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Don’t be a chicken eater…

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About 3 years ago, my son decided to get chickens so that he didn’t have to buy eggs anymore.  He is getting into all this zombie apocalypse, prepper stuff lately. Or maybe it’s just wanting less to do with corporations or government anything and just be a self sufficient human being! My husband decided to jump on that bandwagon! City girl that I am, my first thought was ‘I may be able to eat the eggs but if you want me to eat that meat, it better come back to the house on styrofoam wrapped in plastic!’  Before you read any further, we haven’t slaughtered a chicken yet!  Keep reading, I don’t see it happening!

Look what we started with!!!

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Obviously, I’m an animal lover!  Needless to say, I fell in love with the ‘chick-i-poos’!!

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They’ve become my chickie girls!  I love watching them run around the yard, scratching the ground looking for bugs, grabbing fruit or veggies that I throw in the yard for them and even eating my hostas.  Even though every country song tells you that’s what ya do when you’re bored; I think it’s hilarious to watch them.  They come as soon as they hear my voice thinking they are gonna get some goodies, probably because they usually do.

BUT, that’s not the reason why I started writing this post.  This is a dogs blog…my Duke LOVES chicken just a little too much!!!

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They say dog training is a never ending process and I can vouch for that!  Duke was 4 or 5 when we got our first chicks.  I should have known the chirping would drive him nuts because he destroys squeaky toys in seconds!  I will forego all the gory details but three chickens later, my Duke can stay in the yard with the chickens BY HIMSELF!!!  (Delilah too but she never cared about the chickens)! It took quite a bit of walking around the yard with him on leash and the chickens fluttering about clucking away until he learned what proper behavior was but he is now a chicken friendly dog!  I even had to teach my husband that Duke was NOT going to eat a chicken because every time they were in the yard together, Duke wanted to chase them.  He had it in his mind that Duke was gonna get a chicken and he was just waiting for it to happen; inevitably, it did!  His energy was setting Duke up for failure!!!

Back to the never ending training process:

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This little munchkin LOVES chickens too!

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You wouldn’t think that a 14-ish week old puppy, or maybe I didn’t think he would, but he caught one!!!!  No damage done, just a tired husband, an excited puppy, a freaked out chicken and a foster momma back on the chicken training path.  He is a pretty quick learner and a good boy so it didn’t take him too long to get what I wanted.  The rest of the training will be up to his new mom and dad though!

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Not only am I finished with my part of fostering this pup but he has already also found his forever home WITH friends of the family so I will be able to see him again and again!!!  Probably a good thing; he reminded me of Duke in more ways than just chicken eatin’. He quite possible could have been a foster failure!!!!

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Darwin Von Doodlebug IV

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Social media has it’s good points and bad points!  The bad being, what ends up on social media – STAYS on social media, especially pictures!  Facebook can be like a therapy session that the rest of you have to ‘listen’ to but it can also be like a picture diary.  With the events of this past week, I keep telling myself to stay off Facebook but like a train wreck, my ADD brings me back time and time again, looking back, like a movie of the past year at pictures or posts – torturing myself, not knowing why I keep doing it.

On Fridays, the ‘grandkids’ come over if Tracy has to work to have some puppy play time.  Delilah loves when Darwin comes over because he puts up with her ‘play’.  After Oscar came home, we had gone out to get something to eat and when we came back, my son , Ryan, told us that Darwin had thrown up! Hmm, not that unusual! With a total of 8 animals in the household at one time or another, any one of them could be spewing something. It wasn’t even an after thought, it was time to feed the dogs! Four dogs, four bowls, four places!  I ran out to the store and when I got back, my husband told me that Darwin had thrown up 2 more times! Within about 4 – 5 hours he threw up a total of 4 times.  Looking back now, he went from his jumpy, playful perky self to an ‘I don’t feel so good Mommy!’ little boy!  We called Brandon to let him know and he ended up being up with him all night (he is such a good doggy daddy)!

Saturday morning, the vet managed to squeezed him in, gave him a quick once over, x-rays, a few shots for the nausea and sub Q fluids and sent him home with some anti nausea medicine.   Darwin seemed to be a little better throughout the day but still not his barking at every squirrel, no depth perception/bumps into everything, so excited to see you self.  Brandon kept in contact with the vet by email/phone throughout the weekend and on Sunday, they both decided he probably needed to go back in Monday morning; but that if he got any worse, he should go to the emergency vet but expect them to opt for emergency surgery (which wouldn’t have been a surprise).  Darwin managed to keep some food down and was still drinking but wasn’t getting any better!

