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So just last month Ben, our 16 month old Standard Poodle and I visited the Vet. He was throwing up, had diarrhea during the night, not eating or drinking. Just the age old failure to thrive diagnoses.

It’s a Friday and I got him to the Vet for an exam. They kept him for the day, IV for dehydration, Xrays, Antibiotics and several phone calls during the day. “Come in after six” they say, “and you should be able to take him home. It’s a good thing you got him here when you did, could have been dead by morning.”

FYI: Three days prior Ben and I were on a 250 acre farm and he was chasing flocks of geese and having a grand time. I did observe what looked like him nibbling on something on occasion. Goose Poop I suspected then and the Vet confirmed most likely and the cause of his problems.

Diagnoses after blood tests: Colitis, Pancreatitis, severe dehydration. All this due to Dietary Indiscretion was the Vets call. Seven days of Antibiotics, $1,000.00 lighter in the wallet and directions for an interim diet of baked sweet potatoes and venison mixed together we got to go home.

Man’s Best Friend, Foie gras be damned! I do love that dog, all 65 lbs. of him. No Poodle cut, looks like a black bear. As you can see, he’s a great watch dog. Ben’s full name is, Benjamin Franklin Fiddler, my BFF.

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On Watch.

elderly couple

Don’t forget to check on the elderly.


  1. Ron Walker says:

    I’m glad he’s on the mend now. They can nibble on some of the worst stuff.
    He’s a great looking dog! I love the types like him, that are natural and not clipped to resemble an ornamental hedge.
    Have a great night.

  2. jenniesisler says:

    I’m so glad he’s doing better! My mother has a 2 year old blonde/white standard she named Butterbear. He’s the third poodle in the family and the ninth dog overall since I was in second grade. Love this pic!

  3. Ben is our third also. #1 was CoCo, best darn hunting dog I ever had. Only fault was, she didn’t like getting her feet wet, had to carry her across streams. She was CoCo in color. Prior to Ben we had Maggie, a white standard. AT year eight had an aortic aneurysm and lost her suddenly. All three far exceed the Rooster in intelligence. UConn woman RULE!! Sorry Minutewoman.

  4. Thank heavens you took him in when you did! I wouldn’t have had a clue. It’s a good thing I’m not a dog owner.

  5. mmd32454 says:

    Hey Lee!

    Glad he is better.. I feel your pain about vet bills… Mr. Bingley has trouble with allergies and yeast. Good thing we love our dogs!

    Love, Meg

  6. Saw your comment. Never imagined that our experiences paralleled the way they do. Wow! Ben’s got some dedicated owners, that’s for sure.

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