Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bert Surgery Update

Note From My Vickie:

First let me tell you how amazing all of you are for all your well wishes.  I am simply amazed at how many of you have made comments expressing your love and concern.  

Thank you all so much.

Now for Bert:

The doctor told me tonight when I left the hospital, that Bert would not be out of the woods for another 72 hours.  The surgery was more involved than he had imagined it would be as he had to cut Bert's stomach in three different places to get all the chunks out.

The one that concerned him most was a large piece that was starting to move back up the esophagus.  The concern being suffocation.  The other two were in two different locations in the stomach.

I am just so great ful that I saw him swallow part of the ball.  If I hadn't, it is very likely he would have suffocated within a few hours.

At this time, can I just tell all of you who are going thru your own struggles with your k-9 children...I understand a little bit more today than I did yesterday and my heart hurts for you.  

AND Power of the Paw is as much a blessing to the little ill ones as it is for those who love them.

Thank you


Minna Krebs said...

Thanks for updating us.....we came to check in just to find out how Mr.Bert was doing.

Sooo good to hear that he is recovering after da surgeries......butt we will keep our Paws Crossed for da next 72 hours, until da Vet gives him the All Okie-Dokie signal!!

Hugs to you and Bert....

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Bert has so much power of the paw headed his way that he just has to be OK. We are so sorry to hear he had to go through so much surgery. But he is tough and healthy and he will be able to fight it well. Hugs to you, stay strong.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

NCmountainwoman said...

I hadn't read the previous post but I now am joining the multitude to affirm the power of the paw. I think late is better than not at all. Paws and fingers crossed here for an uneventful recovery for dear Bert.

Sally Ann and Andy said...

We are crossing all of our paws for you! We'll only uncross them to potty, promise. Get better, hurry! What will your Mommy do if Allered comes home without you there to welcome him home?
Sally Ann And Andy

georgia little pea said...

that sounds very painful, poor Bert. thank goodness you saw him do it! it'll be a long 72 hours, i know. i hope he recovers well. take care and hugs x

ra husky said...

Thanks for the update. Bert is a good mate-thanks for taking the best of care of him!

RA, Isis & Nanuk

GOOSE said...

Bert Buddy I know you are going to come through A OK. I just know it. You know my paws are crossed and I am in continues prayer for you and for Your Vickie. Hang tough and know that I am hear for you no matter what. Love ya bud.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Bert, you big old goofball. You're supposed to chase the ball, not eat it mate. We hope you are feeling ok real soon, and Vickie, you have a rest and take care of yourself too. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory (and Carol)

Mr. Pip said...

Oh my gosh! We don't usually blog on Thursday, but something told me to check in today. I am so sorry to hear about the surgery. My paws are absolutely crossed for you, Bert! We will be thinking of you for the next 72 hours and sending lots of love and support.

Your pal, Pip

The Army of Four said...

Dear Vickie and your Bert -
We were so sorry to hear about this! Please know that Bert is in our prayers. He is young and strong, and with so many people praying for him - we just have to believe everything is going to be ok.
Bon courage -
KZK with Zim and Dave

harrispen said...

Thanks for the update. You are so lucky to have seen Bert eat that tennis ball. We are keeping both of you in our thoughts.

Cindy & Nina

jen said...

Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to read about Bert! I can only imagine how frightened you must of been. I am glad to read that he is recovering and you got to see him.
Having Leroy, who eats rocks and such this is one of my biggest fears. We are sending the power of the paw your way:)

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Thanks for the update - was hoping you'd give us some news. We'll keep our paws crossed, but are very glad you were able to catch him in the act and get him to the vet.

-Dr. Liz and family

Team Beaglebratz said...

From the mom - Team Beaglebratz is a new follower - me, Shiloh'n Shasta. We are all sending prayers and power of the paw and healing vibes to Bert and to you. I know you will not breath a really good sigh of relief until those 72 hours are over - I know I wouldn't but after the past couple of years I've had (personally not my dogs) I'm learning to celebrate those smaller, daily things like Bert being out of surgery and doing good so far. Of course it is easier said than done that/ why I'm still learning. Bert looks like such a sweetie and a good snuggle-buddy, give him an extra hug and kiss from me.

