Friday, March 31, 2017


"Hey, what's going on over there?"

Our doxie Duke is currently residing at the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Athens, GA. We took him there last night at the recommendation of his vet because Duke had somehow injured his back and had lost the use of his back legs.

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It came on suddenly; one day he was fine, the next day he was lethargic, wouldn't get up much, and then by yesterday, he couldn't use his back legs. We were alarmed, to say the least.

At this writing, we are awaiting the results of an MRI later today, as well as the day and time of his back surgery to repair the discs that are hardened (a common occurrence in dachshunds because of their long backs). In a phone call this morning, one of the vets taking care of him assured us that Duke still has function and feeling in his legs, and can feel his toes, an excellent sign. I was quite upset all day yesterday because I felt so sorry for my sweet pup and could not do anything to help him. Today, we know he is in good hands. UGA Vet Hospital is considered the best in the state of Georgia, and I must say, from what we have seen and heard personally, they "have it together."

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After his surgery, which will be in the next couple of days, he'll stay in the hospital until they are certain he's recovering well and we feel comfortable in caring for him. His prognosis is good at this point: he'll be good as new after he heals and recovers. For those who follow such things, Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund had this same surgery last year, and he's fine.

It is so quiet around here. No wagging tail, no happy bark, no toy being dropped at my feet, challenging me to a game of tug-of-war. No cold nose, no doggie kisses, no warm snuggles from my fur baby. Duke is not the kind of dog one can ignore! If he feels HE is being ignored, well, he asks for attention in no uncertain terms, LOL. He is a part of this family and he's gonna get his due.

Bear with me--this doggie mama misses her fur baby. Here are some of my favorite pictures of Duke:

With Daddy

"What are you eating?"

"What's Mama doing in the kitchen?"

His precocious self 

Our first picture of him at the breeder's
before we took him home that day

Tough little pup
Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em, especially when they are helpless and ill.

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