More on my Quilter Dogs
So, way back when, I published my "What's a Pibble" post. I Reposted that on my blog here, and I updated it a little bit when I published it. I wanted to expand a bit today.
So Quilter Dog #1, female, Pixel, 7 years old, boxer-y pibble mix. She is featured in the picture for the post. She is possibly the most bratty princess dog on the planet. She doesn't like to lay down unless she is on a bed, couch or at VERY least a blanket on the floor, preferably (as you can see above), a blanket ON a couch. We adopted her when she was about 4 months old, and she has never known the "ruff" life. She was very sick when she was younger, we found out she has severe food allergies, which required a LOT of trial and error with vets, cleaning up LOTS of vomit, exploratory surgery, an internist vet, and about a year's worth of steroid treatments. But once she got on the right food she has been great. We are fairly sure she is allergic to all kinds of bird. Chicken, duck, turkey, we just don't do any of it. She was on Kangaroo feed for quite a while, now she's on Salmon (the kangaroo brand we had the best luck with was discontinued).
The trick is, though is that our second dog, Taco, (backstory to follow in a moment) also has food allergies, that we haven't exactly pinpointed what they are, as well as environmental allergies and is on Appoquel (wonder drug), to relieve his constant and severe itching. And we have to feed them the same food for a few reasons, the main being that Pixel gets jealous if Taco has something different, and Taco will eat Pixel's food if she doesn't.
So Taco, he's somewhere between 9 and 15 years old, male, labby pit type mix. He was adopted from the local Humane Society, where he ended up after he was tied to a fence and left. He watched the people who "loved" him tie him up, walk away, and never come back. Yet, he still loves people. HE LOVES US SO DEEPLY... All you have to do is make eye-contact with him, and he wags his tail. He is super snuggly and his favorite thing is to cuddle, oh and food... He loves food. And honestly, that might be a hard tie, his love for food and people. He has definitely seen the more rough life that a Pitbull type dog can have and shows how resilient and forgiving their nature truly is. Right now, he is nursing a shoulder injury. He went to the vet last week, they put him on an anti-inflammatory medicine and strict rest. He's having a hard time with the rest, unless his people are also resting and in the same room with him. During the day, anyway. At night, he has been sleeping like a rock. The discomfort he was feeling is definitely relieved at night from the medication. Plus his people are taking turns sleeping on the couch in the living room since he isn't allowed to jump onto the bed due to the rest order.
The good news is, he is responding very well to the medication and rest, and his limp is a bit less pronounced and he is definitely less restless and more comfortable. Thankfully!
Quilter dogs, yes. They do like to hang out in my studio while I work, I think part of it is because I have a space heater in there. And believe me, it took almost 3 years to get Pixel to not eat quilts. She's doing much better with it these days! :)
Until next time, friends,