for two years. -less often, now

Day 183 / Chainsaw Update

First, Annie and I would sincerely like to thank everyone for the incredible comments and support over these last few days. This blog really does have the best fans! Thank you so much for caring, and offering your kind words.

Chainsaw is doing better. He’s not out of the woods yet, but we are hopeful. He went in for surgery Friday morning after being sick for an entire week. The first visit to the vet last Monday yielded no results. But the trip to a different vet had him feeling an object in his abdomen, as well as possibly seeing something on the x-rays. So they opened him up. There was a peach pit lodged in his intestines. We have no idea where he got it – probably while we were on a walk. But it’s quite a blockage. It’s why he had not eaten for an entire week, and was constantly throwing up 5+ times a day. Not to mention the pain he was in. We felt so awful it took so long for the reason to be found.

He did so well Friday night and Saturday morning, they let us bring him home Saturday afternoon. He’s keeping his food down, and is almost back to his normal perky personality. He’s still having some after effects from the anesthesia though. It’s bad for dogs sometimes because it can shut down their organs. He’s been pretty incontinent since we brought him home – mostly because he can’t help it. Also, because he was on a crapload of fluids. He’s 10 years old, so this is a major concern for us – if his kidney’s are shutting down. He’s been better today (Sunday), only a few accidents in the evening. So, the next few days will be very important for him. He definitely is 100 time more comfortable, and resting finally after a week of being exhausted from being sick.  He is not out of the woods yet, so please continue to keep him in your thoughts.

Don’t forget to hug your pets, love your pets, and spoil your pets. Because the only difference between your pet and your child, is the amount of hair it has – and subsequently leaves on the couch.

and the chair.

and the rug.

and the bed.

But where would we be without the affection and the joyous personalities of the little ones that greet us at the door excitedly every day? And who want nothing more than just lay next to you with their head on your knee.


22 responses

  1. It made me think about our dog. I wish him the best of luck. Get well soon, Chainsaw…

    January 30, 2011 at 11:21 pm

  2. kangamom

    Hang in there Chainsaw, and family. It’s hard for all of you, but we’re thinking about you. Lots of hugs and kisses for all the pets!

    January 30, 2011 at 11:32 pm

  3. Thinking of you. The dog photo is very sweet.

    January 30, 2011 at 11:59 pm

  4. Amy E.

    I hope Chainsaw continues to get better. I’ll be thinking about you and your fur-kid 😉

    January 31, 2011 at 12:32 am

  5. Thank you for the update, and for being such caring parents to Chainsaw (but now we want to know how he got his name).
    Our thoughts are with you all.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:46 am

  6. rubbergoat

    Good news about Chainsaw – and spot on about how we are with pets too.

    Here’s to a full and happy recovery!

    January 31, 2011 at 4:11 am

  7. Wishing Chainsaw a speedy recovery 🙂

    January 31, 2011 at 4:12 am

    • stuckinmypedals

      What darkstarburning said.

      February 1, 2011 at 1:13 am

  8. I’m so glad to hear they found the problem and took care of it with Chainsaw. How did you come to name him that? I have been worried about my rabbit for months and it is just like having children; you never stop thinking of them and how to make them happy. Thanks for your great blog – I realized how much I love it when it didn’t come for a few days, I really missed it! Good luck in the future with your beloved dog and your family. J

    January 31, 2011 at 7:12 am

  9. Best wishes for Chainsaw.
    They are so very special – even when they walk in and knock over the set piece you’d just spend half an hour composing, you can’t be angry with them for long!

    And thanks for the inspirations.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:36 am

  10. Only just logged in after a hectic weekend and am really sorry to hear about Chainsaw. Having been a dog owner myself, I know exactly what you’re going through and can totally empathise and sympathise. Hang in there – I’m sure he’ll be right as rain in no time!

    January 31, 2011 at 8:10 am

  11. I will Chainsaw in my thoughts!

    January 31, 2011 at 8:17 am

  12. Good news!
    Hang in there Chainsaw!

    January 31, 2011 at 10:22 am

    • Lt ethan karp


      January 31, 2011 at 11:27 am

  13. Not a pet owner, but it’s good to hear yours is getting better.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:18 am

  14. When you have a dog, their love and life is much like another human being. It’s hard when they get really sick. 😦
    I have no dog, although I love them, and you can bet that Chainsaw will be in my thoughts!

    January 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm

  15. I am glad to hear your dog is doing better. I know what it is like to worry about a pet and make sure care is provided.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm

  16. Austin

    Is annie your wife? I prayed for chainsaw

    January 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm

  17. jacquelincangro

    So glad to hear Chainsaw is on the road to recovery. Please keep us posted on his progress.
    My dog sends your dog a big Woof!

    January 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm

  18. Glad to hear Chainsaw is doing better. Awful he had a peach pit in his stomach. Poor doggie. Dogs are such loveable animals.

    Love your blog!

    February 1, 2011 at 5:50 pm

  19. i wish ur dog luck and i hope he has a fast recovery he looks like a nice dog but i wish he never gotten sick so u woulden of been so sad im sorry for ur dog i wish him the best =)

    February 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm

  20. Chainsaw looks like an absolutely darling dog. I know how very hard it is when a pet is sick, so I hope very much that he gets well soon. I will say a prayer for him and his family.

    February 3, 2011 at 3:01 am

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