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A Day in the Life of Grizz

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A Day in the Life of Grizz

Finally some good news….

June 18th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

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Taking a break from cleaning to sit and rest and cool down. It is hot, in the 90’s but feels over 100 with the humidity. Grizz and the other dogs are melting on the couch while the fan hits them. It is sticky in the house even though the air is on. I thought while I was cooling down I would do an update since I haven’t been able to with my new job.

The vet called with the culture results….. NEGATIVE of any bacteria. His temperature has been normal for over 4 days. He is done with antibiotics. I haven’t had to give him the anti-inflammatory medicine for several days.

He is peppy. He greets us at the door any time we go outside. When I get up he follows. His tail is wagging. I go down the hall and I hear, clump, click, click…clump, click, click… it is Grizz coming down to see where I went.

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Another day that Mom picks on me…

June 15th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

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Grizz here….

Mom insists on opening my mouth and shoving nasty tasting things down my throat and then holding my jaw shut. If I didn’t love her so much I would bite her. I am stuck with a big blue inflatable ring on my neck but at least it is better than that stupid cone thing. I can eat and drink better now. Mom makes me lay down on my side and she pours cold stuff on me. As long as she pets my belly while she does it I don’t care. She gets me up early so she can repeat this process. Mom started back to work so I stay in my kennel but as soon as she gets home she gets me out so I can potty and get lovings. Well, I better go Mom is coming and I don’t want her to know I use her computer.


Long day….

June 14th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

I had to be gone all day (6am to 7:30pm). Grizz seemed to do good. First thing I did was give him his medicine since it had been over 12 hours. Before bed I cleaned and medicated the wound. After I allowed the medicine to sit for the amount of time that was suggested I packed the wound With the medicine in it to try to keep the medicine in contact longer. He is in bed now (mom isn’t far behind).

He is having trouble adjusting to a three legged stance for pooping. Just as he gets ready to push he loses his balance and has to start over. He walked around so much he had to lay down for a bit to eat before coming in the house. Has anyone else’s pup experienced this?


Up and at it….

June 13th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Up at 3:30am… pills in and wound treated…. making many wishes that something goes right and we get him healed and healthy.. still seems in decent spirits… tail wagging… hates to go back in his kennel at night and when we have to leave… couch potato… snuggle bug… signs of normalcy…. now just to get rid of the damn infection.


Grizz conversion to a Tripaw….

June 8th, 2018 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Grizz is a brown Australian Shepherd. He was bought for my youngest son but as is common, Mom takes care of the animal. Grizz became very attached to me. I never got far from his sight. I call him my hairy hemorrhoid because he always seems like he is attached to my butt. He is an ornery, rotten, lovable ball of fur.

Memorial 2018…. the day of the accident. My husband was working outside. I let the dogs out and was getting ready to take out our old chocolate lab on the leash. Grizz was the only one without the electric fence collar. He never left the yard so we weren’t to concerned about getting him one. This day was different….

As I was ready to walk out the door with Buddy (our old chocolate lab) my husband was yelling that Grizz got hit. Immediately I dropped the leash and closed the door behind. Grizz was limping (dragging his left leg) up through the yard. When he got to me he collapsed. The guy that hit him was standing at the edge of the road sobbing and apologizing. My husband was trying to gather the other dogs to get them inside. I am trying to assess the situation (EMS training kicked in even though it was a dog). No open wounds, no blood to control, breathing labored but steady. I am trying to call the vet. Misdiaed several times. No answer, try another vet… leave a message for the on call emergency vet to call us. I ended up calling 4 or 5 vets before I got an actual human. Bring him on in… words that soothes me a bit.

After a 45 minutes drive that seemed like 3 hours we get to the vet. They immediately check him out and take him back for pain management and a better assessment. A bit later the vet came out to update us…. a minor brain bleed and a fractured shoulder. I felt like a ton of bricks was dumped on me. We decided to have the surgery to fix his shoulder. We left, my heart aching that I had to leave Grizz (he get anxious with strangers), not knowing if he would even make it through the night.

The next day (Tuesday) the vet called me after rounds to tell me upon further assessment he has NO feeling in that leg and they believe the nerves are damaged. She also couldn’t promise that the surgery would be a success and that we wouldn’t have to do more surgeries later down the road. We went we went over the pros and cons. After much discussing we decided that amputation would be a better road.

Wednesday was surgery day…. my stomach was in knots. He came through but they would keep him for pain control.

Finally Friday evening we were able to bring him home…..