Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pea has Sickies and I have an Egg


The Pea started walking funny yesterday. Then today he was walking really funny and he did not want to play with me at all. Look at this movie and see for yourself.



See? He just lay on the deck all sad. So momma took him to the vet and he has the Lyme disease. Oh dear. I have had that myself and I know how owie it can be.

The vet lady said that ticks never really go away, they just freeze solid and turn back into their nasty selves when it gets warmer... kind of like my poops.

The Mango is not heartless. I know that the little dude is feeling too sore to get on his couch so I let him have my favorite bed. How's that for being a good brother?






In other news, the Beastie sent me a peemail telling me there was a package in my PO box from her and to NOT GET IT WET no matter what.

At first I was worried that it might be some of those Sea Monkeys. Wow, those freaked my momma out when she was a pup because she got some and thought they were a little family just like on the package label.




Then when Grandma told her to "flush that mess down the toilet" momma was all crying mental fits because she thought she was killing that happy little family. Scarred for life, I tell you.

So, I was glad that the package did not contain those critters, but it did contain something equally concerning. To whit, an egg.

An egg that Beastie claims holds the spawn of a coupling between my large and not prone to wanton mating self and her large and visible from out of space bottomed self. Gah! How could that have happened? Possibly that night at Mango Minster when I had a bit too many smoothies?

Who knows? But momma was quite exercised about the whole thing and put the egg into a bowl of water.

Huh? Aren't you supposed to sit on eggs? I tried to save it! After all, there could be a little Mango in there.





But all I heard was "leave it! leave it!" from the evil witch and so leave it I did.

And now, frankly, I am a bit concerned. What could possibly be about to hatch from this underwater ellipse? Should I be excited and filled with anticipation or should I be exploring ways to flush it down the potty like those hapless Sea Monkeys?



Here is an actual movie which I believe conveys the seriousness of my situation.





Oh pity the poor Mango. A simple beast without the financial means for puppy support.

Mango Man! Oh yeah!

P.S. From Momma
Dex went to daycare on Thursday and they reported that his feet might be a bit sore as it was the first day they were outside on the gravel since the big snow. So when he had the faintest trace of favoring one foot that night, I wasn't concerned. He was limping some yesterday and then he was much worse today and also acting lethargic. The vet found some tenderness and did an x-ray which showed toes were OK, but by then I was already starting to think lyme and sure enough he tested positive.

Mango has had lyme twice and my airedale had it once. It is pretty easy to spot as the dog worsens quickly and has lameness that sometimes moves about and general sluggishness. My experience is that the antibiotics start to work within 24 hours and Dex also took some anti inflammatories to help with the pain.

So the prognosis is good, but it breaks my heart to see the little guy so down in the dumps. It clearly hurts for him to walk and he is giving me very sad looks. I know he feels awful, but hopefully he will rest and be better soon.

I was already planning to start the Frontline today, but apparently I waited too long as it just takes one or two days above freezing (which we have had on and off for the past few weeks) for those ticks to get to work and I have been walking Dex in the woods.

58 comments:

Keisha said...

I hope ur friend feels better. :)

But, I do not think u are a bird.

Benny and Lily said...

We are so sorry to hear Pee Wee has the disease.... feel better
Benny & Lily
Pee S. We think you just won the tongue contest mango man

The Army of Four said...

Oh no! Please tell Dexter we all hope he feels better! Those ticks are nasty!!!
In other news.... how come your mom didn't let you play with your egg in the house?
Luv,
Dave

Ludo van Doggy said...

Poor Dexter! I got that lyme thingy in the summer, or something like it. It went away with antibiotics and I had just got about 6 ticks took off me but our vets wont confirm without the dreaded blood tests.

OMG, what is gonna be in that egg. I don't even wanna know!

The Teacher's Pets said...

I am so sorry your Pee Wee has Lyme Disease and I hope the medicine helps him feel better real soon! I'm sure you are taking the very best care of him and I'm sure he appreciates that you sent us the news so we can wish him well!

pam said...

Dang it very bad ticks! So bad, no good, so awful ticks! Feel better quick Pea.

