Friday, February 26, 2010

My Cracker Dog Sister, and an Update

The Little Monster My darling little sister Abby is a cracker dog. Mango warned me, but I couldn't get Mom to listen, so now I've got this crazy cracker dog little sister.

I know this picture is out of focus, but I think it pretty much says it all.

If that's not a cracker dog, I don't know what is.

And another thing about this little monster. She totally works the whole "cute puppy" angle. I mean, she's got our (it should be mine, but since we play tug-of-war with it, I'll call it ours, to be generous) rope toy, and is trying convince me that I don't want it.

Like I would be a bully if I took it away from her or something. *sheesh*

So she's all innocent-looking, and yet, she does this:

If you can't tell, her hind feet are in the air, and she is in mid-pounce on my poor unsuspecting self. I'm telling you, she's crazy.

Do you need more proof? Look at this:

Cracker dog. I'm telling ya!

And the worst part about this cracker dog I've been saddled with? Mom and Dad are so easily suckered by this:

And this:


At least she's good at tugging.

I guess I'll keep her for now.

*kissey face*
-Fiona, the Plagued.

Oh, yeah. Mom wants to add something.

Thanks for all the comments regarding TaiChi. TaiChi was spitting out every food option I was giving her, and so I had resorted to the peanut butter because it was the only thing I could think of that she couldn't spit out. I know that heavy protein isn't optimal for kidney disease, but I figured that too much protein was a better alternative than her not getting any calories. As soon as Twinkie's Mom told me (and others followed up) about Nutri-Cal, I tracked some down, and started to give it to TaiChi today. It is perfect because she can't spit it out, and is certainly better for her than peanut butter. She's not "actively" eating it (i.e. licking it off my finger when it is in front of her nose), but she'll eat it when I put it in her mouth. Knowing that she's getting "good" calories is a huge relief for me. I know it won't cure her long-term issues, but I feel better knowing that she's not starving. Thanks for all the comments and suggestions, and thank you for helping me find something that works. And thank you for the support; TaiChi was my husband's dog long before I met him, but (I joke - mostly!) I married him for his dogs, and TaiChi adopted me very quickly and has been my "little girl" ever since. She was even my de facto bride's maid.

She has taken very good care of me over the years, and the least I can do is take the best care of her that I can.

Again, thanks for all the advice and support.

-Dr. Liz


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Thanks fur sharing the latest on TaiChi!

We know all of woo will take the best khare of her!

Abby is one khute khrakhker dog!

Woo really khan't work it much better than she does!


Sunny said...

Oh boy, Fiona, I think you have your paws full with your little sister. I can see she knows how to play the 'cute card'.
Thanks to your Mom for the update on TaiChi.
Luv, Lucy (Woof!)

Honey the Great Dane said...

Hi Fiona,

So sorry I haven't been able to visit for ages! And I can't believe you've got a new little sister! Gosh - she does look very cracker dog. But also kinda cute - you gotta admit! :-) At least you've got someone to play with you anytime you want now!

Sorry to hear about Tai Chi's problems - she's so lucky that your human cares so much and spends so much time & effort on her! Really hope that she starts eating more & better soon.

Honey the Great Dane

Piappies World said...

Hi Fiona,

Thanks for the update on Tai-Chi! We pray for her always. You are doing a great job with looking after lil Abby.

-Scrappy, Bullet & the Piappies

Mango said...

TaiChi is in good hands for sure.

About that annoying puppy, it is really important to get the upper hand. Momma says she got scared a lot when PeeWee was a wee thing and I put him in his place, but he had to learn. Now he can tell just by looking at me when it is OK to play and when I would rather be left alone.


The Thundering Herd said...

I don't know, Fiona, but it is beginning to look to us like you really, really, really like the cracker dog. Just saying.

Thanks for the update on Tai Chi. Good idea on the nutrition, too.

1000 Goldens said...

Cracker Puppy is pretty irresistible, especially when she squooshes herself up on the floor doing the bear rug impersonation.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Oh! That Abby is a cutie!!

And it's good to hear the good news about TaiChi. We know you will take the best possible care of her.

The Rocky Creek Gang

BRUTUS said...

Puppies are sort of Jeckyl & Hyde, aren't they? All nice and cute to melt the humans hearts, but the second they look away, evil puppy appears!! Downright manipulative, I'd say!! WE were never, never like that, right??

Brutus the Frenchie

Maggie and Mitch said...

Oh boy, Fiona! Your little sissy sure knows how to work the system! Too bad she has to be so darn cute!
Thank you for the update on TaiChi. We know she's in excellent hands!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

McGillicutty said...

Yes, Abby is most definitely in our cracker dog club! She is cute too! You will see that underneath all that crackerness is a sister that you love!

Irish Love,

Twinkietinydog said...

You know we are all rooting for TaiChi's quick recovery :) but she's got the best family and care and we know that too. I was hoping that the Nutrical would have had her eating real food by now...but we discussed that.
As for the lil monster, I loved the flat doggie shot, but my favorite was the last one. A wise man named Max, once said, don't miss out on family photos.
mwah, kisses and our thoughts go with your family

Dory and the Mama said...

Oh Fiona....I fear you are in deep trouble now....I think it is time to practice your cutey faces so you can out do Abby. If that doesn't work, it is only a matter of time until she grows up!!

We are keeping TaiChi in our thoughts and prayers, thanks to your Mama for keeping us up to date on things!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Fiona!
All I can say is... Abby is adorable and sure you two have been having lots of fun together!
I know your Mom is doing everything for TaiChi! I hope she is doing well.
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Ms. ~K said...

Glad to hear TaiChi is getting take wonderful care of your critters!

Abby should be the poster-dog for Golden Doodles Pups!

bermudabluez said...

Hey Fiona! That AbbyGirl is such a cutey face!!! Of have shown her the ropes!!! NutriCal is really good nourishment for TaiChi if you can get her to take all of your pics!!! Still praying for TaiChi...

Persephone and Buster said...

Wow--that's the slickest "Cute Puppy" routine we've ever seen!

Can we take lessons from a Master?

Buster, Sephie & Bailey

mayziegal said...

Hi Miss Fiona! I found your bloggie on Miss Daisy the Dog's site. I am sorry to say that my mom did that high pitched "squee" sound when she saw your baby sister. So it's most obvious that the cute puppy dog force is strong in that one. But you are awfully cute yourselfs so I wouldn't worries too very much about it.

Wiggles & Wags,

Two Country Poodles said...

Oh my you have quite a problem cracker dog on your hands. Silly pawrents can be so easily fooled by those pups.

Glad to hear you found some good calories for Tai Chi.

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo