My 7.5 year old Rottie, Scout, blew out her ACL and will have surgery in a couple of weeks to try to fix it. In order to get her weight down (she doesn’t exactly have a girlish figure), the surgeon wants her to go on the South Beach Diet. I’m supposed to take the total amount of food she eats per day, then replace 1/2 of it with pure protein–low fat cottage cheese, chicken, ground turkey, tuna, etc. That total amount of food should be divided into 4 portions so she’ll have 4 smaller meals per day. I’m going to give it a go starting this weekend and see how it goes.

Scout will have tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery performed by Dr. Whitney at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists.

More to come…

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Wrigley Goes Hollywood

March 26, 2008

OK, maybe not Hollywood, but YouTube.

The owner of the doggy daycare Wrigley visits a couple of times a week shot a really cute video of him. Hopefully this will help market this cute dog and find him a forever home! Be sure to watch the whole video–the end is pretty cute. What a ham.

Friends of BARC is holding a pet adoption event in the Bed Bath & Beyond parking lot at 3102 Kirby at West Alabama on Saturday, March 29 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to see some of the great dogs and cats available from BARC. Download the flyer.

Can’t make it to this event? Visit the BARC shelter. You’re sure to find a furry friend while savings a wonderful animal in need!

Most adopted dogs have the birthday of January 1, but in Remy’s case, his birthday really was January 1. I adopted him on Valentine’s Day 1998 at the Houston SPCA as a 7-8 week old puppy. He was one in a litter of 4 pointer/terrier mixes that had been surrendered by their owner. He put his paws around my neck when I picked him up. I guess he picked me. He went home with me in a cat carrier.

For the past 10 years, Remy (Remington) has been a perfect dog–sweet, loving, smart. But he’s also has medical issues off and on his whole life. In November 2006, he was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease. He responded well to meds, but hit a point where his little body was no longer responding to them.

Here is a picture of him I took yesterday when we were spending some time outside together. He looks so tired. 

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Today I put my baby Remy to sleep. While I am suffering from the loss, I know my sweet boy will no longer suffer.

Doggie Discrimination

March 5, 2008

I’ve spent countless weekends at adoption events with my black Lab mix foster dog, Wrigley, only to have people pass right by.

Unfortunately, “black dog syndrome” is a reality. It doesn’t matter what kind of colorful bedding Wrigley is sitting on or what type of cute bandana he’s wearing–he’s still a black dog.

People! Open your minds and judge dogs on their personality and not the color of their fur!

Cute Wrigley