Sunday, June 13, 2010

At the Vet and More Robin Attacks

This post has words about my poop (a continually fascinating topic for my momma) as well as some newsy stuff so likely not up to my usual standards, but that has been my life as of late... BORING!

Momma made me go to the vet recently even though I felt fine. She is prone to doing this as she keeps a sharp eye on me and is most alarmed by any changes in my disposition, habits, or general appearance.

The first thing on the list was my lips. Here is a close-up. See those red nodules around my lower lips? Well, that is not normal but that is how they looked when I got home from camp which momma found worrisome.

My trusty doctor friend vet lady hypothesized that I had a reaction to whatever is used to wash the floors at camp.

Given my propensity to lay about with my jowls spread out (re-enactment in photo below) she felt that I might have spent many hours with my tender and moist lips pressed against the floor, soaking up the cleaning supply residue.

Her recommendation was for momma to bring several clean sheets next time I go to camp and have them put on the surface to prevent contact with the floor. Momma says we might have an opportunity to try this out soon and I am happy to report that my lips are looking better (but still a bit red) now that I am home.

But the primary purpose of my adventures in medical mysteries was the topic of my poop. An apparently endlessly fascinating subject.

Momma brought a big bag of my poop to share with nice Dr. Migday and they spent an eternity in conversation which I only partial listened to;

"Blah, blah, blah, chronic loose stool, blah, blah, digestive issues, blah blabbity, blah, stinky bottom, etc. etc."

Next thing I know the assistant vet has me in a bear hug and nice Dr. Migday stole my blood.

Normally not a big deal, but given the waywardness of DNA samples I was concerned that she maintain an eagle eye on it lest some find it's way to the lair of the beast for her continued experiments in combining my Mango-ness with her big bottomed self.

This was followed by a proper examination of all my large and willing to be poked and prodded self including my fleshy and peculiarly complex nether regions.

I don't really mind because Dr. Migday is very nice and understands full sized doggies.

For example, she appreciates the bliss of a good dog pit rub.

But I did lose a bit of confidence in her when she sent me home with a bag of medicine kibbles. Any of you ever eat medicine kibbles? It tastes like CRAP! Yuh, I went on hunger strike and became quite weakened.

Momma said I have to eat the alleged foodable products as an experiment to get my digestives right, so she started adding some nommy, doctor approved, things and even hand feeding me and I am now choking down most of my (now 10 cups / day) of offerings, but it isn't easy.

In other news, do you remember those robins on my front porch. Well, we looked out the window last week and saw the little babies sticking their heads out of the nest so momma decided it would be a great photo op.

MISTAKE! Here is a short movie of the mom and dad robins attacking my hapless momma.

One of them even did a drive by and pooped on her head. Luckily she had on her protective Mango Minster hat.

After all of that, she finally got a photo of the nest, only to discover THIS!

Yes, the baby birds had flown the coop so to speak. I discovered one of them in my back yard. He was a bit confused about what to do next. I was keen to help him use his wings, but momma insisted PeeWee and I come inside the house.

He stayed there for some time, but eventually went away, hopefully to fill his wee belly with worms and whatnot.

After momma ascertained that the baby birds had indeed moved out, she totally tossed out the bird nest. But those robins kept trying to make a new one and seeing them working on it until after dark last night, momma relented and said that she would let them continue their constructions and have another clutch of babies, but then they would need to find a new home next year (guess I will be using the back door for a while).

Finally, I am pleased to report that the rock digging thugs returned and planted lots of rocks in my front yard. As luck would have it, they were laid down in such a way as to make this lovely circle upon which for me to pose.

It might also serve as an ideal spot for an exorcism should the beast ever decide to visit my estate again.

And that's it from the Mango estate. Hopefully my next posting will be more exciting as I have been practicing my socializing and walkies. Oh, and stupid PeeWee is hankering to do a dumb labrapost too (he says he has planned something but he needs for it to stop raining for him to get in his photo ops, whatever).

Mango Man! Oh yeah!

P.S. From Momma - Mango has suffered from loose, cow pie, poop for most of his life and I finally decided it was time to address it. He is on a 30 day plan of increasingly aggressive changes. The first round consisted of routine blood and poop work to rule out obvious parasites or other and a change in diet (which he hates). If things don't improve in a few days, will try the next step, etc. and at some point will need to spring for more extensive (expensive) blood work to determine if some of his digestive organs are misfiring. Except for being a doofus about his food, this doesn't seem to bother him at all, but he does do about five super sized mushy poops / day and farts a lot (not to mention I have to wipe his bottom for him).


tula said...

MANGO- glad i didn't read this before our date! not attractive. your momma sure luvs you! she knows your 5 right?:) :)

my foodies have been altered too. went to this grain-free, weight management dietable foodies. still tastes good though. guess to get the muscle back in my butt. vet ordered.

peeesess: cool sports bra. see you in class ... someday??????????


