Thursday, October 19, 2006

Sick Doggy


What a day!  Grizzly had his surgery.  I was so nervous about the whole thing anyway since he's such an old pooch.  (Thanks Terry Ann for the tag!)

His bacterial infection had spread from 2 teeth to 5 in 10 days and partially down his throat.  He had to have the abscesses drained and cleaned out. 

He is a lab mix.  They tend to suffer from separation anxiety.  Grizzly gets worse as he gets older.  After surgery, he tried to escape from the kennel and tore out two claws and tore his face up.  They called me to see if I would pick him up early since he was super stressed.  They were afraid he would hurt himself further.

It is so hard to see the poor thing in such pain.  He is drinking water but won't look at food.  I had to open his mouth gently and put a pain pill as far back as I could.  Thankfully, he swallowed it and is resting a bit.  I couldn't stand hearing his moaning from the pain.  If he doesn't start to eat tomorrow, I have to let the vet know.  They called this evening.

I want to thank Sugar for mentioning Griz in her Furr Baby journal and to those of you who have sent your support in e-mail and comments.  Boy, these pets are like our kids; only they can't tell us what hurts.

I promise I will get around to reading journals again soon.  I did a few today while I was cleaning and waiting to hear how Grizzly was doing.  After Joey and I picked him up at 2, my day was done.

I am so exhausted and still have to look forward to moving at the office tomorrow.  Plus, my DISH is being installed Saturday afternoon.  Oh goodness, I didn't get the house nearly as clean as I wanted.  And the Vivi nominations....please be patient and kind. Jackie has been working her butt off.  I've been helping as best as I could.  I made an error on the animation nominations.  It's been corrected, and in retrospect I should have picked up on the error on Sunday when she sent me the list.  If you notice an error, please let one of us know but do it nicely (I know those reading my journal would do so).

Thank you all for your kind thoughts.  Keep my Grizzly in your prayers.

  ROFL..this was taken thispast summer.  I'm laughing because he looks like he's ill...nope, just being lazy and laying on the sofa with his pillow and favorite blankie.



bmorrrick said...

Hi Chris,

I hope your poor little sick doggie feels better real soon.  I know how special pets are and how they become part of our family.

Take Care,

lanurseprn said...

Such a cute picture of Grizzly!!  He's so BIG!  I hope he's better tomorrow.  
Good luck at work tomorrow. That's gonna be a LOT of work.  But, at least it is Friday.
So sad when the animals are sick. I hope you guys have a good night.

pippa1116 said...

oh, what a great picture!!! i have a lab and he acts just like that.  and he is a big baby too.  seperation anxiety too.
have a great weekend and take care!

queeniemart said...

Thank you for your hard work on the VIVI's.
Makes me almost cry to think of your beloved pooch being so scared and hurting himself! I am so glad he had the surgery and will be better. I will pray he wants to eat tomorrow. I can feel your exhaustion in your words.....i hope somehow soon you get your downtime my special sweet friend.

lisa41076 said...

Chris, I hope Grizzley is feeling better soon, keeping him in my prayers, Hugs Lisa

hugsdoodlewacky said...

(((((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU))))))))))))))))))))))Dont you worry about us,do what you need to,take care of Grizzly and your needs.Grizzly is in my prayers.He is a cute dog.HAve a good weekend.

jckfrstross said...

i am sure he will do fine know he is back home:) its always hard to see our pets in pain huh? have a good friday


chat2missie said...

Poor Grizzly!  Don't worry about visiting our journals.  You take care of your Grizzly bear!

am4039 said...

I'm so sorry for Grizzly and he's in my prayers. I love my dog they are so much a part of the family for sure. Hopefully he'll eat something tomorrow.

sugarsweet056 said...

Hope Griz is better soon. Now that he's back with his family, just keep clean water down, try with the soft food but don't push...may be a day or two before he starts to eat. Let Vet know if he isn't getting better in a couple days for sure.
Hugs to you both & prayers for Grizzly.

dwhee70041 said...

