Friday, January 30, 2015

Phantom on Friday

Phantom here on this Friday afternoon.

Remember this ugly thing in my ear?

Notice anything different?  Yep, it is gone.  A couple of weeks ago, the nasty tumor burst just like that one on my tail did.  There was lots and lots of blood everywhere in the kitchen.  Mom couldn't get it to stop bleeding.  That was a huge worry because the vet doesn't want to have to put me under anesthesia to do surgery.  But as Mom says, the miracle vet worked his magic again and managed to remove it with me getting just a local shot of lidocaine.  Of course, he went on and on about how wonderful I was through the whole procedure.  I have a couple of stitches that will come out tomorrow.

I have been managing to get outside even if I had to wear that coat when it was bitter cold here for days.

And we even got a tiny bit of snow a while ago too.  Coat time again!!!

I don't get to stay out too long.

 But I do enjoy patrolling the perimeter.

I do have one other problem that we are all trying to deal with.  I seem to fall down a lot.  For some reason my rear legs just don't want to hold me up.  At first Mom thought I was just slipping on the floor even though she does have lots of scatter rugs around to help me.  But this was different as I was sometimes falling on the carpet too.  After another visit to the vet and some more tests, it was determined that old age isn't so much fun.  I have been diagnosed with a condition called proprioceptive deficiency.  This link will tell you all about it: Click HERE.  Basically I don't have any feeling in one of my rear legs and the other one isn't so good either.  I have to be very careful on the stairs, but luckily I only have to go down a few to get outside.  Mom may have to get me a ramp at some point, but I am managing for now.

I do a lot of this because it is the most comfortable position for me.  And no, I don't like a comfy bed under me.  Mom keeps trying though.

But I am always good for a nice pose if there might be some cookies involved.

We haven't been blogging much lately, but we are working on the Momster to get on the stick.  She is headed out of town for the next week so we may once again be MIA.  I am going to be staying with that nice vet man so I am sure to get good care.  Ciara and Lightning will be testing out a new boarding place because our vet's clinic isn't doing boarding any more, except for very special boys like me.

Have a great weekend.

Woos - Phantom


Marg said...

Oh Phantom, so glad that deal in your ear is gone. What a great vet you have.
Ande, our dog, commiserates with you about falling down. Mom thinks she may have the same thing as you. Her hind legs just don't work very well and has fallen down some. She has a terrible time getting up and down the steps.
Hope the peeps have a good trip next week.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

WE are So glad that the thingy burst and that it only took a little shot to get it stitched up...
We are SORRY to hear about your leg and that you can't be outside fur 87 hours... butt it is GOOD that you have your warm coat so that you can be out fur a while and then get back in where it is WARM and Dry and Comfortable fur you.

BeadedTail said...

Phantom, you have been such a trooper with all your old age things lately! We're so happy to see your handsome face though and are glad the nice vet man will be watching over you while your mom is gone. We're sending lots of purrs to you and our mommy is sending tons of snooter smooches! Yep, she's one of those crazy snooter smooching moms!

C.L.W.STEP said...

It's nice to see you again! Our old Charisma dog had ankylosing spondylitis in her spine which caused her to eventually lose the use of her back legs. It's a type of arthritis, and would show up on an x-ray. She was quite elderly by that time. We're glad your ear got better! Stay warm now, my friend!

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Glad things are manageable, Phantom, and that you got some snow! Enjoy your 'holiday'. Hope the new kennel is good for the siblings.

Susie and Sidebite said...

Glad that ear thingie went about that falling down....well Shadow has a lot of sympath for you...she has that aruther-rightes in her rear hips and has trouble getting up.

The Mad Scots

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

thank goodness that ear thing is gone and we understand about the whole back leggies not working. You are still our favorite old Mr Blue Eyes though :)

Cinnamon said...

So good to see you again.
Thank goodness your ear is all better.
Yes old age is not fun at all.
I been sleeping so mom doesn't blog to much either.
It sure is good to know you can still get around the yard even if it was cold.
Be well my friend.
xo Cinnamon

Tweedles -- that's me said...

You are so brave Phantom. The ear thingy is better,, and I know that makes you feel better too.
You have the best family in the world to take such good care of you.. And you have the best doctor in the world too.

