It has been a long time since I have updated everyone about the dogs. Lots has happened at Chez Thomas so here we go.
We welcome Gemma Joy who came to us from SAINTS via Turtle Gardens. Gemma was rescued by Turtle Gardens up north where she was a puppy mill dog.
Gemmy is a shihtzu and is now starting to show all the characteristics associated with shihtzus. She is playful and tenacious and she is learning to play. She loves to cuddle and she just soaks up all the attention she wants. There are some concerns about her health as she had some mammary tumours removed (please get your female dogs spayed early, it reduces their chances of getting this awful disease by over 90%). Three tumours were removed and one was an aggressive cancer. The surgeons said they got good margins and we are hoping it did not metastacize before they removed it. She seems like a dog in good health:
Gemma had many litters of puppies and now she is treating all of the toys in the house like her ‘babies.’ She carefully gathers them up and sleeps with them. It is both cute and sad at the same time. We are pretty sure that she does not think they are her ‘babies’ because she chews on their heads.
Everybody please think good thoughts for Gemma. She will have an x-ray in about a month to see if the cancer spread. We are so hoping it has not and that she will be with us for a very, very long time!
One other thing – Gemma is continent! She is the first dog from SAINTS we have had who is continent!!! It is the little things that are important!
Now on to Molly. She is the oldest of our dogs at 20. She is a former SAINT and she is still going strong. She does her ‘pilates’ everyday. Since Gemma Joy came she has been doing a lot more stretching so that she makes sure she is noticed. We had to shave her a while back because her mats got really bad. She hates to be combed and we do not want to unduly stress her out. We had her in a little sweater for some time because it was still cold.
Speaking of haircuts, the day Molly was shaved Deb and Angelina also shaved Clio and gave her a mohawk. I thought it was very mean and they thought it was cute:
Madison is now 16 and is deaf as a post. It seem to come on all of a sudden. We have been working with our vet to manage her pain. Unfortunately, the one medication that would really help her also causes gastric upset so we have to further reduce how often she gets that med.
She is still mommy to all the little girls. We often see her curled up with them in the big beds.
Kirby is doing great! He has become quite self-actualized and is not afraid as much anymore. He loves going in the truck with Deb and she has a really hard time getting out of here without him. Kirbs is 10 this year! He loves getting jiggy in the morning and lives for his tummy rubs!
Sienna, who is Angelina’s dog, lives with us as well. Lately, our living room has been turned into a toy paradise and all she wants to do is destroy them. Poor Sienna! Sienna loves to play fetch and go to the park. She is a such a sucky pitbull (the way they are supposed to be) and she makes some incredible noises when her ears are being rubbed. She is also doing quite well in Rally-O.
Tucker is our other foster dog from SAINTS. He has overcome his vestibular disease. Then he got giardia. He seems to be doing much better now that he has taken his course of flagyl. Unfortunately for Tucker he got stuck eating canned gastro food for the time he was on meds. It will be back to raw for him today.
Piper the punk is doing really well. We were worried that she would be upset and jealous of Gemma Joy. Nope all she wants is for Gemma to play with her. It is really quite amazing to see the efforst she puts into trying to make friends. I am sure, that over time, she and Piper will become a duo. They are already barking together as they guard the house.
We are a little concerned about Mackenzie as her aggression seems to be escalating. She took Piper’s spot in Rally-O (because Piper has no obedience skills, sigh) and she is doing very well. Mackenzie loves to go to the park and chase and kill balls. We go through a lot of tennis balls!
And last, but certainly not least, is Kiefer. He is not the shy wallflower type. He talks a lot and soemtimes it is very, very loud. He is especially joyful in the morning. Kief lives to eat and does so with gusto. He is also very handy when I take too much food – usually the leftovers will all fit into his waiting mouth.
I have saved the best for last. Bella, our Maine Coon cat, is in love. She adores Lynn. Her new favourite game is to crawl up on to Lynn and put her but in Lynn’s face while she kneads her. She will then turn around and knead other sensitive bits. This cat is no light weight either. She weighs 25 pounds and has talons for nails. Since Bella peed in Deb’s shoes everyone is afraid to do something to piss off the cat. Getting the cat off of Lynn can be a 2 person job now as we try to convince her that it was her idea to get down.
Life is never boring here!
Here is one last pic:
I have bacon on the weekend the little girls all gather around and they share. Needless to say I do not get to eat much bacon!
This is Tucker, our foster dog from SAINTS. Tucker came to us a while a go (I can’t remember when now). He spent the first 15 years of his life in a pen. Now he is making up for it. We often affectionately call him a ‘knob’ because he is always where you are trying to get to. Tucker has missed out on so much he is making damned sure he does not miss anything now. He wants affection and love, he likes to romp outside with the canine family and he loves food. For a dog who spent so long in a pen he has quickly developed some ‘skills.’ He was opening the freezer for a while and helping him self to the all you can eat buffet. The freezer door is now held close with a bungee cord (thank you Lynn). He can get bowls down off the counter without spilling the contents or breaking the bowl. We figure if he can get it, he can have it (unless it would be dangerous for him).
A couple of days ago Tucker developed vestibular disease. This disease is relatively easy to see as the head is tilted, the eyes are darting and the dog vomits. Basically, as Carol says, “he feels like he is on a merry go round and can’t get off.” Tucker went up to the vet and got some anti-nausea meds. He may also have had a stroke brought on by the vestibular disease.
We set him up in an X-pen with comfy beds and blankets. Piper the pug, who is quite bonded to him, has kept him company for a while here and there. He seemed to like that. He has been steadily improving. His head is still tilted but he is walking better and not vomitting.
So this morning I was busy doing my normal morning things when I hear someone scrambling on the laminate. I rounded the corner and there was Tucker coming down the hallway. He had broken out of his X-pen and he wanted to go out. So out we went.
What a guy! I am sure we will have our Tucker back very soon.