Down on the Allotment

What's happening down on the allotment? An intimate account of a passionate veggie grower.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Buddy Update

Thank you all for your kind comments and wishes for Buddy.On the first day after the stroke I really didn't know if we'd have him much longer. He was unable to stand and his eyes were rolling and twitching, he would not eat or drink. We fed him through a syringe and for the next few days he took chicken stock and pureed chicken and brussels sprouts! A few days later he took small pieces of roast chicken, and I managed to hide a few pieces of veggies underneath (like getting a small child to eat their veggies!). Day by day he has gained his balance and his appetite.
Pleased to say he is now almost back to normal! A little bit unsteady when he turns a corner too quickly or when he shakes the snow off his face! He's not that keen on eating dog food any more!! I suppose he has been hand fed the best of everything for the past couple of weeks, so it's worth stringing us along a bit longer to see if I will play along! Cheeky boy!
Thank you again for all your best wishes!

20 Comments:

At 8:52 PM, Blogger BilboWaggins said...

Thanks Matron, all Buddy's "virtual" aunties worry about him.

I have to say from reading your posts it does sound very much like the Vestibular thing which Ollie had rather than a big stroke, and if that's the case it is great news. Ollie was about the same age as Buddy when he had his attack and there was, thankfully, never a repeat.

 
At 8:55 PM, Blogger Peggy said...

I am delighted to hear Buddy is doing so well,and he is well enough to know how to string you along with the invalid delicacies! I am sure you don't mind in the least pampering him a little.

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger Ribbit said...

I'm glad to hear he's on the mend. He seems like such a genial pup.

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Good news indeed! It's so hard when one of our family members (2 or 4 legged) is ill, but especially the 4 legged ones who can't tell us how they're feeling.

 
At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Nicole said...

Wonderful!

 
At 9:49 PM, Blogger Midmarsh John said...

That is great news Matron. You have done wonders to help him get over the worst of it. I wonder if dog food flavoured with chicken stock would fool him?

 
At 10:52 PM, Blogger Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

So glad to hear he's doing better! He's just so cute :)

 
At 11:24 PM, Blogger Jo said...

I've just recently found your blog and have read right the way through the archives. Glad to hear that Buddy is on the mend. He certainly looks comfy in that photo.

 
At 11:55 PM, Blogger miss m said...

Yay ! Great news. {{ hugs }}

 
At 4:57 AM, Anonymous kitsapFG said...

That is wonderful news to hear Matron. I am so glad your tender loving nursing brought him through this and he is on the road to recovery.

 
At 5:17 AM, Blogger Kalena Michele said...

Such a strong guy. Don't worry. The food you've been feeding him is way better for him anyway.

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger Green thumb said...

Thank God for the happy ending. The unconditional love of these innocent creatures makes their suffering even more poignant, thankfully Buddy has been in just the right hands for everything the situation needs.

 
At 10:56 AM, Blogger Vegetable Heaven said...

Good to hear. Long may he cadge treats!

 
At 6:08 PM, Blogger All Natural Mama said...

I'm so glad he's doing well.
We lost our dog of 10 years, also named Buddy, a few days before Christmas - sudden liver failure and he died within 2 days of diagnosis, at home with us by his side.
It is wonderful you have been able to
nurse him back to almost full health!

 
At 6:43 PM, OpenID nipitinthebud said...

so glad to hear that - hooray for Buddy :o)

 
At 6:47 PM, Blogger Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

So glad that Buddy is doing much much better. My Persian cat Chuck had a few minor strokes when he was 17. He lived to be almost 20. Every time he had one I thought it would be his last but he bounced back every time. In the end he died from old age, safely in my arms.

It's great that Buddy is stringing you along, the cheeky doggywog. It shows that his brain is fully functional. ;-) Don't tell Tara I said that.

 
At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Marcia said...

Hi Matron, I'm a reader of your blog for quite some time now and one thing that has always drawn me to this place is the fact that Buddy looks so much like my late dog, Bianca. She's lived for 13 years by my side and I'll never forget her. I wish Buddy a speedy recover and many years of good health and happiness ahead. Big hugs for you both.

 
At 4:27 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Happy to hear Buddy is doing well!

 
At 5:10 PM, Blogger Gill said...

Hi Matron

Glad buddy is getting better, it's awlful when pets are sick. I couldn't live without Dr Whiskers!

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger gintoino said...

Matron, I just red about Buddy (I've been away from blog world for almost a month).It must have been terrible for you to see him like that. Good to know that he is almost fully recovered. All the best for both of you

 

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