Friday, June 3, 2011

A Real Pain in the Neck... by Bart

I don't know if you know, but back in January when Mom had Jury Duty and was all stressed out all the time I got a pain in my neck!!  What's fair about that?  I went to the vet, who said I had a "pinched nerve" in my neck.  I was really pitiful.  I kept crying out in pain and if Gizmo or Ruby accidentally bumped into me I made a sound like my head was falling off.  Dr. Miller gave me steroids and muscle relaxers and told me not to exercise for two weeks (UGH!!)  OK.  So we did all that, it resolved, and at the end of March I was crying out again.  More steroids, more muscle relaxers.  Mom decided to look into other forms of treatment.  Dr. Miller referred us to The Holistic Veterinary Center.  That's where I met Dr. Lane and Mia *sigh*.

I've been having acupuncture treatments and taking herbs just for my neck and shoulders; and they've even taught Mom how to give me a massage and stretch my shoulder muscles!

Here I am with some acupuncture needles in me.  The coolest part is that while they are inserting the needles, they distract me with TREATS!!  And you know who gives 'em to me?  Mia!  *sigh* She's so awesome.  The needles don't hurt me one bit.  At first I sort of just stand there, then I sit and pretty soon I'm SOOOO relaxed and I just lay down and do some meditations.


Also, I'm supposed to walk, just little short ones.  So I've been following this routine for about 8 weeks now, and boy! am I feeling better!  I'm more playful, I'm being silly talking to my mom and playing with toys and all kinds of stuffs that I hadn't been doing for a long time.  

Today Mom took Me and Ruby to the creek. (Gizmo has a sore elbow.  Sheesh!!)  We had soo much fun!  Here I am.  Aren't I just so handsome?!? Oh, and I'm not supposed to wear a collar so I got a new harness just like Jack and Mango and Dexter have...

Here I am being a dutiful Big Brother watching Ruby body surf... Be careful, Ruby...


Now check these out:


I look like R from "Romping and Rolling in the Rockies"!!

I feel so much better.  Thanks, Dr. Lane.  Oh, and thanks Mom :-)

Have a fun weekend, everybody!  And enjoy feeling healthy!!


Dexter said...

You DO look like R! I am really happy to hear you are feeling better and your mom is now a trained Bart massage therapist. Love the sports bra.


Finn said...

I am glad the acupuncture treatments worked! That's pretty amazing!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better, Bart! Dog knows you're looking good and especially HAUTE in the new halter! HUBBA HUBBA! Those massages must be tough to take, huh?

Happy, Waggin' Tails, FUREVER!
Stumpy and me

rottrover said...

Sports bra!!! BOL, Mango! And Stumpy, Bart wouldn't leave me alone after his first massage. They all line up!!

The Daily Pip said...

So, those needles don't bother you? My mom's been considering getting acupuncture for years (for herself, not me), but she always wimps out! We know some people and doggies who swear by it!

You look great in your harness! You know, I can't wear collars either. I have a weak neck and act like I am choking. The vet suspects my former people kept my collar too tight. My harness is green, but I kind of like your red one!

Your pal, Pip

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We had no idea, Bart, that you were having pains like that. How wonderful that those needles are helping you! We love how cool you look in that vest. And your Mom got some awesome pics too. You do look like R!!! Hope things continue to improve for you.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Unknown said...

Those needle looks so scary but I'm glad they worked and you can run and zoom now! Love your action shots, you look like a hero running for a mission!!!
BTY, I wonder this needle thingy can be done on me or not. What I'm worried is that the masseur can't get all the needles out from me as my coat is long and thick. Oops!!! Never want to imagine the consequences of having those needles left on my body : )
~ Eva

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

I'm gonna give you a New Name... BRAVE BART!!
I am sooooo glad that the sticker thingys and massages and stuffs are WORKIN. AND they MUST be.. judging from the Zoomie pics and the swimmin and stuffs.
Hey... remember those super cool Cactus and Yucca pics you had up a while back...? Do you think you could send them to Fenris fur the Flower Show??? AND.. do you have any Creepy Crawlie pics fur the BUG HOUSE.. they don't HAVE to be bugs.. they could slither or hop or whatever.

