After the Surgery

Dooley returned from the vet today. Her minor surgery went well! Her lump was removed. The vet says it was histiocytoma, which is fairly common in young dogs. Dooley has managed to catch or get pretty much every ailment that young dogs can get, but hopefully she is past all if that and will be as healthy as possible from here on out. Dooley not only came home with a bandage on the foot, but a cone to stop her from biting on it as well. Her attitude toward the cone can be summed up by the photo.

Healthy Puppy … Almost

A few weeks ago, Dooley’s vet informed us that she is free of her skin problems! Her coat is full and shiny, and she has completed her last skin treatment.

Around the same time, a pink bump started growing on her paw between two toes. The larger the bump grew the more Dooley would lick it and chew it. The vet said if she could not leave it alone the bump will need to be surgically removed.

Well, as much as we have tried to teach her to leave it alone, Dooley will not stop licking her toes! The bump is now the size of a dime and bright red all of the time. This means that Dooley will be going under the knife Friday. We’re pretty nervous about the surgery, but we hope that getting rid of the bump will improve her life.

All of these health issues, and she is only 11 months old! We truly hope that once this bump is gone Dooley’s second year will be healthier than her first!

Dooley’s Decision

I don’t know how many of you noticed or not, but the World Cup started today in South Africa. It is a big deal for Dooley on many levels.English Bulldog with Soccer Ball

For starters, Dooley is a soccer fan. As seen in the picture, Dooley is also an avid soccer player. Her skills are a bit limited, but that is all overshadowed by her shear determination to play.

Secondly, some would consider Dooley a “hooligan”. While playing and watching soccer, Dooley is often overpowered by her enjoyment of the game. The enjoyment sometimes turns a bit physical, and her enjoyment can be construed as aggressiveness. (aka. she mistakes your hand or foot for the ball).

Third and probably the biggest reason why this year the World Cup is a big deal to Dooley is because the United States must play England in their first match of the tournament. Dooley is having a tough time in deciding who to cheer for in this matchup. She is torn between her American home and her English roots.

After discussing it with Dooley over a bite to eat she told me her decision. I think most of you will be happy to know she is cheering for the United States and she is predicting a 1-0 win for the US.