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Princess Daisy, or, How Surgery Spoiled This Dog

on December 2, 2013

We think Daisy has become a Princess Puppy – she disagrees.
We say that surgery spoiled her, she says it didn’t.
She thinks she’s entitled to a softer life of entitlement because of all she’s been through.
We say it’s time she stands on her own 3-soon-to-become-4 paws and start acting like a dog again.

So we’re taking our case to the most fair court in the world – the Court of Blogging Buddies.

You, our blogging friends, are our judge and jury. We are officially filing our case with you.


FAMILY – Plaintiff



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         CASE NO. 001-The-First-Of-Many
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“Family”, both individually and combined, claimants herein, hereby file this claim against the above-named defendant and in support thereof states as follows:

1. Daisy had to be given medication 3 times a day, camouflaged in pureed beef baby food, peanut butter, or cream cheese. This spoiled her into refusing to eat her kibble unless it was mixed with pureed beef baby food or rice.

2. Daisy couldn’t sit upright or stand for several days, so we had to feed her little amounts at a time of said kibble/baby food combination on a spoon and give her water her favorite way – via the guinea pig water bottle. This resulted in her refusing water in a bowl now that she’s sitting and standing up and refusing food unless it’s hand-fed to her.

3. Daisy couldn’t go potty on her own, so we had to carry her over to a wee-wee pad and support her back end so she could go. We never knew when she needed to go, so we took her several times a day, resulting in many sore backs. The result – now that we can walk her on a leash around the house, she drops and pees whenever and wherever she wants, despite the fact that we still put her on the wee-wee pad throughout the day AND we have wee-wee pads placed at strategic locations on her “walking path”. And she pees up a LAKE.

THEREFORE, we ask our blogging judges to rule – has surgery spoiled our Daisy and turned her into a Puppy Princess?

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I beseech you....

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I beseech you….

56 responses to “Princess Daisy, or, How Surgery Spoiled This Dog

  1. BOL. Daisy, I think you’re spoiled for sure. Maybe now that you are on the mend you can ease up on your people some.

  2. optie says:

    It would appear that Princess Daisy has taken undue advantage of the care and kindness bestowed upon her in her hour of need, but the jury finds that claimants have contributed to Daisy’s prolonged incapacity and therefore must assume joint responsiblity with Daisy for her current, and hopefully shortlived prima donna behaviour.
    Daisy, no judge or jury in the world could find you guilty with that cute little face staring at them – I think you’re off the hook 😉

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I agree, Optie, it’s not just my fault! Who wouldn’t want more pampered days if they could maneuver them? If cuteness is the only price to pay, I’m happy to pay it! 😉

  3. Misaki says:

    Oh dear Daisy, it does sound like the special treatment has gone to your head a little… but you are so cute, I think you can easily be forgiven:-)

  4. I’m glad you feel better Daisy, so I think all things should be forgiven :o) btw: I’m a fan of baby food too :o)

  5. jan says:

    Daisy is really living the life, the envy of all dogs.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Hahaha I’m sure she wants to get back to her old self, but I have to say that now that the pain has passed, she does seem to be enjoying her new – albeit temporary – lifestyle!

  6. KDKH says:

    Certain anti-inflammatories and pain meds make dogs incontinent. Talk to your vet about it if she seems to lack her usual control. Having had less traumatic knee surgery myself, I can say that doctors aren’t always the best person to know a patient’s own pain level. Or ability to walk using crutches. Daisy is the only one who can tell you!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      It’s interesting that you say that because the daytime vet (this was a 24-hour emergency office we had to go to as well as a regular office) doesn’t get that at all, he just quotes textbook healing times and pain levels (he’s really young), while the overnight vet who we talked to quite a bit is a woman who has a small dog like Daisy and explained that smaller dogs feel the pain much more intensely and take longer to use the injured leg. Her small dog went through this twice and she REALLY understands, so she’s been very helpful and always encourages us to call with any questions/concerns. She also said that anti-inflammatories can cause incontinence, which is why she said to put Daisy on the wee-wee pads throughout the day. I guess we never hit them at the right moment! 😉

      • KDKH says:

        Good luck with working it all out. It is Full-time care and case management, isn’t it ? Just keep reminding yourself – and Daisy– that it’s not forever – it’s just for now!

        The young vets are sometimes less jaded. Sometimes they’re just, well, young and inexperienced. If you feel like he doesn’t understand Daisy or doesn’t have a good way with her – change. We pass dozens of vet offices on our way to the one that works best for us. You can find the right combination ; you don’t need to settle. What you do now (treatment and rehab) affects her too much for the rest of her life.

  7. Will and Eko says:

    Spoiled? Maybe just a little bit, but she couldn’t spoil herself. So who is the real guilty one here!? I think we throw this case out.

  8. FleaByte says:

    Definitely spoiled. I think there needs to be a compromise. Daisy should be sent to a week long dog spa once a month in return for behaving herself the rest of the month.

