Rudy has been diagnosed with Lymphoma. He is comfortable for now, but is not eating. We are sad beyond words. We have never dealt with this before and wonder if there is anything we can do to treat this. Please be honest. Any suggestions on how to make him comfortable would be appreciated.
Rudy saw Dr. B today and we got encouraging news. As we suspected, he strained his back chasing that D#$% cat. As soon as Dr. B touched him Rudy settled into her hands and let her work her magic. I could see the pain draining away from his face. Dr. B really thinks he can recover from this, but it is going to be a long haul. For at least the next couple of months he will not be going out in the big yard with the rest of the dogs. We are in the process of fencing in a smaller area for him to go out in, but for now he will only go out on a lead. This is an easy task right now, however, as Rudy starts to feel better the challenge will begin. Stay tuned for new puppy pictures soon.......
Rudy is showing some improvement - he ate 3 meals of chicken and rice yesterday and walked in the yard to "take care of business " . This morning he wagged his tail and ate a little chicken and rice. He will have another acupuncture/chiropractic treatment as soon as possible. His last treatment really helped. We are trying to get a back door put in our house with a ramped exit for Rudy into a smaller yard (where he can't run very far). He is not out of the woods by a long shot, but man this little dog has spunk!
It hurts me to the core to say that Rudy is down in his back again. A few days ago we were outside with all the dogs enjoying the lovely weather we have been having. A neighbor's cat ventured into the yard, and before we could stop him, Rudy was off in a dead run with the rest of the pack. The next day he was sore, but moving around. Now, he only gets up to drink water. We have done all we can for him, but he is not showing much improvement. He is not completely paralyzed but when he does get up, his back legs are very wobbly. The worse thing is he has now stopped eating. I did manage to get him to lick a couple of tablespoons of beef gravy this morning and he is still drinking water. Keep you fingers and paws crossed that he will improve, but I fear the worse.
Winston found a lovely new pet home today. We had intended to hold onto Winston for awhile, but the perfect home for him came along. He will be living in Jackson, Tn with his new owner, Rebecca. Bye, bye sweet boy! We forgot to snap a picture of Rebecca and Winston. Hopefully Rebecca will send one soon.....
Rudy was seen by our Holistic mobile Vet on Monday where he received acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Berschnider's prognosis was optimistic. Yes, he did have some compressed discs, but they weren't terribly bad. She was able to gently ease his spine back into alignment. I swear, I saw it happened on Rudy's face! She gave me several holistic medications - Disc Composition, Turmeel (for inflammation and pain) and Pain Plus (just in case). Rudy was on the Turmeel for several days and will be on the disc comp. for the rest of his life. I am happy to report that Rudy's sparkle is back. He still waits at the stairs for help, but he is back to his old, happy-go-lucky self! Dr. B showed me how to massage his spine and some gentle realignment techniques. Rudy looks forward to his daily massage.
On another note, I went to an knee specialist on Monday. I have had 5 surgeries between both knees and had been told by my local surgeon the only option left would be knee replacements. My husband, who is quite experienced in knee replacements (he has had 3 replacements on the same knee!), insisted I go to his surgeon in Nashville. My results were as good as Rudy's. The surgeon injected each knee with steriods and will be scheduling me for a series of Syn-Vis injections . The hope is this will stave off the replacement surgery for several years. While I am not particularly thrilled at the thought of three more injections in each knee, I want to put off the replacements as long as I can. Getting old is not for sissies!
Today's Featured Pup is Lyberty's Sherman Tank - Tank is aptly named as he is the Tank of the litter. He is a brindle pointed Black and White boy. Tank loves to hide in little niches and spring out at the other puppies when they least expect it. To say that Tank loves to play is an understatement! He is very vocal and "talks" to you when you hold him. He has lots of puppy love to share and is looking for his forever home.
Today's puppy is Lyberty's D-Day at Normandy. Norm is the steady boy - He is a sweet, even tempered boy who loves to run and chew on big sticks. Norm also has lots of puppy kisses to share. Norm is looking for his forever home.
Lyberty's D-day at Normandy
Tank and Norman
Stay tuned for are next featured puppy - Lyberty's Sherman Tank
Today's featured Puppy is Lyberty's Memphis Belle. Belle is a sweet but bossy little girl. It's a good thing she has a southern name as she is the Mouth of the South. Belle is very vocal and loves to howl! She, like her brother Doolittle (yesterday's featured pup) is very brave and she loves to run. Belle is also looking for her forever pet home.
We have several puppies looking for their forever pet homes. I will be featuring each puppy in a separate blog. First up is Lyberty's Jimmy Doolittle. Doo is named after a WWII fighter pilot. This pilot had amazing courage and was up for any challenge. That's our Doo. He is the first to investigate anything new and has lots of bravado. He also has tons of puppy kisses to share.
Ahhh - I love puppy parties - good friends, puppies, food and lots of laughter. A big thank you to Jeri, Sue, Heidi and Leslie for driving over to help me evaluate the babies. We have decided to keep Rosie and Winston for now. A big thanks to Heidi for acting as the photographer! Only one problem, the computer operator (that would be me) screwed up in downloading the pictures and deleted Winston, Doolittle and Norm. Rick and I will redo these puppies later today and post them this afternoon. So here they are......