Speck Update

Thanks to those who have written and asked about Speck.  He’s doing 100% better!  He’s been neutered but he still has those male tendencies . . if you get my drift.  Last night when I picked him up to put him in the bed, he grabbed my arm and was about to try to have his way with me!  I told Vince I’ve never been so happy to see him doing that . . he has energy and he’s feeling frisky but . . no, thanks!   Any time Vince gets a bit too close to me, Speck growls and snarls at him and he did that again last night so we knew he was on the road to recovery.

This morning when I asked him if he wanted to go to the sewing room, he was excited!  Lately, he’s been going into the crate when I tell him I’m going to sew.  Looking back, and knowing what we now know, he’s probably been getting sick for several weeks and we were just attributing it to him getting old.  He had been not having a lot of energy and not getting excited about things that used to excite him but he was still eating well and had not been seemingly in pain til the weekend.

He puts so much effort into getting himself covered up and he never likes it when I help him.

I like our vet so much!  He’s an older guy with not a whole lot of personality and at first, I wasn’t sure I liked him but they’re so good with Speck.  They drew blood and did all kinds of things to him Monday and he never hollered and believe me . . he is a screamer.  If he even thinks he’s about to go through something painful, he hollers!

Whew . . at last . . he’s where he wants to be.  On his pillow, completely encased in a big, old sheet.  He’s right next to my sewing machine and he is comfortable so long as he knows I’m right there close by.

We’re both so relieved that he’s feeling better.  He still isn’t getting as much food as he’d like to get but we’re being very strict about giving him nothing more than the prescribed food, in the prescribed amount . . and Speck thinks he’s starving.  Starting tomorrow, I can give him 3/4 cup per day instead of the 1/2 cup per day.  You can bet that will make him a bit happier.  He’s such a “hound” when it comes to eating . . he never gets enough.


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    Jane says

    Glad to hear he’s better. He does look like such a sweetie. Seeing him nestled in his sheets reminds me of how our Jack Russell loved nothing better than making himself a little nest out of towels fresh from the dryer.

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    Donna F says

    It’s good to hear he’s better! He cracks me up the way he covers himself in blankets. He’s such a baby.

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    Rose says

    Awww thats so cool that he makes his own bed! I”m happy to read he is coming right again 🙂

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    Micki Clemens says

    So glad he’s doing better. It’s amazing how they get a hold of our hearts. I never knew a dog that covered himself up! That’s so funny. Micki

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    Kim says

    I am so glad that Speck is feeling better and acting more like himself. My three dachshunds will also burrow under a sheet or blanket to sleep. I think its a dachshund thing. So glad to hear that the food intake will be increased tomorrow. Dachshunds are such drama queens when they believe that their food is threatened! Give him a scritch from me and my three doxies!

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    Oh I am so glad to hear that he’s doing well. Our furkids become so important to us and when they get sick, they can’t tell us what is wrong. I hope he continues to improve!

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    Joan in NE says

    Good to hear Speck is feeling better. Its so hard to see our 4 legged “kids” hurting. They can’t tell us what hurts, we are supposed to just know. Anyway good to hear he is feeling better.

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    vickie van dyken says

    hooray!!! I am very glad he is happier and getting back into his normal routine 🙂 He is such a cutie…..very photogenic. I hope he stays in the best of health for a long time still. My Toby seems to be doing much better also. I think I am happier when they are happier.

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    So glad Speck’s feeling his cute self again. A question for you: has Speck had a rabies shot lately? We had an older cat who had such a bad reaction to one that we almost had to put her down. The vet said there’s a point where they don’t need rabies shots any more and can ‘overdose’ on the serum. There is a blood test to see whether the animal still has enough rabies antibodies so you only give them a shot when they need it. Most vets just give a shot every year forever–not good.

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    Judy W says

    I love hearing about Speck and seeing the pictures. We have had two dachshunds in the past and if we ever get another dog, it will be dachshund for sure. I’m glad Speck is feeling better. Give him a little love for me.

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    I am so glad to hear that Speck is back to his old self! Dogs are precious angels sent from heaven to bring joy and love. I hate to see one sick.

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    Freda Henderson says

    I’m glad he is feeling better. Our Granddaughter, Matilda, has a lot of problems with pancreatitis. Oh, Matilda has four legs, she is a 11 year old Min Pin.

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    Gina says

    So glad Speck is feeling better. It’s so hard to see them sick & not sure what’s wrong with them. I have 2 min pins that burrow under the covers, even in the summer. They fight over which end they want and then wind up in the middle snuggled up against each other. Go figure.

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    Brandy M. says

    I’m so glad Mr. Speck is doing better! So, what did the vet say was going on, or did he know?

    I hate when our “children” (aka: pets) are sick! They can’t help us figure it out, and they don’t understand (or, maybe they do?) what is going on. Then, to go to the vet and have a thermometer stuck up you-know-where… Just adds insult to injury/illness!

    Hope Speck continues to feel well!

    BLM 🙂