Monday, July 06, 2009

F@#&ing Foxtails

Poor Bogie. He really has the worst luck when it comes to foxtails.

From Wikipedia: A foxtail is a spikelet or spikelet cluster of a grass, that serves to disperse its seeds as a unit. Thus, the foxtail is a type of diaspore. Some grasses that produce a foxtail are themselves called "foxtail", also "spear grass". They can become a health hazard for long-haired dogs and other domestic animals, and a nuisance for people.

This is Bogart's third go-around with a foxtail in the paw. It had been tender for a few days, and while I was hoping that it was just an irritation today I decided to take Bogart to the vet because I just knew it was one of those pesky foxtails. Yes indeed was the diagnosis, so Bogart had surgery this morning.

When I picked him up this afternoon he looked like this:

He fell completely asleep in the car. Zonked. His new purple bandage pristine.

And as soon as we arrived home, he woke up completely. And decided that he wanted to go for a walk. I was a bit hesitant - he had just had surgery - but since he wanted to go so badly, I thought why not.

He was walking just fine (thank you doggie painkillers!) and rather than just a short walk he wanted to do a whole tour. Who am I to say no?

Surgery and a bandage are NOT going to stop Bogart from playing with his favorite thing in the entire world - pine cones. He cleverly maneuvered us toward Couch Park, the site of a dependable vein of cones.

This is a face that cannot be denied - resistance is futile!

We spent a little time enjoying nature - ok, just the pine cones - before Bogart started to get a little sleepy.

But devoted, as always, to his cones.

And then of course Bogart came home and crashed. It was funny to watch him - sitting straight up, looking right at me, swaying back and forth, and finally just laying down and sleeping with his eyes open. He's still a little out of it, but he is going to be fine.


Lulu & Bogart


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...


That face!

Of khourse, the purple paw SOOOOOO works fur me!


Moco said...

You can't keep a good man down.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

I just love you Lulu & Bogart! Lulu, you must have a great camrea. Tell me about it please.
So sorry Bogart you had to go under the knife today. That looks like a good sock. I put some pictures on my blog if you are interested.

Lorenza said...

Hi, Bogart and Lulu!
Glad to know Bogart is doing so well!
Kisses and hugs

Faya said...

Ohhhh look at my sweet Bogart ! Look at his ears....poor sweet Bogart... I hope everything will be fine.
Kisses, Faya

Asta said...

Sweet Bogawt,
I'm so sowwy those nasty foxtails cause you pain..I think youw bandage is pwetty cool looking though, and I'm so happy you wewe still able to enjoy youw pinecones. Youw face is totally iwwesistable, Mommi would melt at the sght of you.
sweet dweams
smoochie kisses

Inky and Molly said...

Der arme Hund! Hope you get back on your feet soon...
Love, Inky and Molly

Southbay Girl said...

OMG, I have just fallen more in love with Bogart! that face is unbelievable!!

We hope Bogart is feeling better tomorrow!!!

Velcro and mom Penny

Molly and Taffy said...

Bogart we are so sorry you had a nasty Foxtail in your paw.

We think your purple bandage is absolutely brilliant and are most impressed you had an operation and then went on a long walk.

Molly and Taffy

Maggie and Mitch said...

Boy, these foxtails are sure nasty! We're glad to see you up and about and enjoying the great outdoors with your precious pinecones, Bogie!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

home exchange said...

Aw look at that little poor! What a poor love :-( Hope he recovers very very soon!! <3

Monty Q. Kat said...

Dear Bogart-

I'm Monty Q and I hold a little contest every year called the Do The Q! and I'd love it if you could swing over and maybe play along this year. It needs more Handsome Devils. :)

I hope your paw feels better soon, I live with a woofer but so far the worst he's done is walk into the glass door.

Hollie and Janie said...

I hope your paw-paw feels better very soon, Bogie!

TwoSpecialWires said...

We wondered what foxtails were. Now we know (thank you) and we feel badly for you. That purple bandage was pretty cool looking, though. Do you think they make 'em in pink and next time I get sand spurs, I can give Moma a look similar to the irresistible one of yours, and she'll give me a special bandage like that?

Hope your post-surgery naps were pleasant... full of nice dreams. And that now you are back on the path around town.

Take care, Bogart. You are our west coast role model... King of the Walkies.

The Airechicks said...


I think your Mom needs to check into some hiking boots for you.....

Where are the pics of you and the nurses??

We're sorry you feel bad but maybe today will be much better...Did Mom have to stay home with you???


Cisco Kid Ochoa said...

Sorry to hear about your paw paw, hopefully this is the third and final time!

Shmoo said...

neither rain, nor foxtails shall keep Bogart from his pinecones. He's better than the post office.

Heal quickly.


Lillie Valentine said...

Oh, your footy looks so sore.....glad to hear that you are doing alright. Darn foxtails....I don't think we have those here but I get into these prickly things when I go to my grandmas..Sloppy kisses, Lillie V

Stanley said...

Man, BOgart!

You and those stinkin' foxtails have really done battle. Glad to know that your mama got you taken care of and that you got some good drugs out of it too. Be good to that paw. You're gonna need it.

My girl thinks you look especially puppy-like in your photos. What is it? Your Airecut? Your sleepy curiosity? It's unclear, but she's more in love with you than ever, buddy!

Goober love & smooches,

Lynne said...

Those foxtails are bad news. One of my vets in Kansas told me he had to do surgery on a dog when a foxtail entered the paw and traveled halfway up the dog's leg!

(Looks like you got some good drugs, dude!)

Deetz said...

I love your purple bandage, that is the coolest thing ever! I am sorry that you had to have surgery though in order to get it. That was nice of your mum to take you cone shopping.....

Wired for Mackie said...

Poor Bogart! he looks so sad! Sending hugs, buddy!

Kodiak Grandson Falcon said...

WOW just catching up with your post. Sorry to hear about you needing surgery. But love your purple bandage. You two guys are the best ever.
Love Ya
Kodiak & Falcon