Podge Staffie DOB 01.11.09 New Romney

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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by johnfowle » Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:10 pm

In my last "post" I said that Podge's lung function had not improved much with the aid of a "bronchiodilator". Now the vet in New Romney has prescribed another drug which is making a great difference and she appears to be much more comfortable. Podge really is ready for her forever home and has, in the past, lived with both cats and dogs so, what are you waiting for????

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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by bettypinches » Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:15 pm

I thought I'd give a little update on Podge today - she's such an affectionate and happy girl, it would be wonderful to find that special home for her.
I am one of Podge's walkers, and I would agree with John's previous post in that her breathing is so much better - better than ever. Several months ago she wouldn't be able to do the walks that she's doing now, her health has really improved. At the moment myself or Steph walk Podge with Zena, who generally won't let us get past 45 minutes, but Podge could keep going awhile I think. She isn't a big-long-ramble-kind of dog, but she's happy to keep you company.

Podge is really a home-bird though - once she realises we're on the home straight, she can't wait to get home! In the house, Podge is the sweetest, most affectionate girl and she'd really like to have you all to herself - she certainly doesn't want to share! :D She has (and does) share a house with other dogs, but personally, I think she would thrive as being the only dog, enjoying all the comforts and attention with her humans. love4.gif
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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by johnfowle » Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:13 pm

I took Podge to the vet last week as we were coming to the end of her medication. Her lung function has not improved....and, indeed, it won't....but her incessant coughing and spluttering is almost but gone. She now chases a ball in the garden....she hasn't learnt how to return it yet. so it's as much an exercise for me as it is for her.

She is extremely popular with the dog walkers and is much more relaxed than she ever used to be.

Podge would dearly love to have a home which she can really call her own....she really does deserve it.

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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by johnfowle » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:29 am

I think it is a year ago tomorrow that the vet gave Podge just five weeks to live....I can assure you that she is very much alive and kicking!!! I can't say that she is particularly fit, but she always goes out for her twenty minutes walk every day, and does a little run around the garden after the Mob when they go out.

She is very affectionate, much more relaxed now than ever before, usually settling down next to Kingsley on the settee and, with her new medication now having "kicked in", she rarely coughs and splutters. but always finds breathing quite difficult.

She loves her food and will finish off anything left in any of the bowls!!!

She is a truly remarkable dog, ably supported by equally amazing vets....it is a pleasure to be able to offer her a foster place here, but I'm sure she would far prefer to have a home she can really call her own. Any offers????

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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by SarahW » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:37 pm

I visited Podge at John's last week. She is such a happy friendly girl who gave me a lovely welcome when she saw me. Podge is a real character. She loves fuss so will make a beeline for visitors. I would love a home to spot what an awesome little staffie girl Podge is. She is in fabulous condition and although wheezy she is not the least bit bothered by it as far as I can see. She enjoyed a good run around in the garden while I was there. She has really taken to John's other recent foster Jake. They bumble around together and do make a sweet pair.
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This picture sums up Podge for me, a big smile for the world!
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Such a funny girl!
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Running around with Kingsley
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With her buddy Jake
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Such a sweet pair!
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"What you looking at Jake?"
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Darling girl
Podge has shown Jake the way...
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Any food on offer?
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"This is what you do Jake"
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"Then we might get a treat!"
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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by anne » Mon May 15, 2017 3:37 pm

I had the absolute pleasure to meet Podge this morning. What a character! She was accompanied by her best mate Jake and they had a little chill out time in the paddock together. She is such a darling and happy to give and receive cuddles. love4.gif
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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by johnfowle » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:34 pm

Podge arrived in New Romney in January 2015 all "skin and bone". We knew that she was epileptic and had a severe condition which meant she had about half her total lung capacity; the vet thought she would live about five weeks.

She was put into our guest suite....the only available space at the time and reserved for our VIP canine guests and those requiring special attention and, of course, whenever our friends stay overnight. She was wearing a woollen jersey to keep her warm as she had a really bad bout of bronchitis which caused her to retch pretty well all the time. We tried all manner of remedies but none seemed to relieve the condition.....and she continued to cough and splutter for quite a few months. So she had survived the five week period suggested by the vet.

We decided to seek more advice on her condition and it was decided to try a bronchodilator with the intention of widening the bronchi and allow more air into her lungs.The first one we tried was successful initially, but then the condition returned. We were offered an alternative which is not registered in this country but has received glowing reports whenever and wherever it is used. An immediate improvement in her breathing, the occasional cough and clearing of her throat, but she remains on it to this day....now nearly 17 months later!!!!

She shares the sitting room with three other dogs who, together, make up the "Mob" She has her "moments" when she appears to mistake one of the others for an enemy, but nothing more than "handbags"; she is the normal weight for a small staffie, which she is; goes for brief walks every day and spends a lot of time in the garden just pottering around....she certainly can't chase the others too far, but she does try!!!!

She continues to have fits; rather more frequently now....sometimes twice within one week but, more usually, three or four a month. Poor little girl....she stiffens up and rolls onto her back. We kneel down beside her and comfort her for about five minutes by which time she has normally come out of it and staggers around for a couple of minutes....then, back to normal.

She is very affectionate, but not particularly keen on "cuddles", and I think prefers human company to canine. She loves her food and finishes off anything left by the others here.

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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by johnfowle » Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:54 am

Podge has been with us for almost two years now, having been given five weeks to live in January/February 2016!!! She is doing remarkably well and, with her medication I see no reason why she hasn't a near normal life expectancy. She does still have a fit periodically....sometimes as frequently as two or three in a month....which could be a problem, but she comes out of them within five or six minutes with encouragement and gentle stroking, and moves as if nothing has happened very quickly.

Whilst she is good with both dogs and cats she should be fed separately as she will push her way forward to other residents' food unless watched carefully. She is most affectionate and will settle down beside you on the sofa, but she is definitely not a lap dog.

Considering her poor lung function she enjoys her walks, but prefers to be at home where she spends most of the time wandering in and out of the garden or asleep on one of the deep foam beds.

She welcomes visitors to the house as if she has known them all her life.

Podge does deserve a forever home....she has waited patiently for so long. Please do consider her.

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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by SarahW » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:19 pm

I only managed to get a one photos Podge when I visited John last month. Mainly because as soon as I point the camera at her she heads straight over for a cuddle! Podge really is a great dog who is so affectionate and such a happy soul. She is a social butterfly and adores the company of people. She looks fabulous with a glossy coat and is just the right weight. To look at her you would never know all the health issues she has had to contend with. She really would make a great companion for someone.
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Re: Podge Staffie DOB 1.11.2009 New Romney Foster

Post by SarahW » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:19 pm

I saw Podge earlier today. She is looking fantastic! She was so chilled out hanging out with 'the mob' in John's living room. This darling girl is such a loving staff. She would love to have a forever home where she could be centre of attention and get all the cuddles and fuss that she wants. I love catching up with Podge, she is a little ray of sunshine! love4.gif
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With her foster sister Zena, waiting to see if any roast turkey is heading their way!
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Podge and Zena
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