Chris, We're saying prayers for Griz.  Milo sends his best.  We put the pills in a slice of folded cheese.  Both Malcom and Milo will take it that way.  Best wishes, David

tendernoggle said...

awwwwwwwwww...poor Grizzley....I know his poor mouth is sore as the dickens...and all the meds they gave him for surgery are probably making him feel bad too...I am gonna say a prayer for him tonight...I love my fur babies and I know how it feels when one is sick...they are so helpless and don't know what we do for them is to help them...
God bless you,

penniepooh said...

Grizzly is such a good boy. I know this breaks your heart - it does mine, too. Please keep us posted on your baby. That picture is too darn cute.
You get some rest, too, sweetie.
Love ya,

millieukgirl said...

Hope your fella gGrizzly picks up real soon Chris, he's been through a lot, bless him, once meds kick in then you'll see the difference, poor boy~ thinking of you both.  Millie xxx

dreamingbrwneyes said...

He is just precious, that face grabs your heart. I hope he starts eating, even little bites. They really are part of the family. Saying prayers for your furry guy!!

~ Jenny

shermeen0621 said...

Aw, I really feel for you. I'm sure that its not easy watching your beloved pet going through such pain. They become very much a part of the family and you don't want to see them hurting. I hope that he starts eating soon.

Shermeen xx

ally123130585918 said...

I just love the picture of Grizzly being lazy ~ I hope he will be feeling better soon ~ I will send up a prayer for him ~ Ally

astoriasand said...

Popped over to say I am so sorry Grizzly is sick.I wish him a very speedy recovery and my prayers are with you and all around you.They are your babies so I do understand.Take care.Cuddles and Hugs to Grizzly.

jeadie05 said...

Yes I am thinking of you and dear Grizzly ,hope he is better really quickly ,.,.,Jan xx

seraphoflove9001 said...

aaawww...I do pray that Grizzly will get better soon.

ravenjuiced said...

Yeah, mine's a big baby too. I had to take a day off work and sit in the cage with him at the vet's when he had a knee operation.


midwestvintage said...

Hope Grizzly gets better soon.  It is so hard to see our pets suffer.


helloimkara said...

Bless his little heart!  I hope he is better soon!


djohn52 said...

Hi Chris!

Hope Grizzly gets better soon.  I's heart wrenching.  When my Basset Hound had her first litter of puppies everyone said stay away from her, you don't know how she'll react.  So I put her in the shed and closed the door and I sat on the outside and cried while she cried on the inside.  After she had them I moved her and the puppies in the house and she'd let me help her with them. She would have been fine with me in there too!

Keeping grizzly in my prayers.


jlocorriere05 said...

I do hope Grizzly's pain will go. As long as he's drinking water he can still get by for a fewd days without food but I do hope he'll start eating soon. Jeannette xx  

chevyz71gurl74 said...

Animals are like our kids, especially mine cause we have no children....we spoil him and kiss and love on him like he is a child...haha  Keeping Grizzly in my prayers!!!

thegirlnexdoor77 said...

Have fun with the Dish that ought to be nice!! Glad that Grizzly is doing better...HUGs, TerryAnn

siennastarr said...

Chris.. I feel so bad, because we have talked on IM's the last couple of days, and I have been so caught up in VIVI stuff, that I didn't even ask how Grizzly was doing..<hanging head>  I feel so bad, and so thoughtless.  I'm glad that he is home and I hope he starts eating better.  I'm on to your next entry to see what you updated about him..

Hugs and love,

rebuketheworld said...

Oh my...he looks a mess...those tooth pains are like really cant fully function...its just takes over......hope he is doing better very soon....


shayshaydc said...

Yep our pets are our babies!!!!! Hope Grizzly gets better soon!!!!

redpoppy007 said...

your poor dog, that is pitiful..hope he heals up soon.