Monday, March 2, 2015

Pino Update :(

Me, Pino and Cricket July 2005

Well, after a couple of weeks of wondering what is going on with Pino, today we figured it out and had to make some decisions.  Pino has a tumor on his spleen.  Fairly large one at that.  We have caught it in early stage, but the Vet says that there is a 90% chance it is cancerous and there were also other spots on the spleen.  Options are limited.  Though Pino is bouncing around like a jack rabbit, all it would take is one wrong move and have the tumor start bleeding and that would be that.  Or, have the tumor removed, but that would only be a temporary fix and life expectancy would only be 2 to 6 months after the surgery.  So we have decided to go day to day.  Try to keep Pino from being really active and just have him relax... vet said he really just needs to be a couch potato.  At this point it is up in the air on how long we have with him.  Could be 2 days, could be a year.  Just have to keep eye on him.  It was last year around this time we lost Cricket, so this somewhat shocking news is not hitting home well timing wise (like there is a good time).  We just ask for prayers for Pino and hope that he continues to be as vibrant as he is now for as long as possible.  Now we just shower him with love and kisses and enjoy the time we have left.  TTFN!




Winter Weather...Pino... etc...

Well, we had Winter Weather roll through again last week... we got about 7 inches of snow at my house... we pretty much stayed in and just watched TV... I actually did a bit of work, but otherwise just were bums.  Looks like this week coming up is going to be hit or miss with rain, snow, sleet, ice, blah, blah, blah...

I think I mentioned before Pino was a little out of it, so when the weather cleared for a day, I took him to another vet for x-rays and ultra-sound to see what might be up with him.

Of course, he was pretty much back at full capacity in his mood and mobility.  He was having sooo much fun getting petted and loved on by people coming into the office.

Now, things look okay, but there is some fluid build up around heart and lungs that they want to drain a bit so they can get a better look at his heart.  So Monday he gets to visit the doggie cardiologist and hopefully figure out what is going on.  He is a spunky 10 years old, and hopefully we will just have to give him a pill to help control the fluid build up.  Cross your fingers... Monday could be interesting!  TTFN!

Weigh-in: 208.6

Saturday, February 21, 2015

My Little Buddy Not Feeling Well

Pino crashed out on bed tonight

It all started Wednesday night.  Pino had been bouncing around as usual, then as the evening wore on, he and Roxy went to various areas of the house and crashed.  Pino decided to curl up under the dining room table for his early evening nap.  Later when I got off the sofa to let Roxy out, Pino went to stand.  I thought he was stretching his hind legs, but he wasn't.  He could not get up on them.  So I grabbed him and stood him up.  He gained balance and walked out to back porch.  Decided he did not need to pee and came back in, went to our bedroom and laid in the floor at foot of the bed... usually he is up on the bed. Something was wrong.  He would not eat.  Not even his favorite snack foods.  He was moving around slowly, a bit lethargic.  We decided to keep him rested for the night and then get the vet over on Thursday.  Well, Thursday morning, he was up and out the door using bathroom and roaming the backyard in the snow.  Seemed okay.  So vet held off until Friday to come over.  On Friday she did and Pino had become more lethargic than before.  Just laying around doing nothing. Not even barking at the mailman when Roxy went crazy.  Our Vet came by and checked him out... there seems to be a neurological problem with his legs and hind parts.  He is on two medications to see if that helps for the weekend, then follow-up with Vet on Monday.  Pino will be 10 years old in April, so he is getting up there in age.  Having these leg issues brings back memories of Cricket last year before we had to let her go.  We are bit scared of where this will lead with Pino.  For the last few days he had been on and off with eating.  He still is jumping on bed and sofa before we can pick him up.  So he is still moving around fairly well... a little slow, but moving none the less.  He still seems down, but does not look to be in pain.  Just a bit timid if we pick him up.  So for now, we are just going to take care of my little buddy and hope the meds will kick his energy level up and any pain down for a while.  Say a little prayer for him.  TTFN

Weigh-in: 205.6  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dog Day Snow Day

Think of your own caption for these pictures and you are probably right.  Pino and Roxy just out taking in the sun and the snow before it turns REALLY cold this week...TTFN










The morning after


The morning after... everything is so peaceful and white...

