Rocco’s eye is completely healed, I think he really feels fine! There doesnt seem to be any discomfort, except he has some itching. I think its internal itching. He rubs his eye against the couch, or the edge of the bed. I rub it for him, too. Not too much else we can do, but other than that once in a while he is doing great! He is back to his old self, but seems to be more attached to me now. He has always been MY dog, but now he is even moreso. Maybe because of his ordeal, not sure.
He has been having a great time playing outside, chasing squirrels, playing soccer, going for walks, whatever! Life is good in Rocco land.
A friend of mine gave us a few new balls and he has been in heaven. Then I went to a garage sale and found this very colorful ball for 50 cents. I had it in a bag in the living room (room he doesn’t go into normally). I was vacuuming and he came in to see what I was doing. I forgot about the ball. I had just given him one from my friend so I was saving it until that one died. Anyway, I heard this happy little squeal type noise and looked over and he had the new colorful ball. He was so excited, he grabbed it and took it outside. I went out with him and got this adorable picture of him!
Unfortunately that ball didnt last long. It was a very thin leatherette style cover and it ripped off pretty quick – but he did fully enjoy it for a day or so! I look for soccer balls whenever I see garage sales – he loves the soft / almost flat balls the best.
Rocco update: Rocco is feeling much better! He wants to play soccer. This is the first time he has attempted to play with one of his soccer balls since his surgery. His jaw is sore so he couldn’t really pick it up, but he tried! He cant open his mouth wide enough. I will keep encouraging him to, though, because I think he needs to work that jaw muscle. He has a cloth, stuffed ball. Maybe we can play with that until his jaw feels better. He is a ball kind of guy. He will play with other toys, but his first choice is always a ball of some sort.
Chloe never liked balls. She would chase a tennis ball now and then, but would much rather have a stuffed animal. She liked to play chase, and liked rope toys, but never really balls. She treats her toys so nicely. She never ruins anything. She will carry the stuffed animals around, lay with them, just ‘play with them’, but not destroy them. Rocco destroys them! He wants to rip them to shreds. When he was a puppy we use to call him Shredder! Oh, Chloe would try to remove every toy’s eyes, though. She would chew them off. But that was the only thing she would destroy.
Our old dog, Chip, loved tennis balls. They were his favorite thing (besides shoes). I would buy the huge box of balls at Costco, and always have new ones available for him. His face would fill with joy as soon as he saw a new tennis ball. He also loved his bed. He would drag it around. He was a lab/cocker spaniel mix. And he was a very cute dog – looked like a little puppy his whole life!
Bad news: I have been praying for a good result from the tumor people, but I am sorry to say, he has an actual cancer. Some kind of Meningioma. Have to call the vet on Sunday to get more info. They said it’s a common cancer in dogs, especially boxers! It is a form of brain cancer. I did a little research and there are several different forms, so I will need to see exactly what kind it is before I worry too much. But it’s not good news. 😢 on a happier note – his appetite is back, he ate some dry food today! All in all, he seems to be feeling good. And He has been wanting to play. So bad news, but the good news is that he is healing and his overall quality of life is much better than before the surgery.
I am so bummed. I knew it was a possibility, but I was really hoping for the best. Now I have to wait until ‘our’ vet is available to talk to us about the tumor. He is off until Sept 2. How can they give me this news and then make me wait several days for the details? Cruel!!!
I will say that Rocco is doing great! He seems to be back to normal. His jaw seems better. He is eating everything, and playing ball – a friend of mine dropped off a new ball for him. Its not a NEW ball, its the perfect kind of ball – used, slightly flat, and soft synthroid tablets. He loves it! We played outside for about 30 minutes today. He is one happy camper! And that’s whats important right now!
Our dog Rocco loves Soccer balls. He likes them a little flat and a little shredded. He enjoys chasing the ball when we kick it (if he actually lets us kick it), he enjoys throwing it around the yard by himself, too. Friends save old soccer balls for him, and he is very appreciative!
Does he ever let us play? Well, sometimes. He loves to tease us, act like he is going to let us kick it, but then grab it at the last minute. But then there are days where he will let me kick it 100 times. It just depends. One trick I use to get him to let me play is to give Chloe attention. He gets jealous and will bring me the ball.
Over the past few years, he has been through MANY balls. A friend of mine asked me if I have pictures of him with all the various balls. Do I? Well, I have MANY pictures of him with various soccer balls. Here are some: