bug off’ and Charles will take a quick snap.
Being the oldest (15 and 3 months), of course, Miss Noel sometimes takes a short nap even while doing an important job..

Lulu is OK. Her condition has not changed that I know of, however, when the animals talk, I really try to listen.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2022 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Stringing Me Along

Charles, your Main Man, here: I had to go back to the Vet to check on the stitches that were supposed to dissolve when they took out my molar. My luck, there was one that was just hanging on. I hate to go to the vet. Though I don’t mind being with Mom, I really think that car rides are overrated. They tend to end up in places that I don’t want to be in.

The good news is that the Vet was able to pull that last stitch out and everything looks OK. But Mom says no really hard chew stuff for a while just in case. But, I really like that chew stuff.

Remember to have your human check your teeth regularly to make sure they are in good shape.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2022 in Dogs

 

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