Monday, June 2, 2014
Poor Benjamin and Luna had a very rough weekend. Both of them have collapsed tracheas so there is generally a chorus of coughing and goose honks echoing throughout the house. However, this weekend was extremely bad.
Benny got so bad on Sunday, that we sent a video to our vet to get his opinion on Benny's condition. (Our vet totally rocks! He was crazy enough to give us his cell phone number and we text him or send pictures and videos to him from time to time to answer some of the many questions we have while caring for a group of senior pugs). After viewing the video, our vet suggested that we give Benny a shot we have on reserve for Benjamin in case he gets too worked up. We had the shot on hand for quite some time now and unfortunately on Sunday, we needed to use it.
Benny took the shot like a champ. I think it was harder on us than it was on him. We tested our strategy (how we would hold him, etc) for administering the shot on Henry since he was nice and calm at the time. Henry was a good sport, but he did look at us a bit like we had lost our mind. If he could talk, I'm sure he would be saying, "You have the wrong pug!"
While were aren't 100% sure what caused Benjamin and Luna to have such a hard time this weekend, we are pretty sure the weather was the culprit. It was disgustingly humid this weekend. With summer looming, I'm hoping this weekend is not a preview of what's to come.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Benjamin has been having some eye issues of late. He frequently has mucus in his eyes and in the morning he has been waking up with lots of crust around his eyes. To top it off, the whites of his eyes have started to be red and irritated looking.
We decided to take Benny to the eye vet. The same eye vet that Luna has seen for years and who just did Henry's eye surgery. (I guess Benny was feeling left out of the eye exam club). Benjamin had his exam and much to our surprise they diagnosed him with dry eye. It was surprising to us because Luna suffers from a very bad case of dry eye and her eyes actually look dry. Benjamin's eyes, on the other hand, are always moist looking, almost too watery. But it turns out that the quality of Benjamin's tears is poor. So even though his eyes are moist his tears aren't able to properly refresh his eyes. So just like Luna, Benjamin suffers from dry eye.
We left the eye vet with a course of eye drops for Benny that will help with his condition (all different from the drops that Luna takes of course). We have been giving them to him for a few days and have already seen a some progress. He no longer has the crust around his eyes in the morning when he wakes up. Hopefully Benny will be feeling better soon.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The other day I posted a picture of Henry and how he rides in style to the vet. Well, this is how Benny chills in the car when he is going to the vet.
Last week, we took Benjamin to the eye vet for a checkup (more on that to come) and this is how he rode on the way home. His eye exam really tuckered him out.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
As soon as the lawn mower stops, the pugs pitch a fit to be let outside to inspect the freshly cut grass. Once we finish with all the cleanup we let them out. With all the fuss they raised wanting to be let out, you'd think they would be happy to lay in the freshly cut grass, but most of the time they wander right out of our yard to our neighbors and hang out in their longer grass. Go figure! But, on this occasion, they all took a moment to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Monday, May 19, 2014
"Driveway time" the other night was super windy and Benny was loving life! Benny has always been driven by his nose and on windy days he will sit outside and smell the air for what seems like forever.
On this night, Benny found himself a nice shady spot and sniffed the air until his heart was content. I can only imagine all the different smells he picks up on on a windy day.
As a senior gentleman now, Benny loves it when the smells come to him rather than him going off to find all the smells. I think all that is missing from this picture is the cartoonish depiction of all the different smells wafting through the air.
Something like this.
Or better yet, something like this.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Benny used to sit like this from time to time when he was a pup, but as he has aged he sits side saddle more and more often. It must feel good on the ole joints.
I also want it to go on record that Benny is sitting in wet grass. It is almost impossible to get him to even walk in wet grass, but on this day, he threw caution to the wind and just plopped right down.
Monday, May 12, 2014
The big pillow is the place to be in the morning. After the pugs eat their breakfast they settle in for their first morning nap. If you didn't know better you would think this was the only bed in the house!