6/7/2011 (As always, click on any picture for a larger view!) Pup-date: Summer is proving to busy for everyone, so we're trying to keep things updated - but vacations and graduations and life cut into everyone's time. So here goes with the latest couple of weeks of Boz-dom:
Yes, Bozzy continues to keep everyone on their toes. With his extreme talent in cage climbing, he's going to have to go to a home that can appreciate his quirks and talents! He's doing well, and stayed with another rescue person for a week while Ilonka was out of town and did well. After she got back, the physical therapy portion of his life began. He has started going for short walks to use the leg and is doing well. He's met other dogs on his walks and has been nice to them.
This morning he off to his first physical therapy appointment. He seems to be looking forward to it!
5/23/2011 Pup-date: It seems Boz had a VERY busy weekend!!
Boz is sweet and mischeviuos as ever! He is "stablizing" ..eating regulary, going out regulary, taking his meds. He can still move pretty quick on 3 legs and Ilonka has to keep a close eye on him. She feels he's either too looped or just looped enough to be dangerous.
He is quite the escape artist. Mike was headed to bed one night and had to assist Boz back INTO his pen. This of course was after pain meds and his tranquilizer! Oy Vey! Boz has made it abundantly clear that he really doesn't want to be penned.
The next day, Boz was given a bit of freedom to cruise around the house. And low and behold - Ilonka comes around the corner to find Bozley in his foster sister, Asta's, crate!! He told Ilonka "I climb out of my own pen but have decided Asta's isn't too shabby of a place for a snooze."
So we have almost made it through the first week. You may notice he has been shaved. Lets just said he had a couple minor mishaps in his pen and cleaning him up became very difficult. Its much easier to "sponge bath" him with baby wipes when his hair is short. And, it makes his naked leg less obvious! ;) Good idea, Foster Mom!
Here are some pictures of how Boz spends his days - sleeping in "his doghouse" (also known as the kneehole of Ilonka's desk!) and just generally resting up for that time when he's able to really let loose and run again!
And this picture is a favorite... see his little grin?? He's thinking of all the squirrels and rabbits he can chase when his knee is all better! And he can really give that little Miss Asta a run for her money then, too!! And in typical contrary-fox-terrier-fashion, why sleep in the cushy dog bed when you can sleep on the hard floor right in front of it....? Sweet dreams, Bozley! We're all pulling for you to get better soon!!
American Fox Terrier Rescue needs your help to be sure we can help Bozley or other dogs like Bozley in the future. If you would like to help pay for Bozley's surgery or to help any of the other fox terriers in need, just click the "Donate" button below or on the upper left corner of the page to make your tax deductible donation via PayPal. Or mail your tax deductible donation to: Kathy Lauer, American Fox Terrier Rescue Treasurer, 8738 Prestwick Parkway, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
5/19/2011 Pup-date: Boz didn't want to eat and could scarcely stand up his second morning home, so Ilonka call the vet and they decided to dial back the level of pain meds he was on. (Please note, he's also on an anti-anxiety drug because of his cage issue, so that was also playing into his "high".) After giving him a break from the meds he "came down" from his high and was coherent enough to eat last night.
At about 1 a.m., Boz's foster brother, 14 year old Zoe, woke Ilonka up barking his head off (he never barks)... Seems he was ratting out our boy Bozley! Boz had attempted to escape the pen and his belly band was caught on the side so he was just standing there attached to the pen. That'd be what the kids these days call an Epic Fail. He was then unhooked, given a pain pill and put back to bed. Zoe was satisfied that the little miscreant was back where he belonged and everyone went back to sleep. Zoe seems to like his new job as Prison Warden!
5/18/2011 Pup-date: Boz slept straight thru the night. He spent a little bit of time on the couch last night so the ice pack on his leg could be monitored. He seemed to appreciate the interaction. He went out last night and this morning and is so not interesting in trying to stand up let alone potty. He is like a tipping cow, so Ilonka will continue to use belly bands until he is more coherent.
Ilonka will see how today goes. Boz still has the fentanol patch and did so well in his pen overnight. She'll see if he will wake up enough to potty and eat sometime today and see how he feels about being in the pen. After the attempted potty this morning, she put in him in his favorite spot in her home office - the spot he claimed his first day at her home. He has a pillow case over his leg with his morning ice pack resting on the pillow case.
His leg is so swollen and bruised, and the doctor said the bruising will get worse before it gets better due to all the "moving around" they did in there!
He looks so sad but hasn't complained one bit! More later...
5/17/2011: Our boy Bozley got to go home this evening. He is in a pen, not a crate and is resting comfortably. Bozley really doesn't like the crate since he escaped his confinement in Missouri, and our dear Ilonka heard details of just how much he let them know at M.A.S.H. that he did NOT like being in a cage! That led the Doctors to give Boz a 3 week prescription for Acepromazine! Thank goodness that she has something to help keep him calm, but she was sorry the staff at M.A.S.H. had to have the same experience she did with Boz's extreme protestations.
He is on Tramadol, Cephalexin, and Acepromazine and he has a Fentanyl patch on his tush for pain. He should be flying pretty high the next few days, and hopefully by the time he is off all of the happy-pills, he'll be accustomed to the pen.
Boz was SO HAPPY to see Ilonka and wanted to be close to her on the drive home. He settled for her hand on his back as he panted and smiled happily for the entire drive. He was also happy to see his foster siblings, but was only allowed a brief hello so that he didn't get too excited. He had a drink of water and settled in to unwind for a bit till dinner.
Bozzy sends everyone hugs and kisses and says "thank you for the well wishes"!
Bozley will need at least 6 weeks of cage confinement, only getting to go out while closely controlled and monitored on a leash. Since he isn't happy being confined, send good thoughts to Ilonka and Mike as they work with Boz and get him through these first few weeks. It's not going to be an easy road, but hopefully Boz will learn soon enough that life doesn't end just because you can't run all over the place!
We are so happy to help this sweet young dog. We'll be following his progress and get updated photos and stories as he goes through the healing process.
American Fox Terrier Rescue couldn't help dogs like Bozley without your help, and we appreciate you all more than words can say!
American Fox Terrier Rescue needs your help to be sure we can help Bozley or other dogs like Bozley in the future. If you would like to help pay for Bozley's surgery or to help any of the other fox terriers in need, just click the "Donate" button below to make your tax deductible donation via PayPal. Or mail your tax deductible donation to: Kathy Lauer, American Fox Terrier Rescue Treasurer, 8738 Prestwick Parkway, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443