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Monthly Archives: September 2006

Well, Mr. Boris has now met the entire Moore K-9 crew and gotten along well with everyone except Lil Murphy Moore.  Murphy is a bit scary and when Mr. Boris was running past him this morning, with a giant smile on his face Murphy screamed out in total fear and went flat out on the floor in the kitchen.  Boris was clueless that he had just scared the beejeebers out of little Murphy and continued zooming around the kitchen while Murphy urinated till I picked him up.

 

I decided to let all of the dogs out in the yard with Boris because each had been introduced individually and done okay so I thought things would go well.  They did. The only problem now is, Boris never wants to be crated.  All of my dogs will crate quietly if need be…..not Boris.  He wines pathetically….I can hardly take it but I also know he must learn to be in the crate and calm down.  This will help in his new home.

 

Last night after work I decided to take an extra long walk with Boris.  Devon decided to join us with his skateboard.  The only problem Devon and his skateboard produced was the fact when he would zoom ahead of us, Boris would try desperately to catch up with him….. while dragging me along…….We walked several blocks from the house toward Lake Side Rose Garden, an incredibly beautiful City Park that has a waiting list of 2 to 3 years wait for marriages to be performed in the garden.  The park has hundreds and hundreds of different types of Roses, two ponds, fountains, pavilions, basketball courts, and is meticulously groomed, etc…. city takes beautiful care of it and I am lucky to live so close to such a beautiful place.  The only problem the three blocks between my house and the Park is 3 blocks of abandoned businesses, and lots of unkempt sidewalk, the worst part is going over this tiny dilapidated bridge.  The sidewalk is crumbling and is littered with tons of broken glass.  Part of the stretch is easily resolved by Boris and I traveling directly on the grass but the trek over the bridge is the true problem……broken glass everywhere and you cant walk anywhere other than straight down the sidewalk.  Yesterday proved my concern about the glass has not been in vein.  Boris started limping about half way across the bridge and when I got him to set down and examine his foot he had a piece of glass stuck in his pad.  Luckily I was able to feel it and pull it out……

 

Once we got over the bridge I decided to detour away from the Park and walk down the River Green Way……miles and miles of walking paths that the city installed directly along the river to promote a healthier lifestyle.  The stretch Devon, Boris and I walked last night travels past beautiful old houses and a section of the River where lots of the trees and brush that normally hide the river, has been cleared away.  I find it beautiful and relaxing and I am often surprised that while walking I seldom even pass another person. It is a shame that so many people of our city don’t utilize the many amenities that our city has to offer.  Last night during our walk the air was heavy with an impending rain storm…..during our entire walk it was misting lightly, but when we got within one block of the house it started raining.  Boris didn’t seem to mind the mist or the rain….the just plugged along sniffing everything we passed.

 

This morning on our 5:30AM walk Boris was his usual happy self but paused repeatedly at this large old garage/barn type thing that sits far on the back of the lot…..the giant thing gives me the creeps too when we walk by.  At 5:30 AM it is still dark but there is just enough light to make something look scary that maybe isn’t during the day.  Boris always seems spooked at this same location, every time we pass it.  (Coming and going.)  I can’t say I feel his “spooked” feelings are always accurate because he also was spooked this morning by two newly painted yellow fire hydrants on our AM commute.  I also attributed his spookiness to the possibility of the scent of cats or raccoons that I am sure litter the bushes around the giant structure.  Whatever it is, he sends a chill straight up the leash when we walk past.

 

Boris goes in this morning for another shot and will receive another medicated bath later today.  I am finally starting to notice some improvement in his skin and coat, but it still has a long way to go.  His odor is starting to diminish but we are all still aware of it in the house.  He is eating well and lets me know if he is still hungry by going directly over the dog food storage container and scratching it.  He is an awesome dog full of personality….he will make someone who appreciates him a great companion.  We just have to get him well first.

 

Laura

With the recent addition of Boris to our household, the possibility that his lump was cancer and he being the first dog with his condition in my care I decided to seek out some alternative treatment.

 

In the coarse of my adult life I have suffered different illnesses and have found great relief in natural remedies.  Sure, they don’t all work but I am willing to give something a try if it is natural and seems harmless enough.  Don’t knock it till you try it….right?

 

Just so happened that in one of my dog magazines that I was reading last week there was an article about Willard Water .  Can’t say I have ever heard of it so after reading the article that seemed incredibly promising I plunged into the Internet to get more information.

