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Friday, February 26, 2010

Gunther's Exercise Hiatus

Yes, it's true. Gunther man is on an exercise hiatus. We'll be taking a little break from bark park...

Excuse me? What is this I'm hearin' about no bark park?

We've been going to bark park everyday and I couldn't help but notice Gunther seems to have a harder time than usual catching his breath while running around with Stella and Mr. Wilson.  This afternoon we had an appointment with Dr. Stephens. We told him about Bandit and the great Pug advice Bandit's mom, Paula posted.  We also showed him a video of Gunther playing and the sounds he makes when he's breathing loudly after running around. 

After watching the video and examining Gunther, Dr. Stephens agreed that there is something going on with his breathing. He got a chest x-ray this afternoon, which ruled out any problems with his lungs so that was good. However it didn't hide the 4 small rocks he ate earlier this morning (don't worry, he always poops them out).  Tuesday he'll go back to the vet to go under anesthesia so they can look at his throat and windpipe with a scope. At that point, Dr. Stephens should be able to see what is causing some of his breathing difficulty while he's exercising. 

So, if everyone could keep Gunther in your thoughts and prayers that he stays safe while under anesthesia and that his upcoming tests show nothing serious. 

We all have a very positive attitude. That is all of us except Gunther. He is extremely upset about missing out on bark park for the next few days...




Stubby said...

Hi Shannon! Isn't it amazing how much we learn from our circle of friends? Bandit's health problems have caused so many pug parents to take a closer look at their pugs and to question things thought to be normal.

I'm keeping Gunther in my prayers that he does okay during his procedure.

Stubby xoxo

Frankie Furter said...

OMD OMD OMD... Gunther Guy you got me all worried here. You CAN NOT be sickie. I hope you rest and get over this ... whatever it is thingy... really really quick.
Maybe your mom could make you some chicken soup. It is really good for making feel goods happen fast. And take lots of long NAPS.
I have my paws crossed for you G-Man. Keep us posted!!

dw said...

Gunther, I hope all is well with that scope thingy and they can find out what's causing your breathing problems and that it's nothing serious. You (and your mom) will be in my thoughts.... hopefully the dog park will be back in your future very soon!

Samantha said...

Good luck Gunther. We are crossing out fingers for you! Hopefully you can return to the bark park quickly!

Mango said...

You eat rocks too? They are most filling, right? And of course gives the poop detectives something to get excited about.

Good luck at the vet, little pal. I'll be thinking of you.


BRUTUS said...

Poor Gunther!! Are you trying to go all Frenchie on me? We are supposed to be the ones with breathing trouble, not you puggies!! We'll certainly keep all paws crossed for you here, have mom give us an update as soon as she can so that we can stop worrying!!

Brutus & Michelle

Sequoia & Petunia said...

We are all pulling for yous Gunther! I knows how you feel if you can't breaths right, get it fixed now whiles you still a youngs.


McGillicutty said...

Oh Gunther, me poor fella! No bark park...how sad! Me Mom said to tell your Mom that after having pugs for the past 15 years that he might have an elongated palate which can be shortened with a simple surgery. Well, no surgery is simple for you short-nosed breeds, true enough. Hope your appointment goes well Tuesday. Me thoughts and prawers are with you.

Irish Love,

Anonymous said...

Poor Gunther! I am so sorry to hear about your breathing troubles and I will keep my paws double crossed that it is nothing serious. I bet you will be back up and running at the bark park in no time at all. (But make sure to try to look pitiful for a few days and get a few extra cookies outta the deal!)

Wiggles & Wags & Doggie Smooches!

Twinkietinydog said...

Dear Gunther. I will not worry about you. We just met and we deserve a chance to enjoy our relationship to the fullest. I have plans for us, especially now that I know that you're a cheap date (you eat rocks). So, prevention it is. Besides, you need to figure this out, or you'll be sleeping on the couch. Take care my furiend and let us know asap that you're well.

Jemima Jones Beck said...

Glad that at the very least there is nothing wrong with his chest! Feel better soon Gunther!

PugMoon - with, Bandit, Paisley, & Smokey pugs and their Mom Paula - PAPugMom said...

We are so glad to be of some help to another puggy. Here is hoping and praying for whatever is affecting Gunther's breathing is on the minor end of the spectrum. Although when things are going wrong, to us Mom's, it is never minor at all. (((HUGS)))

Sandra y Coco said...

Hi Gunther! We are glad your mom was alert and took you to the vet to ask about it. I have many friends at pug meetup that breathe heavily even while on the a/c. Mom thought she should print the details on Bandit's blog and have it handy. We really hope all goes well with you. Don't worry, your vet seems to be a good one! My former vet would just play "doctor" with me before I was diagnosed with addison's disease, and I almost died once!. Bad boy he was!

Yoda & Brutus said...

Gunther, hope you start feeling better soon! Keeping our paws crossed for you!

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda & Brutus

Hank said...

Gunther, buddy.....now yer too young tuh be huffin' an' puffin'. You ain't been smokin', have ya?

An' quit worryin' yer mom!

Pee S: good thinkin' makin' that vidyuh tuh show the doc!

Life With Dogs said...

I am really hoping for good news. And I can't help but giggle about the rocks! :)

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi everybody,
You have our prayers Gunther!! We think the smashie face is a part of the problem. We are so sorry you can not go to the bark park. We know how fun it is and we wish we had one.
Keeping are fingers and paws crossed for you, Bambi & Fern

Pearl said...

Gunther, my sweet,
I will be thinkin' about you on Tuesday when ya have to get scoped. At least it's not in the OTHER end, if ya know what I mean!

I hope they figure out what's messing with your breathing! You've got 2 CRAZY sisters and you need to be able to wrangle them! Let's get you all better!


PugMoon - with, Bandit, Paisley, & Smokey pugs and their Mom Paula - PAPugMom said...

Gunther; Thinking of you and wishing yu the best possible outcome for tomorrow. Keeping you in our well puggy thoughts and prayers for quick resolve to your breathing problems.


Priscilla said...

ooo big hugs Gunther. We'll be praying for you. Hope all is well and that they don't find anything horrible.

POPPIES!!! We've got wild poppies all over here too! Fantastic!