Buddy, 11 year old yellow mix

September 1, 2017

Hello!  We have now had Buddy for 3 weeks.  12 days ago he was released from his bedroom and welcomed into the family.  What a wonderful day that was, for all of us!

Buddy’s fur is filling back in, and he is becoming a stocky looking fella.  Not from eating too much, though.  He is finally eating all dry food, and he is never full, never.  He is always hungry!  But he is selective.  He will not eat Milk Bones, but he likes Canine Carry Outs, which are semi-soft and come in beef and chicken.  He also likes Better ‘N Ears, which are slightly chewy.  We think that he does not like the Milk Bones because they are hard, and let’s face it, he is an older guy!  The Rimadyl is helping his arthritis, but his back legs are still bow legged.  He is done both antibiotics and he no longer takes Tramadol.

We have 3 large lab-sized dog beds in our bedroom, 1 on my side of the bed, 1 on Ray’s, and 1 at the bottom of the bed.  Ozzie usually sleeps on Ray’s side.  Buddy claims the bed on my side, and Camo tries tocamp out IN my spot on the bed.  When we are ready to go to sleep, I usually move Camo off the bed and onto the dog bed on my side.  However, Buddy will not give up his claim to it, so Camo and Buddy start the night sharing the one bed, as you can see in the picture.

Buddy is on the left, fully asleep.  Camo is on the left having just been removed from the bed, and he is not thrilled.  Sometimes Budd

y will move to the bed at the end of the bed, sometimes he doesn’t.  Either way, we all get a good night’s sleep!

As soon as Buddy is fully back to himself, he is going to make someone a happy and handsome companion!

 

 

 

 

 

August 19, 2017

I am happy to report that Buddy seems much better today!  He received his Welcome Box a few days ago, but wasn’t really interested in it.  He now loves the tug of war and playing with the ball.  I bounce it off the bedroom wall, and he chases it and returns it to me.  I have no problem taking the ball out of his mouth.  He loves to just lay in the sun on our back deck.  He also loves one of us to be in the room with him.  He barks and moans because he is so lonely and just wants to join the family.  Tuesday is the big day!  Believe me, we are all looking forward to having him join us downstairs!  His fur seems to be growing back in at the base of his back, and he may have gained a few pounds.  (Ray cooks chicken for him and gives him fresh chicken and homemade rice.  He is starting to eat this, but he has to be encouraged to eat it and Ray has to stay with him.)  Buddy is still not really big on treats, although  tonight he ate some.  He does not like cheese or peanut butter, at least at this time.

Buddy is just as sweet as pie, and smart as a whip!  When his health issues are cleared up he is going to make someone a wonderful companion.  Oh, bonus- he is housetrained!

 

He is so much happier and I think that he just plain feels better!

August 15, 2017

We are fostering Buddy, a sweet chocolate lab/boxer mix.  When we picked him up last week from ACCT in Philadelphia, we found out that he had kennel cough.  When he was surrendered to the shelter he was infested with fleas, and his back and his stomach area were raw and bare from the fleas.  We have 2 labs at home, a yellow lab, Ozzie, who is 9 years old or so and a Brookline Alum Camo, who is a silver 7 year old lab.   We had to isolate Buddy because of the kennel cough, so I put him into our back bedroom with a queen size bed and a large crate with a dog bed inside.  The crate is open so he can choose the crate or the bed to sleep on.

Poor Buddy just wants to join the family, and he whines and groans and barks at least 18 hours a day. He also won’t eat, and when we can get him to eat a little bit, it is only if Ray feeds him.  For some reason he will not eat for me.  Our first couple of days were rather rough.  We took him to the vet for his checkup and found out a few things:

  1. His kennel cough was worse, not better.
  2. His hind left leg is infected and swollen
  3. He has SEVERE arthritis  (Poor guy!)
  4. His skin is infected on his high end and stomach
  5. His tail is swollen from a hematoma, which the vet hopes will correct itself

Poor guy!  The vet gave him another antibiotic to take with the antibiotic we were already giving him from the shelter.  Hopefully this will help with the kennel cough, the hematoma, the skin and the leg infections.  She gave him Rimadyl to help with the arthritis.  She also gave us a special shampoo to help with the infected skin (from the fleas) and Tramadol to help with the pain and support the Rimadyl.  The Tramadol also helps him to calm down and not be so upset.  He also gets 3 Benadryl at bedtime.

That was all as of Tuesday night.

 

I am happy to report that Buddy seems much better today!  He received his Welcome Box a few days ago, but wasn’t really interested in it.  He now loves the tug of war and playing with the ball.  I bounce it off the bedroom wall, and he chases it and returns it to me.  I have no problem taking the ball out of his mouth.  He loves to just lay in the sun on our back deck.  He also loves one of us to be in the room with him.  He barks and moans because he is so lonely and just wants to join the family.  Tuesday is the big day!  Believe me, we are all looking forward to having him join us downstairs!  His fur seems to be growing back in at the base of his back, and he may have gained a few pounds.  (Ray cooks chicken for him and gives him fresh chicken and homemade rice.  He is starting to eat this, but he has to be encouraged to eat it and Ray has to stay with him.)  Buddy is still not really big on treats, although  tonight he ate some.  He does not like cheese or peanut butter, at least at this time.

 

Buddy is just as sweet as pie, and smart as a whip!  When his health issues are cleared up he is going to make someone a wonderful companion.  Oh, bonus- he is housetrained!

 

I am including a few pictures I was able to get today.  He is so much happier and I think that he just plain feels better!

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