 

After reading everything that I could get a hold of on the Internet, I have decided to try the free sample.  (You pay only shipping and handling.)  Worst that can happen is it doesn’t work…..

 

I pray something works for Boris and maybe even for my psoriasis.  I am willing to try almost anything…..I will let you know.

 

Laura

Well, Boris is progressing well.  He is such a loving dog with a wonderful personality……the news that the lump was non-cancerous was music to my ears.  He is a wonderful dog and will make someone an excellent companion.  Just finding the perfect someone now is the problem.

 

I have spent lots of time this week getting to know him better and I am starting to get a much better feel for him.  I think he lived a lot of time in a garage or on cement somewhere…..he seldom poops or pees on anything other than the sidewalk directly behind the house even when he has an entire grassy yard to choose from.  He also doesn’t know that going for a walk is a time that he should go potty.  He almost seems so busy looking around and observing everything while we are walking, he almost seems too busy to poop or pee.

 

He doesn’t miss a thing.  Last night he alerted on a guy who was walking down the other sidewalk and he stood perfectly still picking his scent up off of the wind for about 5 minutes while the guy passed by.  Something caught his attention about the guy, he didn’t bark and wasn’t acting silly…..so I just let him sniff and watch him while we both stood still and watched him pass by.

 

My dogs all learn basic obedience and I have begun teaching him but for now I am letting him be stimulated by everything that captivates his attention and kind of just following his lead when he sees something that interests him.  I know when they are in the shelter they spend lots of time in the cages and have little or no stimulation…sure they get lots of audio stimulation from other dogs in the shelter barking but being outside, breathing fresh air, meeting new people, seeing new things, smelling new smells……etc….dogs need that.  Boris needs that right now.

 

I love to take dogs with me in the car when I am dropping off the kids for running errands……walking in the park, going for day trips…..anything that will get them out of the house and out of our back yard.  Boris loves to ride in the car, but when I take him I have to drape the back seat with a sheet because he is still really stinky due to his skin condition.

 

While walking he always looks back at me for direction and that’s a good thing when it comes to training.  On our walks I’ve discovered he seems strangely interested in stairs and walks most of the time on a nice loose lead although I don’t think he was walked much in his previous house.  He doesn’t seem to have been abused in a physical way (as in being physically hit although we all know he was abused by his previous owner by neglecting to treat his skin condition) and he hasn’t been scared of anything that we have encountered so far…. other than a hidden hissing cat that we came across one night in a large bush down the street.   

 

He’s doing great and his lump has gone all the way away…….

 

me

 
 
 
The lump is swollen glands…..It’s not cancer!  Woo Hoo!

Yesterday Boris went to the Vet for his second shot. I told the Vet teck that we found the large lump near his throat and asked her to feel it…..it didn’t feel like swollen glands to me (felt too large and centralized) and I couldn’t feel any swollen glands in his back end. She said she would see if the Vet could take a look at it while we were there……

 

We took him back and he was his usual happy self, flirting with all of the girls at the Vet’s office….including the vet. Wagging his entire body. passing out kisses. Stood there perfectly for his shot.  He is such a good boy.

 

Once we made our way back to the room, the Vet felt the mass and wasn’t sure about it either so she decided to extract some cells and look at them under the microscope. She was looking to see if she could tell if they were lymph node cells or cancer cells. She said if she was unsure and/or if they looked like they could be cancer, she would have to send them off to the lab.

 

She returned a few minutes later and said she needed to send them off to the lab. We will have the results in about a week.

I have a feeling she knows .. and just wants to confirm it. Im not sure but I pray I am wrong……but she had this look on her face when she returned to the room……I almost cried just sanding there in the office.

 

Please take a look at the photos of Boris, 9 of 9 and you can clearly see the lump near his throat.

 

I am waiting to hear something from the Vet…….I am praying for the best.

 

Laura.

Boris is doing wonderfully. He is such a good dog… he has the best personality.   When he wags his tail, he wags his whole body.  He is a real lover.

 

As you can see from the photos we have a severe skin problem on our hands….

 

After picking him up Friday I decided to drive straight back to Fort Wayne after leaving the shelter and check to see if the Vet could squeeze us in….luckily he did. He had a skin scraping done and sadly they determined he has Demodectic Mange. (A rather severe case.) The Vet said he had another case he is treating right now and the dog is responding to treatment well……let’s pray Boris does.

