April 11, 2010
It has been awhile for my woofing and now I am in another form. My beautiful furry body was laid to rest March 18th and today I am woofing long distance you could say! I certainly had an excellent quality of life in my last 6 months thanks to Dr. Fong of the San Francisco veterinary Specialists so no complaints; if it had not been for his care I am sure my woofing would not have been as long. He had my guardian well-trained too with cooking for me, acupuncture treatments, special holistic remedies and increased loving! My guardian misses me very much I can tell as she is wearing waterproof mascara daily and is framing lots of photos of me; I am a very hard act to follow.! However, my timing to leave was perfectly set for it allowed another beautiful animal to come into my guardian’s life. My guardian calls her “Elli’s pup,” as she is 11 weeks of German Sheppard/Aussie Sheppard smartness; I was brilliant you know!
So let me introduce you to Lilee and here is a picture. I am glad I could leave her some chewed down bones for her to chew on instead of all the great furniture my guardian has! I have many good memories and of course my spirit surrounds Tiffany because of my woofing love! So, for now I am woofing off; come back for more as I am sure Lilee could have a few woofs of her own to share with you.
February 26, 2010
I am taking a break from “bone duty” to catch you up on the latest bark news! By the way guarding my bone is no easy task. I have to dig holes; one under the back yard tree, one in the corner by the wooden fence and another in the far corner by the other wooden fence. To keep potential bone takers confused I keep digging up the bone and relocating it to one hole or another. It’s a tough job and I am just the dog to dig good holes and cover them up so you can’t find the bone. Sometimes, that can be a problem because lately I keep forgetting where the bone was buried to begin with! I do find it and whew what a relief! I slept pretty good last nite and on our morning walk even pulled my mistress along a few times before slowing down. I hear my guardian calling me so enjoy the new photos even though ones may be from Christmas. Woof at you later!
February 21, 2010
It certainly has been a long time for my woofing news and here I am to catch you up. Right now I am outside keeping an eye on my bone. This is a very important job for a dog and time-consuming, though, I like consuming time it is what I do best! And, speaking of bones they are always the best. I don’t understand why an organic bone is better than a regular bone; overhead my mistress saying this is all they had left at Whole Foods and $7.00 for two organic beef bones is a joke; Elli deserves to have a couple so I will go ahead and get them. Now do I feel special or what! Al I know is I am perfecting the fine art of “gnawing,” and it’s my dog thing!
My speed has changed some since we last woofed. Sometimes I can pace along like I always do and then I put one paw in front of the other moving slowly. I can still spot a good smell and give my guardian a yank now and then. I didn’t do so well a couple of weeks on our morning walk and started to shake forgetting where I was. Tiffany was able to guide me safely home which luckily was not too far. Then she picked me up and placed me in the car on the road to the San Francisco
veterinary Specialists to see my favorite doc Dr. Fong. We arrived via emergency which was a little longer than I expected checking me out. My owner was not happy to see a black spot in my eye. That means dead cells showing up which is not good news. Dr. Fong was able to take a moment and come downstairs to see me and that made Tiffany feel much better. After taking my blood and getting the results back it appears my liver is failing. Now, being a dog I live in the moment and really not too aware of what is going on, except when I have difficulty breathing which is happening a lot more causing me to really pant and cough trying to get my breath and twice I have found myself on the floor. The first time I hit the floor upstairs and my guardian came running up the stairs to figure out what had happened. It appears I am having mini-strokes. I had another one the following nite downstairs and that really upset my mistress as it took me longer to get up and start moving. Today, Sunday and yesterday though I am doing pretty good; my owner not so good as sometimes I catch her crying and also trying to catch her breathe. We have been together for a pretty long time and in dog years we are almost the same age! My owner does have her happy moments like when the VPI Pet Insurance folks go the extra mile to help her; taking some time to review her claims and sending her some “due money.” Now, that made her very happy. And, a few things that make me happy; walked by my favorite pet walker Carol with Critter Care service; she has been walking me now going on 8 years. My mistress calls her “Aunt Carol,” as she is part of the family and gives me such excellent care so here is a picture of us in the kitchen after my walk. And, here are more pictures of me doing my stuff!
Well, the rain is still coming down and I hear my mistress calling me to come in which I am not doing since I am still on “bone duty!” Woof until next time!
