I’m a believer

It’s been awhile since I updated on Bear’s progress.

As a reminder, back in October, he could barely walk. He was walking on his knuckles, stumbling and falling over. Overall, he was extremely wobbly.

After a month of treatment, I posted about his progress and my conclusions about the treatments he was undergoing.

Here we are, 5 months after he started treatment. How is he doing? Better than he’s been in a long time.

He actively runs around and jumps up when he gets excited.

He fights off River when she tries to pummel him.

He bounds up the deck steps, two at a time.

He trots up a full flight of stairs, trying to race me up them.

He is feeling so good, that at this week’s laser treatment, the vet tech told me he didn’t want to sit still, he wanted to explore.

I’m amazed at his progress. I routinely sit back and watch him as he runs arounds – appreciating how special it is.

So, 5 months later, what do I think helped him most? Well, he hasn’t had an Adequan injection since November. And he is back on Novox instead of Prednisone. But we’ve been keeping up with his laser treatments. Once a week, we visit the vet and he gets his treatment.

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Bear – enjoying the great outdoors. He would spend hours in that spot just watching the world if he could.

I don’t understand it, and I had my doubts it was doing anything. But my dog can walk, and run, and jump, and he looks happy. It is doing a pure miracle to make my old dog feel young again.

Best spot on the couch – or not

Twelve years after I bought my first couch, it finally wore out and I upgraded. I got a nice sectional leather couch. Josie found her spot easily on the new couch – usually next to me.

Bear was different. He was never much of a couch dog, so he never had a regular spot. But one day he was a bit adventurous. He picked a spot and stuck with it – no matter how uncomfortable it looked.

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Puppy Fever

Seems to be puppy fever at the office. Shortly after Bear met Lulu, he met Evie.

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Turns out, Evie is the same age as Lulu. Amazing the difference breed makes.

Bear and her had a good sniff session. Lots of sniffing.

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She’s come back to the office for more visits. So far, she enjoys the antler. It seems to be popular among the dogs.

Lulu

Some folks adopt tiny pups, some medium and some large. And every now and then, you met someone who goes all out and adopts a pup that will grow and grow and grow.

Meet Lulu, a 10 week old Great Pyrenees:

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Bear was the first non-related dog she met. Needless to say, she was a bit scared at first (he’s so scary). But, she soon realized he was harmless.

Bear was kind enough to share his antler with her.

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Although he had his doubts, it did seem to help.

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It wasn’t long before she warmed up to him.

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After a bit, we decided these two needed to pull their weight at the office. We decided to see how well they worked together. Needless to say, they are now “Willy” and “Nilly” at getting stuff done.
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Finally – Proof!

I finally have it: proof River is influencing Bear.

At first, Bear just looked comfortable.

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But something seemed off.

I took a step back to see if anything stuck out.

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At first, I missed it.

Then I noticed.

He’s sleeping just like River.

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First thing in the morning

Some mornings, I wake up to this:

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At least it is quickly modified to this:

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Despite the “in my face nature”, I do find it rather adorable.

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Advanced Yoga Dog

River continues to practice her psuedo-yoga moves. These seem rather advanced. She recommends you don’t try it at home.

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Yoga Dog

River has this really weird thing she does – she twists and contorts her body until she is comfortable. At first, I thought nothing of it. But she has continued to do it and now Bear is starting to do it as well. I can only guess, it is her odd way of doing yoga.

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Vet mandated bath time

6dp8wwyeqkogdfmo8mdjpw_thumb_e451Sometime after the fall ended and winter started, I started to notice tiny tuffs of fur coming off of Bear’s ears. It was isolated along the edges. Not entirely sure what was going on, I kept an eye on it.

It lessened, but didn’t go away. Then I noticed the skin of his ears had turned flaky. And when rubbed the flakes and fur came right off.

Kind gross.

Not sure if it was just dry skin from winter time or something worse, I mentioned it to Dr. I the next time we were in for his laser therapy. She was a bit puzzled, especially since it seemed isolated to the backs of his ears and the rest of his ears looked just fine.

She gave it a smell and said it had a yeasty smell to it. Not wanting to put him on medicine, she prescribed a medicated shampoo, hoping it will knock out whatever is causing this yeasty nastiness on Bear.

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He HATES the bath. Especially because the shampoo requires 10 minutes between lathering it up and rinsing it off. But he is being a real trooper.

I am amazed at how much fur is coming off him. I honestly have no idea why he isn’t bald yet with all this bathing.

Anyways, knowing this might be a food allergy, I’m switching him off the fish he is eating now to something he’s never had before – venison. If he’s developed an allergy to fish, I’ll be really sad since it is so good for his coat. But, small price to pay for a healthy dog.