Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Popeye's First Year

I picked Popeye up from SFO airport the night of July 31, 2008, almost 1 year ago exactly. We've both adjusted a lot since then and I have watched Popeye grow from 12 lbs to 26 lbs. By now, all the issues I had planned to address before even getting him (incontinence, amputation, cart) have been addressed. Right now, the only thing we're still working on are those pesky allergies (we had 6 blissful nearly itch-free week but symptoms now returning). It's ironic that the one health condition still plaguing him (and me) is something as mundane as allergies.

I still remember the vet who said to put him down. I still remember the people who criticized or questioned. Thankfully, they weren't many. I hope that for people like them, seeing Popeye just given the chance to be Popeye, opens their minds and makes them re-evaluate how they view dogs, special needs, and life in general.



(If you read Sugar Sweet's blog, you'll recognize where the song came from.)

7 comments:

Wild Dingo said...

what is the song? i don't recognize it...

Sugar said...

OMG, the scene where he wiggles under the gate to steal Bandit's treat? Classic Popeye move-- I couldn't stop laughing! The scene where he is cuddle-slutting with Jen? Classic Sugar move. I just love watching him run-- that is ALL Popeye joie de vivre! His growth is amazing the past year, but he has always had that wonderful Formosan fire.

Song is Wake-up from Arcade Fire's Funeral album.

fosterdogblog said...

Song is on the soundtrack for Where the Wild Things Are movie. Thought that was also kind of appropriate. The version I used is the live 2008 Grammy performance with David Bowie.

Wild Dingo said...

i thought i recognized the voice...

Anonymous said...

First, I am so amazed by what you and Popeye have accomplished. Thank you for sharing your heart and life with him.

Second, do you know what he is allergic to? Did you have an allergy test done? I have been thinking about doing that with my dog - he itches so much some times and nobody knows why. I feel so bad for him, I know it drives him crazy.

fosterdogblog said...

We had a blood allergy test done. You can read more about it here:

http://fosterdogblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/600-allergy-test.html

I don't recommend it. Even one of Popeye's vets said he doesn't recommend it to his clients because the test can be so inaccurate. There is a skin test that is more accurate which can be done for inhalent allergies, but it is costly.

We still don't know what Popeye is allergic to. The vet says his symptoms are classic for inhalent allergies (vs food).

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for responding about the allergies. Your experience has been similar to mine. I need to research the skin tests a little more and, if possible, try that.

Thank you again, for responding and for the work you do.