...until Roxy starts pouncing around the snow... it was a little deep, coming up to her belly...

Though it say 7 inches... I thing we really got 9, but a brief period of sleet late last night made the fluffy snow settle a little... still... this is a lot for Richmond...

Roxy was having fun exploring the backyard in the deep snow... we will go out later this afternoon and play some more with Pino too...

Third time is a charm... I hope... shoveled sidewalk again this morning... it is a lot of snow...

The cars pretty much plowed in...

Won't be sitting over there anytime soon...

So I got the cars cleaned off and the sidewalks done... the sun has been coming in and out so the walkways are starting to clear up nicely... took Claudia (my VW) out in the deep snow for first time and she did great... picked up some wood at Kroger and some breakfast at Hardee's for Jeff and I...  I just had to get out and play in the snow... now I am tired from being up so early.  I think I am going to go lay down and take a power nap so I can play with the puppies this afternoon.  Be safe and take care. TTFN

Monday Night Action

Well, it got started earlier than anticipated here in Richmond as far as the snow goes.  By about 7pm we had several inches of snow and the roads were slick as hell.

Some guy in a big Suburban was hauling ass down our street when he slid off the road and smashed into the neighbors tree, then bounced back in road, blocking traffic... his truck is the black vehicle at top of picture.  Before I took picture, I went up to see that he was okay... he was on sidewalk with phone in hand and totally ignored me until I finally raised my voice a little more, and in his douche-bag attitude, did not even turn to look at me and said "do not talk to me"... okay... sorry your truck is all fucked up, I  see the airbag hanging out of the vehicle...hope you don't slip and fall you ass...(wish I would have said that out loud) 
Oh well, whatcha gonna do... so I start shoveling sidewalk and this older lady drove by and stopped and was trying to see if he was okay and if his truck was movable... he proceeded to be an ass with her and asked her "does it look like I can move my truck"... finally, ambulance and cops showed up and he ended up walking back the way he came refusing to be checked out... some people are just rude and stupid... oh well...

Went back out around 1130ish and shoveled sidewalk for a second time as the snow kept coming down.

Plows already working to plow our cars in... the morning should be fun digging out...

At 1130 we had about 6 inches on the ground and it was still coming down...

Everything getting a nice white cover...

...and I almost caught a snow flake on my tongue...

That is the latest here at almost 2am... snow has turned to a light sleet and is expected to turn back to snow by morning with a little more accumulation.... we will see... TTFN!! Stay safe!

Weigh-in: 208.4 (ate Chinese last night and doughnut holes this morning)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Snow Way!!


I anticipate this will be the scene later today here in Richmond as they are now calling for 8 to 12 inches of snow between now and Tuesday morning.  For those of you in the Northeast, I know you are laughing at us, but if you have never been to Richmond during any kind of weather event, you don't know how crippling this will be for our area.  My prediction is that schools will be closed most of the week, if not all week, since we are suppose to be VERY cold after the snow.  We will see.  I am sure to take pictures and post here and on Facebook throughout the event... if I can get off my lazy butt...

I hope you all did have a wonderful weekend and your Valentine treated you well.  For many today, it is a holiday in celebration of our Presidents... mainly George Washington...

So, if you are stuck in the cold and snow... grab some wood and a blanket and sit in front of the fire and watch it snow or just binge watch a TV show you may not have had a chance to catch up on.

Be safe out there!  Also, head over to my company Facebook Page and like it and forward it on to your friends and family... especially if they need any kind of insurance... please... Daddy needs a new pair of jeans!! TTFN!

Weigh-in: 208.2