Monday morning back to the vet, more exams, blood work, xrays, barium series this time and, low and behold…an obstruction.  The dye never left his stomach and seemed to be getting absorbed by something.  Surgery it would be!  His vitals weren’t that great so the vet decided that they would get his numbers up and do the surgery Tuesday morning.   The surgery was successful, he had two blockages.  They found some stringy stuff and some plastic stuff (possibly a nylon bone).  They showed it to Brandon, I don’t know all the details on exactly what it was but, YAY, it was out and Darwin would be on the road to recover!  He stayed at the vet all day Tuesday and Brandon was able to pick him up on Wednesday after 2 pm.  Oscar and I went over to see Darwin that evening and so Oscar could help Brandon cut a counter top.  I sat and cuddled with Darwin (& Dixie).  He was doing good, normal after surgery grogginess but still gently hopping off the couch, wagging his tail when he saw Papa and then back on the couch for cuddles with Nana!  Sicky little boy, I will just cuddle you and it will be all better very soon! ❤

Thursday morning Brandon says that Darwin had a bad night, couldn’t get comfortable, was very restless and flopping in bed.  He wasn’t able to keep his medicine down and hadn’t really had anything to eat although he was drinking water.  Around 6 am, he had gone out and pooped ‘a little nugget’ but by around 7 am he was projectile vomiting all over the place, whining and shaking in pain.   Tracy called the vet and rushed him back in so they could administer the medicines by shot or IV and see what else was going on.

I’ll make the rest of this quick, because that’s how it went…by around 11:30 am they were rushing him back into surgery, by around 1:30…he was gone!  Apparently, the part of the intestine after the blockage gets weak from the lack of blood flow or fluids and ruptured.  Our beloved, 2nd foster failure, bull in a china shop, has to lean against you even when he walks, licks you CONSTANTLY, rests his head on your knee/leg/arm while you’re eating was gone.  As I type this, I still can’t believe it, how fast it all happened or that it happened at all.

There aren’t too many dogs that I look at that I don’t think are cute, I pretty much love them all but Darwin had THE most gorgeous face around and he always melted your heart when he looked at you with that heart shaped nose.  I just couldn’t help but smooch his face, even when he was in trouble or getting on my nerves!

I completely forgot that this was his full name until I started writing this (some how the boys in our house got LONG names)!  Social media therapy also allows one to write down their thoughts, removing them from a persons head, releasing just a little hurt, although any animal lover  knows, not all of it and not forever!

Here’s to you – Darwin Von Doodlebug IV!   Your life was SO short, we had you for just one year but the imprint you have left us with will last us a lifetime!

RIP my gorgeous Tin Man

08/??/12 – 11/14/13

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I’m Back…

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I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything and I’m sure you’re all wondering where I’ve been.  Well, in short, we lost my Mom at the end of July, switched voice over ip phone systems at work (what a nightmare), took a long weekend with some of my favorite girls, had a new server installed at work at the same time our installer lost his Dad and his backup had family emergencies as well.  (deep breath in, ssslllooowww exhale out).  With all that we are also attempting to sell my Moms house without an agent and I think it’s starting to weigh on my husband who has been acting as the real estate agent since he is bi-lingual.   I think it may be time to find a pro!

That’s a lot, isn’t it!? Well don’t feel too bad for the ol’ hubby because in the midst of all that, my boss came to me in September and asked if I wanted (ha ha) to go to a conference in, of all places, Orlando!  For those of who you don’t know my husband, over the last 30 years he has connived 🙂 a trip to Orlando between 8 – 10 times.  To say this is one of his favorite vacations would definitely be an understatement!  He earned this one though, so while I sat in a hotel conference for 8 – 9 hours a day, he putzed around Orlando sending me texts of all the places he’d been!  Not a bad way to see Disney if ya ask me!  (Don’t feel bad for me either, we took some time for vacation as well!)

