been a while...

It has been a while, since I was on here! In part, this is because Buzz has had a fortnight of misfortune. It all started with the lump in his lip, which continued to grow and so I needed to take him in for surgery. My vet told me it would cost over $400 for the surgery to neuter Buzz, close his herniated umbilical, and aspirate & possibly remove his lip's lump. So, I had to find a new vet. After a fair amount of research, I found a great one and had everything done for $250. The lump in his lip was a benign cyst. They think he had an injury that over-healed.

Following surgery, I needed to keep Buzz quiet for almost a week--not the easiest of tasks!

After 5 days of leash walking only, Buzz and I went to the woods and I let him run. He did great. The next day, however, he went crazy. He was happily trotting behind me. The next thing I know he's in midair right next to my shoulder! Keep in mind that I'm almost 6 feet tall! I think he jumped at least 6 feet along the path and 4 feet up! He seemed fine and we finished our hike and went home. But, after resting in the house for a while, the next time he got up, he was very wobbly. So, we were back on leash walking and quiet-time to see if he would continue to wobble (possible ACL injury) or would go back to normal (just a pulled muscle). Thankfully he got better.

Also happening during these past few weeks: 1 bout of diarrhea. 1 cut paw. 1 nail trimmed too close to the quick. 1 unfortunate encounter with the neighbor's bad dog.

Does Buzz seem any worse for the wear?

What a good boy!

[Buzz asked me to add this postscript]

that's one dirty dawg

the great Buzz in the great outdoors

Buzz is big now! 46 pounds already. The vet think he's almost done growing. Hopefully his medical issues will clear up soon: right now he has issues with his poop and some eye goop as well as a weird lump in his lip. Still cute, though, right?