Sunday, September 16, 2012

My Zoey!

She's so photogenic. The camera just loves her. My bossy girlfriend!

My Chihuahua, Zoey























My Chihuahua, Zoey
My Chihuahua, Zoey
My Chihuahua, Zoey with her brother, Tidbit
My Chihuahua, Zoey
My Chihuahua, Zoey
My Chihuahua, Zoey
My Chihuahua, Zoey

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Father and Son



Tidbit is starting to really look like his papa, Tank. He's a teeny tiny version of his papa. Just like Tank, he lives hard, plays hard, and eats every meal as if it were his last. Tank hasn't been feeling well today. In addition to his heart problems, he also has a problem with the discs in his back. Tank has an indomitable spirit, though, so I'm still optimistic. His son Tidbit has that same spirit. It's funny watching them together, too. Tank is very gentle with all the puppies. He's a great daddy.




Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cone Of Shame II

At about 4 weeks, Zoey's surgical incision started swelling up and getting infected. The same thing happened to her mommy and sister. So, it wasn't a surprise, but she's my baby and it sucks to see her all itchy and in pain. She is definitely not a good patient, though. She's decided to get back at me for putting the cone on her by destroying random objects in our house.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Luna's Hidey Hole

Also known as the "Spot hole" in our house. It's a crate that I setup so that Luna would have a place to relax where she feels safe. It's got a little overhang made from a horse blanket, and a few blankets on the inside which she's made into a little barricade.

Luna was a rescue we got from Craigslist locally here in Spokane. We do not know the depth of the abuse she suffered, but suffice it to say that she's pretty messed up in the head. Tammy and I don't think she is ever going to be right. So, we try to make her feel safe and comfortable. Most of the time she is scared. Of what, we don't know.

We are looking at the Thunder Coat, which sounded like a scam when we saw it on late night TV. But from doing a little research, it looks totally legit. I'm still not sure it makes much sense to me how this thing works, but all those good reviews can't be wrong. It runs about $45 with our Prime account. We'll see...


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

More on Tank's heart issues

A good one of two of Tank's puppies, Nala and Bear
The test results came in from Tank's doggy doctor's appointment to look at his heart. The labs and blood work all came back fine, which they were surprised by. It's a good sign. The specialist had a chance to look at the X-Rays, and says that Tank's heart is slightly enlarged on the left side.

For now, they are going to keep him off medication and wait until they basically have no choice but to medicate him. This way he avoids the quality off life issues that the side effects of the medication may give him. 

His official prognosis is 1-2 years before he's officially in heart failure, and maybe 1-2 years of quality time after that. So, basically 2-4 years of quality life left, before we need to make any hard choices. I'm still a little bummed, but the news could have been much worse.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Tank's Heart and Zoey's Recovery

Tank


Tank saw the doggy doctor last Friday and they ran a bunch of tests and did X-Rays. They are still waiting on some lab results, but they can already tell that he has an enlarged heart. There is medication he can take, but they want to wait as long as they can before he starts taking it. The medication can reduce the quality of his life, even though it increases the quantity. 

The main danger is that if he gets overheated or to excited, his enlarged heart could choke off his airway. So, he's not going to be allowed to be as active as he would like to be. But with the right environment and treatment, he can live a normal life, and that's good to hear.

Zoey


She got spayed a week ago, and her recovery is going well. It's hard to believe that any animal could recover so quickly from major surgery like that. In fact, she was looking so good that I took the cone of shame off a day early, and she has been smiling ever since. 

Today she has been running around at full speed. And her incision has healed so well that it's hard to tell she even has one.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Zoey Got Fixed

...and she's not a happy camper tonight. Her surgery went well, and she had a good dinner. We'll dope her up on doggy narcotics before bed time. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for her. Poor Zoe-Zoe. The females have a more involved surgery than the males. Just don't tell Smokey that.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

All about the Tidbit

Yep, it's been all about the Tidbit. What can I say - he's just photogenic. He's the littlest big boy. Small for even a Chihuahua. His deformed paw has been bothering him lately. He's such a trooper. Here's a few recent pics of Tidbit and the bunch.























