I was adopted from a shelter at 8 weeks old. My mom had a list she & hubby had made: small dog, short hair, white fur. She came home with ME and tells me every day she's never regretted it.
We love running/walking in the rain, finding and chasing squirrels (I've never caught one but have come close a few times), swimming every chance I get (doesn't matter who's pool or lake), and making kids happy.
I've been through many classes, CGC, agility, and TDI, and am now a Therapy Dog. I go to elementary school and children who need more practice will read out loud to me. I learn about frogs and dinosaurs and history. Sometimes we go to a class where my mom reads to kids who can't read themselves. They pet me. They like to see me in costumes. I miss them during the summer months, so we go to Petsmart.
I have developed Addison's disease (one adrenal gland has shut down) so I'm on prednisone daily. It makes me so hungry all the time. I'm working on taking off some extra pounds before it becomes a bigger problem.
AUGUST 2009 - Self-Appointed Poster-Dog for Pancreatitis
After several weeks of internal pain, and 4 days in the hospital, I'm here to tell ya, WATCH OUT for high-fat content foods and treats. Especially around the holidays, vets see way too many dogs who've been fed foods that harm.
Common symptoms of the acute form of pancreatitis in dogs include a very painful abdomen, abdominal distention, lack of appetite, depression, dehydration, a 'hunched up' posture, vomiting, diarrhea and yellow, greasy stool. Fever often accompanies these symptoms. Animals with more severe disease can develop heart arrhythmias, sepsis (body-wide infection), difficulty breathing, and a life-threatening condition called disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), which results in multiple hemorrhages. If the inflammation is severe, organs surrounding the pancreas could be 'autodigested' by pancreatic enzymes released from the damaged pancreas and become permanently damaged.
Multiple factors can contribute to the development of pancreatitis. Certain medications, infections; metabolic disorders including hyperlipidemia (high amounts of lipid in the blood) and hypercalcemia (high amounts of calcium in the blood); obesity; and trauma and shock can be associated with the development of pancreatitis. Middle-aged dogs appear to be at increased risk of developing pancreatitis; as a breed, Schnauzers and Yorkshire terriers appear to be more prone to pancreatitis. Nutrition also plays a role. Dogs with diets high in fat, dogs who have recently gotten in to the trash or have been fed table scraps, or dogs who 'steal' or are fed greasy 'people food' seem to have a higher incidence of the disease. In addition, dogs who have previously had pancreatitis or abdominal surgery appear to be more at risk.