Saturday, July 30, 2011

Frog fun

The other night there was a green frog stuck to the sliding glass door. It was really hot outside and really cold inside, so I think the door maybe felt cool. He stayed there for a long time. The dogs were really intrigued. They stared at it for a long time, barked at it, and even licked the window.
Michael thought it would be fun to bring the frog inside, so I hesitantly agreed. This was a mistake, because this jumpy frog jumped from the sink, to the wall, to the toaster, to the spice rack... all while i'm screaming "AHH!! Get that thing out of my kitchen!!" Michael and Mylie were trying to catch it, (Mylie put her paws up on the counter and tried to catch it in her mouth- ick) and Watson sat in the middle of the floor and watched me have a fit, tilting his head at me as if to say "Mom, why are you yelling like a crazy lady?"

Michael finally caught the frog, and put him right where he was, and he stayed on the glass door for the rest of the night (well at least until we all went to bed). Watson and Mylie sat by the frog for about 30 minutes licking the window and staring at it.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Corn cob update

Yesterday I blogged about Watson throwing up a second corn cob and how happy we were that this was all over. 

...or so we thought!

Watson was uncharacteristically snuggly last night and wanted to be next to us at all times. Then this morning he didn't want to eat, threw up what he had eaten, and proceeded to eat as much grass as he could outside. I just let him eat the grass knowing that his tummy must still hurt. 

We waited it out and he threw up yet again. 

At this point, I am late for work, and Michael is not feeling well either. (I told him he should try eating grass like Watson, but he didn't seem to think that would help :-) He decided to stay home so he could feel better, and that made me feel better about leaving Watson. 

The thing we were most worried about with Watson was his lethargy. He just wasn't himself. I called the vet from work and they said to bring him in. I got a second opinion from my co-worker who runs a dog rescue facility and she agreed that lethargy is a bad sign and he should be seen. Michael monitored him a bit longer and when he never got his energy back up, and threw up one more time, we knew something bad was happening.

The vet tested for peritonitis, which came back negative, then she did an x-ray and found that his stomach and small intestines were distended. that is very bad. That usually means an obstruction, which could mean emergency surgery. She gave him barium and monitored him throughout the rest of the day and did another series of x-rays to see how he had progressed. Finally, at about 7:00, we came in and saw Watson and the x-rays. The vet seemed optimistic because whatever was in his stomach had passed to his small intestine. The next step was to get from small intestine to large intestine, so she let us take him home. 

We have to bring him back int he morning, but the best news of all is that he passed another piece of corn cob tonight (we found it in the backyard). This is VERY good news, because at least a piece came through. There is one more piece we were monitoring on the x-ray, so we need to pray that passes tomorrow so he doesn't have to have surgery.

Poor Watson.

Michael and I feel terrible because this whole mess could have been avoided if we hand't left the garbage in his reach. We know he'll eat anything he can get his mouth around. We need to be more careful :-( 

He's sitting sweetly next to me on the kitchen floor as I write. Hopefully tomorrow everything works itself out and we don't need to go to surgery. 

There will be no more corn cobs eaten at our house! Even though the corn cost about $.19 to purchase, it has cost us over $700 so far getting it out of Watson. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Watson, corn cobs are NOT for eating!

On the 4th of July, we had our families over for a BBQ. There were like 16 people, and lots of food. As we were cleaning up, I caught Watson in the garbage. I managed to pull a corn cob out of his mouth. It had already gone partially down his throat and it looked like he was going to swallow it whole!

Later, I saw that he got into the garbage again!  I had put it away, but he found it. I got there just in time to see him finishing off a corn cob. I was shocked and very worried. I couldn't believe he would eat a whole corn cob. I didn't see him do it, but I saw the corn kernels on the ground, so I figured he had finished off the whole cob.

The next morning, Watson pulled the garbage down from the counter and we thought he might have eaten yet another corn cob. We weren't sure. (And yes, at this point we put the garbage in the garage)

I googled what happens when your dog eats a corn cob and read about many horror stories of dogs dying, dogs having very expensive and dangerous surgery, and dogs getting very sick.

We prayed that he'd be ok and the next evening he threw up the cob, almost whole. It was in 2 chunks, as if someone had broken it in half. We were very happy to see that, we joke that we didn't think we'd ever be so happy to clean up vomit.

We thought all was ok, until last week when he started to get sick again. Not throwing up sick, the other end... He had plenty of energy and seemed ok, he was just clearly not feeling well. In fact, last Thursday night he broke out of his kennel and got sick in 4 spots on the carpet.

After spending over 1 hour cleaning up the mess, I ran to target and bought which we now realize was a great purchase - a hand held steam cleaner and some super strength pet cleaning solution.

Tonight is where the story comes to a close. Watson always comes when I call him, but tonight he didn't. He was eating tall grass in the yard like a crazy dog. He was eating that grass so quickly, it should have been a sign to me. I know dogs eat grass when they are not feeling well to help them vomit.

About 30 minutes after I brought him in, Mylie and I were watching the Bachelorette (like we do every monday) and we heard Watson throwing up. Sure enough, he threw up a second corn cob! That cob has been in his stomach now for almost 3 weeks! It was disgusting. It looked like a soupy salad with 3 pieces of whole corn cob, and a bunch of green grass on top. (no, i did NOT take a picture)

We got to put that steam cleaner to good use again tonight. It may turn out to be one of the best purchases we've ever made :-)
"Sorry I made a big mess, mom!" 

We're just glad Watson is feeling better. No more corn, Watson!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Aren't they cute??

At work, Michael was chosen as the "3M spotlight of the week" and they asked him some goofy questions about his life and plans for the summer, and asked him for a fun picture. We took this one out on the deck with the dogs and his banjo, and I just had to post it here.  Aren't they cute!??

Michael and I this this picture totally shows the dog's personalities. Watson smiling with his tongue out, and Mylie looking all coy and sweet.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Swimming at the lake

It was a perfect day on Sunday, about 85 and sunny. The dogs wanted to play outside, but it was so hot we felt bad for them.

We decided to try to find a place to take them swimming. It is really difficult to find places along the lake that are "dog friendly". We live a couple blocks away from Lotus Lake, so we are a short walk away from a little beach, but we don't take them there when people are swimming.

There is a dirt path off the beach that goes around the lake, so we continued walking and found a little patch of sand just off the beach that was perfect for our swimming spot!

I packed some beverages, towels, and snacks in a bag which I hung from a tree (so the dogs wouldn't get it all wet and so they wouldn't eat our snacks.)

The dogs swam in circles and chased eachother, tried to eat the lilly pads, and brought us all the sticks they could find. We saw our neighbor, Marissa, at the beach and Mylie and Watson swam right up to her and gave her kisses.

Mylie and Watson LOVE swimming, and they slept like babies that night. We will definitely be swimming more often this summer at Lotus Lake!