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Dear Doodle Family,

This is me, Pedro...First I want to say thank you for all my birthday wishes and loving paws and cuddles that you sent me. I got them all and I felt very loved. I love you right back!

I also wanted to tell you about my experiences that I had on the day that was my birthday that Mommy took me to a new clinic to see a new doctor that is a new-rologist... At first I was very happy that Mommy didn't get up so early to go to her works. I like it when we stay and cuddle a little longer in the mornings. But then she got up and I got up and we got ready and she said we were going somewhere... so we got in my car and she put my seat belts on and I was happy because I love going for car rides. I like looking around, all those other cars, the trees, the sky, the big trucks... I thought maybe we were going to my Uncle Mateo's house in the apartments buildings because we seemed to go in that general direction, but Mommy kept going past the exit in the highways and we finally went around some other buildings and we arrived at this new place... it is called "Canada West Veterinary Specialist and Critical Care Hospital" and I thought "Uh, oh..."

So Mommy took me and I can tell when Mommy is nervous because she tries to make me feel betters and tries to be all happy, but I can tell that she is nervous and Doodles, she was really nervous so I got all nervous too and the moment we walked in the clinic, I wanted to get back out... I didn't want to meet any new friends, didn't want to go on the scales, didn't want to sit or stay... but some nice lady (they were all nice humans, I'll give you that) gave Mommy some papers to fill out and she went to sit down in one corner and wanted me to sit down and all I wanted was to go back to our car and go to Uncle Mateo's! So I told her... Many times, loud and not so loud and then more loud... but she wouldn't listen!

Then we went inside a small room and a nice lady that wanted to be my Friend and let me sniff her hand before touching me and I liked her, started eksaminin' me... she put a cold thing to listen to my heart, she opened my mouth to see my teeth and my gums, she petted my back and my chest and then -this was really weird!- she said she wanted to try to take my "bloods pressures" and she put this thing around my arm (I shook a paw, I thought she wanted to play!) and put a box next to it and push a buttons... then the thing around my arm started to inflate like a balloon and to feel tight around my paw and I didn't like that so I shook it off...! So weird. I don't know how she thought that would work! Mommy was telling me to be a good boy but I kept saying no and telling her that I wanted to go somewhere... not there, somewhere. She said that I was being very vocal and then the lady eksamin' me more and she put a cold stick up my bum (sorry lady Doodles) to check my temperatures... I didn't like that either but it was quick and Mommy kept petting me and saying that I was a good boy (she said I wasn't just a minute before that, I tell you, Mommy was very nervous!)  and that she was sorry... Oh Mommy.

Two more doctors after her eksamin' me and shine a lights in my eyes and made me sit on a mat, and used a little hammer to tap my knees and then some strange scissors to draw lines on my back, then had Mommy take me outside and I thought they finally understood that I wanted to go somewhere and I could go get in our car but no such luck, they made me walk back and forths and up and down the sidewalks and one of them asked Mommy if I always walked like "that"... Ahm, yes I do. Mommy told them I have always "pranced" which I think is a good thing because Mommy and Daddy think it's cute and it's my style, I guess... Oh Doodle Family, this whole eksaminin' took SOOOO long... we were there for like a Doodle-eternity and I just WANTED TO GO. But Mommy still had to talk for a while with the New-rologist doctor and that took a while longer. They were talking about me, I could tell. Mommy was petting me and giving me cuddles so I sat quietly for a little while, but then I had to remind her again that we needed to go!!!

At the end, when Mommy was talking to the ladies at the desk before we left, I got so froostrated with her that I shook off my collar and leash (Mommy had taken me off my harness! yipee!) and I ran to the door to tell her ONE MORE TIME that I wanted TO GO! Mommy got so scared, but I wasn't going to run away, I just wanted to go to my car! So she came and grabbed me and put my harness and my collar back on and the leash, but she finally hurried up and we went to my car! FINALLY.

