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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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?”.
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.
Hoping things are well with you! What’s the weather like where you live? Hopefully you are enjoying warmer temps than us!
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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!
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!
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).
The dog park is ABC’s favorite place, well, besides home! We can’t even say P A R K without them going crazy with excitement. If they had a choice, I think they’d go there every night. If only dogs could talk…
Below are some pictures from our most recent trip to the park. As you can tell from their panting, it was a warm night.
For such a little guy, Coby sure has a big snore! Check out the video my husband took today. Make sure your volume is up.
Tomorrow Artie, Buddy, and Coby have their very first visit with Santa at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, MI. I’m excited, but not sure how they will react. In preparation, we practiced smiling for the camera at home. Check out our good and not-so-good photos below!
Twelve Oaks Mall will offer pet parents a chance to celebrate the holiday season and visit with Santa on Saturday, December 3 from 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., and Sunday, December 4 from 9 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Pet photos will take place at the brand new interactive Santa’s Flight Academy holiday set located in Center Court.
Please note that pets must be up-to-date on their vaccinations and must either be on a leash or carried in a lightweight, portable pet carrier with harness. For more information on this event and to register (this is required), visit www.shoptwelveoaks.com/petphotos.