Marley Goes Home

So my friend didn’t adopt Marley after all. They were on the fence, but after three days of him vomiting around the house and pushing the kids out of bed, they were done. It’s strange, he must have been overwhelmed there because he’s never vomited in my home. We live a very quiet life with a few hikes a day and the occasional tug-of-war, but there’s no screaming kids to chase around over her. Maybe he was just overstimulated there?

It’s been a heck of a week here. While Marley was on vacation at my friend’s house, Bill decided to eat a Greenies…and then a bully stick…and THEN a sweet potato chew! And mommy never tried to stop him (he just looked so happy). Well, I paid the price for my lack of good parenting in more than one way. First, Bill vomited from 11pm until 2am, when he finally got some sleep. He began the next day with vomiting, and I left to come home to my poor dog sitting next to his vomit with drool stretching from his lips to the floor! Needless to say we were at the vet’s office within the hour. $250 later I come to find out that he just shouldn’t have eaten all that crap all at once.

They did this crazy thing call subcutaneous fluids for him – have you ever seen that? It’s crazy. They took him in the back, stuck a needle under his skin between his shoulder blades, and filled that area with as much saline as they could pack in. He came back to me looking like a black and white miniature camel! I was horrified!

Luckily his water hump was quickly absorbed and the anti-nausea shot they gave him kicked right in. He’s been in good shape ever since.

But… The next day I see my cat licking himself excessively, and come to find that he’s got some kind of ringworm-looking thing on the inside of his hip. On goes the lampshade and anti-fungal cream, and for the rest of the day Tux drags his head on the floor around the house. It was a truly sad sight – he’d go to jump up on the bar stool and slam his plastic hood into the table, then he would fall off the stool. Poor guy!

What was worse is that he couldn’t get into the litter box, which is accessed by a cat door, so I had to leave the door open. Enter Marley, who got returned that night and turned out to be a poop-eater…even if it’s covered in cat litter! The whole night was a mess, but we got everything sorted out once I figured out that all I need to do is keep the cat box clean (duh!).

Today Marley got adopted by a great guy who really likes him and Tux is doing so much better he doesn’t need the hood. Bill is no longer puking, so everything seems to in order. That is, until the next foster dog comes. (Oh! I hope it’s soon!)

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