Honestly, I’ve had this blog on my mind for some time since my mom passed away in July but never really came up with anything that I felt would warrant a post.  Today, I got a tag on Facebook from a lady I know who works with a rescue group (Chicago Pit Stop to give them a plug) who has been trying to get me to foster for them for some time.   My first thought was that there were puppies at Chicago Animal and Control that needed rescuing and they couldn’t be pulled until she had a foster home set up (her tags make me nervous because I am SSOO ready to foster again).  To my surprise, this is the picture she tagged me in!  Can you imagine how tickled I was!   OK, I’m biased, but aren’t my babies gorgeous!

 

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Darwin, Duke, Delilah and Dixie!

Fosters puppies are coming soon too!  Feelin’ the urge!

Don’t forget that October is breast cancer awareness month also!  My mom was a breast cancer survivor <3!!

 

Happy 4th of July

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Independence Day is fast approaching!  This year it ends up on a Thursday with many companies closing on the 5th for extended weekends.

PLEASE KEEP YOUR BABIES SAFE THIS YEAR!

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‘Chicken Soup’ For The Dog Lovers Soul

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I’m sure you all know the feeling… sore and scratchy throat, cough, headache! It seemed to be a weenie of a cold and travelled quickly from my head to my nose down to my chest within a few days. Other than a tickle in my throat, I thought I had it licked. A few days of feeling bad and coughing like crazy and it was gone! Woo Hoo, Cold 2013 was a minor event, in and out before spring even started!

Yesterday I woke up and was so congested and weak, every breath I could take followed with about a 30 second coughing fit!!! I couldn’t even walk up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath. I felt it creeping back over the weekend but didn’t think anything of it since it wasn’t so bad initially. Cold 2013 came in like a lamb but surely was going out like a lion. UGH!

Well, if there is a positive to being sick, it’s my furry buddies who didn’t leave my side.

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I spent the entire day on the couch and they were right there with me, one at my back/feet, the other in front in ‘spoon’ position!

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Almost makes not feeling well worth while, ALMOST!

Here’s to hoping Cold 2013 doesn’t hang around, hubby started with the same symptoms today! Let’s see if the puppers are into snuggling with Papa too!

Forget the Pibble knees…

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I had intended on having this post be a part 2 of Whats With Pibble Knees and how breeders of all dogs, not just pitties, are ruining the quality of ALL breeds!  They don’t care about what the outcome is, they just want numbers.  The more in the litter or the more litters per year, the more dollars they get, whether its puppy mills or dog fighters.  In a perfect world, EVERYONE would just go to a reputable breeder to get their dogs.  Shelters would be extinct!  It would be an honor to breed dogs, create life and get quality living, breathing beings; they would care what was produced!  They would go to wonderful homes and would be taken care, as family members, until they die!  Teaching their human children the right and wrong way to treat animals so that when they had their own homes, the process would start all over again. OK I’m back from Lalaland!

Every time I started writing or thinking about the direction the post would take me, I found myself getting angry, sad or disgusted just thinking about what happens to animals in puppy mills, basement cages or secluded dog fighting ‘arenas’.  That’s one of the reasons I started fostering!  I couldn’t stand going to the shelters, seeing the animals in cages, barking like crazy, pleading with their eyes to get out.  Maybe I’m a weenie, I don’t know!  It broke my heart!  On the other hand, I’m not a person who would do well in a customer service job because I would most definitely give you my opinion and it was surely coming out when I was thinking about backyard breeders, puppy mills or dog fighters!  It would not have been a positive post!  Anybody interested in reading these posts are more than likely dog/animal lovers, have dogs/animals of their own or volunteers with dogs/animals/shelters and they already know what comes and goes, the horror stories about shelters/abused animals and how dreadful people can be and feel the same as I do ANYWAY!!

There is probably not, in recent history, a more prominent backyard breeder, dog fighter, animal abuser than Michael Vick and his Bad Newz Kennels!  After Michael Vick’s 51 pit bulls were seized from his property in April 2007, two rescue groups took most of them in — Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, and BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls) in San Francisco. Don’t get me started on this topic!

Finally, the positive and the direction this post SHOULD go…

Although the Vicktory dogs don’t have perfect stories, most have perfect, positive endings!  If you follow any of them on Facebook (and if you don’t, I suggest you do), you can see that although they still have some issues and health problems, they are wonderful dogs, in fantastic homes with loving families who are willing to do the work that they needed, not only for the Vick dogs but for many other fosters as well!

