Archive for the ‘terrier “terrors”’ Category

Happy Birthday Sammie!!

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Sammie turned 8 years old on Sunday, April 1st. We celebrated by going to Petsmart and getting some treats and new toys!

We put the birthday hat and bandana on her and she got extra special attention from all the folks at Petsmart!

Flash is a Chick Magnet!

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Flash went in yesterday for his fourth and final laser treatment.  Debbie took him to the veterinary office yesterday, and Flash had 4 female technicians around him, just admiring him and doling over him.  With this ACL repair operation, we were advised by the vet that it is “normal” for a dog to walk on 3 legs for about a week, then spend another week touching the ground with the affected leg, then finally – after about 2 weeks putting weight on it. It is expected the dog will be walking normally in about 6 weeks.  That is what we were told to expect.

Well, Flash has his own ideas about ACL recovery.  With his first operation, he was putting weight on the affected leg within 48 hours, and was walking normally within a week. With this second operation, he’s taking it a bit slower. He is gradually using the leg more each day, but still carries it high when he’s moving a bit quicker.  I guess that’s what I have noticed so far.  If he is just walking slowly, he will use the affected leg. If he wants to move more quickly, he will raise it up, and run 3-legged style.  Unless Sammie is barking at something… then its: “Forget the pain – I’m going all out to get there!” and he runs like he never had the operation.  He’s only done that once, as he got out of the house before we got the leash on him.  We are more careful now.


2nd Surgery is past

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Today, Flash had his left ACL repaired (actually, more like replaced). He came through it just fine. Well, he’s still pretty groggy and doped up on doggie pain killers.  But the good Doctor Beene says he’ll be back to normal pretty soon.  We’ll go through a couple of weeks of carrying him outside to do his chores, keeping him in his kennel the rest of the time.  If his first operation and recovery is any indication, I expect him to be walking well by next weekend, running by the end of the month, and jumping by sometime in October.


Another Flash Update

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Well, the Flash has recovered very well from the ACL surgery on his right leg. We’ve had to postpone his second surgery due to a bout with the doggie runs. I believe we’ve got that cleared up now, so he’ll be going back on Friday to have his left ACL repaired.  If his recent behavior is any indication, he’ll be jumping over the fence in a few months. Yes, he’s been so excited a couple of times he has actually jumped, and he’s beginning to jump up in our laps when we sit in  a chair.

Meanwhile, Sammie has come back to life since Flash has been laid up. She perceives that she is now the Alpha dog, running and playing while Flash just lays around and watches. If he recovers from his second surgery as well as he did for the first one, he will be running and jumping by Thanksgiving.

We’ll update soon after the surgery!


Another Flash Update…

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Flash had surgery 6/3/10 and came home the next day. Dr. Beene repaired the damage to the ligaments in Flash’s right knee.  He is doing great and is confined to his kennel in the house and he’s on a leash when he goes outside for pee & poo. He’s already beginning to put his foot down and  put weight on his leg.

Flashs knee after surgery

Flash's knee after surgery

I’m hoping he will continue to heal up quick. Flash is such a good boy.


Flash update…

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

After xrays and a visit to the vet, it was determined that both of Flash’s knees will need surgery to fix his ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). If we do nothing, Flash will face pain and arthritis in his back legs for the rest of his life. With the surgery, he will be 90% back to normal, with a much quieter lifestyle. Dr. Logan Beene will be doing the surgery on Thursday, 6/3/10 and we have full confidence in his decisions. His common sense philosophy of veterinary medicine has earned our respect and trust. We love Flash so much and he has brought us love in return. We know that recovery will be very time consuming and the surgery will cost a whole lot.

Flash is such a good boy, especially with the three grandsons. They can climb all over him and pull on his tail, ears and feet and he remains calm. Frank calls Flash his “love sponge” because he will soak up all the attention you give him.

Flash loves to play with the boys in the water!!!

Flash loves to play with the boys in the water!!!

Flasher has fallen

Saturday, May 29th, 2010
Flash loves to go wherever we wander!

Flash loves to go wherever we wander!

As we all know, everything Flash does, he does with terrier gusto, going all out! His energy level is very high for a guy of his age. Yesterday, he and Sammie were chasing each other around the yard and he “yelped” and stopped all activity. His leg was hurting. The poor guy could hardly walk! We pampered him all day yesterday (Friday) and this morning we took him to the vet. Flash has torn ligaments in both doggie knees and will need surgery to correct the injury so he can walk without pain.

What a blow! Our Flasher boy has to be confined to kennel.  He is so used to running full steam into every situation and now we must keep him still. Flash is on pain meds. We take Flash to the vet clinic Tuesday morning for xrays and then see the Dr. Beane in the afternoon to hear what he has to say.

We love Flash so much! He is a very good boy. We’re going to do everything we can to get him back to normal.

Flash is so good with the kids.

Flash is so good with the kids.

Little Person in a Doggie Suit

Saturday, July 25th, 2009
Flash knows hes a handsome boy!

Flash knows he's a handsome boy!

Sammie, Firecreek Queen of Everything

Sammie, "Firecreek Queen of Everything"

I’ve often wondered why it seems that the doggie “kids” are almost human in their thoughts, emotions and actions? Flash has such a male attitude of aggressive love and “act now, think later.” Sammie has her moods and she pouts and will ignore us.

Ever since we married, we’ve always had a dog. I cannot imagine how quiet or lonely it would be not to have a faithful friend around the house. Their unconditional love has taught me so much because we are far from perfect yet they look at us with such devotion, their ears perking up at every word. I believe one reason Grandma Gladys lived such a long life was that she had her little doggies with her to love and care for. I look forward to a long life with our faithful and loving terrier friends!