Podge Staffie DOB 01.11.09 New Romney Foster

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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by johnfowle » Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:41 pm

Today I took Podge to the vet who saw her three weeks ago and gave her about five weeks to live. He could not believe how she had shaken off her Kennel Cough so completely and the improvement shown in her overall condition and especially her lungs.

He likened her lungs to those of coal-miners who suffered from silicosis, but was "amazed" how her lungs appeared to have repaired themselves to some extent. Mark has reduced Podge's daily medication and wants to see her again in four weeks time.

I have said elsewhere how happy Podge is, just trotting round the garden with a rotating tail and on her brief walks around the lanes....she still hasn't ventured to the coast yet.....she has that joy to come.

She would love to share somebody's sofa and lick you to death or roll onto her back and ask you for tummy tickles....any takers????

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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by johnfowle » Tue Mar 01, 2016 6:08 pm

Podge is such a happy little girl, trotting after her ball in the garden but not returning it (!!!), or spending time with the dog walker on the sand dunes. She expects all dogs she meets to be friendly and never reacts when they aren't....just walks away as much as to say "Oh well, I don't mind!".

It would be wonderful if somebody could find space in their home for this sweet lady who loves people and is making such good progress after receiving such a poor prognosis from the vet.

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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by johnfowle » Sun Mar 13, 2016 2:45 pm

Podge is truly amazing. You've read her thread and will remember the prognosis she was given at the beginning of January....well, she now has two half hour walks a day and, whilst it is true she comes back breathing quite deeply, even at the end of her walks she is still ahead of her walker and keen to carry on.

Her weight is increasing and the majority of her ribcage is now well covered with flesh....she gets four meals a day and it appears to be paying dividends.

Today she become a full member of the "Mob". She now spends her time in the main sitting room, along with Jackson, Zena and Kingsley, and for the last half hour she has been nestled down beside in me in an armchair. She is very affectionate and only Jackson had a quiet growl at her when she invaded his space. But she didn't mind and continued to wag her tail.

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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by SarahW » Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:06 pm

I got to meet the delightful Podge yesterday. She is a very happy, welcoming girl who met me like an old friend and loved fuss and a good cuddle. She is a gorgeous looking girl too who happily mixed with the other dogs at John's. She is ready for her forever home!

I tried to get some photos but all she wanted to do was come and say hello to me!
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Just look at that face! Those eyes!
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Looking regal
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Looking cheeky!
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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by johnfowle » Sat Mar 19, 2016 3:05 pm

Podge is sharing the settee with Kingsley on one side of her and Zena on the other at the moment....all of them snoring away having been fed and spent a few minutes in the garden.

Podge chases around with Kingsley when they go out first thing in the morning and finishes up everybody's breakfast if she is given the chance. But eating so much does have its down side....she produces an enormous amount of gas....cor....open the windows!!!!

She has a very long tongue which doesn't fit into her mouth....it is so sweet....a little pink tip always sticking out about an inch....or has she used it so much with face washes???? You can't move without her being right behind you expecting a treat.

She is really affectionate and will be an ideal companion for somebody who is not very mobile.

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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by johnfowle » Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:01 am

I believe Podge is as well and fit as she will be. She does have good days....she does have awful days....but don't we all???? Currently she is on heat and Kingsley is taking a keen and amorous interest in her....I just hope that his neutering was a complete success or we are likely to be having puppies....we just have no more room to isolate either of them other than put one or other of them into the garden, but Kingsley barks and chases the sea gulls and aircraft flying overhead and Podge barks to come in!!!! So it's a case of being totally observant, both day and night.

But this apart, she continues to appear to be quite well, other than the occasional bout of kennel cough which only seems to last a few days. She has the occasional fit, but we were aware of this and the vet says that their frequency is at "an acceptable level", otherwise she trots around the garden or cuddles up close to you on the settee or in an armchair and is always very affectionate and has a waggy tail.

This might sound a trifle negative, but Podge is so much better than when she first arrived and has put on so much weight that, only this morning, one of the walkers who hasn't seen for a few weeks, didn't recognise her....she is now a lovely "stocky staffie".

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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by johnfowle » Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:17 pm

Podge follows you around like a shadow, always hoping for a treat She has got "proper" kennel cough now and it seems to be most apparent after she has drunk some water....but it doesn't seem to worry her too much and she still chases after Kingsley when they go out together. We have been sleeping together for the last five or six days and, surprisingly, her cough has not been worse throughout the night which, apparently, is usually the case.

She is totally clean in the house now....when she first arrived we were shampooing her carpet every day....and she hasn't had a fit for about three weeks which, of course, is very good news.

Podge is a lovely lady and I am so pleased that she has amazed us all and seems to be very happy with life. Thanks to our remarkable vets she is well at the moment.

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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by SarahW » Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:33 am

I caught up with Podge on Wednesday when visiting John & Sylvie. My goodness she is looking well but silly me only got one decent photo of her, when she was tucking into lunch! She is such a happy, carefree girl. She looks younger than when I last saw her, must be the sea air!
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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by johnfowle » Sun Apr 17, 2016 2:10 pm

Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your photos of Podge with other members of the "Forum".

Podge is remarkable and really loves life. Her tail never stops wagging and, although she still has a really bad bout of kennel cough, she still trots around the garden with Kingsley, Pablo and Jackson....and eats her own meals within seconds of them being put on the floor so she is ready to finish off anything left in any of the other bowls. (No, I have not separated her from the others because of her kc, but none of the others has caught it, which amazes me....any ideas????). Mark, the vet, is doing marvels with her....many would have given up on her, but not Mark....thank you!

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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by johnfowle » Sun May 01, 2016 6:10 pm

Podge is still with us down in New Romney and continues to trot around the garden sometimes by herself, but more frequently accompanying one of the others who make up the Mob. Mark, the vet, seems to think that her Kennel Cough is more likely to be Bronchitis as the others haven't caught it. She still has a dry cough and Shaz has suggested that she is given Benilyn to replace the Tixylix which I usually use. there hasn't been any improvement yet, but I will persevere and see if it is effective.

She continues to enjoy her walks around the lanes after she has eaten her meals which she does with great gusto!!

I have no concerns for her at the moment and, with the warmer weather, I hope she will continue to enjoy her time here.

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