Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Run Free My Sweet Little Denny

My beautiful Denny left us this morning..... he went very peacefully in my arms as I softly stroked his beautiful face and told him how much we all loved him. His kidneys had stopped working. Run free my sweet little boy.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Hello dear friends...it is me the Denny. I haven’t been very well lately and could use some power of
the paw to help me get better. Last year I was diagnosed with kidney disease and I already had a bit of a thyroid problem too. I have to eat special food and takes lots of pills but I have been doing okay until the last 6 weeks. Mom noticed I was just nibbling at my food and I have been whimpering a lot. So off we went to see vet because mom though maybe I had a bad toofie. He couldn’t find anything wrong with my toofies or jaw so he ordered some blood tests and they showed my thyroid numbers, kidney function and liver function were all skwiffy. On top of that ...even though I haven’t been eating much I put on weight...but we won’t talk about that !!!!!!!

Anyway .....all those wacky numbers made my vet worry so he sent me off to see an oncologist vet. Thankfully there are no signs of any cancer or tumors but I do have an enlarged liver, my kidneys have a couple of cysts in them (which is normal with my type of kidney Disease) and I have very thick bile in my gall bladder. Now the problem I have is my special food for my kidneys has a high fat content and low protein but to control my gall bladder issue I need a low fat food with higher protein. You can see the dilemma...how do we treat both when they require the total opposite thing! 

My new lady vet is going to consult with a nutritionist vet to see if they can come up with a good diet for me. In the mean time they have added more pills ...that means I now have to take 11 a day. So some power of the paw prayers would be much appreciated and hopefully the pills and diet work so I won’t have to take so many of those yucky things mom tries to disguise as treats! 

Monday, April 29, 2019

Hellllllllllloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo out there

Recently our Dad had a health scare that put him in hospital for a few days - he's okay now but Mom decided he needed a break and a rest from the stresses of work. So they booked a little cottage in a place called Cedar Keys which is on the gulf side of Florida. Now unfortunately the cottage only allowed one pet.... which was fine by me - I was happy to leave the Dweeb Denny home but NOOOOO Mom said that wouldn't be right...bah humbug I said !

Now being that we are "senior citizen" pups these days (or so Mom says - personally I still think I am a young pup!) and have a strict medicine routine and yes - we tend to go boom and fall down a lot - we needed someone who we could really trust to look after us and pick us up occasionally. Mom could only think of one person she trusted enough and that was our second Momma - Miss Dawn (My fiancee Katies Mom).

So the Mom paid for a airplane ticket and in no time Momma Dawn was winging her way to sunny warm Florida :) Mom and Dad left for their long weekend and needless to say it stormed the first two days they were there which was good as it meant Dad got lots of resting done. Momma Dawn took perfect care of us and of the coarse the Dweeb loved all the extra cuddles and belly rubs she gave him - he's such a suck up! Needless to say - we were the perfect well behaved gentlemen too :)

PS - we think Momma Dawn should go into the house/dog sitting business - she could go visiting so many places and meet so many furbabies  (although the Princess Katie might not to be happy about that:)
Momma Dawn, Me and the Dweeb - okay Mom - he's names Denny - but he'll always be the Dweeb to me !

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Out and about on a sunny day

Mom has been pondering over what park she can take us old pups to that doesn't have steps and doesn't require a lot of walking - then she remembered a small park along the the St Johns rivers and off we went. It doesn't have the greatest beach but we did get to see some pink spoonbills which was pretty neat and of coarse we got to read and leave lots of pee-mail.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentines

Happy Valentines to all are friends and especially to my sweetie Katie

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Guess who !

YES ! We are still around - getting on in years and slowing down but we are still both super cute and very modest....... ga woof ga woof.

Both me and the Dweeb brother of mine have arthritis now in our hips and back legs so we don't get out and about much anymore and the old ancient Mom has back issues and can't lift us in and out of the car by herself - she can't even pick up the ramp she bought to help us get in the car - really - what use is the woman !

We spend our days snoozing, driving Mom crazy and patrolling the yard because Mom being the dumb dumb she is ...loves squirrels and raccoons and insists on feeding them - so it was no surprise that Mrs Racoon bought all 4 of her babies visiting recently. They are now ALL daily visitors and every morning Mom makes them a smorgasbord of fresh bananas, apples, oranges, strawberries,  peanuts and sunflower seeds.

Mom has even given them all names. Of coarse there is Mrs Raccoon, Then there is Whiskers - she is always wiping her whiskers. Then there is Flopper - Mom called him this because as soon as he gets on the food table - he flops down and covers everything up - basically saying "its all mine". Then there is groundhog - for some reason he doesn't like to climb and stays on the ground (we didn't get a photo of him today as he's very shy) - Mom puts a plate of food out on the ground just for him.  Lastly there is Pavarotti who always looks like he is singing- He cracks Mom up with his antics. 