Ina in Alaska said...

We are thankful you saw Bert swallow that tennis ball! We appreciate the update & hope Bert overcomes this. And please Bert, you are not Roger Federer!

24 Paws of Love said...

Our childhood dog did that twice and he was a Maltese. I know how scary it can be. We will be keeping our 24 Paws crossed for you and Bert.

Thanks for letting us know how he is doing.

Wyatt said...

Oh Dear Bert, just getting the news of your troubles. Get well soon my furiend.
My sister did something crazy like that once and had to have's soooo scary.
We send all of our love and healing vibes your way tonight.

Wyatt, Stanzie, Paul and Sue

The Cat From Hell said...

Wes is sending lots of purrayers to Bert and comforting purrs to yous Vickie! It is good that yous is such a careful watcher. it would has been easy to miss.
Wes is with yous.
Nellie and Kozmo, the hairy slobbery sisters Bob and Cinnamon and Mommy and Dadddy

Prancer Pie said...

OMC! We miss one day and look what happens! Our biggest purrs, purrayers, and pawsitive thoughts are going out to you (and your Vicki) tonight. xoxo

Meeka said...

Oh Bert,
So sorry to hear about your surgery. Sending golden prayers to you.
Hugs and kisses to you and Vickie.

Two French Bulldogs said...

all our paws are crossed for you new friend
Benny & Lily

Charlotte said...

dear Vickie! Thank you so much for this update - I still cross my paws and I'm praying that our beloved Bert gets well soon. I'm thanksful that you saw him eating this silly ball - If you hadn't - I don't want to think this sad story to the end.
Bert will be strong, he will get through this heavy surgery and I send him all my love. Please stay strong too and together we'll make it!
LOVE Charlotte

rottrover said...

Thanks for the update, Vickie. We'll continue to cross our paws for our buddy Bert. Bert, Bert, Bert...


Dear Vickie,
I just wanted to pop by and say that my thoughts and well wishes are with you and Bert as he recovers from this surgery. What a terrible fright you must have had. Get well soon, Bert!
With lotsaluv

KB said...

Oh no, Bert. I looked away from my computer for the day, and you got in all sorts of trouble.

Every paw and every finger is crossed for you here in Colorado. Our K had to have similar surgery after she ate the entire backbone (all of the vertebrae) of a deer that had been killed by a mountain lion. She survived, despite the vets having to open her entire GI tract (stomach and intestines). You are are so strong, Bert, that I feel a huge amount of faith that you'll come through this as strong as ever.

We'll be sending you the Power of the Paw continuously, my friend.

The Furries of Whisppy said...

The first thing I did when I got to my laptop was to look for an update on Bert. I'm so glad the surgery went well and THANK heavens you saw him swallow the tennis ball. God was definitely watching over him.
We're going to continue to pray and send much love to Bert.
How long does he need to remain in the hospital?

Bassetmomma said...

You and Bert have all our positive thoughts and prayers as he comes through the next 72 hours! Good luck!

Quentin said...

all the best for you bert! hope you will get better soon, my paws are crossed!

whishes vom austria,
(i am charlotte´s half-brother)

sprinkles said...

I came back hoping for an update. I'm glad Bert came through the surgery. I will keep y'all in my prayers that the next 72 hours will pass complication free.

sprinkles said...

I came back hoping for an update. I'm glad Bert came through the surgery. I will keep y'all in my prayers that the next 72 hours will pass complication free.

Miss HoneyBuzz and Momma Maureen said...

Dear Mr. Bert,

Please get better super fast. Your momma is ever so worried. And please Mr. Bert, save the snacking for the yummy noms. Them tennis balls is just not good food!

Get well! - HoneyBuzz

chicamom85 said...

Bert my sweet pal, I hope you are feeling better by now. I just read about you. I am sending emergency magic love bubbles from Tweedles and I. I hope they help and please don't eat tennis balls. I am crossing my paws and Mommy is praying for you. You will soon feel better.

