Coby Meets a New Friend!

Today was a special day for Coby! I decided to take him to work with me. Three days a week, I provide companion care for a 90 year old lady. I also feed and walk her Shih Tzu dog named Shane. He is the sweetest dog – never barks and only begs! I was pretty certain that Shane and Coby would be a good match since they are both so laid back. And sure enough, they got along really well and even posed for a couple pictures together.

Field Trip to Heritage Park

Oh boy! We’ve had a great couple of weeks! Mom and dad took us on TWO field trips. The first one was to a local park called Heritage Park. Although it’s only a 10 minute drive, our excitement is almost uncontrollable. That’s because there are so many ducks and geese to chase! They hang out around the pond, but as soon as we come near, they take off into the water for safety! It’s such a fun game!

Proud boys after chasing away the ducks and geese

Of course, we also love walking, sniffing, and marking everything and this place is good for all three! And if we tire out, there are lots of benches for mom and dad to take a break. As you can see below, we like to rest just as much as they do!

Although we aren’t really into scenery, mommy and daddy like this park because it’s beautiful. There’s ponds, wild flowers, green grass, and lots of trees – all of which make this a desirable park. We are thankful to mom and dad for taking us here and can’t wait to go back!

Unexpected Emotions on Artie’s 12th Birthday

Today is Artie’s 12 Birthday!!! I remember the day we adotped him so clearly! We were traveling back from Georgia with my parents when we stopped at a restaurant in Tennessee to pick up Artie from my friend. At 6 months of age, Artie was the last of his litter to be adopted. I’m not sure Tammy wanted to give him up, but when her female became pregnant again (oops litter) she decided she needed to find him a home. It wasn’t an easy decision to “take on” a dog, but we were quickly convinced it was the right one! Artie has brought us so much happiness, joy, and comfort. It’s because of him that we adopted two more Yorkies – Buddy (his blood brother) and Coby. So why the mixed emotions today?

You see…although I’m so happy to celebrate 12 years of Artie, I’m also sad to report that Artie is spending his first birthday without Buddy. Best friends from day one, Buddy and Artie were inseparable. Constant kisses and cuddles, and never a single quarrel. But this birthday is different. Buddy is no longer with us. It’s been 7 months but the pain is still there and today it hit me once again!

Buddy passed away on July 8, 2020. It was the most difficult day of my life. He suffered with reoccurring bladder stones and had two surgeries to remove them (January 2017 and October 2018). Unfortunately, after each surgery the stones were back within 9 months. Hubby and I were so heartbroken! So after a tough recovery, we decided we were not going to put our baby through that pain again. Instead, we continued his special diet and medications in hopes that he would live comfortably for many years.

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and at the age of 10 (two years after his last surgery), we had to put Buddy down. The timing couldn’t have been worse – hubby was out of town and due to COVID the vet offices were restricted from allowing people inside. Just as the doctor warned, Buddy’s uretha became blocked by a stone. After discovering he couldn’t urinate, I called the doctor to discuss options. The simplest option was to try flushing the stone. I immediately dropped Buddy off at the vet for the procedure. Within a short time, I was able to pick him up, unsure if the procedure was successful. Regrettably, it did not. In fact, he was declining quickly. Unable to urinate, he was also throwing up and acting very unusal. It was obvious he was in pain, but he couldn’t tell me how much. With what felt like no other options, the best decision was to put Buddy down. Being alone, I asked a friend to drive me to the vet. We remained in the car as a vet tech took Buddy away for the last time – it killed me!

My last picture with Buddy

I always knew this time would come, but I didn’t think I’d face it without Dave. His plan is/was to hold our babies as they pass. As for as me, I’m not sure I want to watch. In this case, I didn’t have a choice. As for Dave, he would have been upset if he wasn’t allowed to hold his baby as he took his last breath. As they say, it’s God’s timing not ours and I have to believe this is true for this case.

So as you can see, this day came with many feelings for me. Buddy brought us more joy then we could ever imagine and we will never forget him. Artie has adjusted much better than I ever expected and I pray that he has many more healthy years ahead of him. We love you, Artie! Happy Birthday, Dear One!

Bucket List for Buddy

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So I’ve been thinking a lot about living life to its fullest and spending quality time with my Yorkies – Artie, Buddy, and Coby (ABC). When it comes to family, which includes my little guys, I don’t want to have any regrets. I want to know that I gave them a life full of love and experiences. There are so many little things that bring ABC joy…which in turn makes me happy.

