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Pommy Mommy of the Week: Stephanie Branam
It was the week before Christmas in 2011. I had never actually personally owned a dog or cat, but I grew up in a household of dogs and cats, and had a great love for animals all my life. I had never had any experience with Pomeranians, until I watched the movie “To Die For” with Nicole Kidman. Although the movie overall is strange and not great, I credit this movie with the beginning of my love for Pomeranians. In the movie, a puppy is given to the main character. This puppy was the cutest dog I had ever seen, and I realized it was a Pomeranian! I remember saying to myself aloud, “I wish I could get a dog just like that.”
I knew that it would be a lot of work, and it would be better if I waited until school was over. However, to my surprise, my dad responded, “why not? We will help you out.” Elated, I decided to take him up on his offer and adopt a dog. My dad helped me search websites. I was not yet familiar with puppy mills, however, I found a lady who rescued dogs from puppy mills, and she only lived 30 minutes away! We spoke to her, got into the car that very night, and headed over to the house.
When I saw the little puppy sitting all alone… away from all the other dogs. It was love at first sight. He was so tiny, and a mix of red, brown and white. He looked just like a stuffed little teddy bear… and walked right on over to me. I gave him a hug and adopted him right then and there. Pommy Mommy of the Week
What I thought would be a joyous first week, however, was actually a time of distress and fear. On the second day of being a Pommy Parent, I noticed he was throwing up his food and he wasn’t having any bowel movements. We went to the vet, and he was diagnosed with gastritis. We were given an antibiotic, and instructed to return if he did not improve. I was relieved that it was just gastritis, but I kept a close eye on him. Unfortunately, he began to worsen. Pommy Mommy of the Week
He continued to throw up both water and food. I was scared out of my mind. I remember holding him in my arms, worrying about this tiny little boy. My worst fear was that I would lose him. I took him back to the vet, and more tests were done. An x-ray of his abdomen revealed a small metal object in his small bowel. Pommy Mommy of the Week
The vet told me that he was obstructed, and that he would most likely need surgery. I was extremely worried – a 9 week old puppy needing small bowel surgery? I was so scared for him. He also had to remain at the vet’s office. I was so worried about leaving him alone there, especially after only knowing him for 3 days. I visited him frequently at the vet and called them for constant updates for the next couple of days. The vet attempted an enema, a way to “flush” out the bowel from the rectum. I was told that if this did not work, he would go forward with the surgery. Pommy Mommy of the Week
My absolute best wishes came true after a couple of more days at the vet hospital. After two enema treatments, they found a small metal object had been released in his stool. They told me it was what looked like the back of an earring! I was shocked something so small caused an obstruction. I was so glad he did not have to have surgery. Pommy Mommy of the Week
He is my best friend, he is my everything. We go everywhere together. He loves watching TV with me, going on car rides, and visiting his “grandma and grandpa”. I have taken him on trips, anywhere from the Smoky Mountains to all over Michigan. He is my furry son, and I would do anything for him. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity for being Pommy Mommy of the Week.