December 24, 2009
Which is Merry Merry in dog talk! Here is a picture of me approaching my favorite place in my house….the kitchen and that is where the “magic” truly lives. My personal chef Tiffany is getting ready to whip up my dinner….white rice, pork loin, spinach, broccoli and barley…followed by a huge bone….woof some more! My last visit to see Dr. Fong was highlighted by a bladder infection and not more fun for me. Every time I attempted to pee nothing happened and after the fifteen time it was getting to really be a drag….hard to leave messages when there is no “ink!” Dr. Fong helped me with a chiropractor adjustment and acupuncture….feel soooooooooo much better. And, the herbal stuff seems to be working really good as my owner has a big smile on her face every time I do my business….weird but hey when she’s happy I get more strokes! At least she is not jumping up and down yelling the poo is firm…though she is saying softly “
Eureka!” Time to woof into the kitchen and see what my Guardian is cooking for me and Merry Merry Woof Woof!
December 6, 2009
Golly gee, time sure has passed since I last woofed to you and here it is approaching Christmas!
Personally, I don’t really know what is going on except for one major difference….our house is really crowded with much more stuff and I have to watch where my tail goes! My mistress puts up the tree the day after Gobble Day and there goes my other relaxing space! She talks a lot to her friends about how the tree is her special gift….sure is bright when I am trying to get a quick snooze…1,700 white lites bright!
Now to change the subject and bring you all up-to-date on what is going on with me, my cholesterol is more than what it used to be so no more sweet potato treats for a while and I seem to be leaking protein. Our last visit to see Dr. Fong of the San Francisco veterinary Hospital was a tune up for me; helping me to breathe better and have more energy; acupuncture does really work guys so do think about it for we pets! Anyway, my guardian changed my diet under Dr. Fong’s instructions and boy do I love baked potato, white rice, carrots and pork (I get pork loin!). Now the diet brings up another subject…doing my business in the park has gotten pretty public. I have always been a little shy and tend to park myself by a bush or in the bushes; now my owner yells the poo is firm, the poo is firm! This is rather embarrassing guys. However, the point being I am leaking protein so we are happy to have firm poo verses very soft poo.
Ok, now back to the Christmas house where I live. This morning Tiffany was back in action with her favorite holiday tool….a can of gold spray paint. I have a tendency to run for cover as she looks at my beautiful grey fur and I can just hear her thinking how a little gold on the tip of my tail would look or a red bow around my neck! She kept me inside while she sprayed more leaves gold and sprinkled green glitter on them for gifts. The house smells pretty good though I usually don’t eat what I smell….gingerbread, carrot cake and such….I can sure smell my meal cooking though!
November 22, 2009
Been a while so thought before I turn in and start counting squirrels I would give a little “nightcap” on what I have been up to like today for instance….slept very well last nite and on the floor for a change….this is good for my owner, as she has more room to move around on the bed. And, this was good for me, since my breathing seems to be improving.
Took my owner for our morning walk to pick up my messages in the park and found out I was very popular; picked up quite a few messages for me! Of course, I replied back too! The other morning though I was whisked away in the car after our walk and knew we were on our way to my other vet in Los Altos. The Adobe Animal Hospital staff is very nice to me and tell me how sweet I am, um, got them fooled; if they only saw me holding down the fort against the raccoons! Anyway, my mistress was concerned over the quantity of water I have been drinking and of course this meant some tests. My Guardian held me while the vet person inserted a needle into my chest for blood; not my favorite thing, though my owner said how brave I was and how I would make her pay for this later in extra treats…now that part I liked!
Skipping around a little, today my mistress received the test results and sounds like my liver and kidneys need some TLC; evidently I am leaking protein; good thing Tiffany takes such good care of me and checks me out right away. I know next Tuesday we are seeing Dr. Fong again with the San Francisco Veterinary Specialists, and he always helps me to feel much better. It takes me awhile to get used to having tiny needles inserted into my body and I tremble for a little bit; afterwards I breathe so much better; my Guardian says it is the Chi moving around; not too sure what that is so I just say I perk up quite a bit!
November 7, 2009
I’m back to update you on my latest visit to the San Francisco Veterinary clinic. Yesterday, after my fabulous morning walk and it was fabulous, because I jumped up and down in the house happily barking at my owner to hurry up and let’s go play; then I pulled her out the door and off we went with me leading the way. Actually, this kind of behavior pleases my master for it shows her I am up to being my old self. And, this is important for I am feeling pretty good.
