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I don't know about you all, but I had a great weekend visiting with family for the Thanksgiving holiday! It won't be long and we'll be doing it again for Christmas! Today I thought I would tell you more about the little fur ball that graces my blog some of the time. He likes to photo bomb, and let's face it - I am a proud puppy mom and it doesn't take much to get me to mention him.
Before we even saw our pup on the rescue website, my hubs (boyfriend at the time) and I decided that we wanted to rescue from a shelter and not buy from a breeder. We wanted to give a good home to a puppy who needed it, and we also didn't want to spend $6oo on a pup. We weren't too serious about looking for one when puppy's picture popped up on the internet and we drove the next day get him. He was such a cute 8 week old pup who needed a home, and he was micro-chipped and ours for a very reasonable price. Little did we know.
We got him home and had him for a day, and my nursing 6th sense kicked in. Something just didn't seem right, but I couldn't really say. So off to the vet we went, with a stool sample in tow (again, the nurse in me). Before the exam the vet thought he seemed like a normal little pup, until the tested the poo. Our poor sweet Ollie dog had Parvo!
For those of you who don't know, Parvo is a disease that eats away at the dog's intestinal lining. It has a 50% survival rate. Our vet suspected that the shelter watered down their parvo vaccines which actually causes parvo in puppies.
Needles to say, Ollie was hooked up to an IV and had a week stay in the doggie ICU. I won't mention the nasty symptoms to keep this PG, you can google if you like. His white blood cells got down to below 1,000. Normal is 6,000-17,000. But Ollie pulled through!
I'm sure you're already thinking this - it cost us a pretty penny. Hence why we call him our show dog that never was.
But since, Ollie has gone on to live a mostly healthy lab life! I wish he stayed this cute little size forever! He finally got back up to a normal weight for age and actually had a little belly!
He had his first play date, his first trip home from the park, picking out a Christmas tree, and his first time at the boarders while we were on vacation.
We had our first run in with destroying the Christmas tree. The hubs was not a happy camper. He hasn't done this again since, FYI. Most of the time, I really think we should have called him Marley - just like in the movie.
We had another run in with a cone when we got a benign (thank goodness) tumor removed from his paw. Yes, the cone has a towel duck taped around it, because he was so rough on the cone the edges were completely jagged. Again, he is Marley.
Ollie enjoys play dates with his cousin Sadie who is 8 months old. Oh, and he loves ice cream, bananas, and hot dogs. Not sure why he loves the hot dogs, because we certainly didn't feed him that. Now, Ollie is a happy, healthy, and very well loved 2 year old! And I couldn't imagine a day without this crazy pup!
Tell me all bout your fur babies! Does anyone else feel like the brought home a "Marley"?!