Doodle Daze – A blog about a labradoodle

Not a good 24 hours
July 28, 2010, 3:43 pm
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Poor dog.  We got back from a two week vacation yesterday.  He was home already, having been dropped off by the dog walker…and he was a mud pile, so he got a bath almost immediately.  Great way to great your dog, eh?  He was not pleased, but was happy to run and run and run after it in the back garden.  He then went and slept in bed with Roy who was dead by 6pm. 

This morning, Roy got up early and walked the dog.  I was in bed and heard him enter, yelling for me.  A “friend” dog had attacked him, cutting his ear up quite badly.  Blood was everywhere as Barney shook his head – walls, floor, etc was splattered.  I quickly grabbed a towel to put pressure on it and had Roy hold it while I put on some appropriate clothing.  Off we went to the vet, less than 24 hours after returning home. 

Now my poor dazed doodle is home.  He’s a bit out of it due to the anesthetic and won’t leave my side as he’s very, very anxious as well.  He has had 3 sutures on both sides of his ear, and has a wound on the side of his face which luckily did not need sutures.  He’s on antibiotics and pain meds for the next two weeks.  I’ll have to take him in to see the vet in 3 days and again in 14 to get the sutures taken out.  He has to wear the Elizabethan collar for all of those days, which he’ll hate.  Have to keep him on very light exercise, so no running around with his dog walker this week (at the least).  Oh, well…will save us some money.  Good thing I’m not working this week or next.

From Barney – I just don’t understand what’s going on.  I feel weird.  And a bit sick.  All I want to do is get this thing off my head and sleep.  Wah.  It’s so not fair.  What’s going on?

July 11, 2010, 10:09 pm
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Mummy and daddy are leaving me.  They are going somewhere that they call the States.  At least they have Dima looking out for me.  Sigh. I’m going to miss them.

Barney’s Anniversary Cake
July 7, 2010, 8:09 am
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The cake that mummy made for me…with peanut butter ‘icing’ and treats for the paws.  The actual cake was a single serving of rice & lamb.  Daddy made me wait to start eating it cause mummy wanted a picture.  Come on mummy, I’m hungy!!!!

Nom, nom, nom, nom….

Mmmm…peanut butter is my favorite…but it’s sticky mummy.  Licky, licky, licky.  Nom, nom, nom.

It’s mine.  All mine.  Mmmmmm…..

I really loved my food cake and all the treats I got that day.  Mummy and daddy gave me an amazing bone which I totally chowed down on.  It was rockin’.  I had such a good day.

Happy 1st Anniversary!
July 1, 2010, 9:20 am
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We’ve loved having our Barney doodle for one full year as of today.  We drove up a few hours north to pick him up.  He had been with a chain of people and was finally coming home, though he didn’t know it yet.  He was so nervous meeting us.  What, another person taking me away?  It took some doing, but we finallly got Barney into the back of the SUV.  I sat in the back keeping an eye on him.    He was panting like a maniac in his anxiety.  We got him home and he began the process of sniffing everything, and was mystified by the fake back lawn.  He wouldn’t go near Roy, which just about killed the guy.

We’ve come a long, long, long way with Barney.  He arrived an anxious mess, not able to meet new people or new things.  He was scratching and licking and chewing himself so much that we had to put him in a plastic hood almost immediately.  He pulled like a maniac, didn’t have much recall and trusted no one.   Now, he’s still anxious, but after a bark or two, he’ll stop and come to investigate new people…sometimes even licking them or letting them pet him.  If he’s not totally distracted by other dogs, he’ll actually walk on a loose lead, and will come on call.  We’ve found the perfect food for him that he loves and which treats his skin kindly.  He still gets allergies (eyes watering and ears all gunky), but we now know how to handle this. 

Barney has come to love us and is truly a gentle giant.  Originally he did not know how to deal with other dogs and would barrel in annoying them to the point of fights.  Now he has made some friends, and while still the awkward teen, is much better about making an approach to new dogs.

We’re so pleased to have our sweetest little pooch.  He’s the best thing that happened to us this past year!

When it just gets too hot…
July 1, 2010, 7:56 am
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