After the walk, I knew it, no food which meant a trip to somewhere, and most likely the vet! As we were driving; I was riding co-pilot, I could tell we were on our way to the city. My owner likes the fact we can park in the garage compliments of the San Francisco Veterinary folks; me, I am not so sure, as every time the garage door lifts up it is a little scary though being brave I run right under it; sorta of, as I am well-trained!
Our Friday visit with Dr. Fong showed I was doing good; still not to happy with the tiny needles going into my body and having to stand still for a few minutes. It must be worth it for I do breathe better and my appetite perks up, not that it has too for I am a chow hound; Tiffany says I could find a piece of bread on Mt. Everest! I gave everyone a real treat by allowing myself to be photographer with Dr. Fong ( and here we are).
My owner really cares about me and the home cooked meals are the best. Tiffany takes good care of herself too; and that is a good thing for I want her to be able to play with me for a long time. She goes to see Dr. Gerald Cohen and we can even walk there as his holistic practice, The Center for Healing is in our neighborhood; this is great for I can come in and get the royal treatment; by the way here is our “mug shot!” Dr. Cohen is also very knowledgeable with healing remedies and gave my master some tiny pellets to put in my mouth 8 times a day; a lot, though they are small .and restrict the growth of cancer cells; Yippee!
Switching gears to the San Francisco Veterinary folks, a very nice lady by the name of Charlotte calls Tiffany my Guardian. I really like that for I am Tiffany’s Guardian too. Dr. Fong wrote an article called “A Different Way To Look At Animals,” a view of wholistic veterinary medicine.
I like this for I am “tapped in” to my owner and what makes Tiffany special is she is very tapped into me. Whew, all this woofing is making me hungry, wonder if I can persuade my mistress to give me a little treat…..until next time woof for now!
November 2, 2009
As I was lying here on the floor of our living room I heard my owner laugh when she saw me. ” I was spread out in my usual regal position on one of “our” large white fur rugs,” and she said “everywhere in this house in an Elli place!” She is most right! The white fur rugs are very soft and feel good against my body.
I do have my own special place, with my very own large pillow bed; sometimes I curl up there and sometimes I spread out or hunker down to chew on one of my large bones. This special place even has one of my owner’s paintings;” Eternity” is hanging right over my pillow bed; kinda like the sound of that; means I may be around longer that I think! And, actually I am improving. Today my master and I trotted down by the railroad tracks under a canopy of reddish and yellow leaves. This is one of my favorite walks with many opportunities to pick up and receive
my messages. My owner mentioned a couple of times that she had her own personal trainer; me! She was walking fast to keep up with me! So, now that I have shared about my comfy Elli places I am going back to snoozing; before I go I am leaving you with some more pictures of course; of me! Woof back for more on my scene soon!
October 24, 2009
Here I am talking about Chinese herbs and who would have thought this subject would come up in my dog time. Perhaps, I have already shed some light (better than shedding more fur you could say!) how I came to be involved with Dr. David Fong of the San Francisco Veterinary Specialists Group. When my owner decided not to take option one which was surgery; thank goodness by the way for the recovering time would have been brutal, and the pain don’t want to go there.
Anyway, Tiffany has been for as long as I have known here a believer in holistic medicine. My master believes in you might say a “universal support system.” She thinks it is a good idea to find the cause and treat it, and that the body is made up of pathways that carry information so everything in the body is connected. Don’t know too much about that except how I feel after visiting with Dr. Fong.
When Dr. Fong first approached me with some acupuncture needles of course I had to show him who was boss and did my growl thing; he jumped and then Tiffany suggested by lowering her voice and in a very soothing tone I would be ok; good to be in command don’t you think? Dr. Fong inserted very thin small needles in various parts of my body and I had to stand up for a couple of moments; not so bad as Tiffany stroked my head and then Dr. Fong gave me little treats. Today, was our second visit. I am very pleased to report I am doing real good! The other nite I gave a few raccoons a run for their money; not coming over my stone wall into my back patio area! The herbs that are mixed in with my food and the pills I take twice a day are helping and this makes me feel good and makes my owner smile. Her smile is important to me as I love her much. And, besides when she is unhappy so am I.
Watch the “choke hold” please!
Here are some pictures of me and my owner in the upstairs spacious area for dogs; yes we are separate from the cats….good idea for me so I don’t just happen to get frisky with a kitty cause it’s my nature. The San Francisco Veterinary staff are very friendly and pet me and give me treats; yes I deserve it, though they treat all of the other dogs with kindness too. I am glad my owner made this decision to bring me here. Gotta run I hear something outside that needs my attention….enjoy our pictures and woof back for more