Poor little guy

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 |
This little guy threw our holiday weekend plans for a big loop. Our weekend was packed full of gatherings with friends, a big benefit dinner with a live auction and finishing up our powder room remodeling project.

Unbeknownst to us, Bentley had other plans ...

He slept a lot on Friday {not uncommon for a puppy} and became very lethargic into the late evening. A while later, he began running a fever. We were up all night checking on him. By 5:30 Saturday morning we knew we were in trouble. His temp was 104.7 and he wouldn't eat or drink. Within minutes we were on our way to the animal hospital. Following a battery of tests and chest x-rays, it was confirmed that our little guy had pneumonia. This is dangerous in all puppies but for a bulldog, it's even more extreme as their compromised {smooshed} faces affect their airways.

He was placed in intensive care {or as my husband referred to it as "expensive care"} and put on IVs for fluid and antibiotics. Due to his high fever, Bentley was put in an incubator to regulate his temperature and administer his nebulizer treatments. Can you say Cha Ching?!

At the site of this listless little guy and the possibilities of his illness, I was sobbing like a baby. My eyes were so swollen my own family members wouldn't have recognized me in a line up ~ I truly am pathetic!

Two days later he returned home with his bag of antibiotics and required daily steam baths.

Yes, you read that correctly, my husband or I must sit in our master bathroom with our little bullie steaming away. It's almost like a spa treatment only not as enjoyable!

The first morning {as in 5am} Bentley was home I was sitting in the chair holding him. He was a little punky and just wanted to be held. Out of nowhere from behind, Bozley bounded over the chair to join us.

Animals are not allowed on the furniture in our home but my husband was laughing so hard {he saw the whole thing unfold} at the event he grabbed the camera.

{It's 5am and I had just woken up ~ no comments; please}

Little by little Bentley is feeling better. Secretly, I think Bozley missed his little buddy and was happy to have him home. He follows him around the house and protects him. I must admit that it's rather cute and most comical to witness.


Thankfully we have an amazing neighbor and friend that has offered to peek in on Bentley during the day and tend to a few of his needs while I'm at school. What a relief knowing he is in good hands!

With a son in college, I honestly thought all baby mothering was behind me ... Ugh!

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JDB (Chin Up, Pretty Smile, Give 'Em Hell) said...

Even at 5 a.m. you DO NOT look old enough to have a son in college!

bullie_mama said...

Poor Baby Boy!!
I'm so glad he's doing better - how frightening!
He's so cute and Bozley lovin' on him is the cutest ever!
Makes me want to get a puppy Bullie bruver for Miss Weezer!
Hugs & Kisses from us!
-Sara and Weezer

bevy said...

Oh what a sweet little thing. What a traumatic experience for all three of you! Hope your little one is on the mend.

Steam baths for a dog... Hope he doesn't get too used to those!

Kacey said...

That is so sad. Poor little puppy. I honestly cannot get over how absolutely adorable he is. I love that Bozley loves him too!

(ok, and what is your secret to looking so fabulous at 5AM? Seriously.)

Draffin Bears said...

Oh dear Jo, so sorry to hear about your sweet little baby and what a worrying time for you all.
I glad to hear that he is feeling better.
Love the cute photos of you all.

Take care and I hope that you don't have to many of the 5 am wake up calls.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Oh poor baby and poor you! I know how terrifying that is! But look how adorable they are together- so cute!!

French Basketeer said...

this is why we say we all want to die and come back as our dogs :) We love & care for them so.... Bozley is sooo cute looking after the baby. Now I know what you have been up to!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Oh, I love that little guy, so stinking cute! Glad hes feeling better.

JMW said...

Okay, that's one of the cutest things I've seen in a long time! So sorry to hear about the little guy - hope he's on the mend. Love the two doggies together - simply adorable!

Dee Stephens said...

Poor Pooch! Hope he's okay long term!

Telia said...

Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry to hear about that, but am very happy to know he is doing better!

When my NWH and I moved to north Alabama my little Chipper got sick too. He started bleeding from his booty and the vets just kept saying that he was nervous or that he had a sensitive stomach. It all came to head one Sunday morning when the blood was coming out uncontrollably. Finally, a vet at the ER recognized it was way more than just nervousness. Lots of meds later and he is back to normal. Thank goodness!!

Totally understand the crying part; my NWH had to take off of work. I think he was more worried about me that our little Chip!

Whitney and the Preppy Puppy said...

Poor Bentley. So glad he is on the mend. I love the picture of the two of them oustide. I can tell they are going to be best buddies in no time.

Kate (Southern-Belle-Simple) said...

i'm glad your baby is doing better....that is just awful! and i agree with jdb, you look pretty great at 5am! xoxo

Tessa said...

Oh my, thank goodness he has you for parents! Poor little thing. I'm glad he is on the mend! What an ordeal. It is like having a baby. Glad he is on the mend. He is so incredibly adorable!

CRICKET said...

They are so adorable together. Makes me want another one. Glad he is doing better. Hopefully you can all rest this weekend.

Ellie said...

oh my - I am glad he is better. expensive care cracks me up - we've beentheredonethat :)

Love the photos of Bozely and Bentley - too sweet!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I am so glad that he is better. How adorable is he?! Love the photo of the two together. Too cute!

Kathy said...

Oh my goodness, your little Bentley is a MUFFIN! He is so cute--that first photo of him is just darling! And you look great compared to me at 5am--my hair is going in 100 different directions! :)

Eloise said...

Cracking up at the "expensive care" comment! Our EOB from Vivian's hospital stay just arrived yesterday so I can definitely relate!

I'm SO GLAD that your sweet puppy is doing better. Love love love the picture of your big baby wanting some TLC as well.

Cristin @ Simplified Bee said...

He is so cute and I am glad he is feeling better. Your blog is darling. Thanks for dropping by mine too.

Trish said...

Hi sweetie, oh my goodness, that is one darling puppy baby you have there...I am so very sorry that he was so sick, and I hope that he is continuing on the mend with all the special TLC! Had to giggle over the steam baths too! You look gorgeous in this pic as always!

Join the Gossip said...

OH my goodness! Thank gosh he's OK! Pets are like children. Glad he's doing better. The pics are SO adorable :)

Kat said...

Look at their squishy faces! Love them!

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