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Wonderful Wednesday: Lulu Update

We went back to visit the nice lady Veterinary specialist and she said that I am doing a lot better. She says that I have Inflammatory Bowel Disease* (IBD) of the upper and lower GI tract and Pancreatitis. Mom has been giving me B12 shots once a week for the last 6 weeks (I am not very happy about that) but they are now going to start to be once a month. They are decreasing my prednisone little by little, though I am going to be taking this for a long time. At my checkup appointment, I hid under the chair that Mom was sitting in so that the Dr would not see me (if I can’t see them, they can’t see me – right?).

Going to the Vet makes me scared and excited. I don’t like it very much. Thankfully, if I keep improving, I won’t have to go to often.

This prednisone stuff makes me super hungry. Mom finds me begging and scavenging for food, which I never did before. That was always Sofie and Charles’ deal. I have put back on some weight, which doesn’t bother me, but Mom is afraid the Dr is going to yell. And, I drink water all the time. All 3 dogs bowls and Charles’ little bowl are empty constantly. Mom is feeding me this expensive Royal Canin Hydrolyzed Protein (wet and dry), which the Dr says is the best for me, with an occasional hypoallergic dog treat. So far, it seems to be working.

I guess that is all for now. I am happy to be feeling better. Thank you all for the healing energy.

– Louise

*Canine Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a condition that results when cells involved in inflammation and immune response infiltrate the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This makes the wall of the GI tract thick and interferes with the bowels ability to move and absorb food. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association defines IBD as an inflammatory infiltration for which no specific cause can be found. This means they try to stop the inflammation and relieve the problem without ever really knowing why it happens. Approximately 50-70% of affected dogs have good long-term outcomes from initial treatment. IBD is not curable and flare-ups can happen throughout the dog’s life. (This is just for your information. I am not a vet or any kind of doctor. I am just a DogMom.)

 

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2019 in Dogs

 

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Caturday: How Far Do Cats See?

The best seat in our house, if you are a cat, is the herb window in the kitchen. You are up in the trees so you get to watch the birds and the squirrels, as well as activity on the street. But do they really see all this stuff?

Cats see about 5X less accurately than humans, so what does Noel really see outside? That means that Noel’s ability to see things in the distance is much shorter than we humans. In exchange, she gets night vision superpowers. Cats see 1/6th of the light that we do.

“The back of a cat’s eye is lined with a reflective layer which helps bounce the incoming light back to photosensitive cells, stimulating them more than once. Thus they get more from the same amount of light. Unfortunately, this overstimulation also blurs the image: think of it as printing a page on the same piece of paper over and over again.” (How far can your cat see?)

This gives them greater night vision to hunt, but poor distance and day vision. Don’t worry though, Noel knows where I am at all times, but maybe that is because I smell like food.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2019 in Cats

 

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Caturday: The View From My Lap

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2018 in Cats

 

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DogDaz Zoo: Happy Winter Solstice

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Enjoy the WINTER SOLSTICE,

the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere

and the longest in the Southern.

Make sure to find light in whatever you do this season

and joy in whatever tradition you follow.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2018 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: GOTCHA, Charles

It has been 2 years this week that Charles has lived with us.

What an incredible addition he is. Little and mightly.

We are glad that we GOTCHA, lil’ man.

(Well, maybe Sofie isn’t. BOL)

Have a great Black and White Sunday!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2018 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: Shared Traditions

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Stella and Noel in the herb window 4 or 5 years ago with Hanukkah lights and Christmas pickles.

the tree

Puppy Louise, about 8 years ago, helping us select a Christmas tree.

 And yes, the tree actually fit in the trunk of the Prius.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2018 in Cats, Dogs

 

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A DogDaz Hanukkah Story

Tonight we celebrate the first night of the festival of Hanukkah.

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 When I walked out of my office, Sofie was playing dreidel all by herself. “But Sofie,” I said, “Hanukkah doesn’t start until tonight.”

I bet you it was Mini Cooper who stole the gelt (candy) and the dreidel (top) from the Hanukkah table in the living room and gave them to Sofie (to get her in trouble).

Sofie was not exactly sure what to do with these new prizes, so she brought them to me (good girl!). Dogs don’t get chocolate gelt in this house!

On the first night of Hanukkah, we like to play the dreidel game. In the case of the dogs, we use bones instead of gelt. But someone seems to always spoil the game by running away with a dreidel and try to eat it.

DogDaz Zoo is sending you light and love this holiday season.

May each day bring you closer to your dreams.

Let the holiday games begin!

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Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2018 in Cats, Dogs

 

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