Loveys Sasha and Mommy

Rubie and Poots (her Mum) said...

I've only just heard about all this!!! How awful for Vickie and horrid for Bert. I'm so relieved to hear that he came through the surgery OK and we have everything crossed for a complete recovery!

Rubie's mum xxx

FinleytheWestie said...

Sending lots of power of the paw and prayers and good wishes for Bert. Hope he recovers quickly.. poor guy!

Kristina Zambrano said...

Vickie and Mr. Tennisholic Bert i am so glad to read ad update my kovack and me wants to send you super Golden Retriever powers so you can come outta da' vet ... Vickie be strong and hang in there everything is going to be just fine

Kris and kovack

Jazzi said...

Paws crossed by me and Addy here for a safe and quick recovery!! We also are glad that you saw it. Take care and know that we are thinking about you BErt!!

Jazzi and Addy

Sushitsa said...

My prayers are with you Bert. Do not worry God has your safety in His Hands and you will be okay.
That was a very silly thing to do to swallow half a tennis ball..I hope that you have learned your lesson.

You are such a sweet boy and I found you via Chuck and the Collies so I am now going to follow you everyday so that I can see you and hear about your tales...but no more tennis balls!

Bouncing Bertie said...

Paws still crossed then for Bert. We hope our healing vibes make it all the way across the Pond from Scotland.
Best wishes,
Bertie and Gail xxx

The Life of Riley said...

Hey Bert,

From Bouncing Bertie in Scotland to me (Riley) and Enzo in New Zealand and eveyone in between there are dogs and people spread over 12,000 miles (all the world) with paws crossed for you.

Take care of yourself, rest well and get better soon, and of course we're thinking of your Vickie too as we now how worried she will be about you.

Love and woofs,

bichonpawz said...

Stopping back over to see how Bert is making out...our paws are all crossed here and hoping and praying for swift recovery. We are so very sorry poor Bert had to go through this, but thankful, Vickie that you saw him! Stay strong!! xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

Ronnii, Uji & Izzy ( & Momma Tea ) said...

Ohh Fank Yoo so much fur da update, wee will keeps Mr Bert in our prayers n is sendin him healin vibes n pawsitive forts by da ton.
Hims must havs some uber powerful toofies too chews up a tennis ball wee cood not do it. Somehow wee donts finks Mr Bert wil do it again in a hurry tho.
Izzy, Uji n Ronnii
xxx xxx xxx

Mitch and angel Maggie said...

Hang in there, Bert. I'm with ya, buddy! We all are!

Love ya lots,

Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting us know how he's doing. Thank goodness you saw him eat part of it and rushed him off to the vet! Bert's a lucky guy to have you as his Mom. Keeping Bert and you in our thoughts. Will keep checking back for the next update.

Hugs and love,
The Roo Family

IRIS E DONA said...

Poor Bert ! We are so sorry to hear about this.
Our paws are crossed for you Bert ! (9 dogs x 4 = 36 paws...)
We hope you are feeling ok real soon !
Love you !
Iris & mom & and all the pack (Cesar, Tobias, Hugo, Duque, Hera, Shakira, Nely & Tina)

3 doxies said...

Oooooh Bert;s Vickie, I knows you is all kinds of worried bouts da Bert Man, I can't even imagines. He be a strong one so I just knows he'll gets through dis.
We all here has our paws crossed and our healing vibes goin' out to Bert...and we is sending you our hugs and love and support.

Puddles...and mum


We will keep our paws crossed for Bert. We sure hope to here good news.

Essex & Sherman

Mango said...

Thank you so much for the update on Bert. So scary. We are continuing good thoughts from canines and humans that he gets through the next several hours without event and is home soon and back to his old tricks. I hope Allred sends a get well card to him.

Mango Momma

Pibble said...

Wow - I'm so glad you were there, too. How do they get into these predicaments...

My Charlie ate a yummy, gravy stained potholder one Thankgiving when she was just a year old. That turned into a similar life-saving operation, so I know what you're going through. My thoughts are with you and Bert. We know he'll pull through!

The Frenzied Fox said...

