Play Ball!

After far too many months of illness we had begun to think that our little circus dog, Tucker, would never play ball again.  He simply had no desire to even get up.

However, tonight at the dinner table a ball suddenly appeared out of nowhere.

Bob said, “Where did this come from?”

To which the Little Dog enthusiastically replied,


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, with medication, and some exercise, in small doses at first, it would seem that the Little Dog still has a few good years left in him.

Can you feel the happiness!

42 thoughts on “Play Ball!

    • Lynda says:

      We are relieved that he is better! Thank you, Rosemary’s granddaughter.

      His disease was very gradual and subtle coming on. Sadly, we look back now and realize that he had not been right for over a year before we got him to the vet for testing and a diagnosis. The medications are very powerful and we had to creep up on the dosing to get it just right.

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Lisa. We really never expected Tucker to regain his energy again. We are so glad for him because before he got so sick his life revolved around “The Ball.” So much so, that we actually had to spell the word or he would go grab it and not leave us alone till we played! And he could play for an hour and a DAY! 😀

  1. dogear6 says:

    Lynda – even if he doesn’t have a few more years left, just getting some quality of life for a few months more is priceless. How wonderful to see him playing!


  2. Littlesundog says:

    Oh, Lynda!!! I’m so happy for Tucker! He looks fit as can be! I see Buddy is looking disinterested in “ball” playing, and seems to assume the position (just in case Bob is interested) for a “reach down and I’m ready for a belly rub”!!!

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Lori, and yes, you are correct about Buddy! Funny boy, that Buddy…
      He will act like he wants to play ball, but when you throw it he just runs off with it and wants you to chase him. 😛

  3. Kathee says:

    That’s how I feel about our little bunny Jembalaya. She is binkying all over the place now. Cinnabun can’t keep up with her. Gladdens my heart so to read this post!

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you for this, Wildninja. Unfortunately, Tucker’s major problem was Cushing’s Disease. Cushing’s is caused by an over active pituitary or renal glands and causes kidney malfunction. That is why we were so shocked when suddenly he couldn’t hold his water and his belly started bulging. His lack of energy and constant hunger were dumbfounding for us. We are grateful to our vet for finding the cause, because at first another vet tried to tell us it was his thyroid, and his thyroid was fine.

    • Lynda says:

      Margaret, I have heard that this is a common ailment in dogs. My friend, who is a horse lover, told me that even horses can get the disease! How did your dog do on his medication?

  4. Margaret says:

    Our Doxie Oscar had the problem for years but he suddenly gained weight and went on the medicine. I don’t remember how long he was on it. He lived to be 16 1/2 and was good until the last year or so. He, of course, ruled the house and was nice enough to let us live here and be on call for him.

  5. chatou11 says:

    Yes Lynda I can feel your happiness and I am so happy for Tucker.. when they stard playing again, it’s a good sign.
    lovely week end to you and your family

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