Monday, not a fun day!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 |
Sunday Bozley was having trouble with what I thought was his paw. While I'm not a veterinarian, I do play one at home if need be (especially if it's a Sunday and the vet is closed). I couldn't find anything wrong with his paw and didn't have an answer for him not wanting to walk on it. This had happened to our last bulldog and he was fine the next day so, I expected Bozley to wake up Monday morning and be his happy self.

Instead, he cried and yelped throughout the night, by 5:30 am I knew this wasn't going to be a good start to the week.
His right side of his body was in pain and he could not walk. I had to carry him (a light 50lbs) up and down the stairs, outside, and try to make him comfortable until our 11:20 appointment. He was truly pathetic and I was in tears. I was certain he had suffered a stroke and was expecting the worse from the vet. I didn't want to have to make any big decisions about our canine family member on my own. Oh, I forgot to add that my husband is not home due to travel.
Bozley is not fond of riding in moving vehicles. The minute he realized I was carrying him towards the garage, he began to squirm. It's not easy to hold a dog of that weight and have him moving all around. I finally got him in the back of my SUV and on our way ~ he cried out the whole time ~ just about did me in emotionally!
I carried him into the office and immediately our wonderful vet became concerned. He did several tests and discovered that while he was playing he had pulled a muscle but the real problem ~ stroke like symptoms and inability to walk was caused by Lyme Disease. Lyme is very prevalent in this area. My son had it 2 years ago but we found the tick on him and he was treated before any symptoms occurred
Currently he is on a round of Doxycycline for 28 days and Rimadyl for pain management.

By late evening Bozley was sitting up but still not walking much. His personality is once again playful and loving and I'm sighing a huge relief!
I must admit that I eyed the Rimadyl this morning when I woke to very sore arm and back muscles from lugging this little (ha) puppy around all day!
All is well in our home once again and Bozley is on a diet! ;)

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Melissa Miller said...

Oh my goodness poor Bozeley! He is adorable.
I hope he recovers quickly.

I really appreciate you kind words and you're exactly right...I did sign up for this.
Normally I feel very postive about the adventure of moving but this one caught us both off guard.
"I DO JUST HAVE TO TRUST." Your advice is sticking with me.
I feel so much better after what you told me about Maryland being so beautiful.
That is one state I have never visited before.
You are most definitly invited to visit my friend.

Have a good one.
Give Bozeley a hug from me.
~Melissa :)

coco said...

What a sweet dog! Why do these things only happen when the husbands are out of town? Glad you were able to get it figured out and that he is on the road to recovery!

Lisa said...

Poor Baby.
Oh my Lord. I would have been out of my mind. I am so glad he is ok. My kids will tell you that i freak out more about my Gracie than I do them when anything seems wrong with her.
Sounds like you have a great vet...
I think with that adorable face he deserves a treat.
Gracie sends her best.

Sandy Toes said...

Poor baby...hope he feels better soon and all is well!
~Sandy toe

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Oh my goodness.....poor Bozeley!! He is so sweet and I can only imagine how you felt listening to him cry out in is so hard when they can't tell you what is wrong...just like a little baby.

I am glad to hear he is doing better....keep us posted on his progress:)


At Home In Georgia said...

Of course it happened when your husband is gone. Last year our cat shattered a hip and it was going to be $4000 to fix it so we had to let him go. It was just me in there with the vet...crying trying to comfort our cat...even the vet (a younger girl) started crying. I get sick when something is wrong with our pets. Then our cat Organge Juice got hurt...I couldn't take it staying at home with him. So I didn't mean to be mean but I had to drop him off at the vet 2 hours early and just waited for them to call with the news.

You did good!

Rachael said...

Oh Bozeley...he is just adorable! I hope he gets better soon:-) I hate to see my pets in pain!!!

The Graves' House said...

how cute is he? so glad that it was not a stroke! hope all is better at your house and you can relax a little.

Melanie said...

Bozley is just too cute!

I am so glad that he is feeling better!

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