Wednesday, March 07, 2007

There's No Place Like Home

Here's the latest on Miss Buffy:

She came home last night. I was advised to put her on a boiled chicken and rice diet for several days. So, well past my bedtime, I prepared a whole chicken and a pot of rice for her. She was VERY HYPER when she got home, and it soon became apparent that she was insisting on being fed. She hadn't eaten in more than 24 hours and she wasn't going to settle down until I gave her something to eat. So, I relented and gave her a very ripe banana and some cooked rice.

After eating and answering the call of nature she settled down and slept until 5 am. At that point, I gave her a small serving of rice and the giblets from the chicken. She kept running from her new elevated dog dishes in the kitchen (thanks for the tip, Doris!), to see Taylor eat her kibble. You would think she'd be happy with the rice and chicken, but she's a kibble lover. I think her days of eating a lot of kibble are over, though. I think I'll have to incorporate canned food into her diet.

The other instructions were to keep her in a quiet and non-stressful environment. Well, Buffy tends to create her own noise and activity, so I decided to take the day off and supervise her closely. She is currently napping peacefully in the patio room. I have to get over to school to get the things I need to finish report cards later, and I think I'll take her with me. The kids have a minimum day on Wednesdays, so we'll wait until they go home to limit the stimulation. I just don't want her to leave my sight right now.


Update: I spoke with my neighbor a little while ago and he said he hasn't given them anything since the last time I asked him not to. I have my doubts, but there's nothing I can do about it.


  • At 8:58 AM, Blogger TaiwanMommy said…


    I have three dogs myself, and my cocker was going through something similar to Buffy's illness. It turned out she had a growth (actually it was benign tumor) between her stomack and intestine, and only a little bit of food could get through it, so she would eat a normal meal and get bloated and backed up. She had to have surgery, but is fine and dandy now.

    Also, consider changing your lovies to Bil-Jack petfood.. since my dogs started earing this exclusively, we've had NO stomach issues. Our vet loves the product too.. PetSmart carries it. You could try google-ing them, they used to send free sample on their website.. don't know what the address is, or if they still do it..but it's worth a looksee.

    Hope the Buffster is feeling spiffy soon.


  • At 8:59 AM, Blogger TaiwanMommy said…

    p.s. S-T-O-M-A-C-H (I can spell, honest!)

  • At 9:07 AM, Blogger A Special Family said…

    What a brilliant dog owner you are. I bet Buffy feels so loved and well cared for. I hope that Buffy is back to his old self very soon.

  • At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Sandra said…

    Glad to hear that Buffy is home. You are such a good momma!

  • At 10:23 AM, Blogger Lisa and Tate said…

    Oh poor Buffy..... Glad she is home and in your loving hands. Let's hope the change in diet helps and your neighbor will get the clue not to feed the dogs bones!!!

    Lisa and Mesa

  • At 10:33 AM, Blogger Doris & Dan said…

    Good stuff! Happy that things are working out well.

    BTW, I tried to email you back. Got a message for the form but link did not work. Pls add me to the list or email me again.

    Keep smilin!

  • At 11:06 AM, Blogger Andrew & Stephanie said…

    I hope your baby is feeling back to normal soon!

  • At 11:18 AM, Blogger Tammy said…

    Glad to hear that Buffy is doing better. You're such a good Mom.

    BTW, that stinks to see the referrals aren't speeding up. I've read somewhere that October was a big month, maybe we'll see a little speed up after CCAA gets through that month.

  • At 12:09 PM, Blogger Lee-Anne said…

    Chicken and rice sound good!!! Chewy (our dog) is the fussiest dog ever!!!

  • At 12:16 PM, Blogger Terri @ In His Hands said…

    Our dog LOVES rice. Enjoy your day with Buffy!

  • At 1:05 PM, Blogger Mark & Michelle said…

    I am glad that Buffy is home and I hope she is a good as new soon!

  • At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Jenny said…

    I am so glad that Buffy is home! : )

  • At 1:46 PM, Blogger Kathryn said…

    Glad Buffy is back home and I hope she is feeling better

  • At 2:16 PM, Blogger Tamara said…

    What a great update on Buffy. I bet she's so very happy to be back home. Isn't it funny how easy it is love a creature so much? Dogs are wonderful.

  • At 2:21 PM, Blogger Kristen said…

    So glad to hear Buffy is doing well.. What a terrible couple of months you have endured...doggy wise! I hope that will be the end of the bloat for you.

  • At 3:01 PM, Blogger kris said…

    So glad you were able to take the day off to be with her- I would have done the same. It's funny, when my dog laid his head on my shoulder last night and fell asleep, I was thinking that those are the moments that really define us, the little slices of heaven we are given here on earth. And then it occured to me it might one day be my daughter doing that, and I was like the Grinch lying there in bed, feeling my heart grow 4 times bigger : o )

  • At 3:15 PM, Blogger Kathy and Joel said…

    You are such a great Mommy to her, Joannah. I am in awe of your care and compassion and wish that more people took their jobs as caregivers to animals as seriously as you do.
    Happy to hear that she was able to eat some food last night. Keep us up to date.

  • At 4:48 PM, Blogger Stacy said…

    I'm so glad to hear that Buffy is doing better.

    I used to have to make chicken and rice for my girls. They loved it. Even when they could go back on the kibble I still made it for them. I would make large batches and freeze it. I added garlic to it. Dogs LOVE garlic and for a double bonus ~ Fleas HATE it. :)

    Hugs to Buffy from me and my crew!

  • At 5:48 PM, Blogger Jennifer "Jenny" said…

    Glad Buffy is feeling better!

  • At 6:47 AM, Blogger Yes, Minister... said…

    So good to know that Buffy is home. As I was reading this, I thought to myself what an amazing mommy you are going to make! What a tender heart and caring personality you have.

  • At 9:14 AM, Blogger Stephe said…

    I'm so sorry to hear about your furry baby issues. I will be praying that this new diet works. There is nothing worse than dealing with a family member (fury babies most definately included) going through medical issues. It's just heartbreaking. Hoping for the best! My little Pirate is sending Buffy some big doggie kisses and hugs!

  • At 7:36 PM, Blogger Sandy said…

    OMG Joannah I'm so sorry to hear about what's going on with Buffy. I do hope she heals fully. I also hope that turning four years old will be a magical year to end Buffy's vet visits!

    Gosh though, she is just like my yellow lab, Bailey, except mine had elbow surgery ($$$) as a puppy and 2 other visits to the ER vet.

    My heart goes out to you in caring for your special girl. I can't even believe you have to deal with your neighbor over this. It will be hard to prove he did it in court but I agree that you should confront him again.

  • At 10:20 AM, Blogger Barb said…

    Bloat...yuck! and SCARY!!! I'm glad she's better.
    Leo had this last April. We went to the emergency vet, they tried to releive the pressure on his stomach so it would flip back by putting a tube down his nose to decompress it. It was successful for a while, but as we were waiting to see how he'd do, he became more uncomfortable... His stomach was turning again. I ended up ponying up for surgery to have his stomach stapled to his abdominal wall. They told me that once the dog gets bloat, there's a huge chance that it will happen again and it's often fatal after that. They also told me that research says that food type doesn't matter nor does raising the dog bowl - I do it anyway, just in case.

    Hope she stays well!!

  • At 4:12 PM, Blogger LDBM2003 said…

    A friend of mine is a vet. She always suggest baby food for ailing puppies ( and kitties) I think she uses the chicken.


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