Tawnie has now been with us a little over a month. She is adapting well in her foster home with the resident cat and fellow pug, alhough I don't think she has figured what a cat is and what it does. Tawnie's personality is "sassy" and quite inquisitive. When you speak to her, she gives you her full attention with constant head tilts. Nothing gets past her and she has figured out ways of reaching places that has the resident pug baffled. For instance, Tawnie has become quite good at getting on the piano to reach the cat food.
This past weekend, we were taking care of a partially blind and deaf pug and Tawnie quickly showed her mothering side and helped this little guy in anyway that she could. She was especially attentive while on walks and would direct him on which way to go and would stop when he did to ensure that he was ok. Her interaction with him amazed me. She is one smart, caring girl.
Medically, Tawnie has a few hurdles to overcome. A week ago, she successfully jumped the first one when she had surgery to remove a mass from her adrenaline gland. There were a few minor hiccups, but she is recovery well and the mass came back benigned. Tawnie's medical team feels that this mass is the cause of her bladder/kidney issues. Now that it's removed, they can proceed in removing the enormous bladder stone and one kidney stone that is causing some blockage. She will be going in this week for those procedures. Please send good thoughts as Tawnie jumps this next hurdle and we will give everyone another update after this surgery.
Welcome Tawnie -- an almost 9 year old Pug/Chihuahua mix and one adorable little lady! Although Tawnie has only been with us for a week, she has fully taken over the couch and seems quite pleased with this decision. She doesn't mind when her foster brother joins her either. Tawnie is a dog that likes a quiet environment and will bark to make sure you understand that she does not appreciate such a loud approach. Tawnie can be shy with new people. When on walks, she will timidly approach people on the street and sit to get a pat if she likes them. Tawnie is also an independent dog and does not follow you around the house, which is something to get used to with having my own pug shadow and all; however her love for food is definitely "pug-like" and she thoroughly enjoys her meals.
Tawnie and I had a vet visit recently and this little girl has a few significant issues that we need to resolve. The issue with the clearest solution is her extremely large bladder stone (the largest one that the vet has ever seen) as well as what appear to be kidney stones. I'm truly amazed at how happy-go-lucky Tawnie continues to be as she undoubtedly has quite a bit of discomfort and pain. We've sent some of her blood off for testing as well as an urinalysis. Once we have the results back, we'll have a better picture of how to proceed. Obviously surgery will be needed, but these results will help the vet to create a better pre and post-op plan. Tawnie has also had some episodes that are similar to focal seizures, but are, as yet, undiagnosed. Thus, she will be heading to the Veterinary Emergency Clinic to see the neurologist and the internal medicine specialist for further diagnostics. Please keep this little sweetheart in your thoughts going forward and we will keep you updated as we find out more information.