Monday, March 26, 2007

Hi Again.

Hi everyone

It's Samantha. I'm kinda blah about blogging, but Mom thinks it will be good therapy. We've just been hanging out at the house mostly. We really miss our brother. The humans cry a lot and we haven't really been interested in much. We've tried to stay really close to them to make them feel better though. Here I am surfing the internet on top of Mom on the couch.

Tucker really hasn't been himself since Dakota went to the Bridge. He's been spending a lot of time holding his baby, Mom bought him this new one for company. He doesn't even care it's a girly pink. I think he's going to lose weight because he hasn't been scarfing down all the food like usual either. He's already the skinniest dog here and that's just going to make me look rounder.
They gave us yummy frozen Kongs filled with peanut butter and Tucker seemed to really like that. Here's a few pics of us eating them:


Dr. Bill called today with the results of Thrawn's bloodwork. He does have that disease called Cooshings and Mom is pretty depressed about it. He has a gland that is supposed to be the size of a pea but it's like an inch big now and maybe he has to have surgery. He's really shaky on his back legs the last few days, I'm afraid he's going to fall on me sometimes. I heard them talking about asking Dr. Bill about wheels for him, whatever that means. I'll have Mom post an official report because I don't understand the doctor stuff sometimes. Thrawn and I are spending the day at Dr. Bill's tomorrow - he's having his Adequan injection and I have some yucky skin tag that has to come off.

It did make us happy today getting an email saying our blog won an award from Pet-Health.org. I had our Web-Mistress add the icon on our sidebar. :)

Anyway, that's all that is going on here. Just a lot of nothing and quiet. It's just not the same here without Dakota.

Love - Samantha

Maryann here - Thrawn does have Cushings and there's a possibility that he'll have surgery to remove his Adrenal Gland. His liver can't withstand the meds they would usually use to control it. If he feels he's strong enough to have surgery then they'll biopsy the tumor in his liver at the same time. His back legs are so weak from the effects of the Phenobarbital, I'm wondering if one of the dog wheelchairs would help. Has anyone out there used one with a big dog? I don't know what to do; I'm about at my emotional breaking point. The thought of something happening to him right now, I just can't bear it. He seems so alert/perky tonight, eating his Kong and bones but he is so clumsy and weak when he walks. He keeps pacing the house over and over like he's searching for something. Uuuugh. Any advice would be great. Thanks to everyone for the outpouring of help this week. -M

17 comments:

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Hi Samantha,
I'm sorry about your brother. I don't know what I would do if my brother Steve went over the bridge. (I wouldn't care so much if Wilbur did except that I couldn't sneak in and eat his cat food.) I hope your pack gets to feeling happier soon. Tell Thrawn that I said Get Well Soon!

Love,
Kat

Lisa said...

No advice - sorry to say - but we are all pulling for you and Thrawn and Tucker and the rest of the gang.

Bunter said...

I'm Wimsey's human, and while I don't personally know of any large dogs who've used the carts, Elizabeth volunteers at the ASPCA and knew a pit who used one. She (Sweet Pea the pit) is featured at Eddies Wheels (www.eddieswheels.com) as is a husky on the home page. I don't know how much help this is, but I hope some. You and the pack are in my thoughts.

Maria, Wimsey the bloodhound's human

maggie said...

hi , good to hear that thing's are getting a little bit better , except fot the toumer thing , sorry i dont have any advice . maggie #2

Dachsies Rule said...

http://www.alldogssite.com/paradegoldie1.html

Maryann, the above site is all about an airedale that is using a cart. She seems to get around quite well. I would think someone would be willing to share information with you.

The Dachsies Mom (Mary)

Luckie the Dachie said...

Hiya Sam,
I hope surfing the internet helped ya feel a bit better.
We are praying for Thawn. Please keep us posted.

Huskee Boy said...

Sorry we don't have any advice that we can share but mum and I just want you guys to know that you are in our thoughts and take good care of your Mom.

Maggie said...

Hang in there guys! I know this is so hard on all of you losing Dakota and now this serious news about Thrawn. We're thinking and praying for all of you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie

Bella said...

Just leaving a quick note to let you know we are thinking of you all hang in there & wishing you much padded paws comfort across the ocean.
Bella & gang

Sparky said...

Samantha, you have to tell your brother to get strong so he can have his surgery!

Foster Dogs said...

This site may be helpful for Thrawn's issues: http://www.gimpydogs.com/. There are a lot of resources there for dogs who have problems walking. It's run by a lady who has one Husky who has a deformed foot (he was born with it) and another Husky who has a bionic hip and recently had spine surgery. There is a really good mailing list and you can ask lots of questions of other people who have dealt with issues like this. There is also info on organizations that can help with vet expenses.

Good luck!

IndyPindy said...

Oh, poor Thrawn! Lots of hugs man. Things will work out. Give your humans lots of Husky kisses for me. Definetely check out the Gimpy Dogs site that Foster Dogs mentioned!

Love,
Indy

Ferndoggle said...

http://handicappedpets.com/wheelorder1.htm

This site shows a GSD & a Newfie using a cart. Can't get much bigger than a Newfie! So sorry to hear about Thrawn. Know your fellow bloggers are crying with you (I know I am!). Hang in there. Hugs to you & the Brat Pack

Ferndoggle

Tadpole said...

Sam, I am sending all my love-licks your way (and believe me, that's a LOT). Share some with your mom and the rest of the pack. I'm praying for you all.

*licks*

Macie-Malechai said...

Sorry, no help here either, just lots of prayers! You will make it thru all of this, God never gives us more than we can handle!
M & M's lady

Sophie Brador said...

HI Maryann, I have never dealt with this problem before, but I have come across second hand dog wheelchairs online. I can't tell you where ... perhaps google "handicapped pets". It's not really an answer, but maybe something that might be useful should you go the wheelchair route. Hang in there! It's been an awful time for you guys, but you're stronger than you think ... and your brood is there to help you through.

Holly said...

Lots and lots of prayers are coming your way for Thrawn. You have been through a lot lately, and I sure hope he can have the surgery and get some help. Definitely check out gimpy dogs. It's a great source of info!!

Holly