Sunday, November 11, 2018

May We Never Forget Our Canine Heroes

I hope everyone took a moment on this Veteran's Day to think of the four-legged veterans who once served the United States of America.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Buster Visits the Vet Three Times!

I apologize for being silent lately but it has been a bit stressful in my world ever since I found a huge mass the size of a large apple behind Buster's front right leg and I was also disturbed by his near constant sneezing and wheezing so off to the vet we went! His new vet immediately prescribed that he have surgery but I was hesitant because Buster is 16 and has a heart murmur. The vet gave me an estimate to the tune of $1,200! Mind you that this was prescribed without a biopsy to discover the reason for this mass so I took him to his old vet 4 days later! 

He enjoyed the attention almost as much as he loved the car ride (he loves being a backseat driver)! She  suggested a cytology (a non-invasive test to find out what the mass was) and go from there. She said it was alarming that the other vet wanted to set up a surgery without a lot of questions answered. 

 Once Buster got in the exam room he was serious and a perfect gentleman as the vet prodded and poked him! The vet tech kept commenting on what a good boy he was! 

Buster looked as comfortable as he does at home but that didn't stop me from worrying over the vet's concern that he might have a tumor or cyst in his nostril which makes sense since that could be the cause of his lack of an appetite.

A few days later I scheduled the cytology test and waited all weekend for the results which was that he has a non-spreadable tumor but it might be causing him to not feel well in other areas. I'm thankful he doesn't have cancer! She also found out that he was retaining fluid in his mass so she drained a lot of it and now his lump isn't as scary to feel!

The vet and I are concerned about his upper respiratory infection because it affects his appetite. He throws up the medication and he ignores the probiotic which is sprinkled on his meals which is supposed to encourage him to eat. He is not a candidate for surgery due to the reasons I mentioned earlier. The vet wants to do more tests but I don't know if they will give answers to this issue. The vet seems to be leaning to just trying to keep him comfortable, to stop his medication, and see if he'll get his appetite back. So far it is a waiting game and, meanwhile, Buster is tired and just doing a lot of resting like you see here in the back of my car on our trip home from the vet after the testing was done! Thanks for your interest in my guy.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween From Us to You!

 Buster, Daisy, and I hope all of our dear friends (both two and four-legged) have a happy and safe Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Daisy Gets In the Halloween Spirit on Her Terms

Around here in Dover, NH, there have been lots of sightings of jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin people, cheerful Halloween decor on doorsteps and front lawns of homes like the one you see here. Since we walk downtown we also love seeing store fronts decorated for the big night but one thing I've never done since Daisy was 2 years old was dress her up because she was clearly uncomfortable wearing a bee suit! The other reason she didn't wear the bee suit the following year was because she outgrew it and that was perfectly fine with her! I won't force my girl to wear anything that scares her so her "outfit" of choice is a collar and leash set that has peace signs on it! I don't begrudge anyone who chooses to dress up their pet (I personally find it adorable to see pets in Halloween dresses, t-shirts, etc but ONLY if they like wearing them) so please tell me if your pet is dressing up (and what they will wear) or not and why because I'd love to hear about it!  Happy Halloween, everyone!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Silly Cat Sunday


If your cat is avoiding you this Halloween season THIS might be why! 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Overnight Care With Echo and Mojo Was Doggone Fun!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of spending time with Mojo the Chihuahua and Echo the Yorkie while their parents were on a mini-vacation! 

While Mojo snoozed on my lap his buddy (my dog), Daisy, rested nearby!

This twosome missed their parents very much but time spent on the couch with me before and after their walks and feedings made up for everything!

Mom and Dad didn't like the idea of their babies being alone overnight so I slept with them which made Echo and

Mojo very happy and content! 

It always brings me joy to ensure that my pet sitting friends are content while their parents are away especially on an overnight basis! If you live in the Dover, NH, area and know your pets won't do well overnight please look no further than Teacher's Pet Sitting Service to fill that void! I offer twelve years of experience, excellent references, and plenty of TLC!