Me and the Dweeb
Whiskers and Flopper
Mrs Raccoon

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Did you know !!! Pet Meds Can Cost Less - Super Sluethe Reilly - on the job!

Okay - did you know that here in the USA - there is an RX card just for us furbabies? Mom has been grumbling a lot lately because all of our medications are costing nearly $350 a month when she buys them through our local pharmacy but the other day she was watching some info-mmercial that stated you can use all RX cards to buy pet medicines if they are also people medicines ....so of coarse Mom and I went researching and found out it is TRUE !!!!!

See.....The discount is given on the medicine - not on the person or furbaby taking it.  Anyway to get to the point - my Gabapentin normal costs $86 for a months supply at out local publix pharmacy (they don't accept discount cards though) so mom took the cards and had our prescriptions transferred to Walgreens and Mom got such a shock - today when she picked up my prescription - it was only $32.95 - that is a HUGE savings. And Denny's kidney medication dropped from $68 down to $30.

The card we chose is called Pet Drug card and this is their web address https://petdrugcard.com
There is no cost to use it, no joining or giving email address, you just enter your pets names and print out the card. We had no trouble using it at Walgreens. They list all the pharmacies you can use it at and what medications they cover. If they don't have your pharmacy or medication then check out some of the many other free RX cards as different ones offer different things. Remember - you must have a proper prescription from your Vet for the medicine - they can either print one out for you at the vets office or ours just sends it directly to the pharmacy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Good news

The news is good and so is my nose. We were starting to worry when it took so long for the results of my biopsy to come back but it turns out I have a bacterial skin infection in one side of my nose and they had to do a culture on it to find out exactly what kind of bacteria it is so they could match me up with the right antibiotics. Needless to say we all gave a big sigh of relief as thoughts of me without a nose and not being able to read the pee mail was just awful. So for the next two weeks I have to have this yucky ointment in my nose twice a day and have to take tablets twice a day too. Power of the Paw worked again - thank you every doggie you are all awesome !

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Power of the paw

We are needing some power of the paw - Mr Reilly had a biopsy done on his nose yesterday. Over the last 6 months we have been keeping an eye on a pink patch that developed on the side of his nose - in the last week it seemed to get bigger so his vet decided it was time to do a biopsy on it and find out what it is. Here he was when he came home - all tired and woozy from the sedation. He had one stitch in his nose which he will have out in 10 days. We now just have to wait until we get the results of the biopsy back.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Down the lazy river

When Aunty Dawn and Katie came to visits - she and Mom went out one day to do some exploring and Mom found a new park we hadn't been too - so yesterday she took me over to it so I could claim it and add it to bark ranger patrol. Now this is only a tiny park with mainly a picnic area, boat ramp and a small walking path - but what it does have is about a mile of river front that we can walk along. The river is actually the St Johns river and it where are all the big ships go through to reach the Port of Jacksonville.  Across from the park there is also BAE Systems - this is a ship yard that does retro fitting for a lot of the military ships and also private ones too. Check out that Yacht behind us (actually there were two - one in the water and one behind it in dry dock) - Mom says either one would be perfect for us to cruise around the world on - dream on Mom - dream on !

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A date with my girlfriend

Guess what - MY beautiful princess Katie came all the way to Florida to visit me again !!!  Is that pawsome or what!  Now sadly due to arthritis in my feet I can't really take her and show her many of the sights but yesterday was a good day so our moms decided to take us the Arboretum and Gardens. I was able to walk with her about half way and than the Mom picked me up and put in my walking wagon. We had such a wonderful time - although we REALLY didn't need that dweeb brother of mine being there as a chaperone. 
Smile Everyone (Left to Right - Katie, Reilly Denny)
Good Grief -they want more pictures
Katies Mom - she loves me !
My Mom- she loves me and loves Katie too
Me in my wagon
Comeon Mom - we gotta get up that hill.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Getting Old Sucks !

You know - for years we have listened to Mom complaining about being "old" and how her knees or back hurt after a long walk - but now WE understand. Getting old is no fun at all. I the Reilly dog have jippy feet (and I can't even wear my boots anymore )  and I have bad arthritis in my spine and back hips. The last time Mom took me for a 'real' walk I only got about a 1/4 mile and flopped on the ground and couldn't move. Thankfully by big human sister was with us and was able to carry me back to the car. Then on the weekend Mom and Dad took us to the beach - and before Dad could pick me up to carry me down the steps I tried to go down them myself and my back legs gave way and I tumbled down 4 steps. Needless to say I scared the bejeebers out of the folks but I was actually okay - just my dignity was a little hurt. Mom will now only take me places with no steps and a flat surface so she can put me in my wheelie cart (which I HATE) but it is better than nothing. I do enjoy my bike cart though - it is fun watching Dad huff and puff and do all the hard work :)