Ms. ~K said...

I can't wait until Buddy is able to run and play like that again!
Thanks for stopping by our blog!

Anonymous said...

I was very suspicious that those needles could actually make you feel better, but those pics are proof. Great action shots!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Bart!
I am very happy to know that treatment is working pretty good for you!
Being in pain is not funny, right?
Have a great weekend!
Kisses and hugs

Teddy Westlife said...

Bart, I had mum scroll down fast and it looked like you were running toward me! I'm glad your neck is better, being injured is No Good.

ForPetsSake said...

I'm sincerely considering trying acupuncture for myself, and I keep reading and seeing more and more info about it. Maybe I will be brave enough to try soon...
I'm so glad you're zooming and feeling well. And yes, you look fantastic in your new sporty harness!

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

That is awesome. We're so glad your neck is better. We are very impressed with your zoomie pictures. You must be feeling soooooo much better.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

houndstooth said...

Bart, you look so handsome doing your Baywatch impression there! I'm so glad you're feeling better. I have a harness, too, but mine is pink!


Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Oh Bart, you so remind me of Beryl when you are doing your zoomie ... except you haven't got an evil grin on your face like she has when she pretends she's going to crash into me! Frankie has got a harness just like yours and his is red too. You look very handsome wearing it:)

I've had acupuncture too and it doesn't hurt at all, does it! Looks like you're making a full recovery, it's wonderful to see you having such a great time:)

Alfie said...

ooh Bart i hope youre okay! youre cooperative with all those pokers sticking out of you! i like your new harness too :) my people had a small blue one that tehy wanted me to use, only problem is, i was too fat for it! haha looking good:)

Bouncing Bertie said...

Oh Bart, how lovely to see you out and about and having such fun. Even the acupuncture (which would would have thought would be scary - someone sticking needles in you, indeed) sounds quite enjoyable, what with Mia and the treats. So nice to wake up on Saturday morning and read a 'good news' blog.
Toodle pip!

Bouncing Bertie said...

PS In answer to your comment on my blog, oh I do now feel so embarrassed, having just googled the term 'blow-hard'! It's not an expression we use in the UK (or at least I'd nor heard of it, but then I am a dog, and only 15 months old...) I have to say that Gail in person really rather quiet and reserved!
Toodle pip!
Bertie (who is neither quiet nor reserved, so we make a good combination)

Molly the Airedale said...

Those acupuncture treatments are paying off. Look at you go, Bart!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

violett said...

Mom already had made acupuncture. It has helped. I think she would be with me also make it if I had pain.
I am pleased that you have no more pain.
The pictures from your walk are beautiful.
Have a nice weekend

George The Lad said...

LOL!!! just laughing at Bertie's comment I can just imagine what came up in google under "blow-hard"!!!
Sorry got side tracked, I so wanted to comment on your blog, but finely I can.
Thanks for the link to Romping and Rolling it is a lovely blog, I have not left a comment but will;)
Sorry to hear about your bad neck but pleased that the acupuncture is working, great photo's of you zooming
Have a good week
See Yea George xxx

Anonymous said...


We are glad the acupuncture is working - we will keep paws crossed that you are soon mended!


SASS....Sammy Andy Shelly Sierra said...

YAY that the acupunture is helping you......our mama had daily migraines for several years.....out of desperation she tried acupuncture, and the first treatment brought on a horrendous headache, but that was the end of her migraines!!!!!!!!!!


katie, Maizey and Magnus said...

Bart, I;m going to have to stop reading your stories, or I'm going to end up with one of YOU in my house!!LOL You guys make me Rottie hungry!! Esp in your bright red harness, just like the one Meeka had. . . miss my big girl so much!

I'm glad you're feeling better! I have to wonder what you're meditations are.:)) Maybe I should try acupuncture for my headaches.;) Thanks for the tip on hawk's blog, I'll head over there and see what I can learn!

