First and foremost, Bailey went to a new home last night. Me and Will had struggled with the decision for quite some time, but Bailey was NOT getting what she needed from us in our home. Bailey needed a family with kids to keep her occupied and play with her, with our busy schedules we just didn't have the time, and Bailey spent too much time in her crate. A wonderful family with a little girl took her to be her furever family. They were wonderful and I know Bailey will be truly happy with them. I keep thinking of me and Will as sort of her "foster family". We got her healthy, put some weight on her, crate trained and potty trained her and got her ready for her permanent family. They also know she is energetic and the man of the family is active and plans to run with her everyday. She took to them right away and wasn't sad to leave us at all, I was actually thankful for that, she jumped right into their vehicle.
Secondly, our boy Hudson will always be a permanent part of our family. It's hard to explain just how perfect he fits with us, and we love him dearly. I truly believe that Bailey will be to this family, what Hudson is to us, and she will be appreciated as she should be. She truly was a great dog, just not right for us. On a lighter note, Hudson is doing just fine, he is the same big lovable velcro boy he always has been. As I type he is next to me on the couch sleeping. We love him so much.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sorry for the lapse in updates, me and Will were in FL for the weekend. We had to board the dogs for the first time, so we'll see how they did when I pick them up in a little while. I thought I'd finally post some pics of Bailey's splint. It looks relatively harmless in these photos, but don't let that fool you. This thing is capable of producing bruises the size of quarters as evidenced on my legs, and that bottom plastic part makes a very lovely tapping sound everywhere Bailey goes. Haha, let's just say we'll be very glad when she gets to have it removed.
Friday, May 8, 2009
LOL as rambunctious and crazy as Bailey was before she broke her toe, it's twice as bad with a humungo splint on her leg!!! She's constantly banging it against stuff, me, Hudson, kitties, the ground, her crate, etc. It's hard plastic so it's loud too!! She's NOT supposed to get it wet, but it's been raining for quite some time here, so it's extremely wet outside and the ground is saturated. We tape a plastic bag on her leg when she goes outside, but sometimes she runs so fast that it just slips right off! Yesterday I let her out for about 5 minutes and when I went to let her in and she was soaked from head to broken toe, including her cast! I could have wrung her neck! She's been pretty good about not chewing on it, she did once or twice, but when she's in her crate she has to wear the E-collar and that pretty much takes care of that problem. I did get some pics of the splint and I'll post those soon. All the little gal wants to do is play and her and Hudson play SO ROUGH! I let them play for a few minutes, but then I worry she's going to hurt her toe so I have to put her back in her crate. :( She's been in her crate alot more since she hurt her toe, but it's the only way to keep her activity level down. I'll be SO glad when that toe is healed so she can play again and go to the dog park.
Monday, May 4, 2009
On Saturday Bailey came inside with what appeared to be a painful, slightly swollen toe, and she was limping on it. We watched it all weekend and it didn't get better, so today I brought her back to the vet (again!) to have it looked at. An X-ray confirmed it was broken. *big sigh* She'll have to be sedated to have it set and splinted, and the splint will need to be on for 6 weeks. She just finished her course of antibiotics and was totally back to normal, so it's only logical that something else bad would have to happen right? I'm not bitter, I love the little hellion, but keeping an active 9 month old puppy subdued for 6 weeks is going to quite the challenge, that and the fact it has to be kept dry and I swear it rains everyday here, we're going to be weak and weary when this is all over LOL.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Well Bailey has continued to improve and pretty much doesn't seem to be sick at all! She got her stitches taken out at the vets today and her incision looks good! The lab value we needed came back, and actually was NOT what we wanted, but the vet said that it was certainly NOT confirmative of distemper and at this point he thinks she does NOT have distemper. Some of you may have seen my post on her enamel loss on her teeth in the health folder, he looked at her teeth and said it's just plaque!! The other vet was mistaken(I think he just really thought she had distemper) While it's horrible she's only 8 months and has that much plaque, it's way better then having enamel loss!! She also got a few vaccinations that the shelter didn't give and another dewormer and she'll have to get a few booster shots in 3 weeks and then little miss Bailey shouldn't have to go to vet for a whole year!! We're really happy that she's healthy!! Oh and she also gained 2 pounds since Tuesday when she was so sick.
I took some photos of the 2 while they were playing and the pictures were hilarious! Hudson looks so ferocious in the pics, even though they are only playing. He also makes chomping sounds with his teeth when he really gets into to, so you better watch your fingers! Bailey enjoyed herself as well. We're taking the baby girl back to the vet this morning to get her stitches out (yay!) and to get a few more vaccinations she needs. She continues to improve from her illness. I'll update how the visit goes.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Well her energy is back to normal.....she is still sounding congested and her nose is still running, although not as bad as it was. When I gave her her pill this morning in some cheese, she spit out the pill and the powder was everywhere....VERY frustrating LOL, so I recovered as much as I could and I think she got the majority of the medicine but I'm thinking about breaking the capsules and spreading the powder in some yogurt from now on just so I know she's getting the entire dose. I'll be giving her a shot today so we'll see how that goes :) I've given people shots, but something tells me it may be a bit more difficult to give one to a BIG puppy. Haha.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Bailey slept for about 3 hours, I had her head on a pillow to help with her congestion and my bath robe on her to keep her warm(I took pics! Lol). I was also wiping her nose (haha that just sounds funny) about every half an hour to keep the crusties at bey and I even spoon fed her some yogurt(which she gladly accepted) and about 6pm she wanted to go out and her and Hudson have been playing ever since, everytime I let them in, they go back to the door wanting to go out again. I worried that she shouldn't be playing, but I figured if she didn't want to, she wouldn't because earlier she hardly wanted to move. Could she be feeling better already? I know antibiotics can make people feel better really fast, so I'm assuming they can do the same for dogs. Also she's been drinking water really well which makes me happy because the vet says that Gentamicin can damage the kidneys. So far I'm feeling pretty good about her recovering but I know it's still early! keeping fingers crossed! I'll post pics of her looking pathetic later.
