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She is a very plum, Plum.
January 3, 2011

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. Life has been super hectic. I hope to get back to a normal blogging schedule soon when things calm down a bit.

Many of you have continued to ask about Plum...I just posted her latest update below on the pug rescue website.

A very happy New Year to you all!

Update 1/3/11

Plum continues to amaze everyone with her strong heart and fighting spirit.

Despite the odds she remains happy, comfortable, and content in her everyday life.
playingtoys.jpgHer forever foster mom was thrilled that she was able to spend the holidays with her special girl! Rest assured there was lots of spoiling going on. A full stocking hung on the mantle, lots of friends and family over to visit and ogle her, and just quality time soaking up all the love that she so deserves.

Plum is also enjoying her home cooked meals that are made especially for her kidney disease with only low phosphorus, low sodium ingredients and added crushed eggshells for calcium that act as a phosphorus binder which her body needs.

Her favorites are homemade savory stew made with sodium free beef bouillon and roasted chicken and turkey legs mixed with skin, white rice, veggies, and hard-boiled egg whites. One of the advantages of eating a restricted home cooked kidney diet is she gets to have the dark fatty parts of the meat, they are actually GOOD for her!

Most dogs in kidney failure have trouble maintaining their weight, but in the last month Plummy has actually gained a few pounds and is now up to a solid 15.3lbs. She was down to 12.8Lbs just 2 months ago.

Plummy's appetite is strong, she is even barking at her forever foster mom at mealtimes now because she can't eat fast enough. Quite the change from November when she had to be force fed with a plastic syringe.

Her body tremors have decreased as well and now only on occasion her front leg will shimmy a little if she puts extra weight on it.

3 weeks ago Plumy did have a seizure. This happens in dogs with kidney failure when they become uremic. When the toxins that their bodies can no longer filter out, build up and reach the brain and spinal cord, seizures can occur.

Fortunately the seizure did not last long, only about 20 seconds in total and she snapped back out if it quickly. Within 5 minutes she was back to her normal self and she has not had another one since.

We continue to take Plummy's guarded condition day by day, feeling most grateful and blessed for everyday that she is still here and is still happy and content, living the life that she has always deserved.

Plum has made one thing clear - she will ride this wave and continue to soak up the love for as long as she possibly can!


We thank you all who have supported and continue to support and ask for Plum.

With much love and happiness in the new year!

Posted by Lori on January 3, 2011 5:20 AM permalink Comments (2)



emily the biker pug commented January 3, 2011 4:51 PM

Lori that is great news.
Was starting to get withdrawal symptoms from no blog updates, but we did suspect you had your hands full.
ETBP will be 14 in 2 weeks and we cherish each day we have her.
Her health is pretty good some limping with the front left and some weakness in her hind quarters. She has been extra spry the last few days and that makes me happy.
Senior pugs are so special.

Happy New Year to you, Plum and your family
ETBP and ken



Lauren commented January 6, 2011 8:11 PM

Plum is in my prayers. You are such a good foster mom for taking care of her like you have :) I wish there were more people like you to do that.


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