Bert was out of dee loop and didn't see much of blogger till now--hope yous get better soon! I will say a little prayer fer yous! :)

HoundDogMom said...

Thank you for giving us an update. We have our paws crossed and will be producing lots and lots of drool today for Bert. We are glad he is on the mend but sad it will take longer for him to recover. We are also very thankful you were there snoopervising him and seen him eat that tennis ball. Hugs to you as well. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

Minnie and Mack said...

Lots of puggie juju aimed at Bert and will continue! You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Minnie and Mack

♥Mona + Weenie + Mommy, too♥ said...

Mommy's thoughts and prayers are with you Bert and me and Mona got all our paws crossed. Hope to see you up and around soon.

Sniff ya later........Weenie

Patrice and Higgins said...

OH no Bert!! Paws crossed for a speedy recovery! Ms Vickie, thanks for the update and I am so glad that you were there to see him eat that tennis ball! Does this mean no more tennis balls for Bert??


Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Continue to send my Golden Healing Thoughts. Lots of Golden LOVE n Woofs, Sugar

Casey said...

Thanks for the update! I'm so glad Bert came through surgery okay, and Mom and I will keep him in our thoughts for a while yet.

And Bert? No more tennis balls!

2browndawgs said...

Thanks for the update. Hoping the best for Bert!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Dear Bert and Miss Vickie, I am so very much glad that this was caught FAST and that the surgery is over now. WHEW!!
I will have my paws CROSSED fur you and here are some of my good

I just KNOW everythingy is all fine now!! I KNOW it!!!

Curt Rogers said...

Oh, poor Bert! Look at that face.

My fingers and toes and eyes, if you need them, are crossed for him. I'm sure he's in good hands and knows how much you love him.

Be strong, Vickie. Be strong, Bert! All the members of Team Bert are sending you love and courage.

Sarge said...

Dear Bert & His Vickie. I am so very concerned for my Buddy Bert. I'm grateful for the update and I am joining all of Blogville with continued shipments of loving thoughts and healing vibes. With all of this power of the paw, I'm sure he will be just fine and back to normal in no time. His pix is rather heartbreaking to me and my peeps. Rest and recover, Bert and know that you're my bestest buddy.
Grr and A Concerned Woof,
Sarge, COP

Stanley said...

!!YEA!! Bert

Murphy said...

The love of a dog and its person is strong. And with that is the amount of concern and worry when something goes wrong. Continued prayers for Bert and Vickie coming your way!!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Thank you for the update. The next few days will be very scary and all of Blogville will be saying extra prayers. This surgery is a lot more serious than we ever imagined. Makes me want to hide everything in my house that could be chewed, swallowed, or inhaled. Give Bert a big hug from us. Hope he's all better soon.

snoopy@snoopysdogblog said...

Oh Bert,

I really thought you would have learnt from the rock incident, you silly thing…..

I'm sending you massive get well hugs buddy and I'm also sending lots for your Vickie too, cos it must be really tough for her too right now….

Can't wait to see you all well again Dude,

Your pal Snoopy :)

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Back again, still thinking about Bert. Please keep us posted. (And Fi want to say that when he gets better, she is going to give him a Very Stern lecture about the proper and improper handling of tennis balls!)

-Dr. Liz and Family

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Bert, get well soon!

Val said...

thanks for the update...will continue to pray.

Helen P. said...

Glad to hear the update! Hope he feels better very soon!!

Sammie and Avalon said...

Dear Vickie and Bert,
Sending lots of prayers and our own golden healing vibes to help you get all better. Know how stressful times like these can be - we are there xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Hugs -
Sammie, Avalon and Miche

H Ski said...

Glad to hear he is recovering well. Rest and get well soon. We are thinking of you.

Pia said...

ooooh you poor bert! we are sending you all our best wishes and are thinking about you all the time. pleeeeease, get well soon!

hugs & kisses
pia & mom

SissySees said...

Hang in there and heal nicely, Bert. We'll keep our paws crossed for you!

Anny said...

Hope Bert will be out of the woods soon... That's quite a big op... Our thoughts and prayers will be with him.

