My Puppy’s First Month

From a first car trip to visits with the veterinarian, Mischief's owner records their progress.

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Day 24

Mischiefs been gagging a little today. Do dogs get furballs? Its like he's trying to cough something up that's stuck in his throat. He can eat and drink just fine, so I don't know what it could be. 

Day 25

Mischief kept us up last night, coughing and gagging. I called the vet and they said it could be kennel cough. But he hasn't been to a boarding kennel!? Turns out that kennel cough germs can pass airborne from dog to dog. Dr. T. confirmed the diagnosis.

Mischief was at the groomers two weeks agothats probably where he picked it up. He's running a little fever, so the vet prescribed an antibiotic and a cough-suppressant, so we can all get rest! When he's better, well give him a bordetella vaccine to help prevent kennel cough in the future.

I have to call our neighbors. Mischief plays with their dog, Bess, and kennel cough is so contagious, Bess may catch it, too. Bummer! 

Day 29

Poor Mischief! I accidentally stepped on him when I was carrying groceries inside. He got underfoot, and I couldn't see him. He screamed for five minutes! I couldn't feel anything wrong when I checked his paw, but I knew he was really hurt because he wouldn't use his leg at all.

Sure enough, an X-ray showed a crack in one of the bones. Luckily, just a crack. He has to wear a splint for a few weeks. I ordered flowers to be sent to Dr. Thoroughgoods office. They've all been so nice to us, through all of our puppys perils! 

Day 30

Dr. T. called to thank me for the flowers and quipped maybe she should have sent me flowers, because I've been such a regular customer!

Well, this first month has been a learning experience, that's for sure. But whenever I look at little Mischief, I can't help but smile. He's been a lot of trouble, but he's worth it.

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kayla   north bergen, NJ

9/3/2011 6:37:31 PM

wow. I'm glad you kept a diary. Now i know what to expect from my future puppy.

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christina   clarksville, TN

7/25/2011 8:09:03 PM

i'm so glad you kept mischief. some people would have givin up long time ago. he will truly pay you back in the long run with his loyalty & companionship. good luck in the future & tell mischief to be a little more careful.

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Dg   Shingletown, CA

12/27/2010 3:21:56 PM

Well...I think that Tasha in New York is a little harsh on this new dog owner. At least they took care of the dog....most folks who are new to the responsibilty don't have enough sense to take them to the vet to become educated. And who the heck are you to judge? The dog IS being taken care of and the owners ARE learning. They went to the vet a trillion times within the first 30 days. Not to mention that many of the matters they dealt with are VERY common when you get a pup from a shelter....ie the worms, kennel cough, ear infections, long nails/grooming issues. OH and the name.....well do you really think the dog understands??? It must be New York!!!

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Tasha   New York, NY

12/11/2010 2:04:25 PM

you are honestly the worst dog owner ever. puppies need much more attention and care, and i don't find any of the stuff funny. also, by calling him Mischief, you suggest that most of this is his fault, but exploring and chewing stuff is in his nature, and you as the adult owner should be the one with all the responsibility. give you dog to someone who can actually take care of it.

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