Angel Prancer Pie said...

Yes, you sure are a very special boy, Phantom. We're glad your ear is healing well.
We kittehz will be purring for your legs. Tell your Mommy to go ahead and get a ramp, it will be beneficial for even you healthy woofies. We wish we had always had one.
Hope you have a great Saturday!

CheerfulMonk said...

That's great about your ear. And the vet is right, you are a super special, loveable fellow who deserves special treatment!

Molly TheWally said...

Phantom we are so pleased about your ear and sorry to hear about your legs. Yes old age ain't fun at all. Stay well pal and have a nice stay with the vet man and hope mum's trip goes well. Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

Cupcake said...

Phantom, I'm not surprised the vet went on and on about how wonderful you were during your ear procedure, you are such a good boy. You look very handsome in your coat. I'm so sorry you're having trouble with those back legs.

Julie said...

I am very pleased that nasty thingy has gone from you ear, woohoo!
Sorry to hear about your legs, you take very good care of yourself
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Mark Muller said...

Phantom I'm so glad that it went well with that tumors. Paws are crossed that all things will look good when the stitches come out. Our Frosty had such an evil thingy on his butt and the darned thingy bursted too, I agree with you, to see all that blood around is such a scary thing. But to have such a fabulous vet is the best thing ever...
hugs to you and the whole woo-furmily
easy Rider

Brian said...

We are so glad that ear thingy is gone pal and we're sure sorry you are having problems with those legs. We are all sending you our very best purrs. Love you Phantom!

How Sam Sees It said...

We had a Help 'em up Harness for Sam - it was so nice because when he got wobbly there was a handle I could grab to help him around - including up steps. It also saved my back! Phantom is still looking good!

Monty and Harlow

Madi and Mom said...

Phantom what great news that thing is gone....and you are none the worse for the removal. You are one handsome pup...and deserve lots of naps and treats we loved seeing you out in the yard.
Tell your peeps to have a good vacation and we'll see you all very soon
Hugs madi your bfff

Melon said...

Oh Phantom I know you are Mr Blue Eyes but I must say to me it's your ears and snooter that are the handsomest of any woofie I know!
You and your Momster are so brave to deal with life's tricky bits. The harness Monty and Harlow suggested sounds worth thinking about, although I know Phantom hates restraints.
I hope all of you get cookies today. Maybe one for the Momster too :)

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

You look very handsome in that coat, Phantom!

We're glad the tumour has gone away. Sorry about your leg, though. We know your Mom will do everything to make things easier for you.

Your Pal Tommy

Arno Vom Altvilstal said...

Dear Phantom,
I am so glad to read, that you are feeling good, even if your old legs don't want to work properly sometimes! It seams to me you enjoy your life a lot and you look always very happy!
We love you and your pack very much!

rottrover said...

Hey Phantom! We both take a lickein' and keep on tickin'! I just got over an eye infection. But I'm still a happy guy. Mom looks me in the eye every day and asks me how I'm doing. We have a deal. When I'm not happy anymore....well you know. We have a deal. Enjoy your time with Mr. Vet. I love my vet, too!!


onespoiledcat said...

So good to see you Phantom! I'm glad that your vet got that "invader" out of your ear without a blink from you - you're a brave boy. I'm sorry your back legs are failing you - kind of scary I'm sure....but as long as you're not hurting and you are a happy boy, I say "rock on Phantom!!"......At our age we do what we can and ignore the discomforts because we want to be with our humans AND our furry siblings. You're my hero.

Love, Sammy

Mitch and Molly said...

We are so happy that you are now tumor-less, Phantom, but we are sorry about your rear legs and we hope the ramp will help you out. You sure do look handsome in your sporty blue coat!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Ruby said...

Oh Phantom, I am so very happy happy happy those nasty tumors decided you were just too sweet to stay!
I've been thinkin' of you lots, and sendin' you AireZens and lots of healin' vibes! I will send some extra POTP for your leggies.
Ruby ♥
pees: tell Lightning that I've been hoping he's stayin' outta trouble...hehehehehehehehehehe

Sue said...

We're glad your doctor was able to remove that thing from your ear. You must feel happy that it's gone.

