Happy 5th Birthday, Harley

Today we celebrated the 5th birthday of our baby girl, Harley. It’s hard to believe that 5 years have come and gone as time seems to be moving really fast. She is a doll baby and so easy. She likes everything you give her to eat whether it’s dog food or human good. Her daddy likes to feed her stuff she shouldn’t have, which shows in how big she is. Her last vet appointment 5-6 months ago she weighed 28 pounds. 

She loves the ride in the vehicle as long as she’s in the back seat. She sleeps the entire time until we stop and then she’s up looking for food. Her brother loves to play with a ball and chases it all the time, but she will have nothing to do with it. Her favorite activity is to sleep, which she does really well.

These are not the best photos,but they will have to do. The last one is of her brother, Oscar, who also got his own cupcake. They both have to share on their birthdays.

I love my birthday pupcakes!

It doesn’t take long to flip it over to the good stuff.

Not a big fan of the icing.

That was delicious. Can I have some more?

I shared with my brother because he always shares with me!

Happy 4th Birthday, Harley

I can’t believe I have two four-year-old babies. Okay their dogs, but their still babies or at least they’re my babies. Harley has such a different personality than Oscar. She is the laid back, don’t give a shit, sleep all day, don’t have a care in the world type of dog. Her main ambition in life is to see how much sleep she can get in a day and snore, oh my god, you should hear this dog snore. She sounds like a freight train sometimes. And eat, oh can she eat. She stills food from Oscar every chance she gets.

Today is her day and she gets a special birthday cupcake. I bought plenty so that Oscar could have one to as we can’t leave him out. Besides he shared on his birthday with her back in January, so it is only right for her to share with him. He shares his food with her too. There’s a mixture in their food and theirs one kernel that looks like rat poop that he leaves all over the floor for her to come back and gobble up, which she does regularly.

Harley has had a lot of health issues since we moved into our house. I think it’s the grass because she has never had this issue before, and we have lived and stayed in many places since she came into our lives. She breaks out on her belly and underarms with a bad red rash. I know it must hurt. We have been to the vet many times. Finally, on our last visit we found something that will work. They prescribed her Apoquel. It’s expensive but is doing the trick.

She enjoyed her cupcake and new toys today. I got lots of kisses and hugs of appreciation for making her day special.

Happy 3rd Birthday, Harley

Happy Birthday, Harley!!!! Decided to try the pup cake from PetSmart again, plus they are just down the road so it was convenient as well.

This girl is growing so much and has the sweetest personality. She is very laid back, rides in the car like a dream and will eat anything you feed her. I wouldn’t trade her for the world.

My Favorite Furbabies, Oscar & Harley

One of my favorite subjects is my furbabies, Oscar & Harley. In July I switched their dog food, not brand, just type and am wondering if that is what set off Harley’s stomach issues.  We have been feeding both of them Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Dry Dog Food  for a long time. Harley is overweight, so we decided to change from the original to the weight management bag, but stayed with the same brand.

Within a few days of switching her food, we noticed she had been limping on her back leg, so we took her to the vet to get that checked out as she would not go up and down the steps at all. After examination and x-rays it was brought to our attention that her back left knee was going out of socket.  She was put on Rimadyl to help with swelling and pain.  We were to take her back in a couple of weeks for recheck.  

Harley & Oscar

By the time we took her back, she was vomiting after she ate, but mostly in the middle of the night. These episodes would happen off and on, but more on than off. I thought is was from the Rimadyl, but the vet said it could be a number of things including the switching of her food. They wanted to start her on a different brand of food all together.  For the next six days she was to eat Royal Canin, GastroIntestinal Low-Fat, which comes in a can. In addition, they took her off Rimadyl and put her on Sucralfate and Gabapentin. The vomiting stopped almost immediately.  

After six days, we could go back to dry food as the vet was trying to figure out whether the food or the meds might be making her vomit. When we went back to dry food we wanted to stay with the Royal Canin brand, so we switched her to Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Dachshund Adult  dry dog food.

The vomiting continued and some days was after every meal. We went back to the vet and was told that she might just be one of those dogs that have stomach issues and it could last a month, a year or forever.  He wanted us to go back to the GastroIntestinal low-fat canned food. For the past two weeks, we have had only a few episodes of her vomiting and most of those have been after she picked up something outside while going to potty.

I still think there might be something else going on because if she eats anything other than the canned food, she vomits.  She is not on any medication at this time. What would be causing this to happen? We will be going back to the vet again for further analysis and testing and if our current vet doesn’t want to seek out other things that might be wrong, then I will have to pick a new doctor because being on canned food for life that costs as much as this stuff does is not going to work. Any advise or suggestions would be appreciated so feel free to leave your comments below.

Our other furbaby, Oscar, has had no issues with the switching of food and has adjusted to each change as if nothing has happened. I guess dogs are like humans, no two of us are alike.

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Harley

This baby doll is so cute. At two years she still has that cute puppy face. I’m really surprised she posed for this pic as she really doesn’t like having her pic taken. As I said in a post back in January for Oscar’s birthday, these birthday posts are actually being posted in 2021 as I forgot to put these on the blog, but came across the pics and wanted to add them in at the time they really were taken instead of adding them in 2021.

She’s a big girl and always shares with her brother, which she is doing here.

Wow that toy didn’t last for 30 minutes before it was destroyed. Luckily I have time stamps on my photos so I can remember these things especially since it took so long to actually post this to the blog. Look at that face, doesn’t she look innocent. I think her brother done it. Look at next pic.

Oh no, its the side eye pic. The I’m not guilty no matter what you say. He looks guilty to me.