my dog is nutz

my dog is nutz

We have a seven year old golden child. Zack is his name and he's a retriever. Either the aliens have invaded his body or he's gone completely mad...or maybe it's the new dog food. In the last 2 months he's ended up in emergency at our local vets twice...his symptoms were throwing up and liquid stools...the kind you can't, or won't scoop up. After spending the entire day on IV to replenish his fluids, and $400.00 later, he was sent home with a new diet. The expensive kind. Prescription ID, wet and dry food. Ugh. We used to spend $30.00 a month and now spend over $100.00...but it's all for the love of this animal. The problem? He loves it and has become so food oriented that he CRAVES it. When my husband begins to stir from sleep in the wee hours of the morning, the dog jumps up, stretches, wags his tail and places his drooling face on the bed. His caramel colored eyes stare longingly until my husband groans and gets up. Zack trots to the door, full of vigor, knowing that the promise of breakfast is right around the corner. Quickly doing his duty, he races up onto the deck and waits by the door. As soon as it's cracked open he noses his way in and literally runs to his dish. Anyone standing in his way is immediately knocked down. The crunch of food is heard above the drone of the morning news. After dining, he heads for my husband and demands to go back outside so he can patrol his turf.

     There's a sign put up by a doggie day care that states "a dog is always on the wrong side of the door." I'm sure that Zack has somehow read that sign and practices the principle every day. Staying outside for a short period of time, Zack begins his "in and out games", where he stands by the door, lowers his head and stares inside with the most pathetic look on his face. He's got the look down pat, and it doesn't take long before one of us buckles under the pressure and lets him back in. That's his cue to entertain. Racing back to "his" room, he noses around in his toy box for the perfect toy and races back out to the living room/kitchen. This is when I start loudly humming the intro the "The Tonight" show. Let the show begin, indeed.

     Standing center stage, Zack takes his toy and begins flipping and twirling it, his paws prancing up and down in time to his own music. Next he flops on his belly and rolls over onto his back. He shimmies back and forth and always seems to aim his tail section in our direction. Not a pretty sight, especially first thing in the morning. After a few minutes of this foolishness, he sneezes, gets upright, shakes off and then abruptly lies down for a nap. Once he rests, which only lasts a minute or two, he's up and wants out again. It's his daily grind.

     At seven years old, Zack has turned into a puppy again. An 85 pound puppy. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. His actions leave me bewildered and befuddled. I guess it's all about the food....or maybe he's sneaking a few pops of tequila when we're not looking. He's been known to steal nip bottles from the liquor cabinet. In any case, he's a happy boy.

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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

I understand perfectly why you and your husband are willing to spend extra money and time to care for your "golden child." Zack sounds like a happy dog, and that's good. What may not be good is if he "loves" his food so much that he gobbles it down or eats too much too quickly. His breed is, I think, prone to develop bloat, which can be life-threatening.

That said, it's great that Zack is exuberant and playful at age seven. He seems active enough that he must not be plagued with any bone and joint problems (arthritis), such as many dogs begin experiencing as they age.

Better lock the liquor cabinet. Alcohol, like caffiene, can be disastrous for dogs. I keep an entire list on hand of food, plants and people meds that are toxic to dogs to help ensure that neither I nor anyone else lets my dog ingest anything harmful. I'm an over-protective pet parent, but what can I say? I love my dog!

Welcome to Hubpages, Moonfairy, and keep writing. JAYE


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cat on a soapbox 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Oh, the joys of a Golden Retriever! They are just the happiest dogs and are worth every penny spent. Our excitable boy was a canine bowling ball, and we human pins had to brace ourselves when he charged in! Thank you for bringing back the wonderful memories of our "first child." He was a wedding present.


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

I had a yellow lab for 18 years, if I didn't know any better, I would have thought she was a cheetah. As soon as I opened the door for her to go out, she was gone. One time she left flames on the stairs as she flew down them, good thing the gas grill wasn't on the deck, lol. I swear she was the fastest animal on 4 legs. I sure do miss that old girl. thanks for the story moonfairy


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loveofnight 4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

I just love the picture.Our pets tend to be more to us than some animal.My dog was a family member, she was like one of my kids.And because we love them we don't put price tag on them.Enjoy your time together because they are always priceless.


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moonfairy 4 years ago Author

thank you loveofnight...yes, our dog is our golden child!my son (who's 30) calls him his fluffy brother=)

glad you like the bunny ears...it was his Easter costume and was so cute it landed him on tv!!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

As a fellow animal lover, reading about your exuberant dog Zack made me smile. One of our neighbors has a golden retriever and it is a joy watching him run and play in the yard. Different breed, but it makes me think of our first "child"...our Irish Setter who played basketball. Wrote a hub about him. He was amazing! Hope that you have many more happy years with your playful and happy boy Zack. Up vote and funny.


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moonfairy 4 years ago Author

thanks for your comment Peggy W! Dogs are extremely entertaining, aren't they? He makes me laugh every day =)


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Back to tell you I recently published a hub about how to make homemade dog food with a special ingredient. Home-cooked beats any commercial pet food you can buy over the counter (including the so-called Prescription type) for safety and nutrition, providing you use quality ingredients.

My seven-year-old dog loves the food I make for her, and it only takes me a half hour weekly to prepare. Definitely worth it, because her last checkup at the vet's gave the words: "perfect health." Homemade dog food may actually lengthen a dog's life, so it's certainly worth the time and effort.

Jaye


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moonfairy 4 years ago Author

thank you JayeWisdom, I'll definetely read your hub!!! And good for your dog, that's always great news =)


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heidithorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

Saw you in one of the forums and noticed this hub on your profile. I have a golden boy who's "nutz," too. A rescue who came into our lives because he was dropped off at the shelter and needed emergency surgery for swallowing fabric something or other. He's 4 now and an absolute crazy delight. Thanks for sharing the story!


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moonfairy 3 years ago Author

heidithorne...thanks for reading and commenting!! Our golden child is 9 1/2 and STILL acts like a puppy. I'm amazed at his energy. He certainly keeps us on our toes and entertained =) It's so cool that you rescued yours.....I love that.


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

you got a pretty cute dog, old enough to teach the younger pup to be young again


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moonfairy 22 months ago Author

peachpurple.....thanks so much!!!! He is pretty cute! I wrote this hub a long time ago...he's 11 now!!!

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