I’m calling this post “Bucket List for Buddy” because Buddy was recently diagnosed with bladder and kidney stones. Unfortunately, this is not his first case of stones. He’s had two surgeries to remove his bladder stones in the past (October 2017 and January 2018). Now 9 months later, he’s once again been diagnosed with stones.

Dogs can have two different types of stones…one can dissolve and the other can not. Buddy has Calcium Oxalate stones which do not dissolve. They require surgery, or an act of God, to remove. Although it’s a difficult decision, we’ve decided against surgery because his stones come back so quickly. Since his last surgery, we added two medications to his diet to prevent the stones from returning, but those measures were unsuccessful. As his doctor said, “He’s a stone maker”. Some dogs, just like people, are more susceptible to stones (it’s in their DNA). This is the case for our little Bud.

We do not know what comes next for Buddy. On September 9, he will turn 10 years old and Yorkies usually live to 13-16 years of age.  Our concern at this time is his comfort and happiness. Although, as I’m typing I selfishly want it to be about me…I don’t want to lose this happy handsome little guy.

All this brings me to this post “Bucket List for Buddy”. I’ve been thinking about the things that bring him happiness. He is such a loving and sensitive dog, and it doesn’t take much. Dave and I just need to remember to put aside the phone, tv, and other distractions to spend quality time with him and the other two. So here it goes…an ongoing list of things that bring Buddy (and the other two) happiness.

Bucket List for Buddy

  1. Morning snuggles – Buddy loves to snuggle in the morning. He seems to have pain first thing. I think it’s because his urine is more concentrated and he’s been holding it all night. To help with that pain, I’m going to try to snuggle (hold) him every morning, even if it’s just a few minutes.
  2. Walks – Right now, Buddy still loves to go for walks. Walking three dogs alone has never been easy, so we love it when daddy joins us. If not, I’m making more of an attempt to walk them daily.
  3. Petting – Buddy loves attention, more than the other two. He loves when we pet his neck area. In fact, he will flip over in our arms so this is possible.
  4. Brushing – Buddy could sit and have me brush him all night. I suppose it’s like a massage for humans. I hope to brush him more often to help him relax and take away any pain.
  5. One-on-one attention– When there’s three dogs, it’s hard to share the attention. Luckily, Artie is content with sitting on mine or daddy’s lap. So most of our attention goes to Buddy and Coby – who crave it more. Whether it be by petting, brushing, or cuddling, I intend to give them more attention.
  6. Fresh air – All three dogs prefer fresh air over air conditioning! They love it when the storm door is open so they can sit and look out the screened door. They also enjoy being in our sunroom. Therefore, on days when it’s not scorching hot, I leave both doors open.
  7. Adventures – All three dogs are love adventures. As long as it doesn’t involve the vet or groomer, they are ready to head out! I’m personally hoping to visit the dog park more. Dave loves to hike and take photographs of wildlife, so he plans to individually take the dogs on trips such as this.
  8. Dog park – Our community dog park is just minutes down the street. Now that the weather is cooling off some, I hope to take the dogs more often.
  9. More time at home – I’m a busy beaver, so one of my goals is to spend more time at home with the boys. This is especially important for Buddy who needs to drink more water so he will frequently urinate.
  10. More outside time – ABC love being outside! Hopefully we can be outside lots before winter. Vitamin D is good for them too!

So here it is…my bucket list for Buddy. As I said, this is an ongoing list so I may add more ideas as time goes on. Lord willing, Buddy will be healthy for some time. Buddy 8-9-13

 

Surgery for Artie

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Today is one of those days that Doggie Moms anxiously await…surgery day!! About two weeks ago, I noticed Artie was obsessed with licking a spot on his leg. Little did I know I’d find a fairly large growth! According to our vet, it’s a “wart” and nothing to be concerned about (yet I can have it biopsied for $125, if I’d like). Artie has suffered with warts for years, but never one that he can get to and constantly lick! So, it has to be removed. Unlike people warts, this will not go away on its own and with the licking it will not heal.

Along with the wart on his leg, he’s having at least three others removed, a tooth pulled, and his teeth cleaned. UGH…you know all this means a lot of money! Hopefully, at the age of 10, this is the last surgery and teeth cleaning for Artie. I know he can still live a long time (and hope he does), but these surgeries have gotten a little out of control!

So this morning, Artie had to stay in his cage as his two brothers ate their food. Poor baby has no clue what’s about to happen. And this mommy anxiously waits to drop him off for surgery. There’s nothing worse than handing your pet to the receptionist or vet tech and leaving. The tears are already starting. And then there’s pick up time (around 4:30 pm), which brings so much joy but also sadness as dogs under sedation look pitiful! I know…I’ve been there a few times!