We are on pins and needles (well not real pins and needled Duh) waiting for news on da egg. If it's a baby Mango we will take up a collection for pup support k?

Bobo and Meja

Minna Krebs said...

OMD!!! Poor little brudder Pea! Please give him get well huggs from us!!

We know that NOTHING kills da evil ticks and fleas....and mosquitos here! I do believe they could survive Nuclear attack! We have aleady battled TWO flea attacks in December and late February! Evil little Q####xx#*s !!

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

Aw! Poor Dex :( I sure hope he feels better, quickly! One of the few I can love about the desert is there are no ticks or fleas (here, anyways). When I was back last summer I was obssessed!

Mango, would it have been cannabalism if you did eat that egg? Are little mango spores available for purchase by the public?

We're on the edge of our chairs, here!
Happy tails!
Stumpy and her bean

Kari in WeHo said...

Poor dex!

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Kris said...

oh poor thing hope you feel better soon Pea! ... Mango you big brother take care of your wee pea ok?

Willow the Black Dale said...

Mango and Dex I sure have missed you. When you are feeling better you should come by my blog and see my new sister Ember. I finally have someone to play with Mango....it is so much fun. Well except for the stealing of my bed, toys and food but I am adjusting.
woof,
Willow

Sue said...

Poor Dexter, we all hope you're racing around again soon. It's no fun being sick.

Mango, can you find a very big bird to sit on your egg?
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

Barbara said...

We are so sorry to hear Dex has the sickies and hope he feels better very soon. We are lucky that we don't have the evil ticks here.

Tank's Two Cents said...

Could Lady Gaga be in the egg? I've heard that's how she likes to travel now. I thought she was bigger than that though... maybe it's baby gaga. At least you wouldn't have to worry about puppy support.

Feel better Pee.

The Thundering Herd said...

Dex - From all of us, get well quickly. We arebsorry you got the Lyme.

Carol from Down Under said...

Hi Mango, you are a good boy to let Dexter share your bed when he is unwell. I hadn't heard of Lyme disease before. Those ticks are nasty. What is in your egg, that is what I want to know. Interesting. Take care all, no worries, love Carol.

misskyliem said...

Oh no Mango!! We too have been under house arrest because of evil little monsters! We were going to start ours on the 15th and yesterday Mommy came home at lunch and walked us, and then went back to work only to feel a creepy crawly on her leg! Eeeekkk!! Now we weren't even allowed to go on a hike in the woods with our friend Bailey today! Us black doggies are super duper hard to find ticks on, especially when they are small in all my furs!! I am so relieved that they say he will be okay with his meds!! Take good care of him big brother!!

Licks & Puppy Kisses,
Kylie & Jimmy

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Poor Dexter - we hope his meds kick in quickly - he walks like he is really hurting. We do our flea, tick and heartworm year round but cut back to every 45 days in the winter. We never know what the weather here is going to do, not at all unusual to get a warm spell in January.

And that egg - egad, what could it be? Are you sure you should be keeping it in water - never trust that Lacie:)

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Sam and Pippen said...

Dex, hope you feel better soon! Just sleep it off and it'll be gone when you wake up!


Sam and Pippen

HoundDogMom said...

We are so sorry to hear about Pea having the sickies. We will be sending him some more drool his way and crossing our paws. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

Amber DaWeenie said...

Oh, my heart just goes out to poor Dexter. Lyme Disease is so scary. My friend in Michigan lost her 3-year-old American Eskimo to kidney failure brought on by Lyme Disease last year. The vet told her that happens rarely, but it does happen. Hope Dex is feeling better real quick.

Are you really SURE you don't want a litter of....Sea Monkeys in your house? BOL

Wild Dingo said...

OMD! Dex, sooooo sorry 'bout the sickies. yuck! lyme sucks. i can't believe it happened so fast though. i thought it would take weeks and weeks to set in.

i just put a note to put the frontline on L&J because they both got their annual "spring cleaning" today. oh yea. the jodphurs, they are extra floofy and white now. oh so lovely.

and way to leave us with a cliff hanger! evil Mango Momma!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Oh no! We feel horrible for you, Dexter! Mitch's lyme test came back positive too but so far he's not showing any signs of anything - and mom just started our Frontline today! Ticks are evil little so & so's! grrrrrrrrrrrr
We hope you feel better soon, Dexter!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Frankie Furter said...

