Saturday, January 08, 2011

Sweet 16

Happy birthday, sweet 16, Abby!!!

You may be old and gimpy, but you are one tough, beautiful, and incredible girl!!

A list of things this girl has been through in her life include:

1. Car accident in 1997 where she suffered three fractures to her skull and subsequently began having seizures.

2. Contracted e-coli up her nose (vet never figured out how) in 2001 and went through almost 11 months of severe breathing problems, multiple medical treatments and a trip to Colorado State University to try and cure it.

During the e-coli phase she:
a. got shot in the head with a BB gun just above her right eye and ended up with a hole in her forehead.
b. was on prednisone so was very food motivated and got into a fight with Samuel over her dinner and ended up having to get 14 stitches in her face.
c. got very fat (prednisone side affect) and somehow ended up with a hole in her left elbow (you could actually see the bone) that had to be wrapped and re-wrapped by the vet every 10 days for several month's until it healed.
d. was bleeding out her nose due to the chronic inflammation and had to have drops put up her nose 3 times a day for several weeks.

3. In 2005 she blew out (tore) her ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in both her knees. Had surgery to repair the right knee, then 2 months later her left knee. Problems developed with the right knee not healing correctly, so, 2 months after the left knee was healed we re-did the right knee a second time. Then, 2 months later, had to repair the right knee for the third time!

4. A couple of really nasty altercations with Holly that resulted in trips to the ER Vet. Here is a picture of the worst incident. Those white things sticking out are drains that had to be put in.

She has arthritis in both her hips and her front shoulders so is on Rimadyl. She is also hypothyroid so is taking meds for that. And, she is losing her hearing.

And, through all of this, she has been amazing! She even spent a few years being a therapy dog, which, she absolutely loved!

Abby has also been immortalized in a really cool tattoo on my right ankle. The artist did an amazing job!

After all of that, and I'm sure there's something in there that I have forgotten, she is still doing very well. I know each day she is with us is special and a blessing. I will take every day I can get!!

So, I just want to say a very happy birthday to my Abby Doobie Doo! Mommy loves you very, very much!! You were the first, and will always hold a very special place in my heart!



♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Happy Birthday, Abby - we love your beautiful smile. You sure have had quite the eventful life and we are so happy you have a family that takes such good care of you. The tattoo is beautiful.

Enjoy your special day.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Carolyn said...

Oh my gosh that has to be the best dog tattoo I have ever seen. Absolutely gorgeous work!

Absolutely gorgeous girl, too. Have always loved her coloring.c Oh my stars, I knew some of what she'd endured over the years but not the surgeries and the nose problems. I am so glad she is 16 today, and with you, and I hope Miss Hollybollyboo treats her with more respect now.

Much love to you, Abby! Happy birthday!

Oh I love my word verification word! It is WOOusibl. LOL!!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Happy Abby Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sixteen is a furry special and pawesome age!

Here's to an inkhredible day fur WOO!

PeeEssWoo: Mom says she'll NEVFUR furget the furst time she saw those Holly inflikhted wounds - she thinks she still has 'em on her laptop!

ra_husky said...

happy birthday Abby!!

RA & Isis

Painter Pack said...

Happy birthday! What a challenging and yet wonderful life woo have had!! It is a blessing for woo and your mommy to have so many great years together!!!


Oskar said...

Happy birthday! I'm so happy that you are so well loved!

Nubbin wiggles,

Cyber-sibes said...

Happy Birthday Beautiful Abby! Woosers, you've had an eventful life! Woo must be one tough ole gal!

That's an amaing tattoo - really really well done!

jack & moo

Huffle Mawson said...

Wow Abby, you are some kind of miracle dog! Happy happy birthday to you!

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Happy birthday Abby! Did you get your drivers license?

Steve and Kat

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

Happy Birthday, Abby!! That's such a special number to get to.

Holy cow! (that isn't what I really said, but for the cleanliness of your blog, I censored it). She's one tough girl!

I love your tattoo - I never knew you had one of her! I have a Layla on my leg, too. On the front of my shin. Her eyes are amazing in the tattoo.

Those were some nasty Holly wounds! Those are awful.

I hope she had a wonderful day, and many more birthdays!

Lorenza said...

Happy Birthday Abby!
Sure you have had an "interesting" life!
Glad you are celebrating your big day with your family!
Kisses and hugs

Summit the Super Mal said...

Woo there, Abby~
Woo are one of the sweetest, strongest puppers we know. Hope woo get lots of treats and hugs every day!!

The Thundering Herd said...

Happy Sweet 16! We think you deserve a quiet birthday.

Scout 'n Freyja said...

We are furry sorry that we missed your SWEET SIXTEEN! ♫Happy Belated Bark-day to Woo♫

♥♥♥♥Team Husky♥♥♥♥ said...

Happy belated Abby - woo sure are a good lookin gal!!! We can't believe woo are lookin so good wif all da things woo've had wrong wif woo.....maybe dere's hope fur me yet!!!

Play bows and woofs

ForPetsSake said...

Wow - that girl's been through a ton!! Glad to hear she's doing well. Mine's a senior, too, but she'd fool anyone...
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KB said...

I missed it, the big day. But, Happy Sweet 16 - you have an exciting life filled with love! I'm glad that you made it through all those travails.