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Huckleberry's brothers, Andy and Mitchell
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Teresa,

I was starting to feel like a 24 hour laundromat/rug cleaner there for a while… OMD oh-my I have actually started slowly laying our throw rugs back down, one at a time to see how he does and so far I have three that are being left alone. I was able to get him to stop peeing on the dog bed too, whew. I put Bo’s treats and toys on a fluffy one last week and made sure he had gone out before I re-introduced him .. so far so good, lol.

Sally,

You are right, separating them was the right thing to do even though I wish I didn’t have to. The woman that rescued them from that farm is smitten with Izzy. We have kept in touch and exchanged pictures. She wanted a puppy for a while, but her older Aussie pup does not get along well with other dogs. I think because Izzy is younger Dax took a liking to her. I have some videos of them running and playing in the yard with a ball so maybe it was meant for this to turn out just the way it did. I know she is getting spoiled with love, and that is really the best you can hope for. 

Bo is growing like a weed, lol. I can barely pick him up now without grunting, hahaha. He is turning into a fine mannered young pup clap

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We are at a new stage in Mitchell’s development. We are coming to a point that I have really been dreading. He had a pretty good solid 8 months (ish) of maintenance with the Synovi and CBD. We are starting to slide back. I knew it would happen, it was just a matter of when. We stayed home for the holidays this year, and my instincts were correct to do so. 

Mitchell has started having accidents again. Not every day, but pretty often. He is having a harder time with the stairs too. I thought it was weather, but his rear right leg isn’t doing so well, and he is getting weaker. He almost face planted coming down and going up, so I ordered him a Ruffwear harness . It came in today and IT FITS PERFECT!! clap

He came down for breakfast this morning and after he ate we put it on. He is acting all sporty now, like a cool dude, lol. He has always had a fetish for collars, bandanas, anything that he can wear. It really is too cute. Here’s our boy.

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I tested it out on his trip back upstairs and it is going to do exactly what I need it to do. Thank you Jim for your pawsome video, that was the deal breaker for me! Mitchell is 70 pounds and this allows me to help him instead of falling down the stairs WITH him!

I know I should probably switch to a new topic, but here is our history and it is kinda my “journal” so that I can look back at his progress.

I don’t know how we are going to get through with his accidents. Part of me hopes that with the help of the harness, maybe he has just been afraid, but I think I know better. 

Cognitively he is still doing well. I heard him walking around the other night, and I was too late getting up the stairs and caught him mid-pee. Knee jerk kicked in, and I yelled NO! Well… he was horrified at getting caught. That alone speaks volumes. He still gets excited when I come home at night, and does his Mitchell dance for me. It is so adorable! My rug upstairs is getting totally ruined, and I dare not replace anything right now so I have invested in a gallon of this enzyme cleaner specifically for pet urine and it does the trick. We got a rug shampooer a million years ago, so we treat and wash the rug every time he has an accident. 

I will leave you with the happy puppy, this is what we work so hard to preserve

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Look at that handsome boy showing off his latest fashion  fetish!  Such a good looking boy!

Jackie, he really does seem to be doing well, everything  considered!  At one point t he wasn’t  even doing the stairs at all, and now he just needs help.  That’s not too shabby if you ask me.

And certainly attitude-wise Mitch is a happy boy!  Love that video!  Exquisite  care helps a lot!!

Now I’m sure the peeing is annoying, but it’s  not anything that is causing  him pain or interfering  with his quality…..maybe not rhe same for his hoomans though!😉

Would he go on puppy pee pads upstairs, assuming this is where most pee happens? 

Hang in there!  Mitch clearly  is still enjoying  being  Mitch😎

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5 January 2019 - 12:20 pm
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Omd you read my mind Sally!! I was just realizing a have a ton of puppy pads left from Huckster recovery. Right now it’s pretty much in one area so I’ll throw a couple down and see if that helps. Thank you 😘

He has started spending a little more time down when he comes down, and he goes crazy over a good massage so i still see a lot of life in him. The rug is wall to wall but it’s old and needed replacing anyways. I guess worst case we might need to replace some of the flooring underneath later on when we redo it. 

