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18 Mar 2019

Honorary Tripawd Kodi has a birthday

Author: dobemom | Filed under: Uncategorized


Honorary Tripawd Kodi had a birthday!  That’s right, the only dog that Warrior Angel Nitro loved, is 15 years old!

Although I thought it was touch and go almost 2 weeks ago. One night after work he had what we think was a seizure; he came bopping out to see me, bouncy and happy – then he coughed, and vomited up some foamy white froth, and collapsed. He didn’t lose consciousness, but when I picked him up, I thought he was going to die in my arms. When I finally put him down, he seemed ok, and even drank some water and ate some treats. The next day we went to the vet where he had extensive (and expensive) testing done…. blood work, blood pressure check, EKG, ultrasound and chest X-rays. Everything came back normal – as normal as a 15 year old dog with Cushing’s Syndrome can be. A few days later he had an ACTH stim test done, to see if his Cushing med was in the range it should be, or if it was high and pushing him into Addison’s Disease. That too came back normal. This tells my vet that it’s not likely a cardiovascular event. His Cushing’s is most likely due to a benign tumor on his pituitary  gland, which COULD be getting bigger, thus causing seizure-like activity. Although it scares me, we weaned him off the seizure med, and are taking a wait-and-see approach. The episode was very mild and short, (but scared me half to death), and I really don’t want to put him on any more drugs unless absolutely necessary; if it happens again, I’ll restart the seizure med, and go from there. He didn’t present with typical seizure symptoms, so maybe it wasn’t really a seizure.

So back to “being more dog”, and being thankful for whatever time we have left. All in all, he’s doing well; he sees the “tots” frolicking and goofy, and he in turn frolicks and is goofy. The weather here in Wisconsin is finally starting to warm up, so we’ve been taking walks and spending time outside. So happy birthday to the “White Knight”…

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place of honor, looking out the window


the “tots”..Tucker and Grizz


4 Responses to “Honorary Tripawd Kodi has a birthday”

  1. jerry Says:

    Wheeeee! Fifteen years young and you don’t look a day over five Kodi. Super big congrats and hoppy birthday my friend. I’m thrilled the weather is warming up, you guys sure needed that. Enjoy!

    Love those pics 🙂

  2. benny55 Says:

    Hace yo say, that first picture just look my breath away! BOTH of you look so darn cute!! Your smile and Kodi’s look of contentment are pricelss. A true treasure of a picture ❤

    WOW! What a roller coaster Mr Kodi jas veen kn fot rhe past couple of weeks. Well, Kodi not so much, but I imagine you have certainly been in a state of “uncertainty”. But things ou d loke Kodi’s in good shape overall. That “seizures thing may jave jist veen a fluke.

    I love that you captured pictures of everyday occurrences pf these three. I think they’re the best kinds of memories to memorialize.

    The one you have of the two toys and four ears reminds me of how Nitro always liked to lay by you…always touching you😊

    Really glad you invited us all to celebrate with Kodi and the Tots on his SPECTACULAR FIFTEENTH BIRTHDAY!😁😎 It really is a testament to the wonderful care uou have provided this special boy, especially in spite of all his health challenges!!

    Hmm…..I was thinking about Nellie and I vpipng ,to look at some senior Westie type dogs who need a home for “however long”. But based in Kodi. it looks like a “senior Westie” would have to be at least about nineteen or twenty!!

    HAPPY FIFTEENTH BIRTHDAY PRECIOUS KODI! Keep em coming! We love going to your pawties!!

    Lots of love❤
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!


  3. Michelle Says:

    Happy Birthday Kodi. I am glad that you are ok. Hopefully no more episodes. Don’t scare your mom like that.

    <3 love your throne that you get to watch out the window on. Keep those young tots in order.

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  4. paws120 Says:

    Happy birthday Kodi!!! Omd you are handsome, don’t look a day over 5!
    I love your super pillowed “Kings” seat looking outside the window, how comfy is that?
    Now stop scaring mama and just keep on keeping on you handsome dawg 💖
    Wishing you many more years of happiness and health!
    Jackie and Huck

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