Thursday, June 9, 2011



Knock knock knock!…Are u guys there?

Well, we don’t really blame you if you’ve all left. Look at us…we are logging in after CENTURIES!

We have missed you all so much…


Alright. First things first.

We have GOOD NEWS Smile

Ginger is feeling much, much better. She hasn’t passed anymore blood in her urine for the last 1 week and she no longer is straining. Buddy and I think she is even beginning to like our new home and neighbourhood. At least, she is being a lot like her usual self.

We were feeling terrible that she had gone and caught this bug.

Oh! I am getting ahead of myself. Let me tell you this properly.

Mummy got her urine tested and it told us she had quite a lot of things going wrong. She was passing blood, protein and triple phosphate stones in her urine. And her urine was highly alkaline, which meant it facilitated further formation of phosphate crystals.

We read and read and read everything that we could lay our paws on about ‘Triple phosphate crystals’.

The best thing that we came across was this study that says dogs may have triple phosphate crystals in their urine normally too. And unless there were symptoms of impaction and infection, these needn’t be operated upon.

Besides, once the infection settles down and the dog gets hydrated well, these stones disappear altogether.

We were worried about another aspect in Ginger’s case. Stress induced hypertension, which can also lead to haematuria and proteins in urine.

The only good thing was she was not running a very high temperature and wasn’t in pain.

It was such a relief when we found that the antibiotic she was on, seemed to work well because after the third dose, her urine started to clear up.

It was no longer high coloured, there wasn’t any blood and she had stopped straining.

And yes, THANKS HEAPS for all your suggestions.

Mummy could find a good brand of Cranberry capsules that also has D-Mannose. The latter is a naturally occurring component in cranberries, blueberries and apples that is said to promote urinary tract health. No harm in trying it out, what do you say?

We are getting her tests repeated this weekend and then we will finally know if everything is truly well.


The only good thing that came out of all this was that we got to go on extra walks!

Mummy would come home terribly late from work and just about manage to sit through dinner and play a little with us when it would almost be time to sleep (read Midnight!). And just when we thought we were going to wind up for the day, she would suggest a walk!

We were rather surprised at first. What had come over Mummy? I mean, she needed to get up really early again.

But then we got to know Ginger wasn’t supposed to have any residual urine in her bladder, which meant we just got to go out whether we wanted to or not.

However late into the night it may be!


Well, I am NOT complaining! Those midnight walks were rather fun! We could run around as much as we wanted to because we had the entire park to ourselves!




Now you know why we were away from the blogging world for so long.

Of course, added to all of these was the fact that Daddy hadn’t decided on a proper internet connection. The satellite net wasn’t co-operating at all all this while.

Now, for the second good news.

We got a BRAND NEW cable internet connection today!! And it definitely outruns the snail net we had earlier!

So, even though Mummy is almost falling asleep on the keyboard, we insisted we just NEEDED to update today.

We have missed you all so much and have been feeling terrible that we haven’t been able to catch up with you.

But we realise now that our bloggie pals are there not because of any compulsion. You come over to visit us because you WANT to and not because you have to. And it isn’t about returning favours…

We aren’t saying thanks. But we would like you all to know that we truly feel fortunate to have you in our lives. We want you to know that we treasure your comments, mails and suggestions and LOVE YOU HEAPS Red heartRed heart









~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm so glad that Ginger is better and that she's finally feeling like home is home!!

Please don't feel bad about not being around--I know where you are and how to find you!! :-)))

Anonymous said...

Woo Hoo that is Grrreat news Ginger! So happy that you are feeling better! Keep drinking lots of water and stop worring!

We are so happy that you are all getting comfy in your new home!

woos, Tessa

jabblog said...

I'm so glad to hear that Ginger is feeling so much better - and it's good that you guys get extra walks late at night. It's fun going out in the dark, isn't it?
Tell Mummy to get some extra rest - it's really hard work starting a new job in a new place in a new home. You don't want to have to be walking her out late at night when you want to go to bed, now do you??

