Friday, October 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Boy!!!

Wednesday was Bruno's birthday, so we had Roxie and her Mom Marcie over for cake! Yummy!

Roxie loves Bruno, she just doesn't want him too close to him.

Happy Birthday Bruno, 1 year old!

Roxie is digging in, and Bruno is licking, come on Bruno!

Ok, now he's got it...

So spiffy in their bows!

That all folks!

Roxie gave Bruno a bunch of her favorite treats. Those are now Bruno's favorites, and now I have to ask Roxie's Mom where she got them! Bruno also got a stuffed Frog for his birthday. Which he quickly went to work on...of course.

No more Mr. Frog... Such a happy boy!!!


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hmmm, Bored.

Well, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here...


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New toy, toy gone.

Thank you Aunt Suzanne for getting Bruno this fun toy! Bruno enjoyed it thoroughly, until the end, for about a half hour. As you can see, it has lost it's use. Shredded. We appreciate the thought. Maybe a concrete toy would last longer. ;)


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Healthy Boy!

Hello everyone. Bruno's recovery went very well. He's back to the dog park running and playing, no dogs were there this particular day. We appreciate all the well wishes, and he sends his sloppy kisses to all.


Sunday, July 20, 2008

What is that moving...

Look what Bruno found in the backyard...

Bunnies! I saw that he was fixated on something in the grass, and I thought he was eating rabbit poo again, but then something moved....bunnies! There about four, at least that is all I saw. They're pretty deep in the hole under loose grass and their eyes aren't open yet. It will be fun watching them grow, from afar.


Relaxing at home.

Bruno came home Friday, yay! He still had the second tube in which we had removed on Saturday. We are now tube free. Now, it's 3-4 time daily cleaning of the holes, 4 if you're counting. Warm compresses for 10-20 minutes and an anti-biotic cleanser. At first this was hard for me to do, b/c I didn't want to hurt the lil' guy, because the holes need to stay open, and if they close up, I need to open them back up, for continuous drainage. However, since I've done it just about a dozen times so far, I'm getting used to it. And, he doesn't seem to mind if I have a treat on hand. He's looking really good, however, I won't show any pictures until the holes look better.

Thanks for the card Barney!


Friday, July 18, 2008

Day 12: Going home, hopefully.

I didn't post yesterday because I didn't feel like getting on the computer, so here's yesterdays update...

*Another Abscess! (Thursday, July 17th, 2008)
Well, I went to visit Bruno at lunch, per usual, and another abscess appeared where Dr. Jude sampled the initial abscess on Monday. So in goes another tube for drainage. Now Bruno has two tubes sticking out of his neck. Dr. Jude said they're going to keep him another night and take out the first tube tomorrow(Friday) let him go home with us for the weekend and then have us bring him back Sunday so she can take out the second tube. All the while Bruno is wagging his tail. One of the nurses said that while they were squeezing the second abscess, Bruno was wagging his tail(he was under a small anesthesia that numbs the area they are working on.)*

Ok, back to today. He looked good at lunch today. Dr. Jude was in surgery, so I didn't get a chance to see her. Plus, not sure if we'll see much of her actually, she's due to have her baby TODAY! I took Bruno out for a little walk and a fly came back with us, he loved that. Hopefully Dr. Jude will let us take him home tonight. We miss him terribly!

Thanks so much for the card Aunt Linda, so cute!

That's all for now!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Day 10: Recovery


Bruno is recovering well. Dr. Jude said they might be able to take the tube out tomorrow, yippie! Below is an image from today.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Day 9: Recovery


Bruno got out of surgery at 1p.m. today. I went over to visit him during my lunch hour. He was groggy and tired, but his tail was wagging. I'm sure he feels 100% better. They had a stint in his neck area to keep the drainage flowing. Dr. Jude said there was about 20 oz. of puss that came out from the abscess, holy cow! I'll spare you any pictures. He's shaved from his chin to behind the ears, I'm sure he'll be much cooler in this summer heat. They'll probably keep him until Thursday, maybe Friday, for observation.

That's all for now!


Monday, July 14, 2008

Day 8: Count down T minus 11 hours.

Well, Bruno has an abscess. A very, very, large abscess. The Dr. thinks a saliva gland most likely ruptured/burst or was irritated during the horse episode. Bruno will go under local anesthesia tomorrow morning and will have to stay over two nights, so that they can monitor him, just to make sure the abscess does not come back. He has a lot of drugs he'll be taking over the next four weeks. The abscess has gotten huge, see below.

Well, I'm off to ice Bruno's cheek again, it seems to help with the swelling. I'll keep everyone posted!


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Day 2, or 7...

Bruno has a little more swelling and now his left lymph node is swelling. He seems to be in a better mood. I took him for a short, low key, walk this afternoon and that seemed to help. Here's an image of his swelling...

Ok, so enough with the downer blog. Here are some pics of Bruno's first swim/fetch the stick in the river, Elkhorn River btw. Though he wasn't feeling 100% he did awesome. He loved the water and the small rapids. I can't wait to bring him back after he battles this issue he's having. You'll have to excuse the cloudy images...I took them with my camera phone, and as most of you know, Bruno got ahold of my phone and cracked in a few places, one being the camera lens. Ah well.

The Golden Retriever is our new friend Hann, as in Cole Hann. We're so trendy!

