Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Today you are two

Buddy boy, today is the day we celebrate your second birthday.  As you are a rescue, we don't know the exact date of your birth, but everything pointed at early April.

You had a hard start to your life, but luckily you lived very close to the President of the Northern Animal Rescue and she eventually convinced your owners to relinquish you to the care of the rescue.  We know you were chained outdoors day and night without shelter or adequate food and no veterinary care up to that point.

There was a time, shortly after you came to us, that I thought you wouldn't make your first birthday and now here we are at your second.  You came to us on August 31, 2012, shortly after our faithful companion of 11.5 years, Abby, went to the Rainbow Bridge.  A few days later you became ill.  Off to the vet we went and you appeared to have a bladder infection.  We got a two week supply of antibiotics and thought, after that course of treatment you would be fine.  You appeared to be fine and then a couple days later you were sick again.  This continued for a couple months.  We got different drugs and you were on them for different durations and once you finished them, you were fine for a couple days and then you got sick again.

It was after your 3rd or 4th course of medication, that you became very sick. I was up with you all night and I remember calling the emergency vet at 2:00 a.m. in the morning to discuss your situation.  I got some pointers and then sat down on your bed, you came and sat on my lap (all 65 pounds at that point) and finally fell asleep.  When morning came I got you the first appointment with your vet that I could.  Upon arrival you were so sick that they thought you might be in kidney or liver failure.  The vet and I discussed our options and then I left you there for some tests while I drove home.  I was hoping I wasn't going to lose you, and with your daddy working out of the country right then, I was hoping I wouldn't have to make that decision on my own, especially so soon after losing Abby.

I asked the vet before I left if she thought you might not overcome this infection.  She had to think for a while and cautiously said, she thought you could overcome it, but it might be something that financially we couldn't do.  Then your blood work came back and showed that your kidneys and liver were fine.  The rushed biopsy of your prostate gland came back and it showed a marked infection.  That nasty E. coli infection that had started in your bladder had moved up to your prostate and because you were so young, this came as a shock to everyone.  You spent the night at the vet and they started you on yet another round of antibiotics.

Now prostate infections, as I have found out, are very hard to treat.  The tissue is very thick and it takes a long duration of antibiotics to get in there and get rid of any infection.  The next morning I picked you up from the vet and started you on your 12 week course of antibiotics.

That 12 week course of antibiotics ended at the end of February 2013 and I held my breath and waited.  But this time, it seemed that we had finally whipped that nasty E. coli infection into submission.  On April 1, 2013 we happily celebrated your 1st birthday with a very healthy pup.
Thanks to Bailey for this wonderful picture!

Now here we are at your second birthday.  You have blossomed in the time you have been with us.  From a pup that was terrified of the broom, the mop and the vacuum, you have turned into a pup that regularly barks at these things.  You no longer run and hide when you see these items.  You went from a pup that walked with its tail between his legs to a pup that walks with his tail up and confidence in his stride.
Thanks to Flicka for this wonderful picture!
Except for the odd ear infection, which you wouldn't get if you didn't insist on digging to China and sticking your head in the hole and thus getting your ears full of dirt, you  have been very healthy.  Oh, and then there was the time you ate something that caused a slight obstruction.  The vet said you would be ok, and you were in the end.  You also should really stop sneaking the odd rock, you know.
Happy 2nd Birthday, Buddy!  (Not patiently waiting for his cake!)
You have spread dirt, drool, mud, toys, fur, you name it, literally through every room of the house.  But you have also spread a lot of smiles and laughs.  You love you, Buddy!  Happy birthday sweet boy!
Thank you Redford and family for this awesome picture!
Thank you Freckles and Growlmy for this beautiful picture!
Thank you Doo and Austin for this picture!
Thank you "Love is being owned by a husky" for this wonderful picture!



16 comments:

  1. Oohh! Cake! Looks yummy! Did yur mom put down the hooks/needles an axfurly bake fur yu?

    We 'member when yu wuz such a sick pup. We are So happy yu are a big, strong, strappin dood now.

    Happy Birthday!

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    1. The cake was pumpkin and peanut butter! It was pawsome, but I only gots a small piece. Momma said it was too rich to eat all at once! Momma remembers the Christmas card you sent me that year when you said "Get Better! All Better". See! I listened! BOL!

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    2. Good dog! Bol!
      We 'member too when yur folks went to meet anuther pup an yu shoved yur way outta the garage an into their hearts to make sure they met yu!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lacey and thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Do glad Buddy made it to this second birthday. And so glad he's in the best home for him!!!

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    1. I had a great day yesterday! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Happy birthday, Buddy ... don't get sick on cake, mate!!

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    1. Thanks, Charlie! I had a wonderful day yesterday!

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  5. Oh! Wishing Buddy a Happy Happy Birthday! Buddy deserve a tasty celebration. Golden Woofs

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    1. My cake was pawsome! Thanks for the wishes and thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Oh Happy Birthday Buddy!!!!!!!!!! Have a very special day!!!!
    I sent you a little surprise on google+ !!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. I got your surprise! Thanks so much and thanks for the wishes!

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  7. Um...i was at Dogster to woof your Birthday Greetings, and then furgot to come here! BOL! SO now I can say it again:
    Happy Birthday! Belated this time, BOL!

    May all your days find you strong and healthy and may the total of all your days be so numerous as to be uncountable!

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