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when grocery shopping for cody bear….
November 11, 2009, 4:51 am
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shoppingour water filtration system broke!  a few days of hard tap water got our sensitive little cody bear all . . . barfy.  the water filter mechanism company is sending a replacement unit, gratis, but in the meantime….bottled water.  after a week of barfing cody bear was back to a barf free existance after just 3 days of bottled water.  5 days sans throw up.

oh….sooo…yes, no you know why i always buy huge bundles of paper towels.  you go through many, many paper towels when you have a dog with gastroparesis.

oh, and yes…you go through a fair amount of red wine when you have a dog with gastroparesis.  JK!

but, we’re glad to say he is feeling MUCH better.

better bearready for playing.  hard core romping!

we had an ok vet visit yesterday, in fact.  he weighs 49.7 lbs.  i still try to get him to 50 lbs. it’s been my goal for years.  the doctor thought he looked healthy, but, as i said, the visit was ….ok.  we have a lump we’re watching….

i think he’ll be fine.  right?


for more info on cody bear’s gastroparesis…click on “gastroparesis” in the tag cloud to the left.


cody bear and his central nervous system and his stomach and how they all seem to be doing fine for a change…
September 4, 2009, 2:32 pm
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cody bears profileyesterday was bath day!  so know i have two very soft, cute dogs at home.  we’ll see how long that lasts.

people who have known cody bear for a couple years have been astounded when they see him lately.  he’s never weighed so much!

he’s only barfed twice in the last month, and….i don’t know….something is just different.  yes, he’s bigger, but his fur is fluffier, he smiles more, his face is consistently …..something.

i don’t know how to describe it.  he usually gets this look for a few days during flare ups:  his eye’s look worried and his face looks…green about the gills.  without actually being green, of course.

it’s been a long road, this gastroparesis.  and i know there will be flare ups.  he’s been on medicine all his life, managing it, but i have to say, last year we begin the holistic side of it and i just feel like we’ve turned a corner.  a very good corner.

i’ve hesitated writing this post…because i stupidly do believe i jinx things.  but it must be mentioned….cody bear is HUGE!

anyway, thanks to everyone who has ever offered support to me and my cody bear during his bouts of illness.

for more info on gastroparesis, click on “gastroparesis” in the tag cloud to the left.

tis better to love and gotten sick than never to have loved at all…
April 14, 2009, 2:43 pm
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my cody bear loves visitors, so naturally sunday’s easter gathering was a joyous day to him.  many of his favorite people showed up, as well as coco the poodle.  he was so excited.

there was a lot of showing off:  running fast, twirling and pouncing.  and the cuddling.  oh yes, the cuddling.  running from the yard to the back door then bolting to the front to greet his guests.

but the bear overdid it.   he was sick that night and the next morning.


all the excitement wasn’t good for his gastroparesis


but…he says it was worth it.

this weekend will bring even more visitors, as saturday night is pickles’ one year birthday party.

for details about cody bear’s gastroparesis, click on “gastroparesis” in the tag cloud to the left.  lots of info there.

gouda morning from the trail!

(no wildlife was harmed in the preparation of this blog post)

previously on hiking with cody bear….i nearly lost my arm when cody “flushed” out a rabbit.  but today’s post isn’t so much about wildlife as it is the drunk guy in the white pick up truck.

let me begin.

hikeuswe live in a topographically diverse part of the country.  the wildlife is abundant, and the bees…oh the bees.  so here you have your up hikes and your down hikes.  if you go up into one of the mountain ranges within an hour of town you get cooler temperatures, mountain vistas and rugged rocky paths that lead to waterfalls and remote pools.  the down hikes are canyons and river beds.   the hikes are winding and the ground is soft and sandy and it heats up quickly.

we went down this morning.  it was me and cody bear, p. and her mom and her two dogs sam and jack; my friend d. and her friend v. and her border collie.  so, since cody bear has turned into such a fan of nature (i mean this in regards to his new culinary wants) i upped the stakes and took chunks of gouda with me to entice him to better….”leave it.”

i know i know i know.  who takes 11.99 per pound cheese hiking with them?  i do, damn it!

at a trail head:


this peeves me. i'm just sayin'...

so we’re trekkin’ along and d. says “hold up.  turn around and go back.”  it’s a guy, driving his truck along the river bed with his labs running behind.

