Sochi Dogs Post 2 – Pot vs Kettle?

We’re awfully proud of all the dogs and families who posted their #SochiDogs pictures.  And we’re grateful for the response to our blog yesterday.  Hopefully we raised some awareness and shared some of the stories of dogs who need rescuing.  We know we learned a lot.

We even had some fun getting our picture made:

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And then we read this post from the amazing, amazing people at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary:

Disgust at Sochi’s treatment of animals a case of pots and kettles?

Here, let us quote one paragarph:

“In the U.S., 9,000 shelter pets are killed every day. Of course we’re better organized, systematic and discreet. Our shelters are cleaner and the scrutiny of animal advocates has elevated the standards of shelter care, but our poisons are as deadly as theirs and a shelter killing here is as unjust and final as that of any Sochi dog.  We’ve just done a better job of sweeping it under the rug and keeping it out of the public eye.”

Wow.  They’re right.

Please don’t misunderstand us, what’s being done to dogs in Sochi and in Russia is inhumane, but let’s turn some of that outrage to work here at home.  Remember to spay and neuter your pets and please do everything you can to support adoption and rescue pets.  Thanks for listening!

And here’s some really great pictures of rescue dogs going home!

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Sochi Dogs

The Buck-White Boys are not "Biological Trash"

The Buck-White Boys are not “Biological Trash”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You have probably heard about the “removal” of dogs in Sochi, Russia in advance of the 2014 Winter Olympics.  If you haven’t, you can read about it in this article on CNN.

This was, of course, extremely concerning to us.  We were thrilled to hear of Good Samaritans jumping in to help out.  Like this billionaire who jumped in to try to help.

Or these dog lovers who also jumped in to help.

We hurried to sign this petition on Change.org.

There is also this petition directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But then these two awesome pups, Pete and Tally, started the #SochiDogs hashtag campaign.

So we had to add our picture to the mix.  We would just encourage you to say a prayer for those pups in Russia, do what you can support them and remember to help out rescue animals in your own community.

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Happy 2014!

Happy New Year! We hope your year is off to a great start and that your holidays were fun, festive and full of joy.  We’re excited about the new year and, like everyone, have made our own set of resolutions.

In 2014 we resolve to:

PLAY MORE!

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Always be curious

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Smell the fresh air

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Be more goofy!

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Focus on the journey, not the destination

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Enjoy the great outdoors

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And take really killer naps.

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And, yes, we’re really going to try to blog more, but please do follow us on Twitter and on Facebook, which is where we spend most of our time.

Happy New Year!

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Happy Halloween!

It’s that time of year again!  We just wanted to wish all of you a happy and safe Halloween!

Dads tried to embarrass once again this year.  Seriously, when will they ever learn?!?

Oliver is a Bee!  Bzzzzzz!

Oliver is a Bee! Bzzzzzz!

Tucker as The Red Baron

Tucker as The Red Baron

Barclay as The Headless Horseman

Barclay as The Headless Horseman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And OF COURSE, a reminder to keep your fur-kids and friends safe this Halloween — it’s one of the biggest times of year when pets go missing ’cause it can freak us out a little bit.

Ain't we cute?

Ain’t we cute?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Barclay’s advice from last year:  https://buckwhiteboys.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/boos-halloween-advice/

And if you don’t trust him, here’s some good words from The Humane Society:  http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/halloween-safety.html

Hope you have a PAWESOME HOWL-I-DAY!!

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If you didn’t know . . .

If you didn’t know Oliver was sick, you’d never be able to tell.  He’s bouncy, goofy, silly, wonderful Oliver, but a little quieter, with a little less stamina and every once in awhile he gets this far away look in his eye and you know he’s not feeling 100%.

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We had a good follow up visit yesterday.  Here’s the status report:  BUN and creatinine (measures of kidney function) are back to normal!  Hooray!  His blood pressure was 150, so still high, but lower than it was and being maintained by the medicine.  Great!  Pretty much all of his “numbers” were in really good shape.

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Except for one.  We got a really good education on how blood is produced yesterday.  You ready?

OK, reticulocytes are immature blood cells that have shed their nucleus and been released by the bone marrow.  The presence of reticulocytes in the blood indicates that the marrow is producing new red blood cells and responding  to a hormone released by the kidneys called Erythropoietin.

So, we know that Oliver is still anemic because his Packed Red Blood cell count yesterday was 24.  That’s steady from the last time it was tested on September 23, but it should be around 40 so it’s still low.

Oliver’s bone marrow is not producing reticulocytes and it appears his kidneys are not releasing erythropoietin.

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We’re now in entering into the “Land of Could Be” – a place where we’re just going to go ahead and buy a permanent vacation home. This issue with the kidneys COULD BE kidney fatigue, basically.  Oliver’s system has been through so much in the last month that it’s just packed up its toys and is pouting in the corner, not wanting to do any more.

Today Oliver is going BACK to the ER Vet and will get a shot of Vitamin B12, a shot of Iron and a shot of erythropoietin.  The erythropoietin will have to be repeated twice more over the next week and the whole goal here is to kick-start that hormone production, get the kidneys in gear and kick the whole system back online.

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If that doesn’t work, Oliver will have to have a bone marrow test to see if there’s another reason why they’re not producing new red blood cells and we DO NOT want to do that.

