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Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Over the weekend Klaus had a health scare. I would gladly tell you more except it's pretty gross. Definitely tested how strong my stomach is. While waiting for the vet to open on Saturday morning I googled his symptoms which I, of course, know better than to do. The results were terrifying. All signs pointed to HGE and there were people saying how their dog passed over night. I was a wreck. I went from "Oh, this poor baby needs to go to the vet" to "Oh my god, my best buddy is gonna die!"

The vet visit went really really well. Our vet is an absolute angel. She immediately knelt down to greet him, praised him repeatedly for how handsome he is, and was just so very kind to both of us. I've visited my fair share of vets and none have ever been so loving with my pets. I seriously can't say enough good things about this woman. She made the whole thing so much less scary. Anyway, he got some shots, a liter of fluid put under his skin and some antibiotics for the week.

Things immediately improved after that vet visit (With him. My bank account on the other hand... ouch!) I still worry about him though. He's acting normally, not that he ever wasn't actually, but he just looks so skinny. Nothing a day at grandma's over the weekend won't be able to fix, I'm sure. I'm not really positive what caused his sickness but it just came on so fast. It got me thinking about how much I love this big goof and how I just can't imagine life without him. International Pet Day was earlier this week so that combined with the fact he was sick this week means I can totally get away with sharing a bunch of photos of my favorite pupper and telling you all about how much I love him, right? RIGHT.


He's one of the best things to ever happen to me. There isn't a day that goes by that Klaus doesn't make me smile at least fifty billion times. His love of all things squeaky drives me absolutely nuts sometimes but it really is adorable how much he enjoys the noise. Plus I must enjoy it at least a little bit since I literally only buy him toys that squeak. The way he hops up beside me when I sit down and nuzzles his head under my arm so I'm hugging him makes my heart melt. I don't even mind the fact that he's always more excited to see Jeff than he is to see me because it makes me happy to see them having so much fun together. (Plus I know Klaus loves me more than anyone else no matter what! Hehe!) I love that he always wants to cuddle and that his favorite place in the world is curled up between Jeff and I. I love how he always wants his front legs held up so he can see the world from a different perspective and that that means we can slow dance. I appreciate the fact that it looks like he likes when I sing to him and I don't think I'll ever not crack up watching this dog jump. Puppy's got hops!

Klaus is obsessed with his squeaky balls, if you couldn't tell. He almost always sleeps with one. He's probably also laying on one in the photo above because that is something he inexplicably does. It's like he's trying to hatch them.

Last month I posted about how excited I was to see Klaus and Professor in bed together (See the cute photos here!) Since then it's become a regular occurrence. Things were the same for so long, with no signs of a budding friendship, but now it seems like these two are on the fast track to being BFFS. My twitter account has basically turned into a place where I just post photos of Klaus and Professor but when they're both cuddling on me, or both mean mugging can you blame me?!

Klaus, I love you oh so much! Please refrain from ever scaring me like that again.
xoxo

PS. Give your pets some extra loving today from me and mine! Klaus sends some squeaks.

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  1. So glad he's okay. I'm overly obsessive with Terje and luckily, he's never had a big scare. Im sorry to hear your vet is the first you've met like that!!! Every vet I've met has been like that!! Terje does the same thing with his ball, he's currently into raquet balls so they're everywhere. And he sleeps on them too! How does Klaus feel about cursing? Terje haaaaaates ant curse words.

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    1. Really? That's awesome. I've had nice vets before but I just felt like this one REALLY liked animals and understood how much mine meant to me. I feel like vets are always in such a rush which to an extent I can understand but...eh. Anyway, this one was just THE best.

      Haha, what? What does Terje do when you curse?! That's funny.

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  2. So glad to hear your creature seems to be healing up well! Bad Klaus for worrying mama! :)

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  3. Awww he's a sweet puppy! Glad he's OK.

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  4. Well, now I'm crying big fat cat lady tears.

    So glad your puppers is doing better. I definitely know what you mean about the vets. Some vets I've had make me feel dumb for asking questions or being overly concerned. (Like, HELLO, these guys are my babies sorry but definitely NOTSORRY.) My vet now is the complete opposite. She is the best, and she has helped me out with my kitties so much.

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    1. Exactly! I've definitely felt really dumb at the vet for asking questions before. I asked SO many, probably silly, questions at our last visit and she was so patient and informative.

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  5. Klaus is such a cool looking guy! So regal and still you can tell that he is playful and loving. Happy about the good news!

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    1. I love that he looks regal in photos because he is seriously the biggest goofball in person. He's just full of personality.

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  6. I am so glad he's okay, I have 3 dogs and they're the center of my universe so I can't imagine such a scare. I would be devastated, and knowing how anxiety likes to behave... I would be a wreck.
    I LOOOOOOOVE seeing pictures of Klaus, HE IS SO HANDSOME I CAN'T EVEN TAKE ITTTTTTT! (heart explodes)

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    1. Hehe! Thank you! He really is so handsome, I love taking his photo.