If you are the praying type, please pray for Artie and mommy today. I will post soon about the surgery results. Thanks for reading! With love, ABC’s Mom!

A Look at ABC’s January

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January in Michigan…oh how we could live with you! We are having bone chilling temperatures here right now. Temperatures will be in the teens until Monday when we get anywhere from 5-8 inches of snow! Then a polar vortex of cold air hits us – daytime wind chills will be in the -20 range, while the night time wind chills could be as low as -40!

Meanwhile, ABC have decided it’s not too cold for them and they take their own sweet time outside, while this mommy freezes her buns offs! Next week it will be dangerously cold so I hope they do faster business! Maybe I should have been pad trained them for conditions like this. Oh well, too late for that!

Of the three dogs, Coby is definitely the snow lover! When we get a fresh coat, he will roll all over in it and rub his face. So cute to see, especially when his face is snow covered. Of course, as with most small dogs, they come in with snow caked to their bellies and legs, sometimes even their noses as pictured below. As a friend on Instagram said, “You catch a snowball there, Coby?”. coby snow

Besides the cold temperatures, things are good for ABC. Artie visited the doctor recently for an ear infection so he gets ear drops twice a day. He continues to take Apoquel for his allergies, but with those floppy ears, an infection still caught up to him. Ear infections are marked by scratching of the ear and head shaking. Artie was doing both, in fact, his ear was red, raw, and swollen before heading to the doctor.  Usually things don’t get that bad before I step in to help, but hubby and I were on a cruise in the beautiful Caribbean when the infection showed its ugliness.

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Hoping things are well with you! What’s the weather like where you live? Hopefully you are enjoying warmer temps than us!

Thanks for stopping by…we appreciate our readers. If you’d like to see more adorable pics of ABC, head over to our Instagram page. We’d love to have you follow us! For now, woof woof woof!

 

 

Happy New Year 2019

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Happy New Year 2019

As 2018 comes to an end, I want to take a moment to reflect on the lives of Artie, Buddy, and Coby. With the new year approaching, one of my goals is to share more stories and photos of these three with my readers. They bring so much joy to my life and they can yours too! So follow along as 2019 brings new adventures and fun!

It’s hard to believe that Artie (the oldest) will be 10 years old in February. I remember the day we brought him home. We were immediately in love and have been since that day. Artie is a unique boy – he doesn’t need much in the way of attention and his gentleness shines as he aims to please his mommy and daddy. He loves to hunt small critters, he chews on his paws continually (due to allergies),  he suffers with anxiety yet loves walks, the dog park, and his brother, Buddy, to pieces!

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Buddy and Artie

Buddy is the middle boy, who just like a child, is always looking for attention! He will be 10 years old in September, which means he and Artie are just six months apart. Artie and Buddy share the same bloodline and are best friends!! They love to kiss each other, cuddle, and sleep in the same cage (house). Buddy suffers from reoccurring bladder stones and has undergone two surgeries in less than two years. He’s on a very strict prescription diet and has to take a couple different medications every day. Even so, Buddy loves to eat and you can frequently find him sneaking into Coby’s food dish!

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Coby, our rescue, is the youngest at four years old (9/11/14). He has a spitfire personality – so sweet yet so sneaky! His brothers have a love/hate relationship with him due to his dominant personality. His sweet and innocent personality can quickly change, which means his brothers have difficulty trusting him. Even so, Coby brings so much laughter and entertainment to our family because of his fun and loving personality.

These are my babies in a nutshell. I hope you will follow along as begin to document more from their lives. And as 2019 approaches, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Take care and hug your babies (human or furry).

Purina Beyond Wild Prey-Inspired Turkey, Liver & Duck Recipe Canned Dog Food

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Purina Beyond Wild Prey-Inspired Turkey, Liver & Duck Recipe Canned Dog Food

As with most dogs, Artie, Buddy, and Coby love to try new foods. When I opened the first can of Purina Beyond Wild Prey-Inspired food, their sniffers went crazy! They couldn’t wait to get a taste of this turkey, liver, and duck deliciousness! Little did they know, this high protein combination helps maintain their lean muscles and is a good source of vitamin A, iron, and essential amino acids. With real turkey as the number one ingredient and no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or poultry by-product meal, this food pleases ABC and their mommy!

To find Purina Beyond Wild Prey-Inspired Turkey, Liver & Duck Recipe Canned Dog Food, visit our favorite website Chewy.com. We love Chewy for fast delivery, no lines, and convenient 24/7 help. Give it a try, you will love Chewy too!