Friday, December 4, 2009

Lexi-Lou, 2000 - 2009

A note from Lexi-Lou's Mom...

Lexi started out today not feeling well. She spent the morning at the vet, being examined for other issues. I picked her up at noon and brought her home. She got sicker as the afternoon went on. At 5:00 this evening I rushed her back to the vet's office because she couldn't stand or sit and her breathing was very loud and rapid.

The vet diagnosed her with acute congestive heart failure and pulmonary embolism. Her heart and lungs had sounded fine during her exam this morning, but they were filled with fluid by this evening. We knew that Lexi had a heart murmur, and that there was an underlying issue that we were trying to diagnose this morning, but the sudden fluid build-up was a complete surprise. Nobody saw that coming. Lexi had a variety of other health problems, including liver failure. We all thought that a liver problem would take her from us.

Lexi-Lou passed away in my arms around 6:00 this evening. Rest in peace, my beautiful baby girl...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Buttons Get Down!

Mom cleaned off the drawers behind the chair, and she moved my doggie food, too. Buttons kept trying to get into that stuff. But you know what? That didn't stop Buttons! Didn't phase her at all. Look what happened next...

Buttons is unstoppable!

Christmas Photos

Tonight Mom decided to torture Buttons and I with hats. She says the hats are for our Christmas cards. Buttons and I did our best to be sure that none of the pictures turned out. We've had enough of those sorts of humiliations.

Buttons was wearing a reindeer collar and hat. She hated it. Mom made me wear a Santa hat with a fake beard. Come on, now! I'm a Shih Tzu doggie! I've already got a REAL beard! Why on earth would Mom think I needed a fake one, too?!

Buttons and I think that this qualifies as puppy abuse. Call PETA.


I've been talking a bunch about my new sister lately, I thought that tonight I'd start out by talking about me instead!

Mom made me potty in a cup this morning. I hate that. My vet sure likes my pee-pee, though. Mom's always taking it to him. Today we found out that I don't have any more of those bad bacteria buggies in my pee-pee. That should be good news, right? Well, not so much. Mom says that I'm still acting sicky, like I have the bacteria buggies. So she's going to take me to the vet tomorrow for special pictures of my insides. We gotta make sure I don't have any more of those icky bladder stones. Just for fun, here's another picture of the stones I had in my bladder the last time I had to have surgery...

Weren't they yucky? So they're going to take pictures to look for those nasty stones again. They're also going to get more pee-pee to do a culture on it. Mom says we'll know what that means next week.

So enough about me. You know what Buttons JUST did? She got into the bathroom garbage can! She's a wild woman. She's also been licking the kitchen floor -- just about cleaned the entire thing, too. Then she climbed underneath our microwave stand again and almost got herself stuck in there.

And after that, she climbed into the chair again and tried to get to the stuff behind the chair. Then she used that vantage point to try to get into my bag of doggie food.

Mom cleaned all of that stuff off of the drawers and she moved the doggie food. We'll see what my sister tries to get into next...

Buttons makes me tired...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


You remember that garbage can incident from the other night? At the time we didn't have proof of the culprit, but Mom and I both knew that Buttons was responsible. Well, Mom just caught the little stinker in the act! We have solid proof that it was Buttons who dumped the garbage in the living room. Just see for yourself...

She's digging in there and pulling out the dirty tissues again! That's just like she did the other night... Buttons is so very BUSTED!

So, she got in trouble. Don't think it phased her much, though.

Getting in MORE Trouble

So here's how Buttons got in trouble tonight...

Mom found her on the arm of our chair, trying to pull my Halloween costumes off a pile of stuff on some drawers behind the chair!

Buttons was BUSTED!

Knowing that Mom was watching her (and that Mom was onto her shenanigans) didn't even stop her! She gave up on the chair and tried to jump up there by climbing my bag of doggie food instead!

And then she tried a more direct approach...

But by then Mom thought Buttons had tried enough, so she moved the costumes to a safe, Buttons-free place. Buttons was sure determined to get to them before then, though.

I sort of wish Mom had let her get to that stupid princess hat. (I hate that thing.)


Well, she did it... Mom went and got a Snuggie for Buttons. It's just like mine, only a little bigger. Then she made Buttons and I sit together in a chair, wearing our matching Snuggies, so she could take a lot of pictures.

Mom's so weird.