The good part was that we ended up going to Uncle Mateo's house to say hi to Grandma and Grandpa and Uncle Mateo and because Mommy had to go to her works, the three of them took me in Uncle Mateo's van to my house and that was very nice because I took a nap on the ride home and Grandpa and Grandma gave me my birthday presents and told me how much they loved me and Uncle Mateo let me nap in his van and cuddled with me.

Oh Doodle Family, I know that I am a doctor sewgeon and that there are other doctors among us (Dr. Spencer BAD and others) but I never take sooooo long when I ekasmin' my stuffies... I just hope that Mommy and Daddy are calmer now that they had me see the New-rologist doctor, after all, I feel fine. I have lots of energy... and lots to say! All the time! Heehee

Loving paws to all,

Pedro

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Comment by DonMarie & Picco on November 29, 2014 at 9:42am

oh, to be retired! someday.....

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on November 28, 2014 at 10:37pm

But glad Pedro is ok...he's one of our favorites, eh...!!

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on November 28, 2014 at 10:36pm

Hi everybody...haven't been around for awhile, but its OK.  Thought I'd throw out a tip from an old retired guy who has lots of time to spend with my Ginger.  We visit our vet alot !  Not just when its needed, but just to stop in and say hello.  Also, Ginger goes when her sisters, the cats, have to go in for shots or treatments...just for moral support.  And, of course, for the treats that the front desk staff give her when leaving.  After any visit, visiting or getting the stick up the butt, Ginger knows exactly where the treat shelf is at the checkout counter.  Lots of training books say to take your dog to the vet for non-treatment visits...makes them not fear the visit...

Yeah, I know...being retired and not working like Pedro's mommy, I can take the time to do this.  I know, I know.....

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on November 28, 2014 at 7:56pm

VERY encouraging that his episodes have decreased I think!  If he acts his perky self then I'd do exactly what you're doing!  Love him like always and be on the watch for anything worrisome!  

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on November 28, 2014 at 7:14pm

Sounds like a good move to me. If it's decreasing on it's own then you would have thought the medicine was "working" and, like you said, could cause other issues. It's all hit or miss with neurological problems anyway. Lets hope it goes away on its own - that is possible!

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on November 28, 2014 at 12:42pm

Hi Everyone, just a quick update to say Pedro is doing well. We decided to hold off on giving him the medicine or pursuing the MRI because we're concerned about side effects... you know how a medicine cures one thing but causes another? And because we have been observing him and the "episodes" have decreased a lot. He still has them every now and then, but definitely not as often as he was having him right before I took him to the Neurologist... As it has been throughout the entire process, he is fine, eating well, drinking his water, wanting his treats, playful, bossy and adorable so we'll keep observing him and if we have cause for concern again, we have a clear direction of what to do and we'll follow that. Thanks everyone for your concern and your thoughts and prayers. 

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! Loving paws from Pedro, Glen and Alessandra

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on November 27, 2014 at 7:32am

Alessandra, looking for an up to date report on sweet Pedro.

Comment by Jo Bill on November 26, 2014 at 4:00pm

Oh, Cousin Pedro ... I am so sorry you had to go through all that (and mommy, too).  But it sounds like you were really good - all things considered.  I hope the new-ologist was able to help you and that you are ok.  We are sending you Happy Thanksgiving Hugs!  Cousin Gizzy & Jo.

Comment by Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on November 25, 2014 at 12:23am
Cuzzin Pedro, it is good that you got to splain to them that you were ok and just wanted to go home. Here you thought you and Mommy were going someplace nice to have fun and that happens to you! We know you were probably upset. But your Mommy was so worried about you and we bet she is much happier now that you worked everything out with the people at the new-rologist's office. We hope you don't gots to get any more of that stuff done, specially the nasty ol stick thing.
We been wondering though, what happened to the old-ologist and why did they get a new one?
Hi Fours, your buddies Elliott and Dr. Spencer BaD
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on November 23, 2014 at 12:34pm

Oh, poor Pedro.  You forgot to tell us about the medicine that the "New-rologist" gave you to take.  Are you taking it honey?  Is it helping? 

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