Marinepits wrote::wave2: Welcome to the forum! Why did you choose to adopt?
Well, I had two dogs, married....then I was not only NOT single anymore, I had a husband, three children and another dog! Unfortunately, in January, we lost my husbands shep to a stroke and had to put her down. This was my youngest dogs bestest friend. My youngest is Miska, she's a collie/husky/shep mix and just turned ten in March. Anyway - Midnight died and Miska was beside her self. Didn't matter that her buddy Kringle, my oldest dog that was a border collie/retriever mix, was still around. Miska didn't eat for days. Kringle was 18 years old, and along with his age, he didn't see so well anymore, or hear that well....and he well, you know - he was old but he was still my baby. Nine days after Midnight, I came home to find Kringle laying in the garage, trying desperately to get up to greet me. He had been in that spot for quite some time and only managed to sping himself around. I know this because he wore down the nails on his paws trying to get up, down to the quick. I knew then it was time and although I screamed and cried the whole way to the vet, I knew what I had to do. I was now down two dogs in less than two week. Heck, I even lost one of my big fish 5 days after that. So after all the devastation - and my poor lonely Miska looking for her friend still, I decided to foster. She didn't care a whole lot for the retriever we had first, but she didn't bother much with him, either. He was gone in a week and the rescue needed someone to take a puppy that was emaciated and sick. I could do that! So I took him in....and although I had no intention of getting another dog just yet....Miska took right to him within the first 24 hours....and within a few days, I knew I couldn't give him up either. So, we nursed him to good health and Miska found a new friend. I was filled once again with the love and happiness of a puppy! So we named him Patch, after several other names came and went...and it fits him. He is the cutest little guy ever! I was going to upload a pic on the original post, but it was too big. I have to scale sme down for you...but just wait till I do!
As for his food, he's done this before. I mixed in some canned food with his regular food and he started eating again. That lasted almost a week. Then he started not wanting it again. I bought a different kind of can food to put in with his kibble (Merrick) and he didn't seem to like that one too much. Today, I gave him an aspirin and then we went out to the pet store to find some more chewy sort of toys he could chew on and look at what other foods I might want to try that I found on the internet. I bought him some bully sticks and a couple marrow bones. When we got home, I game he and Miska the marrow bones - and he was fine from then on! They chewed on them for a couple hours. Anyway (sorry for the novel) I fed him dinner and he ate it all. It was a different kind of Merricks food (Puppy Plate). He doesn't seem to like the 'special' one I bought (working dogs stew) and won't eat that. He's been a lazy, lazy pup today. =) We went for our evening walk and he's crashed right now next to me. Sometimes he tries to type, but he's not very good at it yet!
I'm fairly certain it's just his teeth. I worry a lot, notice every single little thing that's out of sorts. His back molars are bleeding. I'm pretty sure that's what's causing his slow down this weekend. If it keeps up and he's still like that Monday, I'll call the vet and see what he says. My vet is wonderful... Patch did get a little Mange, so he's being treated for that. We go back to the Vet in a couple weeks for his second Lymes booster. The first one left a pretty big lump on his rump - and that lasted almost two weeks. I'm hoping the second one doesn't do the same.
So how's that?
Too much information? I'll work on the pictures in just a moment. brb.