Happy 6th Birthday, Oscar

Happy Birthday to my little fur baby! I don’t know about any of you, but my furbabies mean the world to me. They are just like my children and my life would be totally different without them in it. Today we celebrated Oscar’s 6th birthday. He had a vet appointment on the sixteenth to get his twelve month heartworm shot and he had gained 2 pounds since he was at the vet six months ago. He hasn’t gained any weight in quite some time and I was surprised by this gain as he if a lot more active than Harley and doesn’t pig out as much as she does. Regardless we will keep an eye on him and try to get him back down to an even 20 lbs.

I usually buy them cupcakes as they only get this treatment once a year. He always shares with his sister and she in turn will share with him come May when it’s her birthday. Again he wasn’t too impressed with the icing, but he did eat some of it. As for the cake itself, he loved it.

He cleaned up all the crumbs!

Sharing with sissy girl (aka Harley).

He picked out his favorite toy and had its arms removed by the end of the night and I’m sure the stuffing will be gone before the next day is over as he is rough on toys.

Not sure if he’s licking his lips because his cupcakes were so good or at the thought of tearing his toy to pieces….lol!


All in all he had a great birthday party and we look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with him.

Happy 5th Birthday, Oscar

I can’t believe my little furbaby is 5 years old today. It seems like only yesterday that we brought him home. He is such a comfort to both myself and my husband. In addition to celebrating his birthday today, we made a trip to the vet for his six-month heart worm prevention which turned into a twelve month injection. Proheart recently came out with a twelve month injection so we are trying it and hoping for the best. He didn’t have any issues aft er the shot. 

In addition, I asked the doctor about getting something to calm him down when we’re traveling as he is always off the wall in the vehicle. Our other weenie just chills out and sleeps unless she knows there’s food in the truck. The doctor give us Trazodone. I din’t give him any on the trip to Knoxville as I didn’t want to mix that with his injection he had just got. He ended up doing a lot better on this trip, but at least we will be prepared for the future.

I bought cupcakes for him and his sister as a special treat and although he loved the cake part, he wasn’t too impressed with the icing, which was fine with me as I didn’t really wanting him to eat all that sugar.

Checking out my pupcake, Ocsar!

Sharing with my sister, Harley!

Happy 4th Birthday, Oscar

I can’t believe my little man is 4 years old today. He brightens my day every day. It’s hard to believe how much a dog can impact someone’s life, but this little man has definitely impacted mine. I love his sweet kisses and the way he snuggles up to me in bed. He keeps me warm and watches over me. Although he is small in stature, he is still my protector. He will stand watch while I go to the bathroom and beg for me to play with him. His favorite toy is a blue ball that he wants you to throw so he can go fetch. While fetching he will take another toy with him and leave it where the ball landed. It looks like a tornado has gone through our house sometimes with all his toys all over the place. He has provided more love and comfort in his first four years than I ever thought possible.

Today as we celebrate his birthday, which he got to eat a cupcake or two which he shared with his sister because she will not be left out when it comes to food. We asked the little boy who lives next door, Max, if he wanted to come over for cupcakes and help celebrate because he loves to play with the dogs.  He brought him a little dog toy that only lasted about 30 minutes because it was one of those rubber squeaky things and he had it demolished in no time. For such a little dog, he can destroy more toys than you would think.

Happy Birthday little man….hope we have many more years together!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Oscar

Today is this little mans 3rd birthday. Wow time is flying as it’s hard to believe we have had him for three years now. Well actually it won’t be until March before we have had him for three years but his birthday is today! He always has this tendency to lick his lips before he gets to dive into his treat. Today he got what is sister got last year. I try to change it up when I can, but it all depends on what type of dog store is nearby in whatever town we might be in.

Oscar has never celebrated is birthday in the same location. We are currently in Nashville, TN staying at Safe Harbor RV Park off I-40, Exit 219.

Happy Birthday little man!

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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