Saturday, May 7, 2011

Make sure to celebrate ♥

National Pet Week
and knew I wanted to join in and share a bit about my little guy.
Although I did not get Smalls from a rescue shelter, 
I do consider myself his rescuer ♥


I got Smalls May 12, 2008 from a boutique puppy shop.
The owner was a breeder and had all the puppies there in a playpen together.
Smalls was the only boy, the only one with color, and the tiniest.
I would have never guessed the issues this little boy was going to develop.

Smalls is an extremely allergenic dog.
He is deathly allergic to bees (stung twice), 
extremely sensitive to steroids (close liver failure), 
and has been tested positive to another 20 things he is allergic to.
(Certain trees and weeds, cats, black ants, etc.)
Smalls actually goes to a dog dermatology clinic for all
of his treatments and check-ups.
If you haven't been exposed to something like this with your pet,
 you don't even realize that these problems exist, 
I know I didn't.


It is extremely sad to see how miserable some of these
animals can get - from bald spots due to itching, to red eyes and toes.
Smalls has two bald spots on either side of his back,
he gets sweaty armpits (no joke), 
and if an infection develops (which they often do) 
he will get little red spots all over his belly.
Every other day he takes 2 to 4 different pills to help with
his itching and to prevent infections.
We have even done allergenic shots in hopes of him building
up a tolerance to what he is allergic to.


I know that this gets costly at times, and frustrating,
 but I do all I can because I love him so much!
I just learned this weekend that some people put their pets down
due to this condition
and even though I can understand why...
 I would never consider doing this to my little guy!

If you want to become a pet owner the only thing I ask you
to consider is are you willing take care of any medical needs they may have?
Being a pet owner is so rewarding in so many ways, and saving 
their lives is one of them. They know when you have, trust me.
Smalls looks at me with the most loving eyes and even takes care of me at times.
(If I am crying he comes running and cleans them up)

Because of Smalls I have a bigger heart than I did before,
and value life so much more ♥

Do any of you have pets that have changed your life?

  
       

13 comments:

  1. Awww!! Good for you for taking care of him!! I used to volunteer at an animal shelter, and I was bringing pets home like crazy!! At one point, between the shelter and just finding stray pets I had 7 cats and a dog. Now I have 4 cats, just because my landlord doesn't allow pets and cats are easier to hide than dogs. I even have a vet bill that I just make payments on because she lets me bring in random animals off the street. Nice to see someone else caring about them! Keep up the good work!!

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  2. Aww, he's so sweet!!! It hurts my heart when I see stray animals wandering around or people mistreating their pets - I just don't understand it! But our huge black lab thinks he's the king of the world and our lives would not be complete without him!

    http://sweetandsassy-sherry.blogspot.com/

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  3. Awwhhh!!! I love Smalls already! He's adorable. Soo glad you gave him lovin' and a great home!

    Wida
    Missing Amsie Blog

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  4. Aw, cutest dog ever! Thanks for following :)
    I returned the favour, your blog is so great! xo

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  5. Your dog is so cute! =)
    Beautiful!

    spicyfashion.blogspot.com

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  6. It's sad to hear what Smalls problems are, but I think it's amazing that you look after him so well! :)

    Day By Diva
    Day By Diva

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  7. so so cuuuute...love your blog..Perfect post..Keep blogging honey.Great workblog..
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  8. Cute dog!!!
    Sucha great blog.Love to read more.
    I'm a new follower.Anw I would love if you could check out my blog.
    xx
    http://cherryrediana.blogspot.com/

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  9. that's great dedication that you have.. he's fortunate to have such a caring owner :)



    myblissisthisway.blogspot.com

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  10. Awww little guy. My dog had terrible allergies too from last weekends dry spell in SoCal. It's so sad seeing them all drowsy and low energy :(

    xx THE CHEAP

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  11. Love it! When I was growing up we had a dog that was allergic to grass and I always thought it was so crazy.

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  12. awwww. i am so happy for you dedication to this little adorable guy.
    ohh yeaaa.... we have four cats (my mother LOVES cats, she's honestly going to be the crazy cat lady). 3 out of our 4 cats are on anti-depressent to help with various issues (one of our cats, when she was a kitten, during her spaying, her heart stopped and it was very traumatic for her and her brother and she has some issues because of it and her brother does too. And also, one of our cats has a peeing problem and occasionaly pees around the house which is extremely frustrating! actually ,they once peed on my bed an i FLIPPED OUT. it was disgusting. But yeah, i love having animals and yes it can be costly and annyoing at times (we have to clean all five litter boxes every other week and re-fill it with litter which gets expensive) but they're worth it ;D
    Smalls is adorable and he's so lucky to have you !!!

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