Well the visit wasn't as routine as I hoped besides the fact we were there for over 2 hours. Before I explain I'll let ya'll know she's fine so you're not reading this the whole time worrying Our vet is very concerned about distemper because he says he's seen a few dogs from the shelter where she came from recently who had it and we have no idea if she was ever vaccinated against anything until the shelter vaccinated her, but if she already had something such as distemper, those vaccinations wouldn't help. There is no easy test to run to test for distemper like they do for heartworms, so he did a complete blood count and her white blood cells are significantly elevated. They were 25 for those of you who may be good with lab values and are interested to know the number. The vet was happy about that though as this means she's fighting whatever she has and the white blood cells are usually elevated in bacterial infections and decreased in viral infections, and distemper is viral so maybe this means she doesn't have distemper. All her other counts were essentially normal. He says he wants to be aggressive with antibiotics, so we have Cephalexin pills to give 3 times a day, and gentamicin shots to give once a day. Thank goodness my husband is a nurse! He also said we could give a cough suppressant like Robitussin but I'm not so sure I want to do that as 1)She needs to expel all that gunk and 2)I want to be able to notice if the cough is helped by the antibiotics so I think we'll hold off on the Robitussin for now. He also mentioned her breathing was labored and to look to see if it gets better with the antibiotics, we're going back to the vet on Friday to get her stitches from her spay out, and they're gonna look at her then. From what I gathered from him, distemper is pretty serious and IF she were able to clear it on her own, it would always be dormant in her body and could flare up later on if she were stressed or immuno-compromised for some reason. So needless to say we're hoping it's just a bad upper respiratory infection and NOT distemper. He also said something else that worried me, he said we'll know IF she's going to respond to treatment when she comes back in on Friday. *sigh* I have a good feeling though and I think she'll recover. We've only had her a week, but we love this little gal! Sorry this so long, but I figured ya'll would want an update. Keep Bailey in your thoughts!
My poor girl is going to the vet today, she is sneezing and coughing up brown mucus and just doesn't feel well! I think she may have kennel cough from being at the pound for so long, so hopefully some antibiotics and a cough suppressant will fix her up. The mucus stinks to high heaven too, which also makes me think infection. We're going to have the vet do a general exam and give her the rest of her vaccinations while were there. I'm also going to ask about getting her stitches taken out. My sweet little baby girl.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Yesterday on my dad's birthday we adopted a little girlfriend for Hudson! He just really seemed like he wanted another dog to play with and we always have enough love for another dog!! She is an 8 month old little weimy girl that was rescued from our local pound. She is absolutely precious, although wild!! She has so much puppy energy and she's going to require lots of patience and training, but she wants to please. We love her already, and oh yeah, her name is Bailey. Doesn't Bailey and Hudson have a nice ring to it? I think our doggy family is complete. Her and Hudson are getting along very nicely and play really well together. I was a little worried that my boy wouldn't be as attached to me with another dog in the house to keep him occupied, but as I type this, he's curled up next to me with his head in my lap, just like he always does, and Miss Bailey is on my other side chewing away on a tennis ball. I love my dogs. More pics of Bailey and Hudson playing together will be up soon! I'm also going to try to put a video clip of them playing up.
Isn't she cute?
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
When we get home from walks with Hudson, he heads straight for the back door because he knows that after his walk, daddy takes him in the back yard and plays with him until he gets nice and tired. I usually take this opportunity to snap some pics of our boy in action. He is so funny!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
because I miss Hudson alot!! I guess I shouldn't complain too much though, I only work every 3rd weekend. Since Will has to wake me up for work he brings Hudson in the room to help. Oh how I love waking up to that big wet nose. When I'm awake but not quite ready to get up, Hudson will climb in the bed with me and cuddle for a few minutes. He even likes to get under the covers and lets me wrap my arms around him like he's a big ol' teddy bear. Will picked Hudson up like a baby last night and it cracked me up! Well I have figured out that I can make small video clips with my little point and click camera so be on the look out for some Hudson videos.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Hudson was hilarious today....and naughty! First the naughty part, I was making corn bread to go with our bean soup and I had left the pan with the corn bread batter on the kitchen counter while the oven was preheating. Well before I knew what hit me I see Hudson walking out of the kitchen with a suspicious corn bread batter colored substance on his chin and he's licking his floppy pink lips. I wanted to tan his hide! That was my only mix and I had to go all the way to Kroger to get another mix (because I REALLY wanted sweet corn bread). Then during dinner Hudson snuck up on me and tried to slurp bean soup right out of my bowl!! Will found it utterly hilarious. Hudson usually isn't that gutsy. The little stinker. Now for the hilarious part, we have this crazy toy for the cats called "Da' Bird". It's some feathers attached to a thin 3 ft long pole and when you wave it around, the feathers "flap" and it looks and sounds like a real bird. Kitties love it....Kitties and apparently Weimaraners too. Hudson went nuts over that thing, he was jumping in the air and biting at it and he even started whimpering he wanted it so bad. So I let him "catch" it and he carried it to his toy spot, pole and all, I had to pry it from his mouth. This dog keeps me in stitches.
Monday, March 9, 2009
For the 3rd day in a row, we have gotten Hudson all tuckered out. LOL. He get's exercise EVERYDAY, but for the past few days he's gotten more than usual and he just comes home and sleeps like he hasn't slept in ages. Right now as a type he is beside me dreaming and grumbling in his sleep. I love this dog. Enjoy some photos.