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22 March 2004 @ 08:55 pm
My awfully cute, yet very worrisome dog...  
Another adventure of Sydney the Sheltie... I was actually pretty content this evening when I came home from work answering emails and updating Kevin's site, when I noticed (to my horror) that an entire bag of chocolate chip cookies was lying on the floor... open and empty! :O

I quickly grabbed Sydney and smelled her face (yes, this is probably gross for all the non-dog owners on my friends list) and realized that she had eaten ALL of the cookies - probably while we were at work! :P I scolded her for a bit, cleaned up the mess, and tried to get her to drink water. I was afraid that she'd get sick from the chocolate, but she seemed to be fine.

Then later this evening I noticed while I was walking up the stairs, that she wasn't following me like she usually does. :( In fact, when I turned around, she was walking up the stairs in a criss-cross pattern, similar to when she was really ill last year. :( That got me really worried.

Mark and I spent the next half hour or so observing her and contemplating whether or not to take her to the vet. She just sat and looked at us and wouldn't get up to play with her toys if we threw them or played with them in front of her. When we got up and walked away we noticed she was limping, and favoring her right leg. We were rather relieved that it wasn't "chocolate" related, but then began to worry about whether or not she broke or sprained something in her leg.

We finally ended up calling the vet to make an appointment, we changed, and carried the dog down the stairs. Once we were downstairs, I picked up her leash and Sydney ran away from me and wagged her tail! I walked away and she followed close behind me - she was still limping, but she was well enough to keep pace with me. Mark called the vet and explained that we wouldn't be in - that our "pesky little critter" must've known that we were going to take her to the vet because she scurried away from us when it was time to go. :P

I'm still worried about her leg and will keep an eye on it, but I don't think that a late night vet visit is necessary tonight. Thank goodness!
Current Mood: draineddrained
Carriecarrieh on March 22nd, 2004 11:27 pm (UTC)
How's her dew claw? If Tess limps it usually means her dew claw is ready for cutting - read get dog in headlock so she can't bite you and get out her claw trimmers.

Talking of dogs eating things they shouldn't, a work colleague has two black labs which are absolute terrors and he has to padlock the fridge when he's out because they can open that and any other door in the house. He once got home to discover that one of them had eaten two complete packs of butter. Needless to say the dog was a bit ill.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on March 22nd, 2004 11:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks Carrie - I never thought of that... I'll have to check out her dew claw. I think it may have been a pulled muscle or a sprain though because she's still limping and not even putting any weight on her paw. :(

And yikes! Two packs of butter! :O I'd be VERY worried if Sydney ever were to get into our refrigerator! :P
Care: Carecareleswhisper on March 23rd, 2004 12:16 am (UTC)
I hope Sydney is alright. Give her a hug for me please. :) *hugs*
Sherishutterbug93 on March 23rd, 2004 12:22 am (UTC)
I will! :) Thanks so much, Carrie! :) *HUGS*
karmastyx: Laurakarmastyx on March 25th, 2004 09:45 pm (UTC)
I remember when Brock (my rotty) was just a few months old he got into a box of mini chocolate donuts while I was sleeping and Tom was at work. There was about half of the box left, and when I got out there all of them were gone and the dog had a chocolate mess. I watched over him all day. And to no avail he was a pesky little puppy. He is now one year old and still likes to get into food if he has a chance. LOL. I'm glad Sydney was okay.
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on March 25th, 2004 10:59 pm (UTC)
Poor thing! You must've been so worried about Brock, especially because he was only a few months old at the time. :( I'm glad to hear that he was fine, though. :) And thankfully Sydney doesn't seem to be affected by any of it either. :)

