I’ve always been an animal lover but ever since I’ve had Marley, I’ve been more passionate about animals & I love them even more. Especially dogs!! I have to admit, he is my inspiration for this website. Just like any other animal lover, I want to save all animals in need of a good home or good health etc. But the reality is, I can’t. I can however donate to The Humane Society of the United States (bless them for all that they do) any time my funds allow me to. And for every painting I sell, I do donate 10% to HSUS. It’s not a lot but it’s something. Hopefully one day my finances will allow me to donate more. I can’t imagine my life without Marley, and I sure don’t want to imagine what would’ve happened to him if he was never adopted.
I adopted Marley from an animal shelter when he was just 8 weeks old. He checked out healthy (with the exception of ring worm on his leg) at the shelter’s recommended vet, but the very next day he was lethargic, wouldn’t eat or drink, and this lasted almost 3 days. A friend told us to try Nutri-Cal. It comes in a tube & is a high calorie nutritional supplement loaded with vitamins and minerals. The tube cost less than $10 and I swear it may have just saved my puppy’s life. Although the vet said to feed him rice with his food, my puppy just wasn’t interested in food at all. As soon as Marley licked some of this Nutri-Cal, he was wanting more. We only gave him about a tablespoon worth to start and this did the trick. We put some of this sticky goo called Nutri-Cal on his regular puppy food mixed with rice and he was loving it! He was drinking water again too within minutes after eating some of this. No more sickness!!
In the photo below, Marley is about 5 months old. Such a terror at that age, chewing phones, eye-glasses, chasing the cats, but how could anyone be mad at this face??
Marley is a Border Collie Lab mix and so of course his favorite thing to do is play fetch. Weather it’s playing fetch with a ball, frisbee, stuffed animal or a glove, he’s happy no matter what he’s chasing & retrieving.
Beach Day! Even though Marley is part lab, he does not like swimming. He will only swim if it involves chasing a frisbee or if he has on his life jacket. He loves walking in shallow water but if the water is deeper than his body’s height, forget about it.
Last year, Marley had us worried. He was sick for over 3 weeks. He was not able to drink or eat without regurgitating or sometimes he threw up. He mostly regurgitated immediately after drinking or even while drinking water. We thought he may have swallowed something he shouldn’t have or had some sort of blockage. After multiple visits to the vet, x-rays & even a barium procedure we had no answers. Just guesses that it could be acid-reflux, or an ulcer, or just a bad case of gastroenteritis. The x-rays showed that his stomach was filled with gas. Luckily there was no obstruction so at least he didn’t need surgery. The vet just concluded that it’s just a case of gastroenteritis. After 2 weeks of medicines and 3 weeks of eating chicken & rice, plain yogurt, and NO PLAYING per vet instructions, I was beginning to think the worst. The medicines had run out & they haven’t even helped. Even the re-fill of medicines had run out. I started to feel hopeless.. Then after searching for remedies on earthclinic.com we gave Slippery Elm a try to help Marley. After I think it was 2 days he was finally able to keep his food & water down. It seemed to help.
All I wanted for Christmas last year was for my dog to be over his sickness & to be ok. And guess what…. after 3 long weeks, of watching my dog suffer, not being able to eat or drink, not being able to play, and multiple times a day of cleaning up barf, I got my wish. Christmas Eve was the last day he threw up.
Every few months it seems Marley still gets sick with the same symptoms as last year, but when this happens, we give him a special dinner with Slippery Elm & we nip it in the bud before it gets any worse.