Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Glow Ball Search

Wow! Thank you to all of you who searched for the perfect glow ball for Sky. Pet stores all over the country were getting requests from bloggers about starry glow balls. Unfortunately, none are to be found. Shame on Petco for advertising an item that they don't actually carry. There are a couple other balls I'm considering. They're the same size and have raised areas for him to grab. There are also some other glow balls that work on batteries and that worries me so I don't think I'll try them.


The nice lady from Sergeant's, her name is Julie, got back to me and even they couldn't locate one of the raised star glow balls. Yesterday a package arrived from Sergeant's addressed to Sky and inside were a couple of presents. First was this glow torpedo. Julie thought since it was the same material and approximate size as his favorite ball, he might accept it. He did take it from me and carried it into the other room to inspect it.
Then look who decided it was actually a birthday gift sent to the wrong dog.
But there was another little gift tucked away in the box. It's the same size as his glow ball, but it's soft and fuzzy and squeaks. Sky immediately carried it off and he's had it beside him ever since, except when Fudge steals it. We have to keep checking inside Fudge's big mouth to make sure he isn't trying to sneak it outside.


Last night Lynn at the  Rocky Creek Scottie blog gave me a wonderful suggestion. She asked if I'd tried soaking Sky's food in goat's milk. When the pups were little I used to make their food using goat's milk and they all loved it. I always keep a couple cans on hand to use as special treats, but I'd forgotten about them. Last night and again today we used goat's milk on his food and he ate a little by himself. We still had to resort to force feeding him the rest, but it's a good sign.

Today was a lovely day and Sky went into the yard with the other dogs this afternoon. He doesn't have a lot of strength, but he carried his ball around and even asked me to throw it for him. I only rolled it a few feet and he trotted over and picked it up. Then he had to lie down and rest.

 You can see in this shot how much weight he's lost. His collar hangs on him. He hasn't been wearing it lately because of the hair loss on his neck, but we put it on to help hold him when we feed him. I need to adjust it.
We're feeding him three or four times a day with his enzyme soaked food and he's taking a special vitamin B12 supplement twice daily. We'll be visiting Dr B on Monday to see if theres any improvement in his weight.

I saw this on Facebook a few days ago and since that's a Portie looking up at the sky, it reminded me of all the nights that Samba woke me to go gaze at the moon and stars. I miss my little girl.
Hug your dogs tonight and look up at the brightest star in the sky.

19 comments:

Jo's World said...

Blessings on all the people who are helping you!

Stella

Susie and Sidebite said...

Glad Sky got something he likes, maybe that will make his days better.

Your Furiends
Susie & Bites

Pees; Dad always gives us a hug before bed and after we get up in the morning, and yeas hugs are special to us also!

rottrover said...

Chcked the PetCo in the fancy neighborhood down the road the other day. No glo-ball with stars. We'll keep looking. Did get some cute christmas collars - just what handsome rotties need! We will look at the stars tonight with you!

Nanina dOnofrio said...

I'm so happy Sky was given a toy he loves, that I'm crying. He wants to keep trying. We keep praying for him. I'm so glad the football found its "proper" canine :-) Thanks for the reminder of how precious our pets are to us.

Hugs,
Nanina and Poppy

Ruby said...

That is so nice of Julie from Sargent's to send Sky a gift package with some toys! It is so great to see that there is still AMAZIN' customer service out there.
I will definately buy Sargent's products from now on. That is so funny that the glow football got 'stolen', but at least Sky liked the squeaky one ~ they are the best after all.
I'll keep my paws crossed that there is good news from the vettie. And, yea Lynn for the suggestion of the goats milk, it sure is a good sign.
I sure do love the last photo. It warmed and broke my heart at the same time.

Kisses,
Ruby

scotsmad said...

So happy Lynn could suggest something. Paws crossed Sky continues to regain his strength.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Jeanne Pursell said...

That was very nice that Sky got something in the mail from the nice people! Sure hope that you and Sky and the rest of the crew are doing ok...and hope he keeps eating!!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Life with Wrigs said...

It was so sweet of Julie at Sergeant's to send those toys! I'm glad Sky likes one of them. It's encouraging that he's interested. Wish you were near us--my neighbor has a milk goat and you could have fresh goat's milk every day. Sirius has special meaning for me as well--I always associate it with our dog Imelda. In her last months (she lived to be nearly 17), we make many trips outside in the night and I'd gaze at the stars while she poked around the yard.

Susan and Wrigs

SissySees said...

Sniff, sniff... We miss your girl too, even though we never got to meet her face to face.

Three cheers for Julie at Sergeant's! Nothing wrong with Morgan finding a birthday present in there, and we're encouraged that the goat milk worked a little and that Sky liked one of the new toys.

Paws crossed...

gMarie said...

Oh Sue - this post just breaks my heart a little bit more. I'm glad Julie was able to find some fabulous stuff for both Morgan and Sky. My fingers are crossed and the paws are as well - sending Sky great vibes! g

Kerry said...

This was so good to read. The goat's milk was a great tip & I hope Sky continues to improve even if it's little by little.

Sergeants has good service: how cool!

I like that poster at the end. Sweet Samba. Eddy looks at the sky all the time too.

Marjie said...

I'm pretty sure the starfruit looking toy was a birthday present sent to the wrong dog. And since Sky got a new ball that he loves, he probably agrees. Good thoughts keep flowing southwest from here for all of you!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Mates, We're glad the goats milk worked a little for Sky. We have paws crossed here for him to feel better. Mum says she will give us an extra hug tonight. Hugs to you all too! No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Sam said...

I've come across these two links:

http://www.amazon.com/Throw-Glow-Dogtoy-7064-Bci/dp/B001AT5HS0/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1353100435&sr=8-2-fkmr1&keywords=sergeants+star+glow+ball

...but am a little concerned because not all balls pictured show stars. Sigh...


Sam

Mitch and Molly said...

Julie from Sargeant's is a doll! Bless her!
We hope the goat's milk helps you out, Sky!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Teesha and Burtie said...

So glad Sky found a glow toy he likes. its so hard to find replacements when a favourite old toy is lost or wears out. Hope he's feeling better soon to.

soulbrush said...

Go Sky Go I am rooting for you so much from so far away, can you feel it? Love you.

Soggibottom said...

xxx

Nichole said...

Catching up on posts... as the tears are flowing down my face. :( RIP Sweeet Baby Sky.