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  7. Aw I'm glad he's ok! You're lucky you had a vet open on the weekend, many aren't unless they're special emergency vets which are so much more expensive :-o

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    1. Ohhh, yeah! I definitely thought about that too. This happened Thursday night so Friday morning we went to the vet. But our vet is open half day on Saturday.

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  8. I'm so happy he's okay! We've had a few scares with Lloyd... he stopped eating for two days last year and it was so scary! Turns out he has chronic gingivitis and now we just feed him softer foods (otherwise our vet bill would be... well, you know) Despite being expensive, our vet is amazing with the cats. I melted when I saw him holding Lloyd like a baby! I mean, that cat is a huge mush, but still!

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    1. Aw, poor buddy!

      Oh my gosh, that's really sweet! I LOVE seeing people be sweet with my animals. Like Klaus sitting in my dad's lap? IT KILLS ME.

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  9. I just came home to find Coco, my two year old Springerdoodle lying in her vomit. I just sobbed and knelt in it to comfort her. She is now back to jumping all over me so fingers crossed she is OK! There is nothing as heart breaking as when your pet is ill and you can't explain it to them. Sending support lovely!

    Sophie xx
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    1. Oh nooooo! I'm so sorry! Sending you guys all my love and good vibes! <3333

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  10. Oh, poor Klaus! I'm glad he's okay now. This was such a sweet post. When my Pumpkin had a health scare, I was an absolute wreck (and so was my bank account). Luckily, our vet (whose name is Dr. Fish - could there be a more perfect name for a vet?) is wonderful. I'm gonna go love on Pumpkin now... she'll be annoyed and want to bite me but I don't care <3

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  11. I hope he's feeling better, sending him a big hug, such a sweet boy. I think the same, I love my sweet Kenji so much, and my two cats the same :)

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  12. Glad to hear that Klaus is on the mend! It's scary when your pet is sick and you don't know why.

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    1. I know! It sucks so bad that we can't understand each other. I wish he could have told me what was wrong and that I could have told him it'd be okay. :(

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  13. aww, I'm so sorry. I have a 22 month old (yes i do the 24 month baby nonsense haha) Kelpie name Malakai and she puts everything in her silly mouth. She gets sick so often that shes on meds for tummy upset and a strict diet to help. We're considering doggie insurance, you may wan to too. The monthly bill sucks (typically $40-$80 at least), but you only need one thing to go wrong to make it worth the cost :( plus most 100% cover shots and yearly physicals. But were also using a huge mason jar as a "rainy day - puppy ate something gross fund".

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    1. Hahaha. That's hilarious, I've never heard anyone doing the month thing for their pet.

      I didn't realize pet insurance was so expensive! I was thinking about looking into in further but honestly, insurance freaks me out. I feel like there are so many if, ands, or buts. I would just hate to pay for something and then when the time comes up them be like "oh, well, that's not covered."

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  14. I am SO glad to hear Klaus is doing good. I was thinking of you guys when I saw he was sick.

    When Eva first got sick I was a total mess. She was shaking and was making horrible (what I thought was) choking sounds. Not drinking or eating. I held her as she slept and was so worried she was dying, it was like 4am and I called the emergency vets who were SUPER rude. And would have cost me a ridiculous amount for a call out. So we waited for our vets to open at 8 and he told us straight away that it was kennel cough... She got a jab and was fine within an hour. Why can't dogs talk?!

    My pup absolutely changed my life and I always feel like a crazy person telling people that so I'm glad you're the same.

    chloexx

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    1. I guess it really does sound funny to say that your dog changed your life but I'm going to have to assume that if think its crazy that you've never really bonded with an animal, ya know? I can't imagine life with out my pets!

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    2. Same! Sometimes when friends are talking about their babies (human) I'm like "oh god I KNOW, Eva does that too" ...

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  15. Such a sweet post! I'm a rescue-dog-mama as well, and I just can't picture my life without my little man, Bob, in it. We're sending so much love and healing vibes from Canton, OH to Klaus!!

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  16. Oh I'm so happy he's ok! Nothing worse than thinking it's the end of the line! :( Aren't dogs the cutest/most infuriating! My little pup is so stubborn it drives me nuts but I also kind of find it amusing WHICH SHE KNOWS! She also sits next to me and puts her paws in my hand so I have to hold her entire body weight on one hand. Sure she's only a tiny Beagle BUT still... basically-yay dogs! :P

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    1. Hah, yep! Dogs definitely are the cutest/ most infuriating. :P

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  17. Have you ever considered pet insurance? I don't know much about it, except that it's like health insurance for animals. My in-laws have it for their two Labradors and said it was pretty affordable.

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    1. Of course, I've just never looked too much into it. I worry it'd be too much like human insurance where it's very particular and doesn't cover certain things or just a very small percentage of something which kind of makes it pointless.

      I really should do some more research though!

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  18. So glad he is okay! I have a border collie and he's an idiot 99% of the time but if I were to ever lose him I would be devastated!

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    1. Yep! Same. Klaus is a massive idiot but I love that pup with all my heart. He can be such a pain in the butt but he's so worth it.

