This has what has been driving around with me for the last week.
It’s Leroy’s favorite toy and it’s been sitting in the front seat of my car for 8 days now.
9 if your reading this on Thursday.
I put it in my car when I went to visit him last week in the hospital.
I thought I would bring him something from home to keep him company and safe.
But when I got to the hospital I remembered that when I use to work at the vet clinic we didn’t like putting personal things with the hospitalized patients unless it was specifically requested.
You know, there’s diseases and stuff and things get lost or misplaced.
So I left it in the car and it’s been sitting there ever since.
I drive around a lot so I saw it all the time and it was a reminder of Leroy, that he was sick, and even though I wasn’t with him……. I was still thinking of him and had a piece of him with me.
Every time someone would get in my car they would ask “What’s this?”
Leroy came home from the hospital on Saturday night.
I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to get around to updating much on his situation as I would of liked.
Things were crazy hectic.
I’ve never had a dog sick like this before.
Sherman has been sick and injured before.
Leroy has been sick and injured before.
But neither one of them have been so sick that I wasn’t sure if they would be coming again.
It was scary and crazy and it still is.
You know what it was like?
It’s been a whirlwind of a week and I’m sorry it’s taken me this long to write this post.
For those who haven’t heard, Leroy has been hospitalized since Tuesday.
His health took a turn for the worse and he is in the intensive care unit at a local animal hospital.
Because all of this is happening so fast and it’s getting very costly, with encouragement from my close friends here in the blogging community, I have set up a Go Fund Me page for Leroy.
That page explains what is happening and why we set up the fund.
For those that have made donations, thank you just doesn’t seem like enough.
My family and I are eternally grateful for your generosity.
For those who are not able to make a monetary donation, please remember that prayers and good thoughts are just as valuable.
For those that have shared about Leroy’s fund, that has been instrumental and thank you.
For those who have ever doubted humanity, please take a look at Leroy’s page. It may just change your mind.
Today is the day we hopefully get some answers as to what is going on with Leroy as he undergoes an upper and lower GI scope but it’s also the day that poses the greatest risk for Leroy because he is weak.
If you have any prayers and good thoughts left could you please send them to Leroy around 11:00am (EST) time this morning?
Thank you so much.
I have so much to tell you guys about the last few days but right now all I want to do is concentrate on the next few hours.
I’ll be sure to update Leroy’s site as I am able to.
We got this new patio furniture a few weeks ago and it took us a bit to find the perfect spot for it.
First we had it outside on our deck.
Then we had it outside under our gazebo.
Then we had it just outside.
Finally we decided that it worked best under our patio.
This post is part of the Caring For Critters Round Robin hosted by Jodi from Heart Like A Dog. Each day a different blogger will share a particular experience that their pet has had with a specific injury, illness, disease or condition and how they dealt with it.
Please note that these experiences and treatments should not be taken as medical advice. We consulted with several veterinarians along our journey to get to the place we are today.
Got it? Good. Now let’s get started.
The topic I’ll be writing about today is Sherman’s torn ACL and our conservative approach to his healing.
Sherman is an almost 8 year old intact male Newfoundland. He weighs about 140 pounds and I will never forget the day that he tore his right cruciate ligament.
It was December 17, 2012 around 6:30am and my husband and I were just heading out the door with Leroy to go to a dog show. I let the dogs outside one more time to go potty. When Sherman walked out the door he was fine. When he walked back in he was not bearing any weight on his right rear leg and I knew right then and there that he tore his ACL.
I admit that I’ve been kind of hard on some people who we encounter on our walks.
Maybe not hard to them personally, like to their face, but I’ve poked fun, been totally annoyed and not all that nice in my head to some of them.
Take for instance last week when my husband and I were taking the dogs for a walk and a pizza delivery guy was just finishing up his delivery and he was getting back in his car and said, “Looks like you’re walking 2 bears. Haha.”
Of course I smiled and fake laughed and then I muttered to my husband, ” Like I’ve never heard that one before. Yeah. Cause people always walk bears down the street on a leash.”
I’ve been too hard people.
It’s just a sight to see. I get it, so now I have to come clean.
I’m not a perfect dog walker and I have no room to bitch.
Here’s a few things that I do wrong when out walking the dogs.
I’m sure most of you have heard the news by now and if you haven’t, brace yourself.
Hello Kitty is NOT a cat.
She’s a little girl.
I know, right?
What the hell is up with that?
According to her creators, a Japanese company called Sanrio, she’s a girl.
“Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”
Stop it right now.
Leroy has picky dog syndrome.
It’s not a new condition, it’s a condition that he’s always had.
Picky dog syndrome is a condition where a dog likes his food one day and then the next day he wants nothing to do with it.
It’s the same exact food that it was the day before that they had no problem eating but now….. this food sucks and they’re not touching it.
I hate when Leroy does this.
It’s alright if it’s for a day or two but if goes longer than that I start to get concerned or annoyed.
I get annoyed because I know he’s just being stubborn and he knows that I will eventually give him what he wants.
Things have been quite hectic here with summer winding down, the kids going back to school and me getting a promotion at my current job.
Then we all got the stomach flu.
Then football and soccer season started.
To add to all of that, Leroy is still having ups and downs with his health.
I just can’t seem to get this dog back on track with his health and at this point I’m not sure if I ever will.
Today we’re headed back to the vet for some more testing.
I’ve been looking for some new toys for the boys. Not just regular plush toys but something different.
Something to spice up their life. Something they can use and get some enjoyment out of.
Something that will occupy them for a bit.
So I found this carrot. It’s made by Planet Dog and you can stuff it with treats and let the dogs chew on it to work the treats out.
My guys have never really been into things like this before but I thought I would give it a try and seeing that it’s summer, I thought I would make a nice cool treat to put in it and let them enjoy it.
I was going to buy them each one but then I decided I would just buy one and see how it went.
If it went well I would buy another one, if not, I only wasted a few bucks.
So I whipped up some berries and yogurt, stuffed the carrot with it and put it in the freezer for a few hours.
I could barley contain my excitement while it was freezing.