she says “i know this guy.  this is how he exercises his dogs.”  and she takes off towards him.  next thing we know, he’s turning into the flippin river.  so j. pulls out her mobile and says, “i think i have the sheriff’s number he can NOT drive in that river.”  (our rivers are VERY protected.  very very sensitive wildlife area here.)  so i freeze, right.   who has the county sheriff’s dept on their mobile?  probably someone who hikes with a gal that takes 11.99 per pound cheese to use for dog treats on a hike?  perhaps?

so d. comes back and starts telling us, that yep, he’s drunk again.  she sees him here all the time as early as 8, wasted.  one time he was running his dog at an agility trial….and…while he was running the course…his pants fell down.  and, you guessed it, he was running commando. (for mom and grandmother…that’s sans underwear. ya follow?)

we continued on.  cody bear was euphoric.  (meanwhile, in case you’re wondering, pickles was home with peanut butter stuffed mini kongs.)

we headed back and encountered the white truck.  parked.  “he’s probably sleeping it off now.”

so that was our morning.  the hike was hot, but easy. i have to take pickles on her adventure now, but first….

here is a picture of my very happy cody bear on our way home after his hike:

hikeeuphoriaplease note, if you’re visiting this site because your dog has gastroparesis:

i do not recommend you feed your dog cheese if they are currently taking the medication reglan(metaclopromide) without consulting your vet first.

he ate a frog.
March 18, 2009, 5:17 am
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that sums it up.

cody bear ate a frog.

it was 5 minutes before agility class began.  we were just standing there in the parking lot.  just standing there.

pounce.  right on something just a foot away.

(omitting nasty details)

he seems fine.  great actually.  he hasn’t stopped smiling.  he did well at agility, but he was slightly preoccupied with finding more frogs.

that was 2.25 hours ago.  here he is now:

do i have frog in my teeth?

do i have frog in my teeth?

here you can see that he loves me for giving him such an awesome and delicious evening. (gag)

there are so many dangerous things in this town...AND I WANT TO EAT THEM ALLLL!

there are so many dangerous things in this town...AND I WANT TO EAT THEM ALLLL!

oh cody bear.  you’re killing me, you know that?  i love you baby bear, but you are scaring the life right out of me.


please throw this so i can practice my technique.

hey….it fits right in with his grain free diet!

when not in the yard, they enjoy a good view
March 17, 2009, 2:22 pm
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it’s almost time for chow.  cody bear has to wait 15 to 30 minutes after his first pill before he can eat breakfast.

sunrise2usually the dogs begin romping first thing in the morning, then i call cody bear over.  he slowly trots over for his pill then continues sniffing and romping.  i let them in and check the blog action while they watch the sunrise.  well, they watch the activity going on during the sunrise.  dogs walking, school bus picking up kids.

sunrise3after breakfast, …more romping.

they’re barking at a cat now.

notes from a mama bear
March 10, 2009, 3:50 pm
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hi everyone.

i wanted to thank you for leaving comments expressing your understanding regarding the whole leash situation, and for specifically understanding that i am just looking out for my cody bear.

9-14b1he’s my guy and i just want to keep him safe and healthy.  you all know the struggles he has with his health, and while he looks so healthy physically, he has a delicate tipping point.

now, i want to mention that edward is a neighbor of mine.  and he is a hell of a nice guy, so are his dogs.  i meet him on the street when i’m walking pickles and he’s walking his labs.  and like stilllifesays, he is, in fact, blissfully unaware.  next time i see him i will ask him to respect the leash law at that park.  glad i didn’t yesterday, cuz i was so mad and well, people who know me well know i use the Fbomb alot when i’m pissed.  he was there with his daughter. plus, i just wanted to get cody bear out of there.

i don’t want my leash free readers to hate me.  i’m not some cranky person who is always ragging on law breakers.  you will never see me complaining about dogs off leash if they’re in a place without signs. i promise.  i just want the leash sign places to be a haven for my cody bear.

the primordial truth is that dogs who are sick are vulnerable to other dogs.  and the animals know that.  many trainers agree one reason cody bear has been attacked so frequently is because the dogs know he is unwell.

