Benie update

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Well, no news is good news with Benjaman!!! It's been several months now since he had a flareup that is SOOOOOO great!!!! not only for the pocketbook but for Ben.

Where they shaved his hair back in June on his neck for bloodwork - it's still as if it had been shaved yesterday :(( not sure hair will ever grow back......

He had his nails done a week ago and the vet was holding his head down and he did grumble and try to snap at the tech which is totally out of character but when I told the vet to let go of him and just give him a belly rub and talk to him she was able to clip the rest with no issues, Ben HATES to be restrained not sure what his history is on that one but the wagon and stuff don't bother him but a person holding him to the floor will bring out major rottie-tude....

He is loosing hair like crazy, I mean I vacuum twice a day and it still looks like a black rug on the hardwood within a couple of hours, no exaggeration here it has me worried the vet said it's not the time of the year for "blowing the coat" so we are keeping an eye on it. It also requires emptying the vacuum 4 times before I have two rooms vacuumed - and remember I am doing this twice a day!!!! that's a lot of hair.....otherwise he is normal, eating great, drinking fine, peeing like a racehorse.......

As I noted in another post he almost fell out of the car trying to see if a fast food person had a bone for him, I thought he was trying to leap out of the car but he was just trying to eat the dollar bills being handed out the window thinking they were treats.....I know I think he eats money with all his medical bills but that would have made it literal. I was talking to the vet tech today and we computed it and he has cost us around $9,000 since we adopted him!!! We sold one of our most prized collector cars to help pay off his bills and have some in reserve for his future costs, the things we do for the love of our animals :))

I bought a little Kia Soul so that Ben would have a car he could get into easier than the 97 camry and he loves it and has gotten pretty protective over it too as a result.....

So that's a Benie Boo Boo update, so far so good......he will be 9 years old this January and we are so glad that he is still with us and feeling so spry!!! I will post new pics later.....

and apparently he has been writing songs behind my back and sharing them with people here hahahahah

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Hi Tal, so glad to hear Benie BooBoo is doing so well! I love hearing stories about him, big hugs and kisses all around! Cyndy and Loki

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Yay, Ben!!!

SO glad you are doing well, you great big lunk!  I love hearing that you're doing so well!

(And yes, your mama needs to take some more pics!)

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Awwww  Ben sounds like another sweet Rottie.  Had to giggle at him leaning out to hope for a cookie at McD's.  Roman will do the same thing.  I've spent alot of $ on Roman's health over the past few years also.  He's coming up on 11 now and is aging pretty well.  His only issue seems to be he has about 9 fatty tumors on him now.  The vet told me just to keep an eye on them, but I worry every time I feel them.  He had a herniated disc episode 3 times since I got him.  He was also a rescue so not sure if it was from an injury or what.  He would just yelp in pain when he would move and pain meds seemed to work and after about a week, he'd be back to normal.  One episode came from him swinging a toy around so I decided no more toys for him to swing.

Love that you bought a special car for Ben!  I was talking to my husband last week about Roman's isssues with trying to get in the car and our trailer.  He said maybe he can make him a ramp that we can fold and tuck away after he gets in and out.  lol 

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Oh my gosh.. I love that story ( so does Sofia and she's made comments on her Merry Christmas thread, but it's a personal letter to Ben.. so please read it to him quietly.)

Hope you find the reason for the hair loss.. that's got be a worrying.. Can  you wad it up.. turn it into yarn and knit scarves or sweaters with it? ( seriously.. that's what they do with Huskies.. or Samoyeds.. or maybe it's Collies... (Hmm note to Kate: get your facts right before spewing craft ideas..)

What day in Janaury are you celebrating the big guys' Birthday.??. I made January 17th ( mine) Sofia's birthday, but we're still just guessing at her actual date and age.. somewhere between six and eight.

@Atticus.. I love the ramp idea, we've thought of the same thing, although it's a pretty easy step up into the back of our car if we pull the front seat up all the way. She's learned to step down to the floor board before she leaps out of the car..

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atticus - we bought a telescoping ramp from petsmart it was the display model so we got it pretty cheap but it is wide enough for Ben and holds up to 300 lbs. it has a handle on it so it's easy to close has a snap with a strap to keep it from extending when you are lifting it, and the handle is on the side and makes it a breeze to pick up and heave into a car. Ben took some herding to keep him from trying to sidestep it the first few times but he runs up it now. It hooks over the tailgate, floorboard, door sill plates etc. might want to check it out. We considered making one but the weight would have made it impossible to lift for me on crutches......

Kate I have considered doing something with his hair; I think all those breeds have been used in crafty things and there are long haired cats that shed that they use their hair too....I'm not that motivated hahahaha instead I roll it into balls in the palm of my hands until it is rock solid and then the cats have furballs to play with instead of hacking them up.......or I throw it out for the birds.

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I got this ramp for Gabe when he started having arthritis problems and couldn't leap into the van anymore. Best $60 I ever spent - it's lightweight, clips to whatever inside the van to keep it from slipping, and Gabe uses it easily! (It took several treats to "follow" up, but he walked right up it. And down.) Holds 180 pounds, I think.

http://www.amazon.com/Pet-Gear-Travel-Bi-Fold-66-inch/dp/B002RT8QR6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1356087118&sr=8-2&keywords=Bifold+pet+ramp

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Hey Kim that's the ramp I got for Ben but he got the heavy duty model, hahahahaa, his is all silver and holds 300lbs. but it's the same one has a carry handle, snaps shut so you can lift it without it sliding open etc.

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I have a suggestion for all that dark rottie hair floating around.  Just set up a fruit stand type thing in your front yard and sell it to all the bald guys in your area.  It would be nice if you could weave it into toupees for them rather than just sell them the loose hair.  You may make enough to off set some of your vet bills. Ha ha!  

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hahahahaha I like it!!!! I could probably sell it for stuffing for anything and everything I get so much of it off the floor right now, hahahahahaha I won't get that picture out of my mind for a long time :))

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I know someone who made yarn out of all their cavalier fur and then knit a scarf.  Kind of icky in my opinion, but whatever floats your boat!  LOL!

I am part of a cavalier yahoo group and they mentioned a product called Shed-X.  Seems to me like it is the same thing as giving fish-oil.  I know you are super careful about what Ben eats, can he have a fish oil?  Maybe it might help with the shedding.

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I have discussed this with his new vet who is holistic first conventional second and he has agreed that it is best to keep Ben on as few ingredients as possible right now, I am hoping that as he gets adjusted to two ingredients that we can then add some things, the bones that others sneak to him seem to be ok since he doesn't get them regularly they are in and out, hahahaha, thanks for the hint I will ask again when we might add things like that to his diet, it would be soooo helpful if he didn't shed so much at once......