Oliver played it up pretty hard during a visit to Barking Dogs yesterday.

Oliver played it up pretty hard during a visit to Barking Dogs yesterday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the meantime, we were able to reduce his number of meds, cut back on the prednisone even more and we’re just gonna keep bouncy, goofy, silly going while all of this is going on.

‘Cause that’s what Oliver’s all about — if you’re going to do something, do it ALL OUT.  If you’re going to eat, eat with gusto and enjoy every bite – even the ones you dropped on the floor.  If you’re going to sleep, sleep hard – throw your legs up in the air, kick your head back and snore your little head off.  If you’re going to play, play until you collapse on the cool tile, worn out, panting and smiling.

And if you’re going to get sick, well, you may as well have something very rare, very odd, very confusing — and very expensive.  That’s our Oliver.

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Barclay

Barclay has been irritated that all the attention has been focused on Oliver lately.  Given that today is Barclay’s 4th birthday, today will be all about him.

But, briefly, Oliver is responding to meds well, eating voraciously, active, engaged and shows no external signs of being sick, other than the side effects of prednisone (the general ones – muscle weakness, excessive thirst/hunger, etc.).  We see the doctor for a two-week check up tomorrow, so we’ll know what blood levels, etc., are and can gauge how he’s doing.

Back to Barclay.

Barclay was actually born on August 27, 2009.  So, technically speaking, today is his “gotcha” day.

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Barclay was born at Saddlehill Labradors in Riverside, CA; the story of how he came to be a Buck-White Boy is for another post.  His dad is “Ch Saddlehill Struttin In The Moonlight” and his mom is “Beshire Saddlehill Spring Sparkle.”  This means that Barclay’s full name is Saddlehill Barclay Buck-White.

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Ch Saddlehill Struttin in the Moonlight 

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Barclay’s Mom is the black lab in front.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dads had to drive all the way to Riverside to pick him up and got to meet his mom and dad and brothers and sisters and uncles and cousins and everybody.

Then they had to drive him all the way home.  Four hours.  He threw up in the car.

Tucker had stayed at a friend’s house that day.  Then they met . . .

But it really didn’t take long until they became the best of friends.

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He’s named Barclay because he’s an English-style lab.  And dads wanted something that sounded English.  So, like Barclay’s Bank, right?  Also, “Bar” in Hebrew means “son of” and one of our dads’ name is Clay, so, “Son of Clay.”  Other daddy felt left out when he learned that, but Barmike would’ve sounded weird.

For awhile Barclay looked just like Shirley’s pet Boo Boo Kitty.  Remember her?

So Barclay picked up the name “Boo Boo Kitty” and very often gets called Barclay Boo Boo Kitty Buck-White

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Or sometimes just “Boo” for short.

But we can’t remember a time when there wasn’t a Barclay and are so glad he became a Buck-White, even if he is a little stand-offish sometimes and thinks that every bag has toys for him in it.  We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Happy Birth/Gotcha-Day, Barclay Boo Boo Kitty Barcle-butt.

 

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Maintenance

Welcome to our 50th post!

It has been relatively uneventful a Chez Buck-White lately, but there is still plenty going on.  We met with Oliver’s new “specialist” veterinarian – he’s an internist, apparently the only one in the state of Nevada.  Who knew?

He keeps his happy face on through all of it.

He keeps his happy face on through all of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The plan is that O-man will have regular check ups and at each one we’ll do blood tests, blood pressure, etc.  The most recent tests showed that his red blood cells are still not as high as we would like; they are better than they were, but not as good as they had been.  This is the one we need to watch carefully since it could indicate more bleeding or “leaking” blood vessels.  His blood pressure is still too high, as well.

Nap time is the best time!

Nap time is the best time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He’s on a lot of meds, but we’re pulling back on the prednisone.  This immune-mediated disease responds well to steroids, but steroids have some pretty ugly side effects; it’s a delicate balance.  And since we’re still dealing with so many unknowns, we keep trying to maintain that balance.

The daily dose - twice a day.

The daily dose – twice a day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His attitude through all of this is great.  His energy isn’t exactly what it was, but he went through a lot in the last month.  We did notice, though, that once all the fluid he was holding onto was gone he started looking really, really thin.  He’s always been on the skinny side, but he was really gaunt.  A call to the vet said that Dads could increase his food to FOUR CUPS A DAY!  We hate him for that – now he gets Breakfast and Dinner like usual, but he gets LUNCH TOO!  Not fair.

Got to go on an outing!

Got to go on an outing!

Just chilling!

Just chilling!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He gets a little sleepy from time to time and you do NOT want to be in the room when he, uh, “crop dusts” if you know what we mean.  Phew-eeeeeeee, that’s some nasty stank.

Naptime for yellows!

Naptime for yellows!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So we keep going.  We cannot tell you how much we appreciate the thoughts and prayers and karma and tweets and posts – keep ’em coming!   We’ll try to steer this blog back to fun stuff, toy reviews and stuff we really love.  Which is a lot of stuff!  Besides, Barclay’s getting a little jealous that the blog hasn’t been about him for awhile.

Hey, by the way, here’s a little thing one of our Dads wrote about their trip to Alaska: mpeska.blogspot.com.  Enjoy it and check out Marcy Preska’s writing – good stuff!

 

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