Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!!!

It's hard to believe that little Dee Dee is 4 years old. Time goes so quickly.

It seems like only yesterday we brought her onboard at just 7 weeks old. She learned immediately what it takes to be a good crew member. Her dad was very proud.

She's put a lot of miles under her keel since then. Always with her best buddy Dylan by her side.

There's been many adventures.

And, of course, some swimming. Always swimming...

We love our little girl, even as she remains our "problem child." And although Dylan may not always admit it, he likes her too. Happy birthday, princess! Looking forward to many more years of adventures!


Many of you have written to inquire about Dee Dee's colorful leg wrappings. We have been struggling with hot spots on her right forearm for months now. The wrapping served to keep the antibiotic salve in place, as well as, to try and keep her from licking it. Our girl proved too clever for that, as we fought a cycle of "it's almost healed" to "I found it" licking.

So we decided to take advantage of being in Jacksonville to visit one of our favorite vets on the east coast - and our various crew members have been to plenty. Dr. Tom Cox at Timuquana Animal Hospital took excellent care of Dyna 4 years ago soon before she crossed the rainbow bridge. We trusted him to help Dee Dee.

Dee Dee is now on a strong course of oral antibiotics, prescription antibacterial cream, and "doggy Prozac." Yes, after years (4 years?) of joking about our slightly high-strung girl, the jokes have become reality.

Dr. Cox also suggested the long-sleeve t-shirt method to keep her away from the spots. Mom discovered that finding a long-sleeve t-shirt in April in Florida is not easy - turns out they are "winter apparel." Snagged a couple on a clearance rack and then hit the jackpot at the Goodwill.

So now Dee Dee has a small wardrobe of cute tops, including this adorable one for her birthday.

It's been a hard week for her (and for Mom, who has handle this on her own as Daddy was gallivanting around Seattle). The drugs have made her very sleepy, sometimes not even getting up for a piece of ice! But we were told to expect this. Tomorrow we check in again with Dr. Cox and hopefully adjust the meds down.

The good news is she is well on the way to having her arm healed. The t-shirt trick really works - Thanks, Dr. Cox.


Kent said...

Thumbs up to Dr. Cox.. Our German Shepard also has some "Hot Spot" Issues now and again and just finished a round of Antibiotics-- Definitely helped.. Some Antibiotic Spray too..

I enjoy your Blog-- Have been for a Long Time.. Thanks for sharing..

If "Red Head" Ever makes into the Long Island Sound on CT Side it would be a Hoot to meet you all..

There is good Anchorage on the North side of Cockenoe Island-- I might even be able to arrange Doackage for Red Head.. She's a bit big though for Westports two town Marinas though..

Play Safe Dylan & Dee Dee. and keep a Eye or two on Mommy & Daddy..

TakingPaws said...

Happy 4th birthday sweet girl🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂! We miss you and your family and hope to see you before too long. Gracie loves your new fashions and is a bit envious.


Marilyn, John, Gracie, and Amie

MV Red Head said...

Dee Dee would have loved to spend her birthday with her best swimming buddy, Gracie! Hope to see you guys soon.

Kent, we will be heading north but plans are not final yet where we will be stop. If you follow the blog you can let us know if we are near!

Unknown said...

I'm not a fan of tranquilizer for dog behavior nor antibiotics ... give dynavite a shot along with omegas it's a much healthier approach

Unknown said...

Apoquel is my miracle drug for my Lab's hotspots - I wish darling Dee Dee peace from such annoying itching