I had my annual vet visit on Monday as you might remember. I got my furst Frontline of the year ..as soon as I got home. Butt I live a bit farther SOUTH than you... We get fleas and ticks earlier.. Or so I though. Maybe not. I used to take only the Flea stuffs... butt my mom went totally FREAKED OUT when she found a tiny tiny Deer Tick on me. Soooo now back to the icky stuffs in my furs. Better though, I guess.
Soooooooo sorry that Pea got the tick Lyme thingy. I am sure he will be back to his normal self in a few days.
Are you gonna have your momma sit on the egg or do you think just getting it wet will work.
I guess you are gonna have to get a JOB buddy.

ArtemisiaFSS said...

Poor Dex, we are sending him some healing purrs. We never stop our medicines here as the weather is never really cold enough to be safe.

Ms. ~K said...

Sending lots of licks and sniffs to Dexter...feel better soon LabraPal!

houndstooth said...

First off, Dex, I hope you feel better soon! That just looks and sounds miserable! We all have our paws crossed for you.

Second, I am going to have nightmares about what will come out of that egg! Mango, you're scaring me!

Bunny

Niamh said...

Poor Pee Wee! We hate ticks and all the bad diseases they bring. We hope that the medicine works quickly and you are back to your labradorky self soon.

As for that egg, we are anxiously awaiting the next movie. Looks very sinister.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Jen said...

Goodness Dex, feel better SOON! Sophie sends kisses and tail wags, in the hopes it helps!!

Jen and the BDC

Minnie-Moo (Rescue Lab) said...

Oh Dexter, you poor thing, that doesn't sound fun at all :-(

We are sending you lots of healing thoughts and hoping you are feeling much better soon.

Love and kisses,

Minnie-Moo
x

Gus said...

Poor Dexter Dude.

And Poor Mango.

You had best start saving for collidge fees for the little one.

gussie

Sarge said...

Hey Dexterdude!
Wow, I'm so sorry you got the sickies! I'm sending my strongest healing thoughts to you right now. I'm sure you'll feel better very soon. Bad ticks, bad ticks.

Hey Mango!
Wow, cool egg. Do you suppose it contains a pterydactyl?!? Better warn Dennis not to look!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Reilly / Bree said...

Poor Dex - I hope you are feeling better soon, you just have to learn to stay away from those nasty ticks

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Lymes and Mangoes and Peas

Oh My!

Paws khrossed fur Dexter -

Maybe he needs some Mango Spawn in his water bowl -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Lorenza said...

Hi, Mango!
I hope the meds work fast for Dexter!
You are soooo good letting him sleep on your bed!
Aaaaand.... whatsup with that egg??
I want to know what's next!
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

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

Oh Peewee...you're gonna turn lime green? Oh dear...I do so love your black furs too...now, now I am revving the motor on my broom to get to the Estate by midnight...I will be nursing you and putting some warm compresses on those sore joints.

I'm so glad Mango is taking some responsibility for that egg. Sheesch. I got tired of sitting on it after like five minutes.

I've heard that Laketiff pups are usually all Ivy League...Mango better start sellin' his spa line again.

Kisses,

Beast

Does this mean your momma is gonna be my in law?????

KB said...

Poor Pea. We're thinking of him. When we lived in the east, one of our dogs got it and his nervous system went so bonkers that he started walking into walls. But, like your experience, he started improving very soon after taking antibiotics.

I cannot believe that you have ticks already. Our K has a severe tick allergy, and come to think of it, I probably had better get a collar on her in the next month or so.

The egg is scary but I don't think that a Mango look-alike would fit in it so tell Mango to relax!

Stella, Gunther and Macaroni said...

You're such a good momma for recognizing something wasn't quite right with Dex. We're glad to hear he'll recover just fine with antibiotics. Please give him kisses for us.

Love,
The Smushies

brooke said...

Poor Pea!!! We hope he feels better soon!
And what is in that egg?! I cant wait to see what hatches!