Thanks for all the well wishes from all our friends and family. We, as well as the patient, really appreciate the support.


Saturday, July 12, 2008

What a week...

Last Sunday started out nice and sunny. Went out to our friend's, Becky, farm to visit and ride, and Bruno got more than he expected, kicked/stepped on by a horse. After a four hour wait at the ER for small animals, Bruno's diagnosis looked good. Looked as though Bruno got nailed in the jaw and bit his tongue, with some bruising. A prescription of Rimadyl and some good RNR. Bruno seemed just fine during the week. Until this afternoon. We came home from breakfast out with some friends, to a lethargic and shivering baby boy. His ears were flat on the sides of his head, this was not our lil' boy! He was shivering but didn't feel cold. He didn't want to eat, even treats! There is a thunder storm around Lexington, so we thought maybe he got scared because we weren't home when this started, but he never had reacted to a thunder storm this way.

I thought, maybe he need to get out of the house and into the woods. A friend was going to her Uncle's house, who lives near a creek, and invited us to go, as they were going to teach a family dog how to swim. I thought this might be the perfect medicine! Bruno loved chasing the sticks into the water, and he swam for the first time, wonderful Bruno! I thought things were better, well, when we got home he went back to shivering and now wheezing. Our vet's office closed just as I called to get an opinion on what to do. They sent us directly to the ER for small animals, again. This would be the second time in a week.

So, we get to the ER and the nurses all recognize him and give him praises and hellos. Ok, well, the short of the long of it, he has swelling in his right lymph node, probably from the previous horse incident. The Dr. thought because his Rimadyl wore off that he was now feeling the pain, this was the reasoning for the shivering. The Dr. gave us another perscription of Rimadyl and Tramadol, basically an anti-inflamatory and a pain killer. We have to feed him wet puppy food now, even mix it with water to make it easier for him to eat, and NO CHEW TOYS! Poor guy.

Here are some pics of the lil' buggers swallon node...

Poor Baby!

I'll keep you posted on how the lil' guy is doing!

(wet)Chow for now...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Atomic Dog

Hello everyone! We went to Atomic Cafe on Thursday for "Atomic Dog" an event held by LYPA, Lexington Young Professionals Association. It was Bruno's first time downtown Lexington, and in a bar...H2O only, he's only 12! I just wanted to get some pics from the event up.


Here, we had dinner downtown on the patio of Le Deauville. Bruno found the perfect seat!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

35 lbs. and getting bigger...

Ok, I know it's been a long time. Here's a few images, and videos, from the past few months...

This battery operated Bouncing Ball only kept him busy for a few weeks. This ball is no longer in existence. Bruno chewed all the nobs off. Funny thing, this "Dog" toy warns not to be used as a chew toy...someone help me out with this one.

And who can keep away from Puppybowl? Patriots who? I think we were more excited watching the Lab take on the Shih Tzu.

And this is what happens when UK loses in the first round of the NCAA Tournament...blah!

It's ok, we're rooting for those Hilltoppers!!!

Have a good day everyone!


Monday, January 28, 2008

20lbs of Love!

We had another Vet visit this past weekend, and Bruno's up to 20lbs. and 16" tall, at 15 weeks old. We had to go to the pet store and get some new bones, so we got him this huge bone, 3/4 his size! He was eating up those smaller bones too quickly, so this should slow him down.

We also went to the large dog side of the dog park yesterday. He started picking on two other Boxer puppies, 9 weeks old, that were the same size as him! Bruno No! He did much better than a few weeks ago. He's doing ok on coming when we call. However, if there's a kid, forget it. He's off to play!

Not much else to report, other than he misses the fam and hopes to see them soon!


Monday, January 21, 2008

Bruno vs. Boston

And they're off! Bruno's tactics are the spin move and right hook, while Boston's, the Puggle, moves were to go for the jugular! The match was perfect, perfect size and energy between Boston and Bruno. Though Boston is full grown, he's only a year old. We were two of three dogs to brave the cold wind, at the dog park on Saturday.

Lot's of fun!

Friday, January 18, 2008

He's growing, he's growing...

At our last Vet visit Bruno was 14.2lbs and 14" tall, at 14 weeks now. So he's definitely growing. He's still a vicious biter, but I hope this trait goes away with age. We've been going to the dog park every weekend to terrorize the other small dogs and children. We tried out the big dog area last week, and Bruno soon realized jumping on every dog isn't a great idea. He preferred the small park, so we went back. We'll try again next month.

He still has worms, but we're hoping that we're at the tail end of this experience...ha, ha. If anyone has any suggestions, all are welcome!

Some friends of ours gave us a battery operated bouncy ball for Bruno. He loves it. He's so smart that he knows how to turn it on and off! Well, I'm not sure if he really knows or if during random chewing he pulls or pushes the button. It's a great way for him to let out that chewing energy on the ball rather than our hands, arms, feet, etc. I'll try to remember to get some good footage of this, quite funny, really.

He's also started to lift his leg while waiting for a treat (as shown in the image.) And then he swats at the treat. I guess this is the boxer trait. We're trying to get him to only so this when we ask for his paw, or shake.

That's it for now. Have a great day!


Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Years...snow?

Happy New Year everyone! Today Bruno learned about snow! Very cute. Time to start making the new years resolutions list...for Bruno, #1) stop digging.

Hope everyone had a great day of rest. Back to work tomorrow!