Gus’s Ordeal

Gus has been having health issues. He’s about 14 and a half years old. He’s lost about 12 pounds this year and feels like skin and bones.  He went to the vet in September and weighed about 18 pounds.  I took him in today and he’s down to 15 pounds.  He’s not eating much nor drinking a lot.  He also had some diarrhea over the weekend. They did blood work on him in September and his numbers were high.  Today’s numbers were almost twice as high as they were in September.  His kidneys are failing.

As a last ditch effort, they’re going to give him fluid injections for three days and see if that might flush and jump-start his kidneys. He’s also on some antibiotics and meds for diarrhea.  He’ll have another blood test later this week. If that doesn’t work his prognosis isn’t good.

The photo above is from 2009 when we first adopted him. He was five then.


It’s Official! – Buster is part of the family

We made the adoption official today.  Buster is now a family dog and no longer a shelter dog.

Bed Buddies – Gus and Buster

Looong Dog

He’s supposed to be three and a half years old, but he seems younger than that to us.  He’s still in a chewing stage. I’ll have my vet estimate his age when we go in the next couple of weeks.

Buster made it to the adoption event today without a problem.  When I took him home two weeks ago he threw up in my car. He’s very calm in the car, unlike Trixie. She was constantly moving about the car and looking out the windows.  I don’t know if he’s really that calm or just trying not to get sick.  He’s so hyper around the house and yard.

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Bed Buddies

Buster is really a hyper dog and Gus usually tries to avoid him and will growl at him if he gets too close when he’s jumping around being silly. He tries to get Gus to play.

They have beds in my office behind my chair.  I turned around and saw them laying like this yesterday. I snapped a couple of photos.  I’m sure Gus was there first and Buster slowly moved in to lie down. They lay there for about a half hour before Gus got up and moved on.  I saw them in the same place earlier today too.

We are having some issues with Buster getting into things when we’re not home and sometimes when we are.  Gotta get that figured out soon.