What a weekend. It’s been pretty tense around here. Mattie the dog started going downhill over the weekend and completely lost her appetite. She wasn’t moving around, she was listless and didn’t even want to go out. As soon as my Vet’s office was open, I called them and made an appointment.
Mattie is an old dog, a Shih Tzu I found in my parking lot. She was dirty, matted and had multiple infections. 600 bucks later, I had a dog on my hands instead of this limping train wreck:
Like the fungus they found in her ears, she grew on me. I grew to love her. She’s old, stately and quiet. More like a cat, she prefers to lie around, yet she perks up when there’s food around. She’s a good dog and even goes on appearances with me when it’s possible. Here we are at a Petco kissing hands and shaking babies for BIRD TALK:
This weekend, that wasn’t happening.
I got her into her Vet and Dr. Bob Schactner started working, trying to find out what the issue was. We figured it out. After X-rays, we knew she had something in her intestinal tract, but we didn’t know what. Mattie doesn’t play with toys and she’s old so she isn’t much for doing much investigation. She goes out, does her business and we go back home. But there was something stuck in there. Bob went right to work. Time for surgery. We were hoping Mattie would live through it. She’s no spring chicken, but whatever it was, it had to come out.
I went home to wait and worry. Bob said it would be about an hour. An hour passed. An hour and a half. At two hours I was wigging out. But finally he called. Mattie was stable. He had found one nasty looking hunk of something in her bowel just beneath her stomach. And it had perforated her bowel in two places. The object to the right of the quarter is what he pulled out of Mattie’s gut:
We have no idea what it is. It’s not metal, but it has the consistency of plastic. But it stinks to high heaven and seems organic. God knows where she picked it up or even what it is. Mattie is in the hospital on an IV with antibiotics and fluids with glucose.
She had a tough time snapping out of the anesthetic:
Here is John, a vet tech that helped Mattie. (Yeah, I know…he’s hunky) :
And she’s still not out of the woods. She survived the surgery and she survived the first night. She’s a tough little dog but I’m still worried. I want her around for a good while longer.
June 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm
pink clouds of healing to your little mattie….from me & michael.
June 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm
Thank you! I’ll let Mattie know.
June 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm
Great news! 😀
June 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm
hi there patricia
what a true saint you are not only an expert with the birdies but also a friend of doggies and yes i agree with you about the vet tech looking at it from an angle it looks like the head of a plastic toy horse but if shes not an investigator where would she have got it i dont suppose it could be a piece off a parrot toy could it my two are going through a phase of if its chewable then its breakable and ifs its breakable then ill throw it on the floor for the humans to clean up but they are macaws so what do you expect they may be small but that means nothing. it sounds to me as you and little mattie have something in common and that is youre both true fighters dont give up i just know she’ll pull through in no time
keep us posted patricia
lots of human love and kisses and birdie beak kisses, hugs and flaps
jane, ralphie and scoobie
June 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm
June 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm
Oh gosh I was on pins & needles reading this post. I hope Mattie recovers quickly & is lounging, snoozing & eating in no time.
I have a 12 yr old male Shih-Tzu – the love of my life. He’s just about completely deaf (but boy can he hear the parrots) & can no longer see out of 1 eye – the eye that required cataract lens replacement surgery when he was only 2 yrs old.
Othewise his days are a series of sleeping in different doggie beds scattered about the house. He’s still a happy blissful little man & still loves a good belly rub.
Like your Mattie, I hope to have many more years with him & hope those years are good ones.
Keep us in the loop about Mattie’s progress.
June 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm
June 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm
She has lived through the surgery! She is going to make it , I’m sure. My dog had to be put down on the 21st of June at age 14. He had been suffering for a while. His time had come. It was all very peaceful for him. Very traumatic for me. I miss him so. My last Westie.! I’m age 76. Bobby went through ligament surgery at age 12. It made him comfortable and prolonged his life . I now live for my Goya ( African Grey I had for 24 years) and my remaining Yorkie( age 3).I will be thinking of you and praying for a very positive outcome. Let us know, please!
Birgitte Gjernes in Nanaimo, B.C. Canada
June 29, 2011 at 12:21 am
We are praying for a speedy recovery. What a rough weekend. I hope you are ok now too?
June 29, 2011 at 5:55 am
Ms. Mattie is one lucky little lady. Lucky you found her, lucky you saw past all the knots and dirty fur……and lucky to have your love and support. She has given it back to you in many ways, and will continue to do so…. Of that I am sure.
Thank God for all of our “fur” and “feathered” babies…….
June 29, 2011 at 8:25 am
I hope little Mattie is on the road to recovery.
She is one lucky little fur person, to have found you.
Prayer and thoughts, go to you and Mattie.
June 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm
How’s she doing today? I was glad to see her walking on Tuesday, even if it was just a few steps. I also sent the surgery pics to your e-mail. Let me know if they came through. 😉
July 1, 2011 at 9:13 am
Praying for you and your sweet puppy…..keep us posted
July 1, 2011 at 9:18 am
(p.s.) LOVE her Mohawk in the one photo; I had one of my poodles cut like that once. She was a “parti” ( bi-colored), and it just fit so perfectly with the coloration on her head! …kisses…
July 1, 2011 at 11:20 am
so glad she is okay and you too . I know they are so like our human kids when they need surgery we are all on pins and needles so glad she is recovering nicely . God bless you and her .
July 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm
hi guys to those of you that dont know little mattie died at about 5am the morning after the surgery patricia is taking a bit of time out to come to terms with her loss, sorry patricia if you think im over stepping the mark here but thought i would put other peoples minds as well as your own at rest love you loads patricia and always will your friend in the uk jane xxx
July 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm
I am so sad for your loss. We give these little critters our heart and they in return give us unconditional love… Without you, her life would have been very different and I’m sure that she appreciated your kindness and love…
July 4, 2011 at 7:32 am
Hi just wanted to say I’m really sorry about Mattie. I know you must be devastated. I’ve always taken it very badly when the time has come to put dogs down and this wasn’t even expected. I’m really, really sorry and I hope you take plenty of time off to heal. She had a great life with you and was probably eternally grateful to you for giving her such a good home.
August 20, 2011 at 6:55 am
Hi Patricia I am an avid follower of your Memo To Parker & Pepper. I just read about the passing of your beloved Mattie. My wife and I do parrot diplays heavy on the education for people who have or want to get a companion parrot. I am very sorry to read about Mattie’s passing. She must have been well loved. We just lost one of our compaions too. Cadbury, a 7 year old female white bellied caique, passed of what would be called an intestinal accident. Her intestines twisted or created a torsion. At the vets I was advised that nothing could have prevented this from happening. She is sadly missed but well loved. The passing of Cadbury has greatly affected the rythem of the aviary and all our kids have been actting out for the last two days. I imagine Parker and Pepper will need their time to understand what has happened as well. My condolances, Dee Hart, Hartsrus Aviary