  9. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ve just looked at a few of your back posts. Daisy is such a brave little girl, and deserves to be spoiled. I think she has you all worked out. 😀

  10. Roooo Daisy – top marks for mischief! *waggy tail*

  11. Andrea says:

    I think some of that is prima donna behavior, but I would honestly get the bladder checked out by a vet. The same thing happened with sandy pawz and it was actually a serious problem related to her surgery. Can’t be too careful

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Andrea, I appreciate the advice, and it’s good to know that could happen. Fortunately, it turns out this wasn’t anything to be concerned about (I wrote the post last week and things have straightened out since then). It was a combination of the anti-inflammatory with a little rebellion mixed in. That’s our Daisy! 🙂

      • Andrea says:

        Thank goodness. I came back specifically to check and see what was going on with Daisy. I appreciate the response! Glad she is just rebelling a little.

      • raisingdaisy says:

        Thanks for checking back Andrea! She’s coming along slowly, but still not using the leg as much as she should be at this point. We’re taking her to the vet next week for a follow-up to see what’s going on. Hopefully it’s no big deal.

  12. Coccolino says:

    Daisy, you might be spoiled just a bit but I say to keep it coming!

  13. You are extra cute, but… you need to give your humans a break…

  14. I thought my Butterfly was forgetting her training, peeing in the house, and it turned out she had a UTI. Oops. I wish Daisy could tell you in words how she’s feeling. Then you’d know right away about the princessness, if, for example, she suddenly started talking like a Valley Girl from the eighties.

  15. Well, I really hate to say it, especially since I think she is just adorable and she looks so tiny with her shaved leg, but YES, she is definitely spoiled! The being cute and helpless is now perhaps becoming a ploy for future attention. Now how you’re going to move forward, I don’t know. LOL! She probably has you all trained very well. Good look weaning her off the special diet. There’s something about a dog (or anyone) who doesn’t eat that gets to me! 🙂

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I know what you mean, I’m always worried about a person’s body weakening if they don’t eat well, and that’s especially true for any person or animal in recovery from anything. Their bodies are fighting hard and they need nutrition. We’ve started to retrain her slowly, within her body’s abilities, and she’s responding well. Daisy doesn’t take to extremes, so suddenly trying to do things normally again wouldn’t work for her. But the slow weaning retraining seems to be working out. I hope…. 😉 And you’re right, she’s definitely trying to retrain us at the same time!

  16. barb19 says:

    Shame on you Daisy, for taking advantage of those who love you so much. C’mon, give them a break! You know the score (but you are so darn cute).

    • raisingdaisy says:

      She does know the score, and that’s the trouble! She knows she can take full advantage while she’s recovering. But we’re starting to change things back now, retraining has begun, slowly but surely!!

  17. 2browndawgs says:

    Poor Daisy. She has been through a lot. I guess it is going to take her a bit to return to normal…or not if this is the new normal….lol.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Oh, we won’t let this become the new normal! I think it’ll just be a matter of retraining as she gets stronger. We’re starting now in little ways, and I can see she’s responding well. Whew! Just a few more weeks to go…..

  18. That’s brilliant!!

    First things first, Daisy you’ve always been my little princess! Second, how wonderful you appointed blogville as your judge and jury – It’s a slamdunck in favor of Daisy – She deserves no less! And she deserves a high five for being so clever! 🙂

    Way to go buddy,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  19. kolytyi says:

    Verdict: Daisy is innocent, because
    1) one looks at her and knows it immediately.
    2) she is a wholeness. Within this wholeness, there are three components: body – soul – intellect. Since physical activities are strongly limited by her pawrents, the energies stream towards the other two areas. Therefore, it is unavoidable that her soul and mind are more agile then earlier.
    3) The continuous presence and attention of her pawrents, especially of her mom, together with the circumstances described in the previous point, led to the highly logical conclusion that she should devote her energies to the training of her staff. Yes, she is determined to put her best efforts into the development of the staff’s skills and devotion towards her raising. The results so far are rather moderate, but she is dogged.

  20. ILoveDogs says:

    You are most definitely spoiled, Daisy. I hate to say it, but if you want to get your energy back and heal, you’re going to have to eat regular kibble from your own bowl. Getting spoiled is okay so long as it doesn’t interfere with your well-being.

  21. Clowie says:

    I think Daisy deserves to be treated like a princess because she is “fantabulous” – http://clowiescorner.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/four-awards-and-a-confession/

  22. Mags Corner says:

    We are so happy to read of your great progress sweet Daisy. As far as being a princess and spoiled…well beautiful little sweetie we say you have always been a princess and aren’t princesses supposed to be spoiled? But to get all well and back to where you should be you should start potting in the right places and eating like you did before. We know you are going to do all that soon and you are going to be completely healed and back to your regular routine. Hugs and nose kisses

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Your kind words are helping me heal even faster, Maggie! 🙂 I’ve been behaving more over the past few days – standing up to eat out of my own bowl and eating normal foods. And I now get to go outside for a few minutes on leash, so I’m saving my potties for those little walkies. My family is much happier! 😀

  23. megtraveling says:

    There’s nothing wrong with being (a little) spoiled… 🙂

  24. Papoe says:

    Hahaha…she IS totally spoiled…but then again, the surgery was a scary experience, she needs to be spoiled 😉

    I like being spoiled too 😉

  25. Dogs N Pawz says:

    We think its okay that she’s spoiled! She’s pretty special and she deserves to be treated like a Princess!

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