Bulldog on the Mends
My bulldog buddy Boz was feeling puny last week, so much in fact that I was a bit of a mess worrying about his sudden withdrawal and lethargy. He began to yelp, the kind of yelp that Stephen King would parlay to summon the dead and a few anxious Kraken, a yelp that pierced my ears as a cry for help, an alarm for unrelenting pain. His eyes were vacant, his loving nature diminished, his playful personality all but gone. I called the vet, immediately.
Aside from the steady handouts of treats and the chance to annoy some cats, there’s not much Boz likes about the vet, but this time he was stoic and acquiesced to the probes, prods and rubdowns. Temperature normal. Digestion normal. Extreme sensitivity to touch around the muzzle. Prognosis: It appeared that Boz had injured his neck, and likely pinched a nerve. Dr. “Alan” prescribed bed-rest and minimal activity, a protocol perfectly tailored for an English bulldog and his supportive human. (Take three naps per day and call me in the morning.) Boz was a fine patient and for days he laid low, drank some water, and ate a few bites of soft dog food. Ignoring the dog door, he would quietly wait for me to play doorman to let him out. Three slow steps later, Boz would remind the gate post and Strawberry pot who was still boss.
A week later and Boz is back to normal, begging regularly, whining for treats, chasing deer, barking from the front porch, hogging the sofa, and working to re-establish his canine kingdom. Gracie on the other hand, is not so sure she is ready to relinquish the throne. Ah the balance of power has shifted, at least for this week. So long live King Boz and Queen Gracie; may you reign here for a very, very long time, no matter who’s the boss (and I know it’s not me).
Tom I am so glad your boy is feeling better.
Tommy, I think it was Einstein that did that once and it sure was a sad week or so. You’re right about that yelp, it could summon the dead. Glad Boz is back in charge.
Thanks Kristin, yikes, I bet Einstein’s yelp registered on the Richter scale.
What a worry, Tom. They can’t speak which makes things worse. So glad Boz is feeling better.
So true Susan, the more I wanted to hug and pet Boz, the more he avoided me. I asked plenty of questions but he was not at liberty to say what was ailing him.
funny! you are a great writer. more a cat person, but still i felt for the two of them 🙂
Joumana, I’ll pass the sentiment along to Boz, but I will omit the cat part, just so he doesn’t judge you poorly.
I am so glad to hear Boz is back to his old self! It can be a huge worry when pets aren’t themselves — especially with bulldogs. Spoil him 😉
Thanks Eileen. Boz and Gracie send their best regards to Pipi (despite being on the French side of the family tree). Hope things are warming up a bit in your neck of the woods.
glad he’s back to Boz- dom, did you have to go off island for the vet?
Thanks for the well wishes Kim. We’re lucky, there’s a great team of Vets here on the island, helping tiny dogs to big horses. The clinic is called Fair Isle.
My older dogs see a chiropractor for their aches and pains. Their “adjustments” really help! The doctor had to take additional training in addition to chiropractic school in order to treat animals. I know he treats dogs, cats, and horses, the latter NOT in his office. My veterinarian endorses the treatments. My now departed Aussie was having difficulty going up and down the stairs until he had several treatments, after which it was much easier and I assume less painful for him.
Not, you understand, that I am even implying that Boz is “old”.
Hi Betty, Boz is very glad you clarified that he’s not old, though he did looked up at me pondering the supposition with another member of the house.
hi..i just found your blog and love it! your dogs are just the cutest too!
Thanks Jaz, and Welcome!
It’s just horrible when our buddies aren’t their normal happy selves s. I’m glad to hear Boz is all better!
Glad your dogs are feeling better. :o) Two of my four are sick right now, too, but are on the mend. The vet bill, however, was big enough to even make me queasy! But I don’t have to put them through college or teach them to drive so it’s all good. :o)
I like your attitude! I just found out something more expensive than vet bills: my root canal and new crown. 😉
It’s so scary when our darlings are unwell, and we don’t know what is wrong!
I’m so very glad Boz is ok
Thanks Janet for sending the Boz man some love!
Tom ..there is nothing worse than when your beloved pet is not well. So glad he is doing better! 🙂
Thanks Ina, appreciate the kind words.
Oh Tom – such a worry. So glad Boz is feeling better. I’m sure the pecking order will return to normal once Gracie’s certain Boz is 100 percent. Good for her! Females rule – uh well at least we like (need, want) to think so.
June true words, true words… Gracie still rules this roost. 😉
Tom, I’m just now reading about Boz and am glad he’s on the mend. Tucker, my 12 yr. old Sheltie had a problem around Thanksgiving and Christmas while I was in the hospital having a knee replacement. It was a real medical mystery until I learned that my adult sons were feeding Tucker twice the amount he was used to. Once I got home and took over the feeding, he bounced right back.
Oh Arlene, he was suffering from a little too much love. 😉 That must be my issue too. Thanks for the kind words.
So glad Boz is feeling better. Please give both pups a skritch for me.
Will do Nikki, Thanks!
Awww, poor Boz. Our critters do know how to make us worry, don’t they? I’m glad his cure was as simple as a few well-earned naps though 🙂
Thanks Clare, hope are your critters are healthy, I know they’re happy. 😉
Sorry to hear about his neck, but glad he’s doing better. My couch potato dog is living in a cone in pen confinement recovering from surgery, my athlete pup needs a tooth pulled. I feel your pain of worry.
So sorry to hear about your pooch’s surgery. Yep, Boz and cones don’t mix. It’s painful to watch. Here’s to your pup’s quick recovery.
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