Murphy #7 Yellow Labrador Retriever Male 12 Years Old ID #2496
November 17, 2020
Murph here. I went to see the doctor today. Guess what? I passed my test! No yucky parasites in my poops. My foster moms wanted the doctor to check out something else, though. It’s kind of embarrassing. FM asked the doctor to check my butt. She was cleaning me up one day and said something didn’t feel right. It felt like a hard lump. My foster moms started to worry. That weird lump combined with me being super skinny and my blood work showing I’m anemic… they thought it could be something bad. But the doctor said not to worry. He thinks I have an infected anal gland – not the really bad thing my foster moms worried about! I have to take antibiotics and then go back in a month to get checked out and have another blood test. So many tests. Good thing I’m acing them!
My foster moms have been really busy with us foster dogs and our vet appointments. I’m not the only pup here who’s had multiple doctor appointments. Oscar has. And Cindy Lou. And Kayla. My foster moms finally admitted that having four foster dogs at once is a bit crazy – even for them! They said they need to do something about it. So… they’re going to make me a permanent dog! Yep, they’re flunking with me! Then they’ll only have three foster dogs. That’s more manageable, right?! I know – crazy logic. But I’ll go with it because it means I’m in my forever home! I told you a long time ago that I was staying. But I had to let my foster moms – I mean, my mom’s – think it was their idea!
October 31, 2020
Just wanted to check in and let you know how I’m doing. This time last week I was still feeling kind of loopy from my visit with the doctor. But I’m back to normal now – running, chasing tennis balls, going for walks, snuggling on the couch. Life is good. Doctor says I need to have another test. I hope I pass. I haven’t even studied for it. My HCT level is still low. Doc says that I might be anemic. He wants to do a fecal test to check for parasites. The good thing is I don’t have to go to the doctor for this one. I just have to send a poop with FM! Phew. I don’t have to worry about getting loopy again!
I keep busy during the day going to work with FM. Her work is right next to the living room, so I divide my time between being FM’s office mate and looking out the living room window. There’s a nice bed in the office. It’s a great spot for an afternoon nap.
The other day, I snuggled down for a nap and had the most awesome dream. I was eating ice cream…with whipped cream and a cherry on top… and cookies… and candy…so many yummy treats! I ate and ate and ate… and when I woke up… I was HUGE!
Ha ha! Just kidding!! That’s not me! That’s Cindy Lou. She’s another foster dog here at Camp McGee. Sometimes she covers my shift in the office while I’m looking out the living room window.
Hope everybody has a Happy Halloween! Don’t forget – us dogs love treats, too!
October 17, 2020
Hope you all got outside to enjoy this beautiful day! Me and Floyd went next door to play with Buster – and, of course, to get biscuits from Ma! It was a great day to be outside chasing tennis balls.
Foster mom sent a video of us playing to my other mom and told her I’m doing great. My mom was so happy because she said they were missing me today. I’m glad I was able to make her smile even from far away!
I went to the doctor on Thursday for a re-check. He said I still have traces of bacteria in my pee, but he thinks it might be related to my prostate issues. He said all of that might go away once I’m neutered. He want’s to take x-rays (Floyd says that means pictures of my insides) when I go for my neuter surgery so he can make sure everything looks good in there. I always look good in pictures so I think I’ll be okay! My surgery is scheduled for next Friday. Please wish me luck and cross your fingers and paws that my pictures look good!
October 12, 2020
Floyd taught me something really cool and I just had to share it. If I jump up on the couch like this, I have an awesome view of the world! How cool is that? #LuckyDog! Be sure to tell all your pups about this. I’ll bet they will love it, too!
Kinda hard to see, but my buddy Floyd is behind me, resting his head and watching the world with me.
October 10, 2020
Hi Everybody, Murphy here! I’ve been in my foster home for two weeks now and things are going good. I wasn’t too sure at first because I missed my family. I was confused and wanted to get in the car to go back home. But you know what I figured out? I’m a really lucky dog with lots of families to love me. When I was a baby, I went to my first family with my mom, dad, and my very own little boy. We had great times together and they loved me a lot. About a year ago, my mom and dad decided they didn’t want to live together anymore. They moved out of our home and each got their own place. But I didn’t move – not far, anyway. I just went next door to live with my dad’s mom and dad. They loved me, too, and took great care of me. How lucky am I to have TWO families who think I’m the best dog ever? Recently my second mom got some bad news. The landlord decided that “big dogs” were not allowed to live in his properties anymore. My mom tried to change his mind by telling him I’m such a good boy and I never get into any trouble. She said “He doesn’t do anything. He’s a rug! He just lays there!” But he wouldn’t listen. Since my family loves me so much, they wanted to make sure I had an awesome new home. So they contacted the folks at Brookline Lab Rescue. The ladies who evaluated me agreed with my mom about me being a really good boy. Guess what? Those ladies are now my foster moms. And I have a THIRD family who loves me and takes good care of me! Yeah, I’m a lucky boy. Maybe it’s the luck of the Irish! My name is Murphy, after all. I’ve been enjoying life in my foster home – even though they give me lots of baths. ICK. Don’t they know how hard I work to maintain my special smell? The doctor said I have skin issues and probably have allergies. So I have to get baths twice a week. It’s not so bad, though. My foster moms always make sure I’m warm and snug for my post-bath nap. My foster brother is a cool dude named, Floyd. He wasn’t too sure about me at first, but he figured out that I’m cool, too. We both love to chase tennis balls. I think we kinda bonded over that. There’s a cool kid next door, too. Sometimes me and Floyd go over to play with him. His name is Buster. He’s only a year old. He has more energy than me and Floyd put together. He likes to do zoomies around us. But every so often me and Floyd run with him and show him us old guys still have some spunk! My foster mom says I have some medical issues that have to get straightened out before I’ll be ready for adoption. Right now I’m taking meds for a UTI. Two weeks after the meds are done, I have to go back to the doctor to make sure the infection is all gone. Then I have to get “fixed”. I asked Floyd what that means and he said “Don’t ask, dude.” So that’s a mystery. But I’m sure it will be okay because I’m a lucky dog! The doctor said I have an enlarged prostate so I have to get that checked out, too. Don’t know what that means, either, but I’m sure it’s cool. Lucky dog! For now, I’m enjoying life in my foster home. Just between us, I think I might stay here. But don’t tell my foster moms I said that. I want them to think it’s their idea! Love, Murphy AKA Lucky Dog
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