Thank you for your glass always being “half full” 🤗❤️

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Awww that sweetie! He sure looks handsome in his new gear. Great job measuring correctly clap

Mitchell is a happy boy for sure, and of course it’s because of all the care and love you give him. Sorry about the current challenges, that’s a tough one. Remind me, did you see the vet about his incontinence? What was their recommendation to deal with it? I know there is a prescription drug that can help with incontinence, was this something they mentioned? 

I’m happy the harness is helping you help him get around better. Hopefully this is the little boost he needs to be more confident on stairs and getting around. 

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We have seen the vet multiple times and we tried medication but were not successful. The medication either works or it doesn’t. It did not help him at all. The last check up everything was perfect and that was about a month ago.

Last January Mitchell had surgery for bladder stones and a splenectomy. He had incontinence problems back then which started after his knee surgery a couple of years ago.  I imagine it would not be a bad idea to re run urinalysis just in case. He is not urinating frequently, or showing any other signs, but this just cropping up again I guess it is a possibility. We actually had like 8 months accident free, it is just so depressing to go down this road again. 

On the pawsitive side, Mitch is still alert and aware of his surroundings. I am very grateful for that. His appetite continues to be ok. He hasn’t had a hunger strike in quite a while, lol. When he goes out, he has his “routine” and walks the perimeter of the yard sniffing and checking everything out. I have no doubt that the CBD has helped with that. He still gets it faithfully twice a day and he gets his joint supplements too, which he loves, thank goodness. 

I will have his urine checked out just in case, thanks smiley

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I feel like I’m quite the incontinence expert – like you would really want to be that, right? We dealt with that issue with Nitro for a LONG time. Luckily it did get better for long periods of time – was cyclical it seemed. We ended up having wear male wraps, with diapers inside. He was such a good boy, he’d just stand there and let us put them on him. We even got fancy ones – colors, skulls, you name it. The Proin didn’t work for him either, by the way. We’ll never know if the Metronomic therapy was the underlying cause, or if it was just old age. Whatever, we managed it, with the diapers, and by putting water-proof liners on the bed (he slept with us) and on the futon mattress. It just became our routine and we made it work. I always felt there could be a lot worse things to deal with.

Mitchell is such a handsome lad – and is very stylish with his Ruffwear harness ….I always loved Nitro in his red one.

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Thank you Paula, I do appreciate your input. We have bought several wraps for Mitchell that all seem to come off. I do not understand how though. I got the ones with Velcro, and put a Depends inside of it for extra protection but he magically knew how to take them off. He takes the largest size because of his size and I was so excited to find some that fit snug but weren’t too tight. I have about half a dozen in all different colors. If you have any tips I am all ears. I still have them all folded up in the closet. 

He seems to really like his harness. I put it on him when I got up this morning and he was all waggy and happy. So funny how you notice things like Mitchell’s swagger when it comes to tasteful clothing laughinglaughing Put something nice on and I swear the pup smiles!

I barricaded the area that he has been going on so that it would have a chance to dry before I place puppy pads down. I found something by Rocco and Roxie a while back that is a fresh scented enzyme cleaner. It does a great job so I just got a big jug of it. I soak up the urine in an old towel and soak it with the solution. Let it sit an hour or so and then bring out our faithful rug cleaner. We made that investment about 10 years ago and I am thankful for the purchase every time I use it. 

I will bring a urine sample in this week just in case. It would be nice if it is a simple UTI. After all this time of dealing with behavioral issues, it honestly didn’t occur to me that this might be that simple. Gonna keep our fingers crossed. 

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I admit, not my finest moment as a dog mom;this was early on in the incontinence, and we hadn’t perfected the procedure yet. As we got better at it, we started with a disposable male diaper with Velcro tabs, followed by a cloth wrap. He never tried to take them off and it worked beautifully.

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That’s a bummer about the medications not working! You are definitely doing all you can to find ways to make the situation better, he is such a lucky pup to have you. 

Great tips Paula the K9 Incontinence Expert!

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Paula sent me a link to a really nice site for supplies. They actually make a puppy suspender that helps keep the the diaper secure. 

Their products also look better quality than the stuff i found on Amazon, so looks like I’ll be placing an order. 

At some point this will be permanent, so either way it will be a worthwhile purchase. 

Mitch had a tough start in life. I’m not giving up now. 

His harness is fantastic, by the way. He had a little bit of a hard time getting up last night and with that handle i was able to assist him so much better!!

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Mitch had a tough start in life. I’m not giving up now. 

His harness is fantastic, by the way. He had a little bit of a hard time getting up last night and with that handle i was able to assist him so much better!!
  

You’re the kind of human all animals dream of. Being there for our dogs and cats during the challenges of growing older isn’t easy, but it’s an honor for sure.

Glad to hear the Webmaster is working out. We always tell folks, keep the harness on all day, even if you don’t think your pup ‘needs’ it. If your dog has any kind of physical challenges, there will be a time when they do need it and if they’re wearing the Webmaster, it will be a breeze to help them out.

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Jackie, am on & off quickly, but… YOU ROCK!

What Jerry said!

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Thank you Carol ((( big hugs back ))) lol.. made my eyes fill up, and after a long Monday I am smiling.  Not feeling like I am rocking it right now, but we’re working on it. Thank you for the encouragement. Every day now my boy smiles and wags at me. We have come so far, just gotta get this tweaked. Ordered a different kind of boy “wrap” and suspenders to hold it up, lmao. I am certain once I get the whole get up on him with his stylin’ new harness he will be “picture worthy” laughing

Jerry, I am so glad you mentioned keeping it on! I frustrated over that the first night and he was pacing so I took it off for the night. Next morning I hurried and put it on before he came downstairs. I am so pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to take off and put on! When I got him downstairs I felt it on him and there was just a little bit of snugness on the neck part. I had 1/2 inch to work with and when I opened it all the way up it made all the difference in the world. When I went upstairs last night he was sleeping like a baby. 

Going to try and catch that sample in the morning, just couldn’t coordinate it yet as it takes all three of us to get a sample… reminds me of a joke.. “how many people does it take to… *fill in the blank* …laughing  We need David at the leash, Mitchie at the squat, and mama with the cup, lol. 

Paula, thank you so much. The reassurance really means a lot. 

Sally, the puppy pads came in handy.. and saved the rug this time way-confusedway-confusedclap

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I’ve been following along- and now have something (and some time) to add some thoughts.  Not much new help but just my experiences and hopefully some smiles.

First- when Obie had his knee surgeries he wore his WebMaster all the time.  He was confined to an ex-pen but it was much easier to have it already on when it was time for potty breaks. He was also allowed to sit with me on the couch during his recovery but always on leash- the harness was invaluable keeping him from jumping up and down.

As far as the face plants- Tani started doing that when she would use the stairs to get off the bed.  It took FOREVER to get her to use the stairs at all, she would just fling herself off the bed.  She finally started using the stairs when she would face plant when landing.  Then she started face planting even using the stairs.  Then it took me awhile to keep her from using them again- and get her to wait for me to help her down, but eventually she did. As I’ve talked about before Tani wasn’t really bright due to a brain injury, it took her longer to learn things, but once she learned something she never forgot it.  One thing that really cracked me up was that once she learned to wait for me to get her off the bed she ALWAYS waited for me to help her, even when I put my mattress on the floor during Obie’s recoveries.

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On getting a pee sample from Mitch… do you have one of those grabber things? Like this. After years of trying to get pee samples from small girl dogs I found getting a sample from Obie a snap using a cup and the grabber tool.  I don’t think he even knew I was there.  You have to act casual so as not to arouse suspicion : )

With Maggie being a small rear amp girl she was a real low rider when peeing, there was no getting a cup under her.  So I resorted to a pan from my toaster oven, I had to sneak up behind her and catch a sample mid stream so she didn’t know I was there!  Then I had to balance the damn tray and try not to spill any before I could get it into a cup. I’m pretty sure I didn’t use the toaster pan for anything else again…

Hang in there with Mitch.  It’s really hard at this stage of life but I found it very rewarding with Tani- most of the time.

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