Today, instead of beating a dead horse and  bashing people who do everything wrong when it comes to animals or pitbulls, read about where a few of these dogs are today, 5 years later!  All because of the work of loving people who didn’t think these dogs should just be discarded.  They knew they deserved a second chance and, OBVIOUSLY, rightly so!

Good Newz…

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Darwin sez ‘How you doin’?’
Way to go Vicktory Dogs!

What’s with Pibble knees?

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Our experience started with Dixie at about 4  – 6 months old.  She had been going to the dog park since she was 12 weeks old but one day, she started limping and it seemed that she didn’t stop for 3 years!  She had her first ACL surgery when she was just about a year old.  Dixie is a pretty lazy dog but when she wants to run, she takes off like a shot! When the limping started, our minds wondered, going over all the possibilities of what it could be.  Just cold from the snow?, a sliver in her pad; maybe she stepped on something?, a sprain?, maybe something got pulled?!  You start at the least painful and travel to the worst case scenario.  Finally, the decision to seek veterinary advise!  The routine is to rest the dog for anywhere from two weeks to 6 months along with anti-inflammatorys to see if that helps!  For Dixie it was a no go.  X-rays of her knee showed she had torn the ACL, the meniscus and had some arthritis.  She was only a year old!!  It would be surgery for her! 😦  Now if trying to keep a dog at rest for two weeks (give or take) isn’t hard enough!  Try keeping even a lazy dog from no running, no jumping, no stairs, no couches, no beds  FOR 6 WEEKS!  If any of you know little Miss Lazy Dixie Doodles, stairs may be ok but jumping, couches or beds?  BE SERIOUS!  She was not a happy camper – although she did like being picked up to get on the couch  AND it was a little funny watching her figure that cast out (especially when it came to potty breaks) but you could see she was miserable and it was hard just to lay down!

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The one word of advise that came from the orthopedic surgeon when Dixie had her surgery was, if she tore one, she will more than likely tear the other!  ‘Sure Doc, what’s the likelihood!?’  Well, let me tell you that the likelihood is very high!  Not only did Dixie have to have yet another surgery, she tore #2 in less than a year.   Keep in mind that even though her cast came off in two weeks, the no jumping, no stairs, blah blah blah goes for 6 weeks and they REALLY don’t completely recover for  quite a few months!  Dixie barely recovered from #1 when we came to the realization that she would need #2!

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I remember my husband giving me that look when he heard the cost of the surgery!  My response was, ‘What?  You think if it was Duke we wouldn’t be footing that bill?’  Of course we would!  Well, this post is dedicated to anyone who has had to rest their dog; restrict activity; take short,  slow walks; carried their dogs up and down stairs umpteen million times just to go to the bathroom OR who have had to pay for ACL surgery!  Talk about OUCH!   Brandon didn’t even have #1 paid for before she needed #2. (Thank you CareCredit)

So Dixie had two ACL surgeries, one year apart.  One of my past fosters that I still get updates on, Zoe, had double ACL surgery this year!  Like back to back isn’t bad enough, have them both done at the same time! DOUBLE OUCH (note the pain patch on her hiney)! Poor Zoe!

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Yesterday, Delilah was told she has a luxating patella!  Actually, both her knees ‘luxate’ but the left one is pretty obvious where the right isn’t so bad!  For those of you who don’t know what a luxating patella is:  basically her knee slips out of the socket or grove that it is supposed to sit in/on and it causes her lameness!

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 She had been coming in from the back yard holding her left hind leg up!  She wouldn’t put weight on it but then would walk it off and be fine!  One time this even happened on a walk WHILE she had her puppy Uggs on!  Here come all those from minor injury to worse case scenario thoughts!  Since she would need to be sedated for removal of a cyst from her hind right paw that kept growing, popping and bleeding, we thought we should see if the vet thought an x-ray was in order!  Good thing we did!  Although, it’s not the worst case possible and surgery is not necessary at this point, WHAT’S WITH PIBBLE KNEES!?!?!?!?!?!?  I hear so many dogs having to have these types of surgeries lately that it makes me wonder.  Actually it makes me mad because I have another thought as to why this happens but we will save that for another post!

And on second thought, I think the hardest part for the dogs is the cone!

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