Friday, June 29, 2012

Zoey in Heat

She's definitely in heat. Hopefully we can get her in early next week to be fixed. She's got Smokey going tonight before bed. He is neutered and she still has him flustered. She's trying to play chase-me chase-you games, but he just wants to be left alone. She's a hussy. She's also been more bratty than usual. She likes to "dig to China" on the couch sometimes, and now she's doing that to my face when she can.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tank's heart murmurs?

Looks like Tank's heart murmurs are the cause of his fainting the other day. The vet thinks so too, though she says it's not normal for a dog so young to be having that problem. Tammy did some research on the Internet, and everything points to the heart murmurs being the culprit. They are going to run some tests when we get him in early next week.

It's to the point of being able to feel his irregular heartbeat just by holding a hand on his chest. I figured that I would have to be a doctor to be able to detect it, so it never donned on me just to put my hand on his chest and feel it.

He's a great dog, so I hope that we can manage his condition with medication. From what we can tell so far, he could still live a full life, though it doesn't look like he'll be able to run around much, like a little dog likes to do. But we don't always get everything we want. Hopefully a long life will be a good consolation prize.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Tank Fainting?

We think that Tank fainted today. Tammy described what sounded like him falling off the couch, unconscious. She said that he went limp, and that his tongue was hanging out and turned white for a while. It may have something to do with his heart murmur(s). This fainting spell fits the symptoms of a heart murmur. We have a call into the vet. Both our vets are out until tomorrow, and he seems OK now, so hopefully one of them will call us tomorrow. Again, he seems OK now...

Friday, June 22, 2012

Cast of Characters: The Puppies

The puppies were born on June 5th, 2011, to a proud mommy Luna and papa Tank. She had 6 healthy babies which all thrived. We had originally intended to be a home breeder. We found homes for 3 of the puppies, but Bear came back to us after 10 days emaciated and limping. The owners basically showed up at our door with Bear, demanding their money back. After that, we had serious second thoughts about being a breeder, and vowed to keep the remaining puppies for ourselves, if possible.

Remus aka "Tidbit"


The runt of the litter, he was only 4 ounces at birth. Our vet says he's the smallest patient he has ever treated. He has the only real health issue of any of the puppies: a slightly deformed front left paw. He will eventually need surgery because he has a couple claws which grow into his flesh. He needs to have his claws clipped monthly by the vet.

Remus is a tiny version of Tank. He has all of his daddy's moxy and none of his mommy's nutty. A tiny tank. A little Lenny.

Nala



She has the most beautiful color and markings, but she sure is uptight. She barks at pretty much anything. It's the same shrill, nutty bark as her mama. She gets along great with every dog in the house. She's a sweet dog - not a mean bone in her body.

Nala is Jake's dog, and she's supposed to go to Cameron once Jake goes into the service.

Bear



He had a home for 10 days. He came back to us malnourished and limping, and made us realize that we didn't have it in us to be breeders. He's the biggest dog in the house, but he's a gentle giant. Ever since he came back to us, he's done everything he can to stay by my wife's side. When I see her look at Bear, I can see in her eyes that she's never going to willingly give him up.


Zoey


What can I say about Zoey. She has all her daddy's moxy and all her mama's nutty, which has proven to be a dangerous combination. She was the first puppy to escape the nest. Wherever trouble is, you can bet that Zoey is not far behind.






Scout aka "Ty"



He was our first adoption, at 8 weeks, so we never really got to know him. We do know we did OK with his new owner, though. She's an elderly lady in a nursing home, and Ty is the most popular attraction in the place. He means the world to his new owner too.





Jewel aka "Jewels"



She was the first one born, and we named her "Jewel" because she had a little diamond pattern on her back. She was our second adoption at about 9 weeks. She had really bonded to me, so it was really sad for me to see her go. Since almost the first day she was born, her eyes would follow me whenever I walked through the room where their pen was. We found her a good home too. An affluent couple who were newly empty nesters. When Jewels left, I asked her new owner to let he hold her and say goodbye. She acquiesced, but I could see the same look in her eyes that I see every time the wife looks at Bear. I don't think she will ever willingly part with Jewels.



Thursday, June 21, 2012