Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Ollie is back home this evening.  Dr. Kolar said she is doing good and that her tummy is all better.  He thinks it was a reaction to being on heavy antibiotics for four and a half weeks.  I am so glad she is doing well.

Les picked Ollie up and brought her and Sweetheart to my work.  One of my co-workers is going to foster Ollie starting Saturday to see if he is interested in getting a grey.  Of course Ollie looked all sad and ratty.  Her hair is still pretty ugly and fuzzed out and some of it is different colors from laying in the dirt holes in my yard.  I assured him I would give her a bath and put a new collar on her prior to bringing her over Saturday.

Sweetheart had a blast at my job.  My co-workers all know her story after hearing me go on about her for months.  The last time she was at my work she was still pretty thin and her leg was still bandaged.  Today she was so happy and friendly, going up to everyone, wagging her tail and batting her pretty eyes.  I do so love watching her acting sweet and silly with everyone. They were all so surprised at how good she looks.  They said she looks like a different dog!  I must say that she does, especially with all the muscles she is building.

I will get some pics of Ollie once  I give her a bath.  Sweetheart is getting one Saturday morning too.  This should be interesting as I have never given her a bath since she had her very first on at Kolar's.  Instead of white she is sort of a yellowish, not the prettiest color.  Sweetheart will be accompanying me to a fundraising and outreach event in OKC from 1-4 Saturday so she does have to look her best.  I will have to break out one of her fancy collars too!

Hope all is well with everyone.  Ollie is FINALLY done with antibiotics and I hope this is her last visit to the vet for a long while.  Poor girl has had a rough two months.

Jess, Ollie and Sweetheart

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Vet visit

Saturday morning I had to take Ollie to Dr. Kolar's.  She has been having issues with her stomach this last week and she has been having accidents in the house.  I stopped her antibiotics because I felt they were upsetting her stomach.  Kolar examined her and feels her intestines are inflamed/upset.  He is keeping her until mid week so he can keep an eye on her and give her her meds (she is a horrible pill taker).  Her antibiotics should be over with so hopefully she can be done with feeling icky.  Poor little thing, she is so pitiful looking when she isn't feeling well.

I decided to take Sweetheart with me to Dr. Kolar's so that they could see her.  It has been a while since they saw her and I wanted to have her visit them for a happy visit and not for treatment.  She did NOT want to stay in the office at first.  Dr. Kendi sat on the bench and was loving on her and hugging her and Sweetheart kept shivering.  Poor girl, she just knew she was going to have her leg scraped on.  :)  After a bit she calmed down and started warming up.

Everyone at Dr. Kolar's is amazed at how great she is doing, both physically and mentally.  Dr. Kolar saw her and said 'she looks pretty good for a dead dog'!  :)  He is very very pleased with how well her leg has healed and how much control she has over it.   For a time he was worried that she wouldn't have the full use of it.  Kolar is also pleased with all her muscles and he feels she is doing above and beyond what he ever expected.  I must admit I was a proud 'Mom' to hear my little girl praised!

After the vet visit I stopped by my mom and dad's house.  We sat out on the porch and watched the hummingbirds (my parent's have about 15-20 hummingbirds at any one time during the warm weather).  They were buzzing around and chattering and Sweetheart just watched and watched them with her ears perked.  It was so cute, she didn't know what the heck they were all about.  She got a couple of walks around my parent's property and my dad said she was like a bloodhound, sniffing all the scents along the trails.

We got home and Sweetheart passed out for a while.  All that excitement wore her out!!

Ollie will hopefully be home mid week sometime.  I hope she comes home with a settled tummy and is accident free in the house from here on out  I will try to get some pics of Ollie and Sweetheart soon.  I haven't posted pics in a while and I know everyone is wanting to see a few!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Mine was great and I think Sweetheart's was too.  :)

Jess and Sweetheart and Ollie

Friday, May 13, 2011

9 months!

Friday the 13th will always be a special day for me.  9 months ago on Friday, August 13th I took Sweetheart out of the Chickasha Animal Shelter and our odyssey began.  It has been 9 months of ups and downs but I must say the ups far outweigh the downs.

I never thought she would be doing so well and that she would be able to have all four legs, let alone run around on them like the wild Peanut she is.  I am so grateful for all of your support these last 9 months.  Every one of your comments has meant the world to me.

I am going to celebrate Sweetheart's birthday on August 13th 2011.  I figure it can be like a rebirth for her.  Perhaps I could have a Sweetheart birthday party for her.  

Thanks for keeping up with us through all the ups and downs.  I promise there will be more blogs and Sweetheart stories to come!  

Jess and Sweetheart

Sunday, May 8, 2011


So for the last week or two Les has been commenting about how Sweetheart appears to be getting a little "bulk" to her.  I really hadn't noticed but once I started looking closely, I started seeing it too.  The muscles on her thighs and her front shoulders are getting more defined and 'bulkier'.  Well, I took her to Petsmart yesterday and decided to weigh her on their scale.  Sure enough, she is now 58 pounds.  The last time we weighed her she weighed 56.  I supposed all of that digging and running after the other dogs has helped my little Peanut become a bit bigger Peanut.  I am excited to see if she will gain any additional weight by August 13th, her one year 'rescue' anniversary.

Ollie is doing great.  She is pretty much normal weight now, or at least appears to be and her coat is nice and soft and still fluffy.  She is very very sweet and likes to snuggle on the air bed with me when I let her.  She is doing better with her food aggression and doesn't growl any longer when the dogs come near her when she is eating or when she is lying on a dog bed.  She still has about 10 days to go on antibiotics for her tick borne disease.  Then I suppose we will have her blood work done again to make sure she doesn't need to stay on them even longer.

I will try to get some pictures of Ollie soon.

Oh yes, I almost forgot.  Friday Lester made steaks and baked potatoes.  After we finished dinner I let the dogs in.  I was sitting in my recliner relaxing and watching TV.  All of a sudden I see Sweetheart run into the living room from the kitchen with something in her mouth.  She drops the 'object' in the middle of the floor.  One guess what it was....half a stick of BUTTER!  ARGH!.  I took it away from her and made her feel guilty.  She went into her crate and hung her head.  After she was 'punished' I gave her, Ollie, Cleo and Journey a few licks of the butter.  Yes, I know, I am a sucker.  What makes this all the more hilarious is that Bavarian had a butter fetish and swiped a tub of margarine (not a full one thank goodness) off the counter a few times when we were gone.    As time goes on Sweetheart is showing more and more little Bavarianesque characteristics.  However, at least Bavarian would wait until we were out of the house, Sweetheart is just downright brazen! 

Jess, Sweetheart and Ollie