Lola said...

Mango,I hope your poop situation improves soon. Although it seems you've done just fine with loose mushy poop up to now. And thanks for sharing.

wags, Lola

3 doxies said...

Oh man, and I just ates my breakfast too...I taste a little vomit in my mouth now...hehehe! I'm sures everything will work to speak.
That is one cool brick display fur your estate...beautiful work those hoomans did.

Gus said...

Dear Mang are a saint. Muzzer hates even tiny terrier oops a poops, and goes through inordinate amounts of baby wipes trying to keep us "clean". She would have to buy them by the pound if she had a Mango Man!


and, in awe and admiration



Hi Mango
Dude clean up your act b/c tula likes to put her snooter all in there. My momma puts banana slices in my meals to keep my stools nice and firm. And yes.. Paul said I was a good boy yesterday at skool! neener neener neener.

Mack said...

I sure hope your poops improve! Maybe that way you can get your delicious old foodables back!
We have a family of attack mockingbirds in our back yard. They are pure evil and like to stalk and attack me - I think they think I am a cat! Gaaa!

Benny and Lily said...

Oh Mango hope you are feeling better. When mommas get bored they will find anything to keep them busy. Even poop examinations. Nutty
Benny & Lily

Frankie Furter said...

Oh YES.. we all know that two leggers are just Poop Obsessed. And every VET just Loves to steal blood. It is a terrible curse for US. The banana thingy works pretty well. Butt your butt will say Pharrrrrt a lot.
My mom is big on RICE for some reason.
I love the decorative red rock thingy. I hope PeeWee doesn't decide to try and EAT those Rocks.
Keep us "poopsted".

Heather and Ellie said...

Whoa! 10 Cups a day??? I guess I'm just not used to big dogs...Ellie got 2 (two!) cups a day and she was a little plump!

Sorry to hear about the loose stool issue, those are always NO FUN. Barrett had chronic loose stool until he was put on some meds (Clavamox) when he was 10 months old for kennel cough...then it just went away! (Not the kennel cough, sadly..only his loose stool) The vets all said, "No, it couldn't possibly be related" but it just seems a little unlikely to me that it wasn't, don't you agree? I mean, it happened REALLY quickly after him being on antibiotics and he never went back to have loose stool again.

I hope that Mango's clears up as quickly as Bear's did!

Samantha said...

Awwww - not so much fun to have loose poopies - especially from 10 cups of food a day. Sorries also that your diet is being changed - I know how annoying that must be (although I'll eat just about anything, edible or not...). I hope your lips are doing better - ouchie. And amazed by the robins' reaction to your mom's movie machine - amazing. But most lovely is your new stone circle - beautiful... especially with you sitting there! Lovely work!
Hugs xoxoxox

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

That 10 cups a day thing was just a joke, right? You must go through a bag of food a week?! Nothing disconcerts me more than loose stools. Poops tell us a lot, don't they? I hope the 30-day regimen works wonders.

Anonymous said...

Huh. Moms are so weird, aren't they? They're all obsessed with our poops but then they get grossed out if you eat it! Um, not that I would ever do that but I've heard some dogs do. Sorry abouts the vet visit but it sounds like one of the robins got your mom back for that for you with, most ironically, poop!

And guess what? We had a baby bird in our backyard the other day, too, and my mom wouldn't let me help him fly either. What's that about anyway?

Oh, and I do luvs your new rocks! A very nice accessory to your relentlessly huge self!

Wiggles & Wags,

elbouwii said...

oooh hope that the Mango-poop will be beter

it isnt nice of the robins to poop on mommas hat!!!

El'bow & Hauwii

houndstooth said...

Aww, Mango! I hope things get better in your insides soon! I can't believe your mom posted pictures of the doctor doing that to your behind! I'd say bird poop on her hat was karma.


Sue said...

Since Samba has been on steroids for her condition, we've had loose stool problems. Now we use Metranidazole in the mornings and Probiacin twice a day. It seems to have worked and except for some gas in the evenings, the stool is more normal.

Ms. ~K said...

Our Rama was looking at our poop this rude!!!
Can you imagine if we blogged about their poop?
Hope your poop improves soon.
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

Martha and Bailey said...

Hi Mango, those robins sound pretty fierce!
Maybe you mom has to get a hard hat.
We were sorry to hear about your visit to the vet - no end to the indignities.
As for your poop - well we rest our case - there is nothing private any more, not even poop it appears.
I suppose you should be grateful your mom didn't post a pic of the bag she took to the vet.
Some humans...........!
Your post made our human laugh out loud which we believe is a further infringement of your rights.
love and kisses
Martha and Bailey xxx

Dory and the Mama said...

Whoah...sounds like a not so fun way to spend the day MAngo...but I am sure your MAma is doing what she thinks is the bestest for her Mango!

