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Miss Doxie Skipped the Vet Last Week

Last week I asked, How Long Do You Wait Before Visiting the Vet?  Miss Doxie was having a mystery pain that was restricting her movements and causing her to skip a couple of meals.  That Sunday night was pretty bad so we decided to call the vet and take her in the next day.

Lo and behold, she was perky and hungry Monday morning.  She still was a tiny bit stiff, but she ran up the stairs despite my calls back.  She also hopped up and down from the low couch upstairs.  It seemed she heard about her upcoming doctor’s visit and decided to heal quicker than a squirrel on a caffeine high…

So Miss Doxie just got better and better last week and never had to be taken in to the vet.  I’m pretty happy and very relieved.  I hate it when my dogs are sick – I feel bad for the dog and like I’m not doing this owner job very well…

How are your pets feeling?

How Long Do You Wait Before Visiting the Vet?

Miss Doxie hurt something on Wednesday while I was at work.  She was walking slower than usual when I came home and didn’t want to eat her dinner.  One of my dogs not wanting to eat means there is a problem.  I pulled every leg, moved her neck around, and pushed my fingers down her spine, but Miss Doxie doesn’t like to admit when she’s hurt.  So I decided to give her doggy aspirin  and I’d call the vet and make an appointment if she didn’t eat anything the next morning.

Thursday morning she still seemed stiff, but she ate all her food.  I thought “yay, she is getting better” and went off to work.  She also seemed a bit better Thursday evening and polished off her dinner.  I gave her more doggy aspirin just in case.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning were about the same – a little better every day and all the food gobbled up.

Sunday evening, she yelped when I picked her up off the couch and didn’t want to eat again.  Now I’m thinking about calling the vet again.  I’ll feel stupid if she just strained a muscle but I don’t see another option.  Unless she is feeling way better this morning…

So, how long do you wait before taking your cuties to the vet?

Where Do Your Pets Sleep?

Yesterday we tried out something new.  We moved Miss Doxie into the kitchen with Mr. Pug when we went to bed.  Our kitchen is downstairs and our bedroom is up.

Mr. Pug became a kitchen sleeper when I found out that he snores loudly and constantly.  I need almost complete quiet to sleep (I like the white noise of the fan), so that just wouldn’t work.  Mis Doxie has been sleeping in our bedroom since the first day we adopted her more than 5 years ago.  She actually slept in our bed for the first 2 1/2 years…

I thought the extra socialization would be good for both of them.  I also thought that I’d no longer trip over her in the morning or have to carry her down the stairs on bad joint days.  She is 12 now, so the extra stair climbing isn’t very helpful on her arthritis.

She only barked once to let me know that we completely suck, but we didn’t hear anything out of her for the rest of the night.  Hopefully this becomes a regular thing…we’ll see.

Where do your pets sleep?

Miss Doxie and Mr. Pug

My first real post on a pet blog should probably cover my current pets, right?

Miss Doxie

Miss Doxie was a wedding gift to ourselves and a celebration puppy since I got my first “real” job.   We thought we’d just look around at the Houston SPCA to get an idea of what small breed could work for us since we were living in an apartment complex that would only accept 30 pound dogs or less.  Yeah, take it from me, you can’t just window shop when cute puppy faces are involved.  :-)

Strangely enough, we did almost leave without a dog since none of the small dogs that matched all our criteria bonded with us at all.  When I suggested we come back the following weekend, hubby asked if we could walk through the section one last time. 

That’s when we saw Miss Doxie – a strange mix between a Dachshund and a who-knows-what.  She was older than what we thought we wanted (we were aiming for 2-3 and she was 7), but she seemed healthy and happy and loving.  She was also potty trained and knew some human words already!  $65 later, she was driving home with us.  :-)

She has a few issues – she doesn’t like to be picked up and is racist towards black men – but she was the perfect fit for our little family.  She didn’t mind chilling on her own while we were out and she already knew all the basic commands.  She is a blessing.  5 years later, she’s still the same happy and healthy dog with the same issues.  She is a constant that I worry about due to her age.

Mr. Pug

Mr. Pug was a planned pup too.  We looked into breeds with great personalities and came across the Pug.  We didn’t have any experience with them at all, so we decided to foster for Pughearts to see what we were getting into.  When my first 3 fosters all had horrible issues, I should have known.  But then I met Mr. Pug.  That was it.  He was sweet and bubbly with me and warmed up to hubby in a few hours.  I had to have him.  $200 and a few weeks later, he was ours.  He’s been a sick sweety ever since.

I had no idea a dog could need teeth extractions…like 7 of them!  A few months after that, he got an ear infection.  A few months after that, it seemed like he was dying.  A few horrific vet visits and $1500 later, we find out that he’ll need to be on special food, steroids, and eye drops for the rest of his life.  He’s also prone to skin infections that cost $50-$65 to clear up each time.

Would I get a Pug again?  Probably not unless it was a mixed breed.  Do I want to give up Mr. Pug?  No.  Period.  The end.  He’s my doggie baby and I’ve just slowly accepted the fact that he’ll cost a minimum of $500 a year.  It sucks but options are limited and I refuse to give up such a great dog because of what amounts to vacation money.  I just wish I had paid more attention while fostering.  I kept making excuses for the broken dogs I was getting when I should have just realized that people have imbred the Pug to an unhealthy yet loving dog.  Oh well…he is a darling dog.

So, what kind of pets do you own?  What’s their story?  Do you want to guest post and show off some pictures?

If anybody would like to submit pictures just to submit pictures, please email me at dogslifeforme *at* gmail *dot* com with a few pics with a little description and I’ll do a Photo Post every Friday!  Our community totally wants to meet your little balls of fluff!