cody bear knows he’s sick, and he also has been hurt too many times to trust random dogs.  i’m not coming after any of you without leashes.  i take pickles to leash free areas all the time.  don’t think i’m coming to get you if that is your situation.  i just won’t take cody bear there for his own safety.

anyway…it’s so great to be part of this international community of dog lovers.  and every day i’m thankful that you all stop by to see what cody bear and pickles are up to.  your compassionate and silly comments frequently brighten my day.



change-o-plans mr. queazy pants…
December 24, 2008, 4:52 pm
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if jack frost even tries to nip at my toes…i’m punting him.  i’m punting him far.


was supposed to get out of dodge right after work tonight, pack up the muttskies and head home to visit my parents.

cody bear’s nervous system has decided that those plans aren’t going to work for him.  i had to call mom and tell her i would need to post pone our merriment.

poor kid.  couldn’t get him out of bed this morning.  cute and pathetic and worrisome, all at the same time.  he’s a bit green about the gills.  wouldn’t eat.  wouldn’t go outside.

sucks.  i love my bear.

i actually had all my gifts wrapped, too.  i usually am in such a rush that i just wrap them when i get home.  cat probably drugged him so we wouldn’t leave her home alone.  sneaky cat…

so, now i have to come up with something to cheer me and the bear up.  i invited friends over (buzzybeegirl and her man and another pal.)  but…i need more…i need a christmas miracle!

what are the merry puppsters up to?
December 7, 2008, 7:50 pm
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well, cody bear is back up to his normal weight!  still skinny compared to where he should be, but he’s definitely doing better.  and you can tell he’s feeling better.  he’s quite playful.  and there are times where it almost seems like he’s trying to show me, “look…i’m fine.”


and pickles?  oh…she’s still being pickles…


her favorite toy is the broom, but i still can’t get her to clean!

$100 poorer, but in no danger of a vampire attack…

regarding cody bear’s recent illness and nasty gastroparesis flare up:

i’m glad i waited till this morning to post because overnight he has regained that sparkle in his eye and that certain spring in his gate that makes cody bear….cody bear.

now, on to the update.  so, cody bear has been sick and not responding to conventional meds to get out of his gastroparesis flare up, his most severe one to date. so the vet said, lets try nrt on cody bear.   it is an holistic approach to testing the bear, and then finding out what supplements will cure what is ailing him.  one important aspect of this is…not just treating the symptoms…but rather treating all the organs that are weak or hurting in any way.

cody bear last night, before new supplements kicked in...

cody bear last night, before new supplements kicked in...

so let’s get into it, shall we.  i took samples of anything he has been eating or might want to eat.  using the nrt/naet approach they determined that of the 4 main food samples the three grain free were fine, but he was displaying an intolerance for the high quality food with grain in it.  and hey…the same thing with the treats. of all the treats, only one was tolerated by him:  straight up dehydrated beef liver….the only snack without grain.

i even tried to trip the vet up.  i labeled one container of water “A” and one “B”.  i didn’t tell them which was the filtered water and which was the tap.  he had a strong negative reaction to the tap. interesting!  glad i bought the filtration system when my vet said his g.i. system was too delicate for all the heavy metals and chlorine in our local tap water!

they adjusted his supplements for his nausea, gall bladder and liver…

spunky bear!  this morning you can see he feels better!

spunky bear! this morning you can see he feels better!

this morning he was a much happier, more energetic cody bear.  i still have to keep him from overdoing it.  plus, he also has a cracked toenail from chasing cars along the fence.  silly old bear.

taunting pickles!

taunting pickles!

of all his supplements, he likes garlic the most.  it is like he is a four year old and i’m making sugar cookie dough when i prepare his food.  wag wag wag. hurry up and give me my garlic.  the house is a cloud of garlic smell. it’s giving me a headache, but it seems to be helping my little guy.  i would like to see him gain a pound this week.  or maybe two.

and…he’s pretty safe from vampires this week, as well, so that’s a bonus.  hell…the whole block is probably safe, as potent as this shit is! whoosh.

so, if you’re considering doing this, i would give it a try. it is realllly pricey, so i hope cody bear gets better quickly.  i can’t afford too many of these appointments.  it helps that i’m seeing an improvement today.  last week i didn’t, though.

i’ll keep you posted.  if you’re new to the blog, you can learn more about cody bear’s gastroparesis by typing “gastroparesis” into the search bar to the left.