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An Update on the Rumpster

We’re three days out from our vet visit. Rumpy is feeling much better but, to be clear, he is still very sick.


This was taken Friday night. You can tell he’s not well, but he’s still hanging in there. 

We’ve just come in from a walk outside in the yard. We went from front to back, he took a poop, and now he’s exhausted and lying on the bedroom floor.

Rumpy is eating! Not normally, but he is taking in nutrition and that’s good. He won’t touch his regular food and he wouldn’t eat the special diet food from the vet’s office (of course), but he will eat chicken and rice, so the vegan is loading up on chicken at the grocery and cooking him some grub.

Peanut butter has always been a favorite Rumpydog treat, and he’s been getting a good dollup twice a day covering his medicines.

But doesn’t Rumpy love cookies? Actually, he’s not eating cookies like he was. He loves the Milk Bone marrow bone treats, but only the large ones. There were a few left in the cookie jar and whenever I give him one he’ll eat it. But not the little ones, and no other treats. Which is OK, they have almost zero nutritional value anyway and he needs to eat stuff that will build him up.


Enough about the dog! It’s Caturday! Talk about me!

I am exhausted and after getting up to feed and care at our regular 3am time, I went back to sleep and didn’t get up until almost 10am. Today I’m going to the grocery for more chicken and rice, then hang out with the gang. We need some time together. This morning I woke to find myself surrounded by cats. They are all concerned and showing it each in his or her own way.

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks so much for being here for us. I appreciate it more than you will ever know.

About Jen and the Furries

Hello and welcome. I’m a 50 something woman who’s probably awake when she should be sleeping. Oh, and there are animals, because who doesn’t have pets?


63 thoughts on “An Update on the Rumpster

  1. we hope for the best for you Rumpy and all paws and fingers are crossed… :o) and a happy caturday of course… the feline world needs some attention too ;O)))

    Posted by easyweimaraner | February 11, 2017, 10:26 AM
  2. Sending all the very best to you and Rumpy, enjoy these last times together, however long you have , love him and he will love you back ❤❤❤

    Posted by chloemee0505 | February 11, 2017, 10:27 AM
  3. I am keeping both you and Rumpy in my thoughts. Today is when my Grove celebrates Imbolg, the coming of spring and the Goddess/Saint Brigid. We also celebrate the healing (Candlemas) time as a way to drive out ill and bestow good health. May all those blessings come to you both. The daffodils bloomed this morning. May his health bloom as well.

    Posted by anotherboomerblog | February 11, 2017, 10:30 AM
  4. We wish all the best for lovely Rumpy, and you ,too.

    Posted by Photofinland by Rantasalot | February 11, 2017, 10:37 AM
  5. Jen, you might try … kefir, bone broth, baby meats, and if his digestive system needs nurturing … Slippery Elm Tea (1 tsp slippery elm mixed with 8 oz boiling water; let cool, and give 4 oz twice a day )

    Posted by becca givens | February 11, 2017, 10:46 AM
  6. Any little bit of improvement is good,we will keep praying that those little steps keep going,much love to you and Rumpy,xxx Rachel and Speedy

    Posted by speedyrabbit | February 11, 2017, 10:51 AM
  7. Sending megapurrs for the Rumpster! Glad he is eating better! Hang in there, buddy! xxx

    Posted by CATachresis | February 11, 2017, 11:12 AM
  8. I’m so sorry that Rumpy is sick! 😦 Eating better is hopefully a good sign. Best wishes!

    Posted by Debbie D. | February 11, 2017, 11:13 AM
  9. Sending you and Rumpy healing thoughts – I know how exhausting it is nursing a sick dog, especially the night shift. I hope he gets better really soon.

    Posted by annabellefranklinauthor | February 11, 2017, 11:19 AM
  10. Good to know Rumpy’s eating. Hope he gets better soon.

    Posted by pensitivity101 | February 11, 2017, 11:21 AM
  11. Sending Rumpy healing and healthy vibes!

    Posted by paws2smile | February 11, 2017, 11:23 AM
  12. Oh man, there are so many things I’d like to say but most importantly holding good thought that Rumpy has many more quality days and you don’t get too stressed with what’s happening. Hope the chicken and rice continues to work and nourishes him and hope you get rested and have some good cuddles with the kitties on caterday.

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | February 11, 2017, 11:26 AM
    • This is the hard part of pet ownership. So many people think the puppyhood stage with potty training and chewing of shoes is hard, but this is so much harder. The worry. The second-guessing. And the trudging this path alone is awful. I know you all are here for me and I know how fortunate I am to have you all. But for most of us this is a very lonely place to be.

      Posted by rumpydog | February 11, 2017, 12:16 PM
  13. Keep it up you are doing a wonderful job!!!

    Posted by willowdot21 | February 11, 2017, 11:33 AM
  14. As you know, eating is always a great sign! I always know the foster kitties are doing better when they eat.

    Posted by Stacey | February 11, 2017, 11:46 AM
  15. The decline of a pet always reminds me of how much little things mean. And the empathy and love possible between creatures. Sending you all my good thoughts as this develops.

    Posted by mfearing | February 11, 2017, 12:11 PM
    • Absolutely. I was sitting in my little cubicle at work watching the administrators complaining about how late they worked last night and how much they have to do and all I could think of was that no one will care a year from now how hard they worked. Hell, hardly anyone cares now.

