Earlier this month I told you about Parker's ranula, the blocked salivary duct in his mouth. We found it last May during a routine vet exam- it was small at the time and didn't seem to bother him much, so we decided on a wait-and-see approach. At one point last summer it burst, so we… Continue reading Troubled tongue no more! Parker, surgery & The Senior Dog
Last May was a crazy time. Parker's eye started the downward spiral that lead to it being removed, and at one of Parker's routine vet visits we found a swelling in his mouth. I immediately had flashbacks to Jack and his oral cancer. His doctor had an idea of what it is, but we sent… Continue reading Tongue Troubles- Parker’s Ranula
The day has come and gone. The day that Parker had his left eye removed. It's a day I had been anticipating, dreading for nearly a month. The Poms have gone through a lot of surgeries and treatments over the years- patella surgeries, Bebe's pacemaker, Jack's radiation- but I have never had to take a… Continue reading Welcome Ye Olde Pirate Pom!
The date has been set- October 2nd. That's the date where Parker will undergo enucleation (removal) of his left eye. While I know it's the right decision, I can't help but be sad. Anticipatory grief is the grief reaction that happens prior to an impeding loss. It's not that I am grieving losing Parker all… Continue reading Anticipatory Grief
It's been a rough fight with Parker's left eye the past few months. Since the morning of our wedding reception in May when he had his first eye infection, to the constant battles against corneal ulcers and discovering that he cannot see out of his left eye, the past few months have been difficult for… Continue reading Hard Decisions
Today on Parker's 12th Gotcha Day I can't help but reflect (tearfully!) on our twelve years together so far. Growing up I never had my own dog. I had horses, and was always around dogs and had cats at home, but my Dad made us choose- horses or dogs. Don't get me wrong- my Dad… Continue reading The Story of Parker
Parker has always been a pretty low-maintenance Pom. Sure, he has his issues- he had bilateral patella surgery at 6 months old, the occasional seizure for which no neurologist has found an explanation, he was diagnosed with IVDD about 3 years ago- but for the most part he's always been pretty easy to care for.… Continue reading Half-Blind Dog Parker