My little buddy now named Buddy (if he doesn’t answer to that we may have to go back to Darby) is making himself at home. And Grannie is very happy! December 10th will be his celebrated birthday in the future.
This is Buddy at the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter when we first met him. Look at how bad his hurt eye looked.
There was some concern over his health yesterday (he threw up) and they actually called me to see if I still wanted him. Duh, yes I do. They didn’t want to take him to be neutered while sick. I asked them to keep him overnight last night and take him to Hutchinson Veterinary Clinic in Amite this morning. I got up at 7 am and met them there.
I met the Veterinarian, Dr. Glenn Hutchison. You gotta love living in the country. He introduced himself to me, then took his wooden ladder out of his truck to do some work around the clinic! We talked for a bit when he found out I was from Pumpkin Center since he used to live in Hammond.
I asked them to check Buddy out and also do something about the black crusty stuff around his eye. They cleaned it off with mineral oil and said it was an injury but at least it is now clean. It still looks a bit bad but they sold me antibiotic ointment and antibiotic pills. They also said his teeth are in bad shape and need a good cleaning. His teeth may have been the reason he threw up. Just hoping he gets better with the medicines.
So this very reasonable $80 dog has increased by $15 for a microchip, $90 for a check-up and antibiotics, $150 for teeth cleaning, $45 in doggie supplies (and I forgot to get him a collar!) and I’m not sure how much for all his shots and heartworm preventative pills Thank goodness the $80 includes neutering and rabies shot. He’ll be getting some cute clothes for Christmas. I can see a shopping spree now!
Buddy still smelled awful but on the way home, he perched himself on the center console and loved the ride. He gobbled up food and water as soon as we got home.
A bath with a lot of shampoo and scrubbing cleaned him up really well. He’s been enjoying some hair brushing during the day. His eye is still a bit icky and his teeth are a bit (a lot) stinky so teeth cleaning will happen really soon.
The first thing I noticed was he understands sit, stay, stop, and put the ball down. He does them without having to be told twice. He also immediately peed when he got down in the grass, yay! I put him in the fenced-in area we had for Samson and he immediately jumped over the fence! That will have to be changed! He’s very good at fetching a thrown ball and we did that a lot today. He really loves having a small tennis ball thrown so he can run to get it and bring it back to me.
Buddy and I have been bonding today and he seems to really love being my little buddy. He’s found his spot on the foot of the recliner.
He is so full of energy you wouldn’t think he’s six years old. He follows me everywhere and just stands there and stares at me. He’s really sweet and lets me love on him and is looking forward to his Uncle Chip coming home from work! He is mostly grey, but you can see his brown hair on his ears and the bottom of his legs in this first photo.
I’m hoping tonight goes as well as today did.
See ya’ll next time, Rosalyn