      Posted by rumpydog | February 11, 2017, 12:13 PM
  16. They always know, don’t they? The cats always rally around someone who is not doing well. Afterward they resort to chasing them but they are there when you need them. *hugs and soft cat purrs*

    Posted by Kate Crimmins | February 11, 2017, 12:27 PM
  17. Our best to Rumpy – and to all of you!

    Posted by jansfunnyfarm | February 11, 2017, 12:35 PM
  18. I’m happy that he is holding his own. Give him lots of lovin (I know you do already). You might want to try yogurt with fruit. I always gave Guinness the cup to lick when I was done and when be couldn’t eat his dog food very well, near the end, I would give a whole cup and he’d slurp it down. Give him and the cats hugs for me.:)

    Posted by Susan Langer | February 11, 2017, 1:09 PM
  19. We send our best for you and Rumpy. (((HUGS)))

    Posted by Jon Leslie Adams | February 11, 2017, 1:39 PM
  20. I am thinking of you all. Your posts have brightened my days for many years now. I wish you all the best.

    Posted by Kestra | February 11, 2017, 2:38 PM
  21. My thoughts and prayers are being sent from Peru where I am vacationing. Feel better soon. Love and hugs and snuggles. For you too,Jen.

    Posted by Lynda and Duncan | February 11, 2017, 3:40 PM
  22. We didn’t know rumpy was sick! Going to read your old posts. Sending POTP! *ear licks* Noodle

    Posted by noodle4president | February 11, 2017, 4:32 PM
  23. We continue to purr for Rumpy.

    Posted by The Island Cats | February 11, 2017, 4:33 PM
  24. Rumpy, Mum, of course, sends you kisses and big hugs. Max and I, as per usual, would love to give you a manly slap on the back but since you’re feeling a little under the weather, we’ll just pat you gently. All of us are praying for you and your Mummy (’cause she’s the one looking after you!). xxx

    Posted by Sid | February 11, 2017, 5:42 PM
  25. Still purring for your sweet Rumpydog! ❤

    Posted by Andrea Kenner | February 11, 2017, 5:47 PM
  26. You must be exhausted–I remember cooking for Shadow and being too tired to cook for ourselves. Hope you find space for some self care too.

    Posted by somethingwagging | February 11, 2017, 5:58 PM
  27. we are all with you

    Posted by sorrygnat | February 11, 2017, 6:51 PM
  28. We are hoping for the best outcome for Rumpy! Hugs to you all and healing thoughts.

    Posted by Dennis N. Emily | February 11, 2017, 9:41 PM
  29. Yes I can see that Rumpy is still very sick because of his eyes….and he seems to lose his weight….I’m very very worrif of him….it’s a little relief to hear that he eats at least chicken….I am praying hard for him to feel much more better and gets more appetite….Rumpy,….we love you….we love you since we met you for the first time….hugs

    Posted by eripanwkevin | February 11, 2017, 10:07 PM
  30. Got my fingers, toes, and eyes crossed. Better is hopeful.

    Posted by Marilyn Armstrong | February 12, 2017, 12:46 AM
  31. Sending you all much love and big hugs!

    Posted by JA Hitchcock (@Netcrimes) | February 12, 2017, 8:40 AM
  32. Add pumpkin to the rice and chicken mix, if he likes the taste. We are praying for him. Get some rest.

    Posted by dogdaz | February 12, 2017, 9:01 AM
  33. Rumps, you eat for Mommy and drink your water. Those kitties need you to keep up your strength so you can make them mind. Well all of them but June Buggie, nobody makes him mind. Love you bunches, Granma.

    Posted by jenniferthreet | February 12, 2017, 12:30 PM
  34. Paws crossed for you, Rumpy ♥

    Posted by Martha | February 12, 2017, 12:58 PM
  35. I do hope Rumpy’s health will improve. He is quite the handsome fellow and I so enjoy hearing from you both.

    Posted by Renee Espriu | February 12, 2017, 1:13 PM
  36. POTP flowing your way. ❤︎

    Posted by Tails Around the Ranch | February 12, 2017, 1:43 PM
  37. Great news Rumps is looking much better. Chicken and rice………happy Rumps!

    Posted by helentastic67 | February 12, 2017, 6:36 PM
  38. Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear Rumpy isn’t well. Sending lots of love, prayers and a #pawcircle for strength and healing. Love ya, Rumpydog!

    Posted by FiveSibesMom | February 12, 2017, 7:33 PM
  39. Rummy… you are in my thoughts. I am sorry to hear you are sick and wish you the very best.

    Posted by JoviLifer | February 12, 2017, 8:42 PM
  40. Surrounding you all with love, purrs and all good thoughts. Especially you and Rumpy, dear Jen.

    Posted by meowmeowmans | February 12, 2017, 8:42 PM
  41. Big Big hug to Rumpy and his mom!

    Posted by marina kanavaki | February 13, 2017, 5:12 AM
  42. Oh, Rumpers, do get better soon!
    Bob’s Mom and Bob

    Posted by Ms. Kathy | February 13, 2017, 11:55 AM
  43. Paws crossed for Rumpy! Hope he recovers soon… being sick is so not fun. Lotsa hugs!

    Posted by Margie Serage | February 13, 2017, 9:27 PM
  44. Sorry to hear that Rumpy isn’t doing well. We’re sending positive thoughts! When our cat was very ill with IBD, our vet said feed her anything she wants to eat, even if it’s ice-cream!

    Posted by lisa@notesfromafrica | February 14, 2017, 12:57 AM
  45. His eyes look confused. That is the hardest to see. Take care of yourselves. 💚

    Posted by heretherebespiders | February 14, 2017, 2:29 PM

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