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!

Zignature Turkey Limited Ingredient Food

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Disclosure: We received this product for free from Chewy in exchange for our honest review.

Zignature Turkey Limited Ingredient Food

One of our favorite days of the week is Chewy delivery day! Artie, Buddy, and Coby can hardly contain themselves when I bring in a Chewy box from the porch. We all sit on the floor together to open the box, then the sniffing begins! This box contained a new canned food for Artie! Buddy has to have prescription food and Coby has a sensitive system so we try to keep him on the same food all the time. So Artie gets to enjoy this Zignature Limited Ingredient Turkey food all by himself!

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All three dogs get dry food with a heaping teaspoon of wet food added. I like that this food is really moist and easy to scoop. It also hides pills really well. Artie takes an allergy pill daily and right now he’s taking a pill for his leg that he hurt. This food is great for hiding the pills because it’s so easy to stir. It’s also so tasty that Artie doesn’t take a breath before devouring it all!

I like that this food has limited ingredients and it’s grain free. For a full list of the key benefits of this food, see below.

Key Benefits

  • This grain-free, limited ingredient formula is made with one protein source and only a handful of other ingredients, creating a clean recipe with ingredients you can count on.
  • Made with farm-raised Turkey from the American Midwest.
  • As a natural source of prey in the wild, Turkey is an exceptional source of protein that’s also low in saturated fat, rich in Selenium, and a good source of Riboflavin and Phosphorus.
  • Free of the most common potential canine allergens: corn, wheat, soy, dairy, and chicken, making this recipe ideal for pups with sensitivities and picky eaters.
  • Wholesome fruits and vegetables round out the recipe with powerful antioxidants, and fiber-rich, low-glycemic carbohydrates.

Chewy.com is so convenient for my busy lifestyle. The website is easy to navigate and shipping is fast and free with a $49 order. With 24/7 help, Chewy provides it all!

Frisco Pantry Pack Dog Poop Bags

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Disclosure: I received this waste bags from Chewy.com in return for my honest review.

Frisco Pantry Pack Dog Poop Bags

When I ordered these waste bags, I had no idea how helpful they were actually going to be. My husband and I are not good about cleaning up ABC’s waste immediately and this has become an issue. Coby has the nasty habit of eating his brother’s poop (YUCK). Not only is it yucky, but it’s not good for him.

I’ve been brainstorming ways to store bags so that they are easy to grab when walking out the door with the dogs. But my ideas were as good as this! Frisco Dog Poop Bags come in one large roll of 300 durable bags. The roll fits in a box with a dispensing die-cut that releases one bag at a time so you can simply grab it and go! The bags are easy to tear off and easy to open. For those who have experience with bags, you know how difficult they can be to open. These are simple!

If you are looking for affordable convenient waste bags for home, I highly suggest these. These wouldn’t necessarily be convenient for travel or walks (unless you tear some off), but they are perfect for your home needs. Check them out at Chewy.com!

 

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