Hugs to you Vickie and Bert.

pam said...

We have and will continue to send up prayers for Bert (and you...)

Now Bert: Your Momma will probably be a ball nazi like our Mommy now - NO BALL FOR YOU!.!.!.

Bobo and Meja

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie said...

Bert we are so relieved you are on the mend, paws crossed for a very speedy recovery and tons of tenacious terrier zen on it's way to you.

MOlly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

Corbin said...

I just heard about Bert from Puddles... It's so hard to watch them in pain and feel so helpless. We're thinking of you and have paws crossed for a quick recovery for Bert!
-Corbin and his momma Jenn

Jill said...

Oh Bert!!! I am so sorry you are going through this...So glad you got to the doctor in time. My goodness what a stressful and scary thing to happen. Hugs to your Vickie and to you. A big get well wish from us!

Tanner and Beth said...

Vicki and Bert!! OMG!!! Mommy and I are so very sorry that you are going through this. Mommy and I have been through two such things with me. And Mommy's heart aches for you. We will say a prayer for you guys.

Hugs, Love, Kisses....

Tanner & Beth

Murphigator said...

Well Bert, my best buddy. your friends need to know this is not your fault. Our wolf instincts clearly tell us to gulp our stuff down fast to keep the other wild things (like your Vickie) from taking it away from us. Why just a month or so ago I gulped a whole mouse 'cause I was scared my mom was going to take it away. I guess now that we are domesticated (whatever that means) we need to be a little more thoughtful before we gulp. I love you buddy, but know you will be back strong as ever to romp, swim and play with us. Hang tough! I miss you already!

Whitley Westie said...

Glad Bert is recovering. Sending him some Power of the Paw!

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

OMD, Bert! We figured the surgeon would make one small incision and just pop that sucker out of your tummy. We're sorry it was so much more serious, but very grateful your Vickie is so vigilant. And very grateful the ball didn't stick in your esophagus on the way down. Sure hope you're feeling better. Be sure to add tennis balls to your 'dietary restrictions' list.

Jed & Abby

Baylor said...

Bert! Dude! You are supposed to play with those tennis balls! Not eat them!

Glad your surgeries are over! Good thing your moms loves you so much and watches over you!

Get better soon! Then, learn the tennis ball rule book! I have one if you wants to borrow it! (It applies to all sort of things that I think are eatables, but really aren't!)

Power of the Paw!


rottrover said...

Hey Buddy, just wanted to let you know we're thinking about you. Hope you're feeling better.

-Bart and Ruby

Nola said...

Paws still crossed
Dachshund Nola

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Bless your sweet heart Bert....I will be saying lots of prayers for you. Holly has her paws crossed too. Please get well! Love, Debbie

garthriley said...

Oh Bert, we're so sorry to hear this! We will be thinking about you and sending healing lab energy your way. Paws crossed.

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

My Human sends wishes and prayers to Bert's My Vickie to help her through this stressful time.

My Human sends her prayers for Bert's safe recovery.

My paws are crossed for you Bert! Get well soon, please. I miss you.


K9 Katastrophie said...

We are praying for sweet Bert!

haopee said...

Hey Bert, I just had to comment again.

I think you're one lucky dog as Vickie had seen you swallow the ball.

Had I read this post first, I would've been pretty worried for your health.

You get well soon, now.

Huggies and Cheese,


Ellen said...

Vickie this has to be so hard on all of you and my heart goes out to you...Oh Bert you get better quick..we are all sending some healing prayers.

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Praise God that you saw that piece of ball and he didn't suffocate. Paw Power fer sure. Send us your snail mailing address and we'll get a little gift out to Bert. He was the 200th follower on our blog, which calls for a celebration!
Smooches from pooches,
BabyRD & Hootie

ps-our email is: cassiejo(AT)juno(DOT)com

The Thuglets said...

We have EVERYTHING crossed here for Bert for a full and speedy recovery.
Thinking off you and sending lots of healing vibes.
Keep your chin up and stay strong and positive Vickie.
Extra Big NosePokes
The Thuglets & Karenxx