Monday, April 15, 2013

My Dog Romeo

I don't know what kind of pets you own but we have a few. We have a dog named Romeo who I will talk about some more in a minute. We have a hermit crab his name is Triple H( like the wrestler) and we are about to get a few more as Triple H's friend AJ left this earth recently. We also have Homing Pigeons I can't even guess how many for sure as this is my hubby's passion. He has about 150 birds all together. Right now he has about 40 baby birds just learning to fly and come home and about 20 more that are scheduled to start going out this week. Hopefully they will learn as fast as the 40 who are flying already. So we like pets in our home. My oldest daughter is also getting a German or Flemish Bunny This guy will grow to be about 30 pounds just like the dog so she has to make sure that she gets everything the Bunny will need to have a good home before we drive to Ocala Florida where the farm is that breeds these bunnies. Or at least the farm closest to us. That is about a 1-1/2 hour drive so when we take the ride she has to have everything in order first.
So now about Romeo

Romeo as he grows
Romeo now at almost 5 years old
We have had Romeo for just about 5 years now and he is really part of our Family. He gets yelled at as much as the kids and gets talked about as much as the kids and yeah he eats as much as the kids.
We had no trouble training Romeo he was easy but then somewhere along the line he stopped eating dog food and wanted nothing but people food. After some time of fussing we kind of gave in to that meat and moisty dog food and a little cheese. Time started passing and we noticed no matter how many baths we give him he has a terrible odor. We started researching and found out that meat and moisty is about equal to us giving him a couple of big macs a day. We also found out that food allergies cause odor. So we went to the feed store and started asking questions about the different foods. We went with the Lamb and Rice Diamond food and it took many weeks to get him to start eating only dog food again. We had to go several days of putting the same bowl of food down he kept crying and not wanting to eat the food and then one day like a miracle I hear crunch crunch crunch and the dog food was gone. Later that evening I put down a small bowl of the same food and he walked right over and ate it. So now he is on a strict dog food only diet. He smells much better now. He still smells like a dog but its not like you can smell him when he walks in the house so that is much better and I am sure he must feel better too.
Well yesterday my son decided he was going to surprise his Dad and go outside and clean Dad's pigeon coop while he not home(guess he is trying to score some brownie points :) ) and when he was cleaning he took down the lattice so he could clean under the coop as well. Well Romeo got under the coop and he decided he is going to eat all the corn the birds kick out of their feed. I don't know if he got bit by a spider or some other creature or if he got sick from eating the corn and bird seed? but last night he just stood by the door crying and barking and would not go out side not even with us calling him and even offering him cheese he just cried. At first it seemed like his legs were hurting him but then he let us rub them and move them in different directions(as we were trying to examine him) so I don't believe he was in pain there but he just keep crying and would not come to any of us not even my youngest who can always get his attention. After almost 4 hours of him crying and barking I decided to give him a little childrens benadryl as the vet told us to give him when he got stung by the wasp a while back. I did not want to bring him to the ER vet as that is very expensive and did not want to do that unless he did not get any rest. Well this morning he jumped right up and started running around the house as usual . So I don't know if Romeo had a bite of some sort and it was itching or hurting him or if it was something that passed but I am very Thankful to have my Romeo back. I was so worried.

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