 

His course of treatment has already started and will continue for at least the next 8 weeks. He has to take 3 Keflex a day, a bath once a week in OxyDex Shampoo and shots twice a week at the Vets of Ivermecticin.

 

He was so good for his bath and stood in the tub like he actually enjoyed it.   The Doctor said the medicated shampoo would give him relief from his itching right away. He sure seemed happy after the bath. He also got his nails trimmed. During his bath we found a large lump in his neck and if it is one of his glands, it is the size of an egg……I will have the vet check it out when he gets his next shot.

 

His has only had two potty accidents in the house and seems to be totally crate trained. When in the crate he has two bones and seems okay when crated. He is loose in the older twins room with them most of the time and he likes to lie on the bed and look out the window. Alternating beds and the floor stretching out on the floor like a frog. He sleeps with one of the girls at night.

 

He road really well on the way home in the car but all of the fleas that jumped off of him, jumped onto me. (I had tiny fleas all over me by the time I got home.)……..not good…….but at least the flea stuff worked and I am sure he is feeling better. Now I think I need a flea treatment. 🙂

 

He has been introduced to my oldest dog Cheyenne and he and she both indicated they wanted to play so that’s good……he is hacking so I am going to keep them all apart for a few weeks.

 

I didnt take a stool sample in but will Tuesday when he goes back to the Vet for his shot. His stool is really loose and I would almost guess he has whips or hooks…….Franny was loaded with both when she came. If so, we will take care of it. I will have him neutered as soon as they can get him into the clinic.

 

He is eating his dry food mixed with canned really well and we are giving him his antibiotic and kelp tab in the soft food. So far, so good. I swear his skin already looks better…..he is scratching way less.

 

After his bath he ran around in the yard with Sierah for a while. He knows sit and wants to just follow us around most of the time. I was hanging laundry and going back and forth from the basket and he was under foot every time I turned around. (trying to help me I guess.)

 

So far, he is doing well….he is getting treatment for his illness….I will keep you all updated on his progress.

Okay toe tapping ladies…….to solve the mystery….. I did not….but I AM.  How’s that? 

 

Ok….Ok…..Let me better explain….I was unable to make it to Marion to meet “Boris” this past weekend but I have requested this Friday off of work, to go check him out.  (And we will have to work on that name…..)

 

I emailed Michelle to see if they could keep him till this Friday…..I know his time is short but she graciously granted my wish and extended his visit with them till Friday, so I have a chance to get up there. 

 

I am aware he has a flea allergy and has already bloodied himself scratching.  I purchased some kelp to help ease his discomfort and help to grown his coat back.  I will stop by my Vet’s Friday morning to buy a “Frontline” for him to kill the existing fleas…..I don’t wish to carry any fleas home because my dogs are continually treated, we are currently flea-less at our house.  It is easier to prevent them than to get rid of them.  I also need to buy him a new crate today……along with the usual doggie necessities, vitamins, toys, crate blanket, chew stuff, a new collar and leash……etc. All dogs at my house have their own crate…..so they can get away from humans or other animals if they wish to.  They are also fed separately in crates….doors open, but it gives them enough space to feel comfortable.  Crates are necessities in multi dog households.

 

I know fostering him and finding him a great home is going to be a timely process…..I just hate the thought of them putting down such a great dog….. Michelle seemed so adamant about his personality and that he was a really special dog.  I know when you work in a shelter certain dogs “speak” to you differently than the others…..obviously all dogs and cats matter to these people because they continue to do what they do, but I know that certain animals pull on their heart strings for various reasons…..that is why people who rescue or work in shelters all have too many resident dogs……(*cough*canyousayjustlikeme*cough*)  Often these dogs are un-adoptable for various reasons or sometimes they are just dogs who we fall in love with and/or who fall in love with us while we are trying to help them…..none the less, we all seem to end up with a house full of them.

 

As soon as I get "his" (not going to call him Boris) coat looking better, establish if he is truly good around other dogs (big ones and little ones) and kids and better access his personality……I will make flyers for Vet offices to hang up and put the word of mouth out that I have a dog to place.  I will also start working on basic obedience and obviously potty training with him.  Lord only knows how long it’s going to take to find him the perfect home……Staff’s or Pits are so hard to place because so often, the wrong people want them for the wrong reason……you have to screen your applicants so much harder than normal.  I just know this is going to be a long road ahead……I pray it goes smoothly….and the best part about the whole thing……it will be one more doggie saved….

 

Laura