Smileys & Snuggles!
Dory. Bilbo and Jacob

brooke said...

10 cups a day!!!! man!
hope your new diet works well for your stomach. mushy poop is no fun! especially butt wiping.

Anonymous said...

Oh man we have all the poop issues at our house too... all the time! If it's not one of them, it's the other. Hope you get to the "bottom" of this (oooh that's a bad pun, I apologize).

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello mango its dennis the vizsla dog hay why do they need to yooze speshul floor kleener at the camp why cant they just mop arownd the mango suds that yoo leev??? silly hyoomans!!! i hope yore poops firm up!!!! ok bye

Wild Dingo said...

gosh. listen to that norwood dude all up in your grill about being a good boy. phoey! you show him.

LOVE those bricks! they look very proper for His Royal Relentlessly Huge

1000 Goldens said...

Oh Mango Man, the things we endure because our humans love us so much. Your Momma is so sweet to wipe your messy bum for you. We sure hope those yucky foodables have your tummy feeling better soon.

KelleEvil said...

Mango, I hope that you get your "issues" taken care of... Love your posts!!! Keep em coming!!!

Lola and Mama Kellee

bbes tribe said...

Mango, we hope things get better for you soon. It must be embarassing to have peoples checking your poops & wiping your hind site. A little privacy.....

Maggie and Mitch said...

Yikes, your momma sure doesn't like to keep your private business private does she, Mango?
We hope your poopies firm up with your new food selection!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Marjie said...

So the rock stealing thugs returned them, in a most pleasing pattern! Excellent!

And keep making your Momma give you better foodables with those medicine craps. Mommas are easily manipulated by large brained, full sized doggies such as ourselves.


doyle and mollie said...

furry impressive dr vetty shots we hope your poops get betta loves and licks

Sami & Baylee said...

Mango your new diet desn't sound to tasty...sorry...I hope your lip is feeling better. Sami has a very sensitive stomach and prone to allegies from kibble so the vet put her on royal canin skin support but she didn't like it at all so she get royal canin still but mom also feeds her chicken and people meats. The good thing about this is I get it to because mom says it just wouldn't be fair for Sami to eat chicken in front of me... she is very smart...hahahah I hope you can have back your favorite foodies soon!

Love Baylee

P.S I am not getting fat it is muscle. Sami is just jealous that she can't be tall full figure doggie... ;) jealous I tell you...just jealous!!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Do woo know how many days it takes me to eat 10 Khups of kibble???

PeeEssWoo: Don't they evFUR get tired of the blah blah thing? BTW, that was akhtually the third video take fur the Baby Patches treats - I was a bit too khrakhkerdog in the furst two ;-)

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

Aren't those output issues a real bore? I hope thing develop to their liking so your people stop going on at you about it, Mango.


Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Of course you have super-sized poops. Duh. You are a super-sized dog. But all of the pictures and details? I think your Mom might be violating some HIPAA regulations. Being an 'adult' I think you should have some say in what personal information is shared! ;-) We are Most Jealous of your round circle-y rock thingy. Now, go eat some of that (icky) food, just to make your Mom happy.

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Mutant Puppy

Tucker said...

Armpit rubs are the best!!!

Oh and the poop thing, have you considered chicken? I am "chicken intollerant" which means when I eats chicken my belly can't digest it correctly and I has ketchup bottle poops. Just an idea, and also flaxseed gives some doggies the poopies.

It's funny that the bird crapped on your momma.

woof - Tucker

Niamh said...

TMI Mango! We don't really want to think about your momma having to wipe your poor bottom for you. Hope the boring medicine kibbles do the trick for you.

We did enjoy the robin movie however. Ambrose thought that the robins were in our house and went a bit cracker dog. Very exciting. Looking forward posts about your walks.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

The Two Country Poodles & Uncle Puppy said...

What lovely new rocks you have Mango....And you look lovely sitting on them. Hope you get you poo issues under control. I love my vet prescribed diet. Maybe you momma could put a few treats on it to help.

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

Puglette said...

oh, poop! tmi, buddy! no, just teasing, we all want to make sure you are healthy and happy. the new rocks are beautiful, and encircled by exorcism candles it would be just lovely. and your momma's robin movie was quite frightening! i was worried that i had mis=clicked and was watching the birds movie!!
take care, big buddy!

Kari in WeHo said...

we humans are always trying to nab dog poop...

Heather and Pumpkin said...

You don't see stories about Brangelina's poop in Us Weekly, so why does your mommy post it on your blog? I think you need a new agent. Even Menace knows better than that.


Sapphire said...

ah Mango! hope you poop normal soon (:

Jazzi said...

Hey Mango,
I am glad that you didnt mind the lady checking you out. I hope your poop problem gets better real soon. HAve fun taking all those pills


Lorenza said...