Mom knows about proprioceptive deficiency. That was the first indication to us that Tsar was sick. He didn't seem to know where his front feet were. Sometimes one foot would step on the other one. Though we were hoping for an infection, it turned out to be a tumor on the brain stem and kept getting worse.

Take it easy and let your peeps help you.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello phantom its dennis the vizsla dog hay it is nice to see yoo owt enjoying the wether in yore kote!!! i am sorry abowt yore pro ... proprio ... wel ennyway do not wurry if yoo need a ramp tucker had a ramp up onto the bed for yeerz and it never botherd him enny as long as it helpd him git to ware he wanted to go!!! ok bye

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

Aww sweet Phantom xoxo
I am glad to see that tumor our your ear at least. I can imagine how hard it is for you right now with old age, so sorry for what your going through pal, but your a fighter, I can see it in your eyes.
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

KB Bear said...

Hi Sweet Phantom. I can tell that you are still filled with love and happiness even though life has become a little bit harder. I love your coat, and I'm glad that you got out to enjoy the snow. I am so happy that your vet will take care of a special guy like you while your family is away. Lots of love to you, your siblings, your mom, and the rest of your family!

Ann Adamus said...

Hi sweet boy, we love you!

Mollie said...

Just popped by'z to wizh youz a belated Happy'z New Year. Wez back and
wez got'z a competition'z going'z. so pop'z by.
Big'z hug'z xxoxxxxx

Mollie and Alfie

Wyatt said...

Glad you snow dogs got some snow. Sorry about your wobbly legs, Phantom. My sister, Stanzie is wobbly sometimes too. Her walks are much shorter, so she insists on more car rides!


Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Oh Phantom, getting old sure isn't for sissies. We kinda like your coat, we are sorry you don't like it more. Enjoy your stay at the vet, we know they will spoil the very special Phantom rotten. And you so deserve it.

The Florida Furkids said...

We're glad that nasty freeloader is gone. We're purring for you.

The Florida Furkids

Savannah's Paw Tracks said...

arwooo...dearest Phantom. And sending you my very best healing and comforting purrrrs. You are such a brave senior and role model to us all

Frank The Tank said...

Hi Woo Brother Phantom, I love seeing the photos of you, its nice you get to go out in the snow in your coat even if it's only for a perimeter check, you look so handsome, all fluffy! I'm glad to hear that your ear lumpy has gone, you must be so very brave to let the Vet stitch your ear up, it sounds like you were very good for your Momma and the Vet! I'm proud of you! I'm very sorry to hear about your little back leggers though, old age definitely does not come on its own, but maybe a ramp will help and as long as you are happy just relaxing on that wood floor then all is ok, I hope Ciara and Lighting are looking after you and don't play too rough with you? Do you still like to play? Sending prayers to you as always, hope to see more of the pack soon, my Momma hasn't been that good with our visiting and blogging ourselves, it's a busy time of year! All my love to you Woos! Love and Licks from your little honorary Woo furiend Frank XxxxxxxxX

Angel Pip and Ruby said...

HI Phantom! It's so wonderful to see you. Glad that nasty thing burst on its own - though I bet that was stressful for your mom.

Angel Pip used to fall down a lot, too. His back legs became so stiff (though they were much shorter than yours) and he couldn't bend them much.

Glad you are getting outside!

Sketching with Dogs said...

So happy to hear the tumour burst on it's own and the vet was able to remove it. You must feel great without it in your ear.
Loving the coat Phantom, very you:)
Dip and Elliot x

The Army of Four said...

That's really great news about your tumor deciding to burst! And your vet ROCKS for stitching you up using a local. You're a VERY special boy!
I have to say ... we both think you look REALLY handsome in your blue coat! It brings out your eyes.
Stay warm!

FiveSibesMom said...

Phantom, so happy the tumor is gone! Woo! We hope your hind end issue stays at look so very beautiful and definitely rock that blue coat! Big Husky hugs from me and the Five!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

So sorry to read of Phantom's troubles!!!

seasideshelties said...

Oh Phantom, what a good boy! Old age sure does bring it's trials. We remember Auntie Penny and her wobbles and aches and pains. You is holding up very well.
~Lickies, Ludo!