Mr. Sneakers

Sneakers is our baby. We’ve had him since he was four months old so he’s grown up with us and we’ve grown up with him. He loves his squeaky toys, specifically the squeaky carrot, he loves to beg, and he loves to jump. Unfortunately, he loves to jump.

Sneakers is a bichon frise, shih tzu and yorkie mix so he’s little a furry. He also has an underbite and sits with his front paws facing out. As he got a little older we noticed that he had an unusually long back. We’re not sure which breed he got it from, but he has it. This has given him some problems in the past. It used to be just that he would whimper when jumping off of the couch and not being able to jump on anything.

Then at the end of last November he had some more severe pain. He couldn’t jump or even go up one step. It even hurt him to walk because he was having problems with his back legs. He went to the vet where we learned he has a slipped disk. The drugs that the vet gave him didn’t do anything but stop the pain. Then mom decided to try something new. She took him to an acupuncturist and when he came home mom set down the basket he’d been in and he hoped right out. We were amazed how much it helped him.

Two days ago his back started hurting again. He would still walk around but he preferred lying on his big red pillow. Then yesterday my mom noticed that he wasn’t going to the bathroom or eating, which we know is a bad sign. Then we noticed that he couldn’t even move his back legs. Mom took him to the emergency vet last night. They squeezed his toes and noticed that he couldn’t feel it. They tried it again with a forceps and he could feel it.

This morning I took him to the vet this morning and they did the same type of test except he had lost that deep pain feeling. He squeezed Sneakers toes with a pliers like tool and he didn’t even react. He explained to me that Sneakers’ slipped disk is pressing against his spinal cord causing paralysis.

I took him to the acupuncturist again and he will be going a handful more times in the next few weeks. There was a noticeable difference in his mood when we left. The acupuncturist is also a vet and she showed me how to express his bladder, or to basically squeeze the pee out of him. He’ll just poop whenever his colon in full, which he did while we were there. She also seemed to think there would be hope that he could eventually gain feeling back  in his legs. We’re going to look in to doggy wheelchairs if that doesn’t occur. He’s still a happy boy so we’re not going to give up on him.

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February 9, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Stories. Leave a comment.

Snowy Days

Last Tuesday night began The Snowmageddon or Snowpocalypse of 2011. Schools through Michigan were closed on Wednesday and Thursday. My sister’s high school even closed on Friday, even though the roads were fine. Class being cancelled was nice because I don’t have class on Fridays so I got a five day weekend.

We got around 10 inches of snow which caused me to be snowed in at Joe’s for two days. Joe’s street didn’t get plowed until Thursday morning and my car was too low to get out. Fortunately for Joe’s house and my mom one of Joe’s friends had a mini van and a huge snow blower. So Joe and two of his buddies went to a few different houses and snow blowed them out. My mom was so happy that they could make it to her house.

And now it’s snowing again. Snow days are fun every once in a while but I’m not a big fan of snow. I hate driving in snow and being near other people driving in snow. I also don’t like the cold and humid aspect and that my shoes are always wet. But I do have to admit, snow is beautiful. This is a picture that my mom took of a drift next to our house. That drift is just under a foot taller than the bottom of our window, which is easily three feet from the ground.

February 7, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.