Now we also have had some scary news about my Dweeb brother the Denny. At his last yearly physical a few weeks ago -  his blood tests showed his kidneys were not working properly and his liver function was a little high. They decided to repeat the test one month later to make sure it wasn't just a faulty reading - and sadly the numbers came back slightly worse. So yesterday the Dweeb went off to the vets and had his belly shaved so they could do an ultra sound of his kidneys and sadly they showed he has "significant" kidney disease. He hasn't been showing any symptoms of anything being wrong. We are still waiting for some more tests to come back to see what kind of disease - and hopefully it can be treated with medications and a special diet - that will as the vet optimistically said - "keep him going a few more years"

We are also happy to report that after 8 months of living with us - cousin Max and his Moms are moving out tomorrow - they have an apartment about 7 minutes away but the big galoop will still be coming to doggie day care when his Moms are both working so we will still see him.  We are certainly NOT going to miss his tail though - both Denny and I squint and put our heads down any time he walks near us because we are so use to getting wacked in the face with that tail  And poor Mom has long whip like bruises on her legs from his tail....... she says can understand now why people dock boxers tail although she doesn't like the idea as there is nothing better then seeing a happy tail wag - unless it is knocking the coffee cup of the coffee table for like the 100th time :) :)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Look what Mom saw !

So the Mom went to the beach yesterday afternoon - WITHOUT US and guess what she saw? Well she stopped to chat with some fisher peoples and they were catching baby sharks!  Don't worry - they were releasing them straight away. Anyway - they told Mom they had caught 6 of them already in the last hour and two days ago when they were fishing they had caught and released just as many - seems our beaches have a baby shark boom going on. From some research we have found these are baby lemon sharks and they feed mainly on the bottom eating shrimps and mollusks. They also have very poor eyes sight and use sensors in their noses to find their food. The funny thing is Mom said their skin has a pretty pinky peach color and was iridescent so she wonders why they are called 'lemon' sharks' and not 'peach sharks'

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas

We are not sure where the year has gone - it seems to have flown by while we were napping - but here it is again - another Christmas. Wishing you all a Very Merry one and the most wonderful New Year from Reilly, Denny and BIG cousin Max

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thankgiving

We are sorry we don't blog much any more but this thanksgiving we are sharing with old and new buddies - from left to right - Reilly, Denny, Max and Jackieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Showing Max MY Parks

We thought we would take Max to visit one of MY parks this morning and went over to the Arboretum gardens for a look around. I explained to him the importance of being a bark rangers and his Moms say they will take him over the get his bark ranger tag soon. The big fella seemed to enjoy it a lot and we did too - we don't get our so much during summer as it is so hot but today we went early and it was just perfect under all the trees.
Smile Every Doggie
Max - are you drooling on me!
Gian Fungus - size of a dinner plate !
Max and his Mom Elise

Friday, July 21, 2017

Meet Max

Hi Hi - I KNOW - we haven't been around much. Mom has been busy with her little home business (she is saving for Denny's knee surgery) and has also had some sickies to deal with and my jippy foot has got so bad I have trouble walking much now so we don't get out and about as much as we did - but we are still here and now we have an extra buddy to play with. Meet Max - he is a boxer/mastiff mix and belongs to my human sister Elise (dad's daughter) and her Fiancee Tara. They have moved to Florida and are staying with us until they find an apartment. Now as you can see Max or Maxi-Moo-Moo as his Moms call him (gawoof gawoof) is one BIG boy.  The first week he was here we did have some disagreements. I had to tell him I was the oldest dog and therefore the boss - of coarse he thought being bigger made him the boss - but we got it sorted out and now we getting along fine. Denny basically ignores Max and just stays out of his way but he still a little scared of Elise and Tara although the last couple of days he has allowed them them to pat him. We are sorry we haven't been visiting you all - we think of you often and do read your posts we just don't comment much. Hopefully when Denny has his surgery things will be a little easier.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Happy 10th Birthday Reilly

Happy 10 Birthday to my most special of special sweet doggies.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Fathers Day

We are making sure that Dad just sits and relaxes today -(we are not letting him move off the sofa)  Happy Fathers day to all the Dad's our there. Can you believe that dad "sometimes" calls us 'trip-hazards'  !!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wordy Wednesday

Hi hi - sorry we have been missing lately. Mom has been so busy with her little shell business we have hardly had time to do anything. Mr Denny continues to have problems with his knee and will be be having surgery on it soon. I am still having problems with my foot and even though in my mind I can walk for miles and miles in reality I can only go about three houses down the street and I have to head home again. We are also into the hot temps again here in Florida - it has been in the 90's for a couple of weeks and that means we spend more time at home because it is just to hot for us in our big flooofy coats. Anyhoo we FINALLY convinced Mom we had to go to the park so we got up early while it was still coolish and headed over. We both loved the sniffing and even though neither of us couldn't walk very far - we still loved it.