Hi, Mango!
The poop issues are back, right?
I hope the meds work for you soon so you can enjoy your favorite food again!
The rocks in your patio look great!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Mr Koda MD said...

Jee Mango, sounds like you're in a right 'poop' at the moment...

Paws crossed the chubby bottomed lass finds a fixit - quick! We cannot have your poor Mom pooperscraping your rear end for ever!

Can't wait for another labrapost... but of course!

MAXMOM said...

Hey there...
Just popping by to say I am thinking of you in your endeavours to identify the 'big one's' problem. It's truly horrible when they aren't at optimum vitality. Wishing Mango well. He is such a big cuddle-bun!We all love him to bits and only wish the best for him.

Jake of Florida said...

Oh dear. Nothing is private any more. Nothing is sacred. You have our total sympathy for this thoughtless invasion of your privacy. Is Facebook next???

Since we can only love you from afar, however, we understand how your momma, who is up close and personal, might feel the need to find a cure for the troubling cow pie situation.

Courage, big boy!!!

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Stanislaw said...

Whazzup dude. I also used to have many issues of the nether regions which included extreme gaseous tendencies and numerous, light-colored, enormous, less-than-ideal poobles every day. I'd eat 3 times per day (I was on a serious weight-gain program then) and explode 5-7 times. My vets did blood work, stool checks (over and over again) and I was put on fancy foodables and medicated with panacur. The vet-prescribed foods made me SO SICK. Turns out what I was on is mostly corn. When nothing helped the docs just threw their hands up and told my folks that I suffered from malabsorption syndrome and would always be this way.

Turns out my body freaks out when I feast on starches. That includes corn, rice and potatoes. The starch would fill my gut, absorb water and come shooting out the other end. Switching from kibble to mostly meat canned food helped a lot (Wellness makes a 95% meat variety). Then we did 1/2 canned food with 1/2 real food and that helped even more. Then my folks went to 100% real food and within 48 hours those chronic issues were gone and never came back.

And... you know how the story goes from there. Just thought I'd share since our symptoms sound familiar.

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Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...


Um...what a voluminous post. And TWO mentions of my perfect self in a post on POOP?

The irony is not lost on me darling.

Mumsie uses that flat scoop 'stead of the rake when we get well

less than firm.

Frankly, I'm barkless.

My favorite comment was whoever said they felt a little vomit in the back of their mouth. Actually, that comment made me feel a little oh never mind.

It's June...when's our wedding?

Love, Beast

Pee Ess

What vet do you go to? I need to do a lab pickup there. I have a new job.

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh yeah, Mango - I agree - us giant doggies like our chest rubs and arm pit rubs! My human actually sticks her hands and feet into my armpit to warm them on cold mornings! :-)

Sorry to hear about your troubles at both ends! I had already heard things in great detail from my human so I won't go into it again here but just hope your poo gets better soon. Medicine kibbles...UGH!!

Honey the Great Dane

Oskar said...

Mango, that is a Mango-sized load of information about your Mango loads!

I shall try to deter my mom person, lest she get in a twist about my loads!

the booker man said...

just to clear thingies up -- i have mama does not!!
anywho, hope your mushy poop situation clears up soon and that you get some tastier foodables, too!
the booker man

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Hi big me's!!

I's hopes yousa O.K.'s!!

I's had da poops problems too during me cluck cluck ordeals!! I's hopes yous back to normal soon!!

Do yous tinks 'da tried to clone yous!! Hmmmmmmm.... 'Da did take a lot of yous bloods!! Maybes!!
Maybe 'dey needs another Mango for chores and stuffs. Hmmmmmm.....
Maybe yous Mommy wants to puts yous in a double mints commercials...
If 'dats the cases I's can be yous twins!! Hu Hu's

Anakin Man

ocmist said...

Mango! DON'T LET THEM TAKE YOU TO A VET!!! We just came back from there and they have needles, and sneakily put you to sleep and then do horrible, unmentionable things to you and you might wake up MISSING PARTS!!! Gimli, Pippin, & BG

Maybe if you sit your tushy down on the grass and drag it around a bit so that your Momma doesn't have to clean it for you, she wouldn't be so apt to "get into your business" so to speak! Wait... never mind... Then you'd probably get wormed! Dott & Mercy

10 CUPS of food!!! I WANT THAT DIET! I only get 1 cup spread into 2-3 parts a day! OC

Melissa said...

Hey Mango!

We used to have that problmen too, then our mom started feeding us The Honest Kitchen (dehydrated raw food) with some raw meat added. Now our poops are perfect every time. However, it is a bit expensive and we don't eat as much as you do. Mom also used to give us a tablespoon of canned pumpkin (not premade pie filling) and boiled chicken and rice and that would firm things up too. Good luck!

Fizz & Willow the Bedlingtons