FiveSibesMom said...

SO glad you are feeling better!!! Love the fun pics too!

Bailey Be Good! said...

Awww, I'm so glad you are feeling better!! When I first glanced at the pictures of you with the pins, I thought you had walked into a cactus! teehee!

It's so good to see you running and enjoying yourself.

Happy Saturday woofs & hugs!


George The Lad said...

Thanks for popping back, I have been following Mischka for about a year, the first time I visted she had poppys as her background, I love her photos, infact I was going to come back and tell you about her but you beat me to it ;) the first ones she put on the blog of baby Hoover where so funny. Thanks for thinking of me ;)
See Yea George xxx

Backcountry Brodie said...

Those needles look skeery and all but wowser, you is rejoovenated!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Sports bra????? BOL!!! Love the zooms shots!

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Bart, we're so happy to see you feeling so much better! It's great to see you zooming with such glee. Do you have to have the treatments forever, or is your conditioned cured? And what's with Gizmo's elbow? Maybe you should take him with you when you have your next treatment?

You did a nice post about your mom. What about your dad?

Jed & Abby

Unknown said...

Ooh, Bart - your neck ouchie sounded nasty and I thought you were incredibly brave to have acupuncture - my human, Hsin-yi is too scared to have those needles and she is chinese herself!! Am so glad to hear that your neck is feeling better - those pictures say it all! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

Anonymous said...

Yay for alternative medicine! So glad you're feeling good again Bart! That was a great zoomie! Your shadow could barely keep up with you! :D

Waggin at ya,

PeeS: Please tell Ruby she looks soooooo marvelous surfin! :P

Just Jess for now said...

Sounds like my kind of doctoring. You have one great Mom. :) I hope things keep going well for you. :)

Chris said...

You look great Bart, zooming all over the place. Glad you are feeling better. We did acupuncture about 20yrs ago for one of our Rotties who had bad worked great!

Anonymous said...

As we were reading we were going to suggest massage and that's exactly what happened!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Hey Auntie! Turn your phone on! We wanna HIKE!

My Mind's Eye said...

Bart we are so glad you are feeling like Bart again. Mom had acupunture once for neck and shoulder pain it was very nice you get massages too.

Give your cameraperson a high five for the great actions shots.
Hugs madi

KB said...

Bart - I am so glad that you are feeling better. We once had a dog with a pinched nerve in his neck, and he told us how much it hurt. That poor guy.

We've tried acupuncture for our dogs in the past with injuries, and it's worked really well. I am SO thrilled to see you romping like R!!!! Your shadow is romping too!!!!

the booker man said...


dude, you are totally brave to have all those pokey needle thingies in your neck like that!! of course it helps that you have wonderific miss mia givin' you treatsies, huh? teehee. anywho, i'm glad that acupuncture thingie 'n the herbies are helpin' you feel the betterment so you can get back to creek hikin' and doin' crazy go nuts zoomies! you did totally look like R in your pics! i like the 3rd to last one the bestest where you are kinda jumpin' with your front paws out in the looks like you are flyin'!

the booker man

Remington said...

Looks like that would hurt!

George The Lad said...

Your right great blog, love to see the photos of Dublin. I'm following it ;) Thanks.

One that I follow, in fact she found me don't know how, she commented just above your comment
her cooking photos are stunning.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Oh! My ... OUCH just seeing your photo. But glad it works n your are doing fine. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

fromsophiesview said...

Those needles work magic...we go to the Voodoo Lady to get our needles...the run you took did look like R didn't it...take care!

Anonymous said...

I had acupuncture done once and it felt sooo good! I bet you enjoy it! Plus, you get all those get to see Mia!

Glad to see you running around again! Looks like you all have great fun swimming. Riley likes to get in the water also.

Sweet harness!

Elyse (and Riley)

Bailey Be Good! said...

Happy Monday to you all!! Hope Bart & his family are feeling well today! :)

Woofs & hugs,