We first met Johnny on July 24, 2007. We picked him up as a rescue for Small Paws Rescue because he was a very sick little 3 month old puppy. You see he had a Grade 6 PDA heart murmur and was in really bad shape, except for his spirit and loving personality. Small Paws flew Johnny down to Texas A&M for heart surgery. We thought we had said our good byes to him, but the adoption that was arranged for him fell through. We were contacted to see if we wanted Johnny "to come home" and we said yes. Our life hasn't been the same since then.
He came back wearing a premie t-shirt and going full steam ahead. In fact Johnny hasn't stopped until recently. Life is to be loved to the fullest according to him.
Edgar is Johnny's hero. He adores Edgar, and Edgar has been the best big brother to him. In fact, with Edgar around, Johnny has been the easiest puppy we have ever had.
He adores Louie as well, and visa versa. They are soul mates.
This is after his first "official" grooming. It took me four days to catch up with him when he was still enough to get this picture.
He had to put up Johnny fences around our raised beds because he saw them as playgrounds.
Toys were never picked up. As soon as we would pick up his toys (in any one of his three toy boxes/toy beds) he'd start playing with them all over again.
But then he might just sleep in the toy box.
As you can see, even when his buddy was tired and just wanted a nap, Johnny was still up for a game. Poor Edgar. Poor patient Edgar.
One of Johnny's favorite things to do is steal my EXPENSIVE yarn and share it with Abby, the Alpha cat.
As he has turned into a four year old, he has finally settled down a bit to take a nap in the sun with Louie.
Now it's September 2011 and Johnny hurts. He has a growth between the 3rd and 4th cervical vertebrae and is going to see a neurosurgeon and have a MRI tomorrow. We aren't sure when the surgery will be but we are hoping it will be soon. The mornings are the worst for him. He cries and staggers and shakes in pain. The pain meds take about an hour before he is calm enough to sleep. He is eating a bit and all functions are normal, which is a VERY GOOD THING.
Johnny is asking for your prayers through this ordeal. We all want Johnny running again. Abby wants to chase Johnny again. Louie wants to sunbathe with Johnny again. Edgar wants Johnny crawling on him again. We all want Johnny loving life to the fullest again.
Thank you for your prayers, thoughts and hugs, and for caring about our little Johnny. I'll keep you posted.