Dear Windermere Animal Hospital Dr.’s & Staff,
My name is Buffalo Bill Cody and I was one of eleven Portuguese Water Dog puppies born on September 11, 2001. My Mom wanted me to have a strong, American name which would reflect the date of my birth I answer to Cody, No, Stop or Get Out. I hear the later quite a bit since I have a tendency to explore and take advantage of situations. I like to think that I do my namesake justice.
The truth is that I LOVE food and will do anything to get more. I can’t help it. I am lucky in that I am tall enough to counter surf. When I smell something interesting I have to explore, retrieve and eat – and I am fast. (I have really tried to improve upon on my speed since it is critical to retrieve before I am discovered.) I have been known to taste numerous food items such as sticks of butter which were acquired at numerous times even though their position became more challenging. I have also inhaled part of a delicious apple and brie quiche, banana bread that was still warm, cookie dough and 16 buttery croissants that were opened and eaten in less than 2 minutes. I have had to become more creative since almost all of these items were placed higher and against the back wall of the counter. I have found that when I stand on my back legs to access the food situation I can reach father by pulling one shoulder back so the other can extend farther in front of me. I have also mastered the act of scooping with the paw from right to left or if the item is high to paw down on the edge to make it flip. Both have become quite affective. When the large plastic container of croissants were placed on the toaster oven and pushed back against the wall, I had to use these tactics.
Unfortunately, some items I have ingested have led to unpleasant Vet visits. (Trash explorations, yummy cat food, a neighbor’s prescriptions drugs and bubble gum.) These ingestions have caused me to spend one night in the doggy ER, a few x-rays, and numerous medicines to help me feel better. One of my least favorites and thank goodness quickest resolution was when I found hidden some bubble gum. I went to the vet for what I anticipated to be a social visit only to find myself in one of “those rooms.” Dr. Nix was nice until he put something in my eye and I tried and tried to wipe it out but he and my Mom wouldn’t let me. I soon started to feel pretty sick and then everything came up and out. There on top was the bubble gum – it looked better when I ate it. Then Dr. Nix took out that thing in my eye and pretty soon I was feeling better for more explorations. My next challenge is how to move the gate that keeps appearing in target rich environments – any suggestions?