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  19. Glad Klaus is feeling better! My pup had a scare on Sunday so I understand your pain. Wheeler (my puggle) was bit/scratched by a loose dog while on a walk that resulted in a 1 to 1 and a half inch slice in his ear, splitting the bottom right in half! It looked like someone took a pair of scissors to his poor ear. The amount of blood that came from his little ear was terrifying. He kept shaking his head in the vet's office, there was blood on the ceiling, walls, all soaked in his fur, I was covered. It was truly the scariest experience in my 10 years with the little guy. The vets stitched up his ear and bandaged him up really good. He is a little miserable in his head wrap/cone but his tail was wagging the whole time, even right after the incident. He's a trooper! I love my little man, and I am very glad that both of our fur babies are going to be okay!

    P.S. I feel you on the bank account. Luckily, the owners of the other dog paid the initial vet bill but I will be paying all follow up visits/future care. It's rough! (Also, why do all pet emergencies happen on Sundays when 90% of vet offices are closed? It always seems to be that way.)

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    1. Oh geez! That's awful! Loose dogs scare the heck out of me. There are so many on our daily walk that are just behind short fences. I watch them come soooo close to getting over the fence and it terrifies me. Klaus has a fierce bark and is very protective when it comes to me and people but he's not really a fan of barking dogs so I definitely worry about what would happen if one of those dogs got out.

      I'm glad Wheeler is in good spirits about his boo boo! Poor little guy. <3

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  20. What a precious baby! Glad he's okay. I know that vet bill struggle, it's very very real.

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  21. Aww I was wondering when we'd get a Klaus post, sorry it was for such a scary reason! A few years ago, our youngest cat came down with some weird illness overnight. By the time we got him to the vet his fever was so high that his hair was falling out D: It was so scary! Glad your baby is on the mend!

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    1. Awwww, that's awful! It's so scary how quickly sickness can come on.

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  22. I'm so glad that your baby's okay! And I'm also glad that you have a vet that's so sweet to him. I'm extremely lucky that the first vet I went to was like that. I have a Jack Russell mix with HUGE ears, and the staff all recognize him because he's all ears. One of the vet techs even recognized him from across the parking lot on his last visit and shouted, "I know those ears! Hi Finnegan!" It melts my heart ;-;

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  23. Oh, Klaus!

    I am so happy he is okay. It would have been terrifying to be in this position of not knowing what was going to happen to him. I can totally relate though. I only had my little Darcy girl for a month or two when one day she was running around my parents house and then kept on collapsing. Every time she stood up, she would tilt back to the side and I honestly thought she was having a stroke.

    I cried my eyes out all the way to the vets. Thankfully she was okay in the end and I am so happy Klaus is too. :)

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    1. Yikes, that sounds terrifying! Pet emergencies are awful.

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  24. I am so glad things worked out for you. Was it a stomach issue?

    We got our previous dog from the humane society when she was a puppy. We had her 6 years then one day I came and ran around the house trying to find her. I then found her laying by our garage door (which was very unusual). I tried to get her to come to my parents room and she slowly got up but as she was walking her back legs kept giving out. Over the next week she got slightly better but she couldn't walk long without her back legs falling. Finally, my mom took her to the vet and had an ultrasound done. They found there was too much fluid in her body to do it. It was going to cost thousands of dollars just to see what was wrong with her, and that wasn't even the treatment. My parents decided to put her to sleep because they didn't have the money for all those procedures.

    I understand their decision. We were all a mess for the next month or so. We are trying to convince them to get another dog but I think they are afraid to replace her/don't want to have to go through dealing with the death of a pet again. The doctors at the emergency animal clinic were so great though. A few days later they sent us a sympathy card with her paw print on it. I'm actually tearing up as I write this. Actually, in a few days it'll be three years. It's hard, but at least if it ever happened you have all your pictures and blog posts to remember him by! :)

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    1. Yep, stomach issue! SO GROSS.

      Aw, that is so sad. I totally understand, that was actually one of the reasons I was so upset about going to the vet under these circumstances. I was terrified they'd be like "okay, well it's gonna cost this much to figure out what's wrong and then this much to possibly fix it." That's such an awful position to be in.


      I'm so sorry for your loss. <333

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  25. Oh! Your puppy is so nice! There is nothing better than nice puppy who loves you more than any other person. I love dogs so much:)
    Andrew
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  26. Training to be a vet nurse has made me go from getting queasy when seeing pus to being like "hells yeah, get that gunk out of there!", and now I say "oh wow thank you so much for this beautiful mess you've left in your cage" to our patients instead of feeling ill haha.

    I hope he's OK, poor little dude

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    1. Hahaha! I normally have a pretty strong stomach but the messes I had to clean up over the weekend had me gagging.

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  27. I always love puppy photos!!! These are great. :)

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  28. I totally get this. I love my buster so much that at times I get scared of what will happen to him. Especially as he loves picking up vile things and eating them. There has been more than one occasion of me running after him, vomiting, trying to get him to drop stuff. UGH. I really wish he wouldn't do that. The dead squirrel had me in tears

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