Lola and also Franklin, too said...

We were shocked and dismayed to learn that Dexter has a bad sickies. It's a big relief to know that you've got things under control and that he should be feeling better soon. We will keep our paws crossed and send out the best vibes we can.

We don't know what to think about the egg. I, Lola, have had a few puppies and I don't recall an egg being involved, but I guess it could have slipped my mind - or maybe it's the mastiff way. In any case, we await further developments on that.

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

Poor Pea! Believe it or not, at our altitude, we don't have ticks. Which means that whenever we go to a lower altitude, we have to remind Mom to start the Frontline ahead of time. I hope the Pea is feeling better soon.

Now Mango... About this egg... I didn't know that little Mangos came in eggs, but Mom says the mangos she sees in store are kind of egg-shaped, so I guess it's possible. Don't worry - I'm sure when PeeWee gets better you can put him to work to help support his nephew (or niece, as the case may be).

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby (the nekkid ones)

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

Dude
My momma wants to cuchicoo you. Ah.. you'll be back in business before you know it... and I just hope the beast hasn't conned you into hatching her off spring
norwood

twobarkingdogs said...

Awww. Poor Dexter - I hope you feel better soon.

Clover and Cosmo told me to tell you that they have some really funny looking green hats that they could loan you to make you feel better. haha!

(( hugs ))

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

Sorry to hear about Dexter! I hope he feels better soon :(

Wyatt said...

Poor Dexter, that is no good at all, Labradude. Hope you are feelin' better soon.

We are very curious about your egg, Mango. It doesn't look big enough to be a baby Mango!

Wyatt and Stanzie

Raymond and Busby said...

Poor Dexter! We feel sorry for him. Hope the ticks stop biting and the lymes go back to the produce store where they belong.

What is in that egg?

Marjie said...

Poor Dex. Our thoughts are with him.

Thor and the Evil Midget

Priscilla said...

Poor Dex, hope he gets well soon. Now we know that Mando has a stony face but a golden heart, it's really sweet of you to share your bed with your little pea brother.
That egg in the water looks suspicious, I hope the hatched puppy looks like little Mango instead of someone else though.

Peppy Sheppys said...

Poor Dexter dude. Lyme disease AND a new Mango will be hatching soon. Sigh. We hate those ticks so much. Our ma ape found one on Otis in JANUARY. Same thing--a few days of thaw and there you are. BOO. Feel better labradork!

Sheps w/Pep.

Roo said...

Poor Dexter! :( I hope you get better real soon pal (((HUGS)))

Mango, your egg scares the poop outta me. I don't think I can watch what hatches out of it. If I were you I would go stay with some relatives until it hatches and is sent back to wherever it came from Yup.

Waggin at ya,
Roo

LucilleMia said...

Poor Dexter

LucilleMia said...

Poor Dexter, I am so sorry, but I am sure you will recover very fast!
Mango you are really a very good brother to give him your special bed!
Funny trick with the egg, but I do not try!!!
Slobber and kisses
Lucille :)

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

Oh Dear, POOR DEXTER! We really hope he starts to feel a lot better very soon.

BTW, the conventional wisdom here (from our vet and others) is that Frontline is pretty useless at dealing with ticks. We use Advantix.

Woofs,
Tommy

Channon said...

Mugsy and I both have had Lymes. Sis is on Advantix year 'round, but I think since I'm not bathing the girls today, Gretchen might get her Frontline too.

Moose said...

Oh no Pea! Sorry about the tick sickies but glad your momma is on top of it!
RH you totally should have ate that egg! Momma used to give me an egg on Sunday mornings but she has not done that in awhile- total yummers!

Oskar said...

I hope Dexter is doing well, those ticks sound like nasty little buggers.

This egg situation is most intriguing!

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

The Heartbeats said...

Hope PeeWee feels better soon! Mamma is real bad about 'membering to put that nasty stuff on our neck...

Wiggles,
Calhoun

achieve1dream said...

Sigh. I hate ticks. Both of my dogs have Ehrlichia so I know how it is. The antibiotics do seem to work really fast, so I'm sure he's feeling better by now since it took me so long to comment. I hope he's back to his happy self. :)