Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sprite the Foster Dog has Arrived!

Lovable, calm personality!
Our Foster Dog "Sprite" here! He had fleas when the rescue got him (and they got rid of them),but he's got a bunch of other medical issues (lots of teeth removals coming, too). He hadn't been to a vet since 2006. I learned by calling that vet that he's going to be 14 Years old this Dec. 23rd! He's housetrained, laid back, friendly, and calm. Great dog!
Here's what the Vet said: He now has worms as a result of the fleas. Apparently, the worms come after flea infestation. Amy, the rescuer from Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue did a FANTASTIC job of ridding him of all the fleas before I picked him up last night. 
Sprite's neck lump
Sprite has a fatty tumor on his neck, which is bothersome and interferes with his collar. That has to be removed. He also has a little growth in his mouth, too, which has to be removed. He was given all his shots at the Vet today, so he's updated there. I cleaned his ears thoroughly last night, so they were clean. I did learn, however, that he has a HEART MURMUR. That means that operating on him is risky, especially because he's 14 years old.
At 18 pounds, he's so adorable and tiny!
Sprite did get a de-wormer at the Vet's office and that should clear up his worms in 7 days. Meanwhile he has to stay confined to a cage (as the worms can make their way out of his rear end), so I had to vaccuum everywhere that he went. The vet recommends that he stay apart from Dolly and Franklin for a week, and I have to pick up his #2 immediately (because that's where the worms come out)... Ewww. Yeah, a lot of info, but if you have a dog, you NEED to know.
Sprite's TEETH are in very, very bad shape. His breath is so rancid that you can smell it in a car. He's never had his teeth taken care of. Now, many of them need to be pulled, and that means putting him under... SO, we're waiting for the okay from the rescue to go ahead and have the teeth removed, the growths removed, and have him neutered.

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Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next