Sad news

It has been too long, I know. After becoming a mom to little humans, I have definitely neglected this furbaby. Of course, it’s hard to divide one’s time between all the people we love, it often feels like there just isn’t enough time.

My little human ones are 4 and 2 years old and my furbaby Vash is 6 years 8 months at this point. I obviously haven’t updated on him in a long time.

Generally, things have been okay. We go on walkies and although sometimes it felt like another chore, it was really a joy for me, to get out and walk around the neighborhood and get some downtime. Vash has always been a trooper with a wagging tail, having fun in our daily routines. As he grew older, I suppose was generally less active, actually he’s always been quite a calm dog. Surprising for a Westie, I suppose. It’s only when there’s a cat or lizard that he goes nuts!

Unfortunately, a couple weeks of ago, we noticed he started slowly down and not wanting to jump. Then he got a high fever. He was on medication and it seemed like things were getting better. But after the meds finished, we have in serious pain again. It was obvious that something else was going on. He didn’t want to move, because he was in pain and he would stand still with his head down.

After multiple vet visits, we have confirmation from two different vets that he has a herniated cervical disc. Ouch.

He is on painkillers to help get through the days, but we have an appointment to get an MRI and see where we go from there. Obviously, surgery is the option the vets talk about.

I don’t know if it’s a business thing or whatever, but surgery is never something to enter into lightly. I want to take him to acupuncture before resorting to surgery. He is still walking and when on meds, he can go for walkies and seems almost normal.

But we carry him up and down stairs just to reduce the impact and try to reduce the chance of him worsening his conditioning.

It’s a scary journey and heartbreaking to see him in pain. It’s so sad when it seems like your own dog is running away from you in pain, he doesn’t want to be petted or touched… and he can’t respond or tell us what is going on exactly.

It’s all very emotional, but I’m a practical person and trudging onward. If you have experience or knowledge to share about this issue for dogs, please let me know. Thanks!

Posted in 6 years 8 months | Leave a comment

Over 5

Wowsers.

Vash is already over 5 years old… our little furbaby is not really a baby anymore. These past years with the addition of two human babies to our family has made it a bit difficult for Vash. Afterall, he got all the attention and now he has to share the love, not to mention get chased around by crazy energetic kids who want to grab his tail!

However, I think Vash is still doing well and I hope over time I will be able to devote more time to him, too. It’s not easy being mom to so many cute babies!

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Posted in 5 years 4 months | 1 Comment

A Long Overdue Update

Wow, I can’t believe so much time has passed! Vash is doing well, albeit getting mega hairy and ungroomed. It seems like a never-ending battle when it comes to his crazy coat. We taking him for stripping regularly, but the in between time is always difficult to manage. He’s a feisty dog who likes to jump into the grass and roll around the most dirty spot he can find… of course! It’s hard to keep him looking white… oh well… natural dogs unite, right?!

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So here are some snaps of Vash in all his non-white glory… our furbaby!

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Posted in 4 years 7 months | 2 Comments

Vash and A Sunny Day

Oh my! I’ve been overwhelmed by motherhood, but Vash will always be the first baby in our family. We had a freak couple of sunny days, so it was perfect for a photoshoot with Vash. As always playing with his favorite green ball. I wonder how long it will last?!

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Oh, Vash!

It’s inevitable… when there’s a new baby in the house, the furbaby gets a bit neglected. However, we have been trying our best to keep up and play with Vash as much as possible. He still gets a lot of attention in the end… but there’s an obvious difference. Poor boy.

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Thankfully, here in Italy it’s not as inconvenient to take your dog with your everywhere. Most all restaurants are okay with it, plus he’s a good boy and just sits under the table. Sometimes Vash will wait in the car a bit, but just a few minutes with me in the car… if we stop to pick something up.

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Walkies are probably longer since we bring the baby… so perhaps there are some perks for the furbaby in the end…

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Sometimes I wonder what Vash is thinking… he has the funniest faces and expressions. Is he sad or wanting more from us?

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Posted in 2 years 10 months | 2 Comments

Hot Summer

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Although it seemed like a mild summer, the excruciating heat is finally here… eek! Vash usually zonks out for the whole day when it’s so hot… he doesn’t even want to play. The only good thing is that the heat means westie tongue sticking out and that’s cute… LOL!

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Groomed Westie

Even more important in the summer to be groomed. Even though Vash dreads the whole experience, I think he must like the results and prizes after the fact. See the before and after…

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He looks like a younger dog – LOL! Love our little cute westie… and the latest game is to play with the ball on top of the sun chair thingy. Vash bops it with his nose across the chair – like ping pong for dogs!

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Posted in 2 years 8 months | Comments Off on Groomed Westie

I’m cute, so feed me!

This is Vash giving us his cutest little pity me look. It’s because we are bbq-ing and he pretty much expects to get some grilled chicken… spoiled, eh?

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Posted in 2 years 8 months | 2 Comments

Happy Lovely Weather

Forgot to share this cute photo of Vash crawling at the park in the margherita flowers… oh happy lovely weather it is… I hope it lasts!
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Posted in 2 years 6 months | 1 Comment

Daily Life Routine

Day by day we are getting closer to a routine here at home, with baby and Vash. There are days when the baby is fussy and I’m so glad that Vash goes to sleep by himself… LOL! Even though our pets are dependent on us, they are also independent in so many ways – at least Westies are, right?

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We are definitely happy about the sunnier weather and Vash looks so darn cute in the green grass. The contrast definitely makes him look whiter, even though his coat is definitely a light gray/brown… ahha… we really need to make an appointment for his stripping.

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We spend most of our time at home and outside on the terrace because I can’t handle baby and Vash by myself. But on the weekends we go out together with dad… I think Vash likes it a lot!

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At home, Vash still loves cold cuts and can smell it from a mile away… “there’s meat on the table for me, I know it…”

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There’s definitely a different between having a pet and having a baby – obviously there’s no comparison, although many couples take on the responsibility of a pet before they have kids. A trial period, perhaps?

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For now, I often think that Vash is so much more manageable than the kid – LOL! Happy Mother’s Day to me… I’m grateful to have both little babies in my life. It’s hard work to be a mom, but worth it. Totally.

Posted in 2 years 7 months | 2 Comments