Buster’s much better…

So, Buster was able to come home last Saturday morning.  My Mom and Dad picked him up from the vet.  Poor guy!  He had that “vet” smell..  His stomach was all shaved and he looked pretty pitiful.  He came home and promptly made himself comfortable on the bed, he’s a comfy Muffin!

Up until today, he has been taking 5 pills, twice a day.  Now he’s down to 3 pills twice a day for another week.  I’ve been taking him outside on leash each time he has to go.  Of course I don’t want him to wander or run when he has stitches, but I especially don’t want him to eat grass!

It’s amazing how quickly dogs, animals in general, recover from surgery.  He had major surgery, opening him up, and opening up his stomach.  He had no trouble walking, or being excited.  I wonder if it’s because dogs don’t really have the “poor me” attitude?  Buster has been a little more tired the past few days, but other than that (and the shaved stomach!) you really wouldn’t know that he had surgery!  Of course, he’s pretty tough…

I have been a little worried about his bathroom habits though.  I’m guessing that his stomach muscles are not up to par yet, and it might hurt him a little to go to the bathroom.  So, I’ve been concerned…  I found out today that I might have the best husband in the world – He called me today just to let me know that Buster went #2 – ha-ha!!  He knows me too well!

In talking to the vet I found out that the grass that Buster ate wasn’t just regular lawn grass, it was that more stalky-type grass that you find in a field.  We have fields and alfalfa in our yard.  Dr. Voss made a guess that Buster initially ate a dead animal or something that smelled really good.  He said that he probably ate a bunch of that long, thick grass that was around it. Well, the dead animal made its way through his stomach, but the grass did not.  It wound itself into a large ball and just wasn’t going anywhere.  So, it was a good thing that we took him in!

About Dog Face

Giene Keyes, CPDT – KA Owner & Founder of Dog Face, LLC & Shooting Star Portuguese Water Dogs Giene started working with dog behavior in 1990 when she adopted a 4-year old Greyhound from the racing track. To date he is the most severe separation anxiety case that she has seen. He taught Giene about the psyche and learning process of dogs. It wasn’t until Giene was training her little pot-bellied Labrador puppy in 1995 that she really became interested in the actual training process of canines. Starting her small training business in 1997 she developed her own methods and ideas of positive reinforcement. She took what she had learned from her Greyhound, as well as positive methods she used to train horses, to create what is now the base of our training methods in the classes we teach today. Giene is a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist in Southern Wisconsin. After winning Best of Madison for two years in a row, Giene sold her Madison Dog Daycare to devote her time to dog behavior and helping owners create harmony with their pets in their homes. Specializing in aggression and difficult dog cases, Giene also works with rescue groups and shelters, evaluating dogs for adoption, developing Canine Aggression Management programs, and educating staff on dog language and behaviors. She has provided behavior consultations for service dog organizations, rescue groups and dog daycares throughout the Midwest. She is often contacted by police departments to work with individuals that have dangerous dogs. As a mother of 3 young children, Giene also realizes the importance of family dog training. She incorporates realistic training methods and helps to incorporate dogs into the family. She is an Instructor with the American Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid, a Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator with the American Kennel Club, and a Licensed Judge with the WI Dept of Ag, Trade & Consumer Protection. Giene routinely presents seminars on Dog Behavior, Training, and Operant Conditioning as well as educating her staff on dog body language and pack mentality. Giene is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer. Giene has been a regular guest on popular Madison radio shows and interviewed on numerous evening newscasts. Giene has also been featured in a number of local magazines, including the cover for Wisconsin Woman in 2010. Giene has also been highlighted in the Wisconsin State Journal for her work with Chicken Clicker Training, improving dog training skills along with timing and observation, and recently interviewed for a Nationwide Podcast. She enjoys holding training workshops across the state. If you would like to learn more about Giene, Dog Face and the services they offer, please go to the Dog Face web site at www.DogFacePet.com. Please feel free to contact Giene of any member of the Dog Face Behavior Team anytime!
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2 Responses to Buster’s much better…

  1. Jenny says:

    Oh, i am so glad about Buster! i didnt know he was in the hospital. I know how you feel about this. Just a wreck. Hopefully your baby will bounce back. Besides being great patients and heal amazing well, they never complain about any pain either. Please keep us posted, Giene!

  2. Stephanie Ragsdale says:

    All of us at the Animal Hospital of Verona are so happy Buster is feeling better!

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