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It’s a Bitch Getting Old

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Ruby was a sweet looking puppy, but her behaviour was wild during her puppy days. She grew out of her monster stage and turned into a wonderful dog.

Ruby had her 11th birthday in February this year. She’s a bit gray around the muzzle, and now sports bushy white eyebrows. Like many dogs her age, she was packing around several fatty lumps on her body. One of them was getting uncomfortably large and pressing on her throat. It was time to do something about it.

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We have great confidence in our veterinarian and admire the way he cares for our pets. He removed the worst of Ruby’s lumps, taking special care with the one that was near her carotid artery.

Since two of the lumps are near her shoulders, wearing a cone would not stop her from scratching at the itchy stitches, so a T-shirt was recommended. The trouble was to find something small enough. With some creative cutting and knot-tying, I managed to fashion a covering for Ruby.

Most of the time, it works, but this morning when I was wanting to take her outside, she didn’t move from her doggie bed. I had a closer look and saw that she had straight-jacketed herself in trying to get out of the shirt.

She hadn’t hurt herself. The material is very soft. But at least she wasn’t able to scratch herself.

She is healing well and I’m sure she’s glad to be rid of those lumps. I’m sure she’ll also be glad to get rid of her “hospital” nightgown.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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45 thoughts on “It’s a Bitch Getting Old

  1. She looks so sweet in her “hospital gown.” I’m glad to hear that she’s healing well. 🙂

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  2. Poor Ruby!! She is such a lovely dog!

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  3. I confess I laughed. The poor thing looks so woebegone — but how good that she’ll soon be healed and rid of that embarassing gown.

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  4. Shirt of shame!!🙈😰. Kisses from cousin Ivykate

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    • Do you recognize it? It’s your mother’s very old blackberry picking shirt – the smallest thing I had in my closet. I haven’t told her yet that I cut up her shirt, but it’s her contribution to Ruby’s recovery, and I’m sure she won’t mind.

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  5. Years ago my dog had a similar surgery. I found a child’s sweater at a thrift store that did the trick nice with only slight modification.

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  6. Aw…Ruby looks so sweet, Anneli. I hope she has a speedy recovery. Those hospital gowns are the worst!

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  7. A beautiful photo! I am happy Ruby is on the mend. May you all enjoy years to come. ❤️

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  8. Lucky dog, to live in such a loving, considerate home 🙂
    Life is Good !

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  9. I hope she is okay now!

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  10. Zum Glück ist alles gut gegangen. ❤ Sie ist so süß in dem T-Shirt. 😍
    Liebe Grüße,
    Martina

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  11. Sweet looking dog. I hope she’s bounding about again before too long!

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  12. Awww… such a sweet dog.

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  13. Good luck, Ruby, and speedy recovery!

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  14. Poor, sweet Ruby! Give her some ear scratches for me. That gown is very creative of you.

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  15. Sweet Ruby looks so touching in this hospital outfit. Seems that they look the same all over the world. I wish her a speedy recovery and a long life. I am sending her some good scratches too!

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  16. Tell Ruby getting old is a bitch for us too! We sympathize and wish her well.

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  17. Aww, poor girl. Max has a lot of those lumps, too. We used an old t-shirt when he needed one removed. I’m wishing Miss Ruby a quick and smooth recovery, and no more straight-jackets. Healing hugs to you both.

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    • The straight-jacketing was funny and sad at the same time. But she’s all fixed up now and life is improving for her every day. I really wonder what causes those lumps. If we knew, maybe we could spare our dogs some grief.

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  18. Ruby looks like she is healing pretty well. Hope it continues and is out sniffing around the backyard again soon. When my old Kitty had a bit of surgery, I bought a very small T-shirt from the thrift store to pull over her. It worked well enough to keep her from scratching. Give Ruby a gentle hug for me. ❤

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  19. Oh, Ruby. I’m sure you’re mortified at wearing a t-shirt. You’re a good-lookin’ dog – no matter your age or your size of t-shirt. Heal, and tell your mom that the title of this post is hysterical.

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    • Ruby told me she’s feeling better and that she doesn’t need the T-shirt anymore. She also told me you liked the title of the post. I wasn’t sure how bad the language was and the reception it would get. Glad it didn’t offend.

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  20. Ruby is lovely, without her nightie! glad to hear she is fine now Anneli. and I agree with your title……. 100% with you on that one.

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