Friday, April 17, 2015

Mulder's Week of Fun

So busy week for Mulder...

Another trip to the vet... He's has a bit of a fungal infection (ringworm) on his face... I've been trying to treat it with cream and shampoo but he keeps licking it off his muzzle - so we had to switch him to an oral medication which he's been on a few days.  This will hopefully clear it up lickety split... He also has a blood test done to test for Coccidioidomycosis, another type of fungal infection common in Southern California. Those results should be back in a week.  Because of his obvious depressed immune system; his surgery, which was first going to be in April; has been pushed back to mid-May.   It's a bummer.   It also means no dogs parks for him... it's just more important to make sure he stays healthy.  Good news, he's getting lots of good food, priobiotics and coconut oil to boost his immune system.

Ringworm generally isn't contagious to other dogs with healthy immune systems (and Coccidioimycosis, isn't at all), just some keeping bedding washed, a few baths just to be on the safe side for the other dogs and it's no problem. 

We also have guest Skittles, a former foster of mine until Sunday.  I was hoping that Mulder's playful spirit would encourage Skittles to play..but no luck so far, though Skittles doesn't mind hanging out.  They were really getting into the synchronized head movement here.. :)

But that being said... We are getting a new foster puppy!  Skittles mom will be bringing him when she picks up Skittles and I think it would be great for Mulder.  Keeping with the X-files theme, I got going and the S names...welcome Skinner!  He looks like a doll!  He's about 6 month old i think, similar coloring to Mulder with shorter legs. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sniffing at the pet store!

Another trip to the pet store (for cat food actually) and Mulder got his sniff on big time... Soooo digging smelling all the yummy dog food... The birds, he didn't like so much but he was kind of interested in the bunny rabbit...til it moved and he jumped away and he was like "no way", it's crazy over there...

He got himself a nice treat - a small trachea for the trip home... the trip home took maybe 15 minutes and of course the entire treat was GONE! 

What is up with the dog skeleton in the toy aisle!  It's cute though - especially with the rope toy, but what is the message here? 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Crazy Legs

I love the crazy poses that Mulder gets in when he's sleeping... He doesn't seem to have a preference and can sleep anywhere and anyway.  He's sleeps under the covers, over the covers, in a ball, all spreadout, and we have even got him to sleep on his back with some nice belly rubs...

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Mulder is particularly fascinated by an area in my yard with a dead tree stump... He visits often up in the landscaping checking everything out. 

In other news, Mulder is showing himself to be pretty housetrained, going in and out as needed.  Next, learning the doggie door which he hasn't quite mastered.    We are also working on sit, stay and spin which he is getting and we want down pat before his surgery.  Figure it will make things easier in the long run if he knows these things ahead of of time... He's pretty smart and food motivated - I'm sure he will have it down in no time!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pup Cup Time

So since Mulder is becoming a regular at the vet between his neuter, his leg and the spot on his face... it seemed only fair to get him a pup cup from Starbucks (whipped cream) and when we got home, let him out of the crate and enjoy some whipped cream goodness.  He wasn't into it at first, but once he got a taste, he was a happy little boy!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Scully Upate

Little Scully; now Lola settling right at home with her people... What a happy easter to her!  Her parents love her and the kitties don't seem to mind a bit!  We miss this little one but she's in good hands and in for lots of love and good life! 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Update on Mulder's Leg

So if you haven't seen Mulder's update on the  New Rattitude - Washington facebook page, I thought I should put it here too...   Now that Scully has gone home with her wonderful new family in Western Washington (updates soon) let's talk about Mulder and his leg. 

It's been hard to see in the pictures I get of him; he's so busy and he doesn't let his bad leg slow him down a bit.  But his right leg is smaller and obviously atrophying as he no longer uses it.  I can tell at times he is not comfortable and the leg causes his some pain and discomfort.   X-Rays of his leg were taken during his neuter surgery to find out more.  

The findings were not great; both his right femur and pelvis show healed fractures with the head of the femur being crushed.  The vet said it looks like what she sees from being hit with a car.  The really bad news is the the leg is damaged to the point that is cannot be repaired to sit correctly in the hip joint; even with surgery. There are some free floating pieces of bone that are causing pain... The leg will not ever be useful to him and will continue to cause him pain.   After discussion with the vet and the wonderful people of New Rattitude (Thanks Sue and Janell!!!); a decision was made that we will support the recommendation to amputate his leg.  This is scheduled for April 14th.  There is a also concern about a possible fungal infection and so he will have some pathology testing done to make sure that he doesn't have that (fingers crossed).   To boot; he's got a little sore on his face that popped up last that we are treating.  While we are busy getting that treated; I'm also working on boosting his immune system with probiotics, yummy coconut oil and whatever I else I can think of. 
We may delay his surgery a bit just to make sure he 100% healthy as can be before this next step.

I'm sad about this; I'm sad that he was injured.  I'm sad that he has to have another surgery to recover from.  But I'm am confident that he will keep his spirits; that he will bound quickly from this surgery and change in his life.  I'm honored to be the caregiver to him and help him heal and make sure he stays the sweet happy go lucky dog that I've gotten to know.  Dogs adjust very quickly to learning how to live with 3 legs and I don't think it will slow him down and in the long run; he will be in less pain and discomfort and that's a good thing.

We started a fundraising effort to help New Rattitude to defray his upcoming costs for surgery at  Thanks to a wonderful donor who covered the cost of the surgery for us (OMG, thank you!) and some others, we have exceeded that goal so quickly!  I just love you guys!  Of course we  will take well wishes you can spare and good thoughts to him for a speedy recovery and back to the dog park asap :) and if you have pennies to spare, please check out the other dogs who are needing a little extra for their medical care!