Thanks for the comment, Laura! :) Have you posted any photos of Brock? I'd love to see what he looks like all grown up. :)
karmastyx: Laurakarmastyx on March 26th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)
Here is a picture of Brock Brock
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on March 26th, 2004 07:39 pm (UTC)
Awww! He's such a sweetie! :) He looks a little mischevious, though... maybe it's the grin. ;)
Sheri: Stephanie & Kate Monstershutterbug93 on March 26th, 2004 07:42 pm (UTC)
BTW, Laura - can I add you to my friend's list? I know it seems a little silly asking so late after seeing you all over Carrie's journal the whole year last year. ;) Please let me know.
karmastyxkarmastyx on March 27th, 2004 12:08 am (UTC)
Not a problem! Add away! Can I do the same? Yes he is mischievous or SOMETHING! LOL
Sheri: Side Showshutterbug93 on March 27th, 2004 10:46 am (UTC)
Thanks Laura, I've added you! And you may certainly do the same! :)
Kananigirl: popular - hollywoodcharmkananigirl on March 23rd, 2004 12:37 am (UTC)
Oooooooooooh! Sydney is being pesky bugga huh? Isn't it strange how dogs "know" when they have to go to the vet? ;-)
Sheri: Sydney - puppyshutterbug93 on March 23rd, 2004 12:43 am (UTC)
It's like they have a sixth sense or something! ;) I just hope she'll be alright... And Mark's description of "pesky little critter" to the vet's office was pretty accurate. :)
Smithasmittenbyu on March 23rd, 2004 03:10 am (UTC)
awww... mischievous little dog!

reminds me of a fox terrier puppy one of my roommates had. We came home to find he somehow managed to go through the kitchen cabinet...created a mess, ate whatever he could find...candy, uncooked pasta...

we caught him red-handed. He sat there so proudly expecting us to praise him! he was just too cute...

hope Sydney is doing ok!
Sherishutterbug93 on March 23rd, 2004 08:19 am (UTC)
That's too cute about your roommate's dog! ;) Sydney goes through our trash, will pull food and eat it out of our suitcases, etc... she's really mischievous! :)

Hopefully Sydney is doing better. Her leg looks like it's still bothering her, but I'll keep an eye on it and take her to the vet if it continues. :( Thanks for your nice thoughts for her!
Carriecarrieh on March 23rd, 2004 09:51 am (UTC)
You know Tess is on a diet of chicken and rice. Sometimes she'll decide she only wants the chicken, so pulls all the rice out and places it in a pile at the side of her bowl!
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on March 23rd, 2004 11:04 pm (UTC)
That is SO cute! :)
ajayne on March 23rd, 2004 06:58 am (UTC)
I hope her leg doesn't need any medical attention. Glad the chocolate didn't make her sick. I know how sick dogs can get from that.
Sheri: Sydney - puppyshutterbug93 on March 23rd, 2004 08:23 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks, Andrea! I hope her leg gets better too. She's been lying around all morning so I can't tell how it is. I guess the telling sign will be when I feed her - she usually runs to her food dish! ;) Thanks for your comments and nice wishes for her! :)
ajayne on March 23rd, 2004 05:32 pm (UTC)
=) You're welcome.
irisheyes77 on March 23rd, 2004 07:43 am (UTC)
I hope that she turns out to be okay! I always worry incessantly when our dogs get into chocolate, too.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on March 23rd, 2004 08:25 am (UTC)
Thanks Amanda! :) I'll have to check her leg in a bit with the "food test" ;) to see if we should take her in to the vet today. I probably worry too much about her, but when I saw her climbing those stairs like she did in October, all the bad memories came rushing back! :(
Sabine: Susisabine10 on March 23rd, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC)
That reminds me on Susi - once, she ate 20 chocolate brandy beans. After that she slept some time but that was all and she no longer liked chocolate. Some time ago she learned to open a pedal garbage can so that Monika now puts stones on the lid of the garbage can.

I hope that Sydney is all right. Please, let us know how she is doing.

*Hugs* to you and an *extra hug* to Sydney
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on March 23rd, 2004 11:06 pm (UTC)
Poor Susi! :( At least she doesn't have the desire to eat chocolate anymore after that! I'm glad she was okay. Cute icon photo of her, BTW. :)

Thank you, Sabine. :) Sydney's MUCH better - in fact she seemed to be her normal lovable self when I came home from work tonight. :)

Big *HUGS* to you and Lauser, and Susi (since she's so cute and in your icon too!) :)
Care: Carecareleswhisper on March 23rd, 2004 10:10 pm (UTC)
I thought I'd let you know that on Thursday there is an "Extreme Elimination Challenge" marathon from 6am-9pm on Spike TV. I'm sure Mark already knows, but I thought I'd pass it on. ;)
Sheri: Stephanie & Kate Monstershutterbug93 on March 23rd, 2004 11:07 pm (UTC)
Haha! I must tell Mark about that! :) And Stephanie will be happy I think. ;)