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Pawesome post, Shadow!!! We are very happy to hear from you AND to learn that Ginger is doing so well. Paws crossed that the next round of tests have good results.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

snoopydog said...

Hi there Shadow! It's great to hear from you again and to know that all is well! Those midnight walks sound like great fun! Wags and licks, Oscar ...and Ros :)

Pat said...

So glad Ginger is better!
We thought you were all out exploring the new neighbourhood :) xx

Kelly said...

I'm certainly glad to hear things are better with Ginger now! I'm also glad you were able to find some Cranberry capsules. Our vet always kind of laughed at the idea, but said it certainly wouldn't hurt. Personally, I think it made all the difference in the world in our Esther's life! She took one every morning and if I ever noticed she was squatting a little more than usual, she got an extra.

Love the photo of Shadow at the bottom of the post!!

Minnie and Mack said...

We are so glad to hear from you guys and to find out that Ginger is getting well. Great news for sure! Hopefully, your mommy's schedule will lighten up some and she can be home with you guys a little more, too.

Drools and licks,
Minnie and Mack

scotsmad said...

Great news for Ginger...and you guys, too. A walk at anytime is a bonus!

Hope the cranberry stuff works. Paws crossed.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Bocci said...

So glad you're back...and with faster internet, too!

And happy to hear that ginger's doing so much better:-)

the booker man said...

HOORAY for miss gingin and HOORAY for speedy gonzales interwebs!!! it's way super duper awesome to have ya'll back in bloggie land! me and asa and mama are so so so happy that miss gingin doesn't have blood in her pee anymore and that the meddies helped her feel better. we will cross our paws 'n fingers that her tests this weekend will be good!
btw, those midnight walkies sound really mega funsies! i can tell by how far your tongues are hangin' out in the pic that you got some really good zoomies from havin' the park all to
yourselves. teeheehee!

the booker man

Lorenza said...

I am very happy to know Ginger is doing much better!
I am sure everything is going to be ok!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Priscilla said...

So glad to hear that Ginger is feeling much better and she's on the mend now. Phew!!!

We're also happy that you've settled down so well and you've started your walkies. We're looking forward to hearing more adventures of you guys.

Take care!

Mariodacat said...

so nice to see you back again. Extra good news on Ginger. It's good they solved the problem (actually your mom proably solved the problem and had her put on the right medicine. Good for your mom!) You are on a roll - even new internet connection. We love all the good news.

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We're so sorry Ginger has been ill, but we're most happy to learn she is feeling better. Moving for practically the first time in your life really can be stressful. Sounds like you're getting used to it. Hope you're careful on those late night walks; mama was just re-reading the story of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi :)

Jed & Abby

Teddy Bear said...

We are so glad to hear Ginger is better.:) We hope you're all settled in to your new home.:)

Teddy Bear & Sierra

hero said...

Hi Shadow,

So glad to hear that Ginger is feeling better already and you guys have settled down... such great news. You have been missed :)

Licks, hero

Ludo van Doggy said...

What good news about Ginger! Pleased to see an update. It sounds like your Mum's working really hard, I hope she gets a break soon!
~lickies, Ludo

Maggie and Mitch said...

We're so glad to hear that Ginger is feeling better.
Midnight walkies sound like fun to us!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Anonymous said...

Hip hip hooray for Ginger feeling heaps better! :D Dark walkies are fun! Mom's taken me on some early morning ones. Cause I can't see all that well in the dark, I make up all kinds of critters that are out there and get real excited! Mom says if the coffee didn't wake her, my excitement certainly did!

Glad Daddy finally decided on a good internet service! ;)

Waggin at ya,

Anonymous said...

Hi, hi, hi, furends! Oh, gosh, it's been soooooo long since we've been by to visit. (We have been having some things going on that caused us to have to leave Blogville for a small little bit but we're back now!) I've missed you but it looks like you guys have had a ton of exciting things happening. I'm ever so glad Ginger is feeling better. I bet you were awfully worried about her. But at least something good came out of it with those extra walkies, huh?

